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Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' Crosses 1 Billion Views


One of the internet's best-known videos just marked an important (and arguably overdue) historic moment. Rick Astley's video for 'Never Gonna Give You Up' crossed 1 Billion YouTube views on July 28th, putting the original Rickroll in the same company as clips from the latest pop stars.

Not surprisingly, Astley approves. He told Twitter followers the figure was "mind-blowing" and that he was "very lucky." He wasn't originally thrilled with the concept when it first took off, but his daughter eventually won him over by noting that it kept him well-known long after the song peaked in 1988.

Rickrolling started in 2007 when 4chan users started pranking people looking for one video by playing Astley's, and it quickly blew up to the point where Astley was performing at the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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