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Background information
Birth nameFadil El Ghoul
Born (1986-04-02) 2 April 1986 (age 35)
Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • remixer
Years active2007–present
Associated actsAfrojack

Fadil El Ghoul (Arabic: فضيل الغول‎; born 2 April 1986 in Den Bosch), performing under the stage name R3hab (stylized in all caps as R3HAB; pronounced "rehab"), is a Moroccan[2] Dutch DJ and record producer from Breda.[3]

Ranked at number 12 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs in 2018,[4] R3HAB has produced two full studio albums and has remixed songs for a wide variety of artists, including 5 Seconds of Summer, Katy Perry, Arashi, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Rammstein, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, For King & Country, and KSI.[5]

Musical career[edit]

R3HAB began his career in late 2007 while producing the track "Mrkrstft" which was remixed by fellow Breda DJ Hardwell. His connection with what was then a small scene of Dutch DJs helped him to grow. After releasing Prutataaa with Afrojack, he signed with Afrojack’s label, producing and remixing tracks.[5][6]

Released independently, his debut album Trouble has gained over 500 million streams globally to date.[7] R3HAB's second full-length studio album received over 350 million plays, with tracks "Ain't That Why", "Hold On Tight", "The Wave" and "Lullaby" reaching the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic charts.[8]

R3HAB remixed ATC’s 2000 single "Around The World (La La La)", which became his most streamed song on Spotify with over 142 million streams and features "A Touch of Class." The track topped the Spotify charts in eight countries and landed on the Global Viral Chart.[9]

In 2019, R3HAB joined an artist management company called Dancing Dragon Management under Live Nation Electronic Asia for an exclusive deal to spread in China.[7] In the same year, Liquid State, a joint venture between Tencent and Sony Music, said at the All That Matters conference that it had signed R3HAB to an Asian distribution deal. As part of the deal, he will be releasing new tracks through Liquid State that focus on the Asian market, while licensing his CYB3RPVNK label's music library of more than 190 tracks.[10] On his current world tour, R3HAB has performed in 116 concerts (as of October 26, 2019) and has featured Cash Cash and Alan Walker.[11]


  • Trouble (2017)
  • The Wave (2018)

DJ magazine Top 100 DJs[edit]

Year Position Notes Ref.
2012 73 New Entry [12][unreliable source?][13]
2013 58 Up 15
2014 23 Up 35
2015 21 Up 2
2016 21 No Change
2017 18 Up 3
2018 12 Up 6
2019 14 Down 2
2020 13 Up 1


  1. ^ Hamersly, Michael (15 March 2016). "Get ready to do Miami Music Week like a baller with all-access wristbands to sold out events". Miami.com. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley. "Going To R3hab: How A Dutch-Moroccan DJ Became One Of China's Most Desired Acts". Forbes. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  3. ^ "R3hab Chainsaws Katy Perry's 'The One That Got Away'". Newsroom.mtv.com. 16 November 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dave (22 October 2018). "DJ Mag Top 100 2018 Results Announced". UKF. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b "R3HAB Tracks / Remixes Overview". 1001tracklists. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ Deahl, Dani (5 October 2018). "What's In Your Bag, R3hab?". The Verge. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b Deahl, Dani (5 October 2018). "What's In Your Bag, R3hab?". The Verge. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  8. ^ "R3hab". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Billboard Dance 100 Artists of 2019: The Complete List". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Tencent Flashes Its Growing Sway Over Asian Music Market". Billboard. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. ^ "R3hab Calendar 2019, Tour Dates & Concerts – Songkick". www.songkick.com. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  12. ^ "DJ Mag Top DJs".
  13. ^ "Top 100 DJs". djmag.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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