->''"[[{{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 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.
!!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]]
!!This singer provides examples of:
* AscendedMeme: Pretty much cemented when he personally Rickrolled the UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade in 2008.
* 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.
* CuteClumsyGirl: The leading girl of ''Whenever You Need Somebody'' keeps ruining her own vacation.
* DontYouDarePityMe: ''Cry for Help'' is all about this.
* TheEighties
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Let his hair grow in TheNineties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRfPon9vmU See his video "Cry for Help"]].
* {{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" it's a great love song.
* 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").