Who is Ren? Welsh singer-songwriter sets Rick Astley to number one album in UK | UK News

Rick Astley has been moved to number one in the UK album charts by a Welsh singer-songwriter.

Astley had been in a fight with Ren all week for the number one spot.

Ren, whose full name is Ren Gill, was born in Bangor, Gwynedd, and raised on the Isle of Anglesey in the North Wales.

He is currently undergoing treatment in Canada for chronic illnesses, including Lyme disease and brain damage.

Sick Boi is his second album, but his first in the UK top 10 and his first to even enter the official album charts.

In his independently released album, Ren explores his physical and mental health.

All week Ren had been on his neck with Rick Astley’s latest album Are We There Yet?

In the end, Ren won the battle for number one by around 6,000 units.

In a post on Facebook ahead of his win, Ren said he was in “one of the most surreal situations”.

“I’ve always had very subdued expectations of releasing a record while going through medical treatment,” he said.

“I never expected to hit the charts let alone challenge for number one in the UK.

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“The support for this has been incredibly overwhelming and has been a source of constant strength for me at a very strange time in my life.”

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts said Ren’s number one album was “fantastic news, both for Welsh music and for the independent music scene”.

He follows in the footsteps of other Welsh artists to have secured a number one album, including Sir Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Shakin’ Stevens and Duffy.

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