[[caption-width-right:291:He's never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.]]
->''"[[{{Rickroll}} Duh doom, duh doom, duh doom, pada da da]]."''

Richard Paul "Rick" Astley (born 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Astley is married to producer Lene Bausager and has one daughter. Astley has released or appeared on recordings that have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. He is best known for his 1987 hit single in 16 countries, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SvJ3fSlXww "Never Gonna Give You Up"]].

After 2 successful dance-pop studio albums ''Whenever You Need Somebody'' (1987) and ''Hold Me in Your Arms'' (1988) helmed by [[Music/StockAitkenWaterman Stock, Aitken, and Waterman]], Astley changed his sound with his third album ''Free'' (1991), preferring to focus on ballads. However, fading into obscurity in the 1990s, Astley made a comeback in 2007 when he became a MemeticMutation, as his video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SvJ3fSlXww "Never Gonna Give You Up"]] became part of a popular meme known as {{Rickroll}}ing. Astley was voted by Internet users "Best Act Ever" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008. He even performed a Rickroll ''live in person'' on the Creator/CartoonNetwork float at the 2008 UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade. In 2016 he turned fifty, released the album ''50'' and saw it go straight to number one on the UK album charts.
!!Rick Astley's videos:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ Never Gonna Give You Up]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPYZpwSpKmA Together Forever]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeyEGebJ1l4 Whenever You Need Somebody]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEcXEk3zWXA She Wants To Dance With Me (Extended Version)]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRfPon9vmU Cry for Help]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9LH6lvrzAU Sleeping]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgUrqGFxV3Q Lights Out]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqQRN5OWgBw Take Me To Your Heart]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC3Ejf7vPEY Keep Singing]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc91EfoBh8A Angels On My Side]]
!!This singer provides examples of:
* AscendedMeme: Pretty much cemented when he personally Rickrolled the UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade in 2008.
* BadassBaritone: At the start of his career, he had to go and personally perform for some record company bosses who didn't believe such a deep soulful voice could come from a thin white guy.
* TheChewToy: The saxophonist in "Take Me To Your Heart" just wants a bit part in Rick Astley's music video. Instead, he winds up getting shoved around by everyone (Astley himself included) for shoving himself in front of everyone at the most inopportune times.
* CoolOldGuy: Rick turned fifty in 2016 but has definitely still got it with his concurrent album going straight to the top of the UK album chart on release.
* CuteClumsyGirl: The leading girl of ''Whenever You Need Somebody'' keeps ruining her own vacation.
* DontYouDarePityMe: ''Cry for Help'' is all about this.
* TheEighties: Had most of his initial success in the latter half of this decade.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Let his hair grow in TheNineties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRfPon9vmU See his video "Cry for Help"]].
* HeAlsoDid: Composed the music for the 2004 short film ''Film/{{Cashback}}''.
* {{Rickroll}}: He is the trope himself.
* OrbitalShot: His Lights Out music video.
%%* OverlyPrepreparedGag: That ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' "lead-up" went on for so long that it would have been perfectly reasonable to turn to another show ''and miss the payoff completely.''
* SillyLoveSongs: In all fairness, "Never Gonna Give You Up" is a great love song.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Played with - Rick's first instrument was the drums and he often takes over drumming for a cover song during his sets while still singing - notably he bashes out a rocking version of "Highway to Hell" by Music/{{ACDC}} in some concerts.
* TotallyRadical: The videos are ''very'' Eighties.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The effect of the Macy's Parade Rickroll was weakened somewhat due to the intro stating Rick Astley would be making a guest appearance. Subverted since he did not appear anywhere in the promotional materials, such as the New York Daily News' annual guide to the parade.
* VocalDissonance: His singing voice is so deep and it makes such a contrast with his red hair and pale skin, that he was believed to be the front man for a black singer. In fact, this happened when he sent his first tapes to music executives -- he had to sing on-stage to convince Stock, Aitken and Waterman that yes, ''he'' was the one singing.
* VocalEvolution: As seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyMHZVT91Dw this]] video, his voice has gotten lower and more soulful over the years. You can tell because the backing track is in a lower key, and he doesn't hit any of the higher notes (e.g. "You know the rules, and ''so do'' I").
-> ''Never gonna make you cry \\
Never gonna say goodbye \\
Never gonna index this page \\
And hurt you''