rickroll


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rickroll

To provide Internet users with a seemingly legitimate link that redirects to the music video for Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" as a joke. I thought I was reading a reliable source until I was rickrolled. Now "Never Gonna Give You Up" is stuck in my head!
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In a couple of weeks, about 13 million people had been Rickrolled into watching Astley's video, the BBC reported on April 1, 2008.
Astley has also been Rickrolled many times by his friends and family.
Five million Rickroll votes saw Never Gonna Give You Up adopted as The New York Mets' anthem for their next six games.
Just like that, the app designed to host six-second video loops was home to a never-ending RickRoll.
RICK ASTLEY Catch the 80s icon and star of a million Rickrolls at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.
According to the Anonymous, its upcoming action is to spam verified ISIS hashtags with rickrolls".
I could try to be more specific about the reasons behind the resurgence of Never Gonna Give You Up but, in all honesty, I really don't understand them, and if you are reading this column there is a fair chance you wouldn't understand them either, even if I "rickrolled" you (if that is the right phrase - it won't be, more shame will be heaped on me) into thinking I do.
MTV's Richard Godfrey said of the unlikely name up against acts including U2 and Britney Spears: "The audience has spoken and MTV has been well and truly Rickrolled."
"I appreciate everyone who voted for me, but I also feel for all the artists and MTV who probably got Rickrolled on the night."
Richard Godfrey, executive producer for the MTV Europe Music Awards, said: "The audience has spoken and MTV has been 'Rickrolled'.