Rickrolling

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Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".wikipedia
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Rick Astley

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Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" became integral to the meme known as "rickrolling".

Never Gonna Give You Up

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Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".
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".

Internet meme

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Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Around this time, rickrolling became popular and the link to this video was sent around via email or other messaging sites.

4chan

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Rickrolling was reported to have begun as a variant of an earlier prank from the imageboard 4chan known as duckrolling.
The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The trend has extended to disruptive or humorous appearances of the song in other situations, such as a live appearance of Astley himself in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Bait-and-switch

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The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink that leads to the music video.

Imageboard

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Rickrolling was reported to have begun as a variant of an earlier prank from the imageboard 4chan known as duckrolling.
Many Internet memes have originated there, including lolcats, rickrolling and Pedobear.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

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Its meme status led to the song's usage in the post-credits scene for Walt Disney Animation Studios’s 2018 film Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph.
The final post-credits scene involves what starts as a teaser for the upcoming Frozen II film (due in 2019) but ends up with Ralph "rickrolling" the audience by starting to sing Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up".

YouTube

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The original video on YouTube from 2007 used for rickrolling was removed for terms-of-use violations in February 2010 but the takedown was revoked within a day.
In 2008, all links to videos on the main page were redirected to Rick Astley's music video "Never Gonna Give You Up", a prank known as "rickrolling".

Practical joke

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Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".

Music video

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Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".

Hyperlink

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The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink that leads to the music video.

Whenever You Need Somebody

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"Never Gonna Give You Up" appeared on Astley's 1987 debut album Whenever You Need Somebody.

Billboard Hot 100

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The song, his solo debut single, was a number-one hit on several international charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, and the UK Singles Chart.

Adult Contemporary (chart)

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The song, his solo debut single, was a number-one hit on several international charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, and the UK Singles Chart.

UK Singles Chart

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The song, his solo debut single, was a number-one hit on several international charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, and the UK Singles Chart.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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The song's eventual Internet popularity may be traced back to a 2005 episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, "Charlie Has Cancer", in which the song is used quite prominently.

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The song's eventual Internet popularity may be traced back to a 2005 episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, "Charlie Has Cancer", in which the song is used quite prominently.

Christopher Poole

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The director of the site, who went by the name "m00t," started replacing occurrences of the word "egg" on the site with the word "duck."

Photo manipulation

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When the word "eggroll" was turned into "duckroll," users started changing links to sensational pictures or news items so that they instead connected users to an edited picture of a duck with wheels; the user was then said to have been "duckrolled."

Grand Theft Auto IV

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The first trailer for the game Grand Theft Auto IV was unavailable due to heavy traffic, and a link claiming to be a mirror to the trailer connected users to the Rick Astley video.

SurveyUSA

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An April 2008 poll by SurveyUSA estimated that at least 18 million American adults had been rickrolled.

Wired (magazine)

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In September 2009, Wired magazine published a guide to modern hoaxes which listed rickrolling as one of the better known beginner-level hoaxes, alongside the fake e-mail chain letter.

Chain letter

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In September 2009, Wired magazine published a guide to modern hoaxes which listed rickrolling as one of the better known beginner-level hoaxes, alongside the fake e-mail chain letter.