c. Rickrolling, alternatively Rick-rolling or. Rickroll, is a. prank and an Internet meme. involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up," performed by the British singer Rick Astley.
b. Initially, Astley, who had only recently returned to performing after a 10-year hiatus, was hesitant about using his newfound popularity from the meme to further his career, but accepted the fame when he Rickrolled the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a surprise performance of the song.
d. The meme is a type of. bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink that leads to the music video.
f. The meme has also extended to using the song's lyrics in unexpected places
a. When victims click on a seemingly unrelated link, the site with the music video loads instead of what was expected, and in doing so they are said to have been "Rickrolled".
e. Since then, Astley has seen his performance career revitalized by the meme's popularity. Astley himself has also been Rickrolled several times.