Ruel (singer)

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Ruel performing at the Byron Bay Falls Festival 2018
Background information
Birth nameRuel Vincent van Dijk
Born (2002-10-29) 29 October 2002 (age 17)
Isleworth, London, United Kingdom
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Piano
  • guitar
Years active2017–present
Associated acts

Ruel Vincent van Dijk (born 29 October 2002),[1] known mononymously as Ruel (pronounced "Rool", after the Dutch name "Roel", short version of "Roelof"), is an 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".

In June 2018, he released his first EP, named "Ready" and in September 2019, he released his second EP (more extensive) named "Free Time".

Early life[edit]

Ruel van Dijk was born to a British mother, Kate van Dijk, and a Dutch-born, New Zealand-raised father, Ralph van Dijk.[2] He has two older sisters: Sylvie and Coco. 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!"[2][3]

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[citation needed]. 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: Ready and Free Time EPs[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 19 April, a music video for the single "Don't Tell Me" was released.[10]

On 2 June, Ruel announced the release of his debut extended play Ready on 15 June, as well as a headline tour in June and July.[11] In October, Ruel performed to a sell-out crowd in Sydney, where he received the news that his single "Younger" had recently 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, on the track "Fire & Grace". The album was then released on 22 February.[12] On 1 May, Ruel released the lead single from his Free Time EP, "Painkiller", alongside an accompanying music video.[13][14] On 9 August, saw Ruel released the single "Face to Face" alongside a music video, which was shot while Ruel was on tour in France. On 13 September, Ruel released his second EP, Free Time. In November 2019, Ruel was an opening act for two shows of Shawn Mendes: The Tour.


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Ready 76 [A]
Free Time
  • Released: 13 September 2019[18]
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music Australia


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Golden Years" (with M-Phazes) 2017 Non-album single
"Don't Tell Me" 86 Ready
"Dazed & Confused"[23] 2018 53 7
"Younger" 76
"Not Thinkin' Bout You"
"Painkiller" 2019 35 6 Free Time
"Face to Face" 73 8
"Real Thing"[25] 73 18

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Human" (Tom Thum featuring Ruel) 2017 Non-album single
"Flames"[26] (SG Lewis featuring Ruel) 2019 Dawn

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Don't Cry" 2019 29 Free Time
"Hard Sometimes" 28
"Unsaid" 33
"Free Time" 7

Other appearances[edit]

List of non-single appearances
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Fire & Grace" 2019 Hilltop Hoods featuring Ruel The Great Expanse

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
(Tom Thum featuring Ruel)[28]
2017 Tom Wilson
"Golden Years"[29] 2018 Marcus Flack
"Don't Tell Me" N/A
"Dazed & Confused"[30] Grey Ghost
"Not Thinkin' 'Bout You"[32]
"Painkiller" 2019
(SG Lewis featuring Ruel)
"Face to Face"


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 one award from one nomination.

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

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Ruel Favourite Aussie/Kiwi Won

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres international. Ruel has won one award from one nomination.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Ruel Best Australian Act Won


  1. ^ Ready did not enter the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, but peaked at number 3 on the Neatseeker Albums Chart.[17]


  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". 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". 5 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Ruel - Don't Tell Me (Official Video)". 19 April 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Ruel reveals official video for 'Dazed & Confused' first ever solo headline shows this June and July, pre-order Ruel's debut EP Ready, set for release June 15". amnplify. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  12. ^ Newstead, Al (10 January 2019). "Hilltop Hoods just dropped the tracklist for their feature-packed new album". Triple J. ABC. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  13. ^ Staff Writer (1 May 2019). "SOTD: Ruel sets the tone for next EP with 'Painkiller'". The Music Network. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  14. ^ Ruel (1 May 2019). "Ruel - Painkiller (Official Video)". Retrieved 2 May 2019 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ a b Peaks in Australia:
  16. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 21September 2019.
  17. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Ruel announces new EP and all ages Free Time tour". ABC. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  19. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  20. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  21. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2018 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Dazed & Confused – Single on iTunes". iTunes AUS. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  24. ^ a b c "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2019 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  25. ^ "Real Thing – Single by Ruel on Apple Music". Apple Music. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  26. ^ "Flames - Single on iTunes". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  27. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Tom Thum - Human ft. Ruel (Rag n Bone Man cover)". 7 December 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  29. ^ "Ruel - Golden Years (M-Phazes Remix (Official Video)))". YouTube. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Ruel - Dazed & Confused (Official Video)". 30 May 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  31. ^ "Ruel - Younger (Official Video)". YouTube. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  32. ^ "Ruel - Not Thinkin' Bout You (Official Video)". 30 October 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018 – via YouTube.