On September 10, 2007, Chris Crocker uploaded a monologue performance, in which he made a plea to the media and the general public to cease hounding pop star Britney Spears (copy shown below). In the video, Chris made a fake emotional storm in response to the amount of negative attention Britney had been receiving during the time leading up to and after her comeback performance at the 2007 MTV Music video gained over 2 million views in the first two hours, and as of March 26, 2012, has acquired more than 43 million views. His YouTube account has since been shutdown but copies of the video still exist.
In July 2008, a special "30th Anniversary Edition" of The Stranger was released. It contains two special editions: a 2-CD Legacy Edition, and a Deluxe Limited Edition (which includes two CDs and a bonus DVD). The limited deluxe edition of The Stranger includes a CD of the original album in its entirety (remastered by producer Phil Ramone), and a second CD of a previously unreleased concert featuring Billy and his band, Live at Carnegie Hall 1977 , recorded at the historic Manhattan venue on June 3, 1977, one month before the sessions for The Stranger album. The Deluxe Limited Edition included a DVD showcasing two live promotional videos from The Stranger ; and Joel's performance on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test , a seldom-seen sixty-minute set from 1978 that has aired only once on the UK's BBC2 . Also included in this box set is a facsimile poster from the 1977 Carnegie Hall concert, and a facsimile notebook that contains copies of rough draft lyrics for many of the songs that appeared on The Stranger .
According to 4chan founder m00t , the “rickroll” phenomenon began on /v/ (video games) circa May 2007  , when someone posted a link to Rick Astley’s music video disguised as a sneak preview for the then newly released video game Grand Theft Auto IV . Due to the high buildup of anticipation for the game at that time, many GTA fans on the /v/ board fell victim to the bait-and-switch prank and the joke became quite popular on 4chan. The timeline the account has been further corroborated by Wikipedia and Google Trends, which shows that search interest in “rickrolling” began to rise between April and May 2007.