It was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was released as the first single from Astley's debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the United Kingdom in , where it stayed at the top of 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. The music video for the song has become the basis for the " Rickrolling " Internet meme , leading the song to also be referred to as " The Rickroll Song ". In , Astley recorded and released a 'Pianoforte' version of the song for his album The Best of Me , which features a new piano arrangement. The song's basslines were produced using a Yamaha DX7 digital synthesizer , while a Linn was used for the drums and sequencing. Other equipment used included a Roland Juno analog synthesizer , and Yamaha Rev5 and Rev7 reverberators. The single also reached the No. In "a couple of weeks", [ attribution needed ] about 13 million people had been tricked into watching Astley's video, the BBC reported on 1 April
Pete Waterman, songwriter, co-producer
Taking to YouTube to share the cover, Astley kicked off the video by rhapsodizing about "Titanium," saying he "absolutely loves" it. Thanks to the music video for his hit, Astley made a roaring comeback in and catapulted back into the limelight. The video became the subject of a wildly popular meme that led to an infamous Internet phenomenon called "rickrolling," a bait-and-switch prank. The prankster uses a seemingly normal hyperlink that entices the prankee to click on it, but they are instead led to Astley's music video. Imagine a teacher who shares a folder with his students titled "Final Exam Answers," but they hilariously find this instead:. Rumored to be releasing on next Friday, this singer-producer duo are known for dropping hit after hit and have another one coming, SOON! The South African producer just filed a lawsuit against the French superstar. Between Afrojack's latest collaborations and his global talent searches, he's doing everything he can to give back.
Rick Astley, singer
Rickrolling , alternatively rick-rolling , is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the Rick Astley song " Never Gonna Give You Up ". The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink that leads to the music video. The victims, believing that they are accessing some unrelated material, are said to have been "rickrolled". The meme has also extended to using the song's lyrics in unexpected places. The meme grew out from a similar bait-and-switch trick called "duckrolling" that was popular on the 4chan website in The video bait-and-switch trick grew popular on 4chan by the April Fools' Day, and spread to other Internet sites later that year. The meme gained mainstream attention in through several publicized events, particularly when YouTube used it on its April Fools' Day event. Initially, Astley, who had only recently returned to performing after a ten-year hiatus, was hesitant about using his newfound popularity from the meme to further his career, but accepted the fame when he rickrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a surprise performance of the song. Since then, Astley has seen his performance career revitalized by the meme's popularity.
After I started writing a few tunes, I became the singer. I signed a deal, but within months Stock Aitken Waterman started having No 1s, so I was put on the backburner. I worked at the studio, making tea and sandwiches, but also watching how SAW made their records. Usually, Pete would suggest a title and give Matt [Aitken] and Mike [Stock] an example of the sort of song he wanted.