Had it not been for one of the biggest memes the internet has ever seen back in 2007, British singer Rick Astley may have only been remembered as an Eighties one-hit wonder. Luckily for him, ‘rickrolling’ (the art of tricking unsuspecting internet users into clicking on a link to Astley’s music video for ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’) became such a massive viral phenomenon that he was voted ‘Best Act Ever’ by web users at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008. Internet jokes aside, his claims to this title are not without some substance. ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ was a number one hit in 25 countries when it was released in 1987, and his second single, ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’, was also successful, reaching the top spot in seven. To this day, he is the only male artist who can say that his first eight singles all made it to the UK Top 10. Catch Astley on his tour of Spain at Sala Apolo on the 25th.
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