Ruel (singer)

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Ruel
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Ruel performing at the Byron Bay Fall Festival 2018
Background information
Birth nameRuel van Dijk
Born29 October 2002
Isleworth, London, United Kingdom
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresR&B and soul, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, guitar
Years active2017–present
LabelsThe Muziek Trust, RCA Records, Sony Music Australia
Associated actsM-Phazes, Dylan Joel, Billie Eilish
Websitehttps://www.oneruel.com/

Ruel van Dijk (born 29 October 2002),[1] known professionally as Ruel, is a British born Australian singer-songwriter from Sydney, best known for his singles "Don't Tell Me" and "Younger". At the ARIA Music Awards of 2018 he won the award for Breakthrough Artist for his single "Dazed & Confused".

Early life[edit]

Ruel van Dijk was born to a British mother, Kate van Dijk and Dutch-born, New Zealand-raised father Ralph van Dijk.[2] He lived in London until his family moved to Sydney, Australia. He started playing the guitar at age 8.

Music career[edit]

2015–2017: Early years[edit]

In 2015, Ruel's father sent a demo of him singing James Bay's "Let It Go" to Grammy Award-winning producer M-Phazes. M-Phazes said, "I lost my mind when I heard his voice!" [3][2]

In April 2017, Ruel released his debut single "Golden Years", with M-Phazes.[4] In June, Ruel made his live radio debut performing Jack Garratt's "Weathered" on triple J's Like a Version. At 15, he was the youngest-ever featured performer on the segment. The video gathered half a million video views in less than 48 hours.[5]

In July, Ruel released "Don't Tell Me", which peaked at number 86 on the ARIA Chart. Later in September, Elton John played "Don't Tell Me" on BBC Radio 1, giving Ruel high praise.[6] The track was also featured in CelebMix's 21 songs by under-21s in 2018 [7]

In November, Ruel joined Khalid on his American Teen Tour of Australia and New Zealand. Later that month, Ruel signed with RCA Records internationally. In December, Tom Thum released a cover of Rag'n'Bone Man's "Human" featuring Ruel on vocals.[8]

2018–present: Early success and Ready[edit]

On 24 March 2018, Ruel played at Pop Spring Festival, Tokyo where he did his first meet and greet. On 4 April, Ruel performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[9]

On 2 June, Ruel announced the release of his debut extended play Ready on 15 June 2018, as well as a headline tour in June and July.[10] In October 2018, Ruel performed to a sell-out crowd in Sydney, where he received the news that his single "Younger" had been certified Gold by ARIA. On 11 October, Ruel was nominated for the Breakout Artist award for the ARIA Awards, which he later won.

On 10 January 2019, Ruel was confirmed to appear on Hilltop Hoods' new album The Great Expanse.[11]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[12]
NZ
Heat.

[13]
Ready
  • Released: 15 June 2018[14]
  • Formats: digital download, music streaming
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music
76 3

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[12]
NZ
Heat.

[15]
"Golden Years" (with M-Phazes) 2017 non-album single
"Don't Tell Me" 86 Ready
"Dazed & Confused"[17] 2018 53 7
"Younger" 76
"Not Thinkin' Bout You"[18]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Human" (Tom Thum featuring Ruel) 2017 non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Human"
(Tom Thum featuring Ruel)[19]
2017 Tom Wilson
"Golden Years"[20] 2018 Marcus Flack
"Don't Tell Me"[21]
"Dazed & Confused"[22] Grey Ghost
"Younger"[23]
"Not Thinkin' 'Bout You"[24]

Awards[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Ruel has won 1 awards from 1 nominations.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 "Dazed & Confused" Breakthrough Artist Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Ruel Biography". All Music. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Drever, Andrew (2 July 2018). "A Ruel twist of fate and a schoolboy soul singer is on his way". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Go Behind The Scenes With Ruel & M-Phazes On Their New Track, 'Don't Tell Me'". The Music. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Ruel releases debut single Golden Years". Herald Sun. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Ruel (artists)". Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Elton John Continues To Praise Sydney Artist Ruel: 'You Have The Most Amazing Voice'". The Music. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  7. ^ "CelebMix's 21 Songs by Under-21s". CelebMix.com. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Human (featuring Ruel)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Gold Coast dazzles on the world stage as Commonwealth Games are officially opened". news.com.au. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "RUEL, Reveals Official Video For 'DAZED & CONFUSED' FIRST EVER SOLO HEADLINE SHOWS THIS JUNE AND JULY PRE-ORDER RUEL'S DEBUT EP READY HER SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 15". amnplify. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  11. ^ Newstead, Al (10 January 2019). "Hilltop Hoods just dropped the tracklist for their feature-packed new album". Triple J. ABC. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  12. ^ a b Peaks in Australia:
  13. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ready (EP)". iTunes. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  15. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2018 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Dazed & Confused – single". iTunes AUS. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Ruel Drops Video For 'Not Thinkin' Bout You'". U Music Pub. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Tom Thum - Human ft. Ruel (Rag n Bone Man cover)". 7 December 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "Ruel - Golden Years (M-Phazes Remix (Official Video)))". YouTube. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Ruel - Don't Tell Me (Official Video)". 19 April 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ "Ruel - Dazed & Confused (Official Video)". 30 May 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ "Ruel - Younger (Official Video)". YouTube. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Ruel - Not Thinkin' Bout You (Official Video)". 30 October 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018 – via YouTube.