Signed: ‘Painkiller’ Singer Ruel Signs With Giant Music & More

Signed: ‘Painkiller’ Singer Ruel Signs With Giant Music & More

Giant Music, the record label launched under The Azoff Company banner in 2022, has signed Australian singer/songwriter Ruel, the company tells Billboard. This marks the first signing for Nate Albert, who joined Giant Music as president in January. The label will release “Kiss Me,” Ruel’s cover of the hit song by Sixpence None the Richer, on Thursday (June 27).

“Ruel is truly a singular talent, and we are thrilled to be part of his next chapter,” said Albert in a statement.

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Best known for songs like “Painkiller,” “Dazed & Confused” and “GROWING UP IS ___”, Ruel released his debut album, 4TH WALL, last year. In August, he’s slated to play Lollapalooza for the first time.

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