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Performing and recording under the name R3hab, EDM producer/DJ Fadil El Ghoul is one of the most well-known Dutch house artists. His work has ranged from progressive and big-room house to trap, and occasionally it has a darker edge inspired by psytrance or gabber. He has released numerous charting singles, remixed songs by pop stars such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga, and toured across the world several times.
El Ghoul started his career in 2008 producing the track "Mrkrstft" for Hardwell. He teamed up with Hardwell once again in 2009 on the single "Blue Magic," and worked with Afrojack in 2011 on "Aces High (Prutata)." Later that year, and in 2012, he was commissioned to remix artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Katy Perry, and more. He was also featured on Havana Brown's international hit "Big Banana," which reached number one on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.
By this point he had accumulated a large discography, releasing material on many labels including Afrojack's Wall Recordings and the German label Tiger Records, but it was with Spinnin' Records that he developed the closest relationship. This eventually led to "Revolution," a 2013 collaboration with Nervo and Ummet Ozcan that reached the Top 40 of the U.K. singles chart. I Need R3Hab, his weekly radio show on SiriusXM, subsequently gained in popularity, during a year that began with a third International Dance Music Award and ended with a Steve Aoki collaboration on the single "Flight."
He subsequently garnered prestigious 2014 slots at Tomorrowland, Future Music, Creamfields, and Summerburst, and that same year he put out the 12" "Androids," "Flashlight" with Deorro, and "Ready for the Weekend," which were among some of his biggest-selling singles. He also landed a featured spot on Calvin Harris' 2014 album Motion, and a DJ set at the Coachella Music Festival followed in 2015, along with the Sander Van Doorn collaboration "Phoenix," plus the Ministry of Sound mix CD Inspired.
In 2016, he teamed with R&B vocalist Ciara for the single "Get Up." Later in the year, "Icarus" became R3hab's first solo single to top the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. A year later, he released his debut full-length album Trouble. Along with the title track featuring Vérité, the album also included the singles "Marrakech" with Skytech, "Truth or Dare" with Little Daylight, and "Hold Me." A handful of singles followed in 2018 -- including "Lullaby" with Mike Williams and "The Wave" with Lia Marie Johnson -- both of which landed on his album The Wave, which also included guests Conor Maynard, Krewella, and Olivia Holt. ~ Aneet Nijjar & James Wilkinson