• Muzik First


British-Australian pop star is back following on from "too many feelings" in January and Dylan J collaboration "Notice Me" in August. Ruel has returned with his new single, "GROWING UP IS _____." The song is accompanied by a music video directed by Grey Ghost and produced by Jessica Galea and filmed at Filmworx in Melbourne. With his band standing on hazy orange platforms, Ruel – whose full name is Ruel Vincent van Dijk – performs emotively in the darkness in front of them. “Growing up is weird / Fall in love / For a year,” he sings in the moody slice of pop. Ruel informed his fans to get creative via Shorts and complete the lyric, “Growing up is ____.” “The idea of the underline at the end of the title was to try to explain that everyone has a different experience growing up,” Ruel explained about the single’s title. “Everyone has ups and downs, but because it’s never just one thing, I couldn’t just give it one word and wanted to leave it open for interpretation.” According to a press release, ‘GROWING UP IS _____’ is the first in a string of forthcoming releases from Ruel. The song was created with songwriter PJ Harding, longtime collaborator M-Phazes and co-writer Julian Bunetta. Ruel’s last body of work was his 2020 EP "Bright Lights, Red Eyes," which was previewed with singles like "As Long As You Care" and ‘Say It Over."