Well, he promised he was never gonna give us up, and although it took him many years to make good on this promise, he's proven to be a man of his word. Yes, rejoice, '80s pop and Internet meme fans alike: The Rick who launched 66 million rolls has returned. Rick Astley finally has new music out!
The redheaded wonder's output has been spotty as his freckled face in the past: He took a total recording hiatus between 1993 and 2001, and the two albums he released in the early 2000s, one of which was a collection of standards, were only available on Germany. But in 2007, when Rick's "Never Gonna Give You Up" video became one of the biggest viral Internet memes in web history (the "Rickrolling" phenomenon, in which Internet users were tricked into watching the campy vintage video as a prank)--and then Rick himself Rickrolled the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a surprise live performance--he seemed poised for a real comeback. Finally, he was ready to roll again.
"Lights Out" and the aptly titled "Goodbye But Not The End" are the carrot-topped crooner's first U.K. singles in 17 years (the former song reached #15 on the U.K. airplay chart). And while neither tune packs quite the pep of "Never Gonna Give You Up" (or "Together Forever," or any of Rick's other Stock Aitken Waterman-produced classic hits, for that matter), I must say they are strong comeback efforts. Rick's also looking pretty handsome these days, by the way--a far cry from his boyish, goofy '80s self.
Click and check out Rick Astley's new songs below. I swear this is not a prank!
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