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Never Gonna Give You Upis a song recorded by British singer Rick Astley. It was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was released as the first single from Astley’s successful debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody (1987) on 3 August 1987. The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at atop the chart for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and West Germany.[3]

The song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. In 2004, it was voted no. 28 in 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs… Ever by VH1.

The music video for the song has become the basis for the “RickrollingInternet meme. In 2008, Rick Astley won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Act Ever with the song, as a result of collective voting from thousands of people on the internet, due to the popular phenomenon of Rickrolling. It was also featured as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.

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