Richard Paul Astley ( / ˈ r ɪ k ˈ æ s t l i / ; born 6 February 1966) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and radio personality. His 1987 song, " Never Gonna Give You Up " was a No. 1 hit single in 25 countries.   By the time of his retirement in 1993, Astley had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.   
Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when his video "Never Gonna Give You Up" became integral to the meme known as " rickrolling ".  Astley was voted "Best Act Ever" by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 .  His 2016 album 50 debuted in the UK at No. 1. 
His next single was " Whenever You Need Somebody ", which was released in October. The single was a recycled Stock, Aitken, Waterman song, originally recorded by O'Chi Brown in 1985. It became a successful European hit, reaching No. 1 in seven countries, including Germany and Sweden , following up the success of his debut single. It also reached No. 3 in the UK. It was not released in North America.