Robbie Williams
English singer
Robbie Williams
Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams is an English singer-songwriter, and occasional actor. He is a member of the pop group Take That, but has found greater commercial success as a solo artist. Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch his solo career.
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Robbie Williams's personal information overview.
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Loew wins prize at BAMBI Awards
Reuters.com - 3 months
Stars including Robbie Williams and Sting attend the annual Bambi media awards in Berlin. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Robbie Williams sees Take That reunion 'at some point' but not soon
Reuters.com - 3 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Pop star Robbie Williams said on Monday he would join his former Take That bandmates for a reunion "at some point" but it was unlikely to happen anytime soon.
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Pop singer Robbie Williams accused of stereotyping Russians in new single
CNN - 5 months
UK pop star Robbie Williams has upset listeners in Russia with his latest song, which satirizes the hedonistic lifestyles of Russian oligarchs.
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License To Thrill!
Huffington Post - 7 months
007 Tips To Dress Like Bond! There's been a sudden drop in the Bond market! No, you won't read about it on the financial page -- this one involves Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, who'd been considered the favorite to succeed Daniel Craig in the iconic role of James Bond, secret agent 007. But Taylor Swift's latest beau appears to be officially out of the running, according to spy thriller writer Frederick Forsyth -- who claims producer Barbara Broccoli won't choose Hiddleston to succeed Daniel Craig in the much-coveted role. Hollywood is certainly shaken, not stirred over the continuing speculation about the next James Bond, with candidates ranging from Idris Elba to -- believe it or not -- Robbie Williams! Although Idris gets Director Stephen Spielberg's vote the Luther star hinted he may not be right for the part. "I think I am too old for that -- running around in cars and ladies and martinis," he laughed. Who knows, Daniel Craig may even return for one more ...
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Adele's £90m contract – warnings from previous megadeals from REM to Robbie
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Adele is set to score a £90m payday with Sony – putting her in the same league as the likes of Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey. But do deals like this ever pay off for the labels? Adele – rumour has it! – is the proud owner of a new £90m deal with Sony – which, if true, would make it the most lucrative record contract for both a British artist and a female pop star ever. But, while Adele could soon be rolling in the deep pockets, how well have other mega-money records deals paid off? Continue reading...
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20 Spooky Music Videos To Make You Poop Your Pants This Halloween
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Happy October, ya' freaks! The spookiest night of the year is only days away, which means there is no better time than the present to lock your door, turn off the lights, and watch a bunch of spooky YouTube videos until you poop your pants.  Can you survive our Roundup of Terror? [Cue evil cackle.] 1. "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin Let's get this horrifying piece of work out of the way.  2. "I Fink U Freeky" by Die Antwoord If bad grammar doesn't give you chills, Roger Ballen's haunting visuals sure will.  3. "I Say Fever" by Ramona Falls A two-dimensional nightmare. 4. "Crazy Clown Time" by David Lynch What's scarier -- frat parties or clowns? There is no longer a need to choose. 5. "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush Not that I think there is anything wrong with a room full of people in Kate Bush masks, but ...  6. "Dragula" by Rob Zombie If there was ever any doubt in your mind: Rob Zombie is very scary looki ...
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Robbie Williams and Ayda Field respond to sexual harassment allegations
The Independent - almost 2 years
Robbie Williams and his wife, Turkish-born US actress Ayda Field, have responded to allegations made by a former employee who is suing them for sexual harassment.
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‘The Voice': Spanish Priest Sings Like An Angel [Videos]
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Spanish priest, Father Damián María has wowed audiences in Spain’s version of the singing competition The Voice, as the 28-year-old “hipster priest” blasted out an amazing rendition of Robbie Williams’ classic song “Angels.” Father Damián is well known in Madrid as being “el cura hipster,” or in English the “hipster priest.” He has recently entertained the country during his audition for The Voice by singing the Robbie Williams classic, included above. The young priest passed the first stage with flying colors, based solely on his vocal performance. The video of his audition is going viral on YouTube, with over a quarter million views in just a couple of days. #BatallasLaVoz ¡¡El Padre tiene algo especial!! ►http://t.co/fjuP4QKpFN @PadreDamianVoz & @ToniMLaVoz pic.twitter.com/GghLSrrgFd — LA VOZ (@lomejortv) May 1, 2015 Tweet translation: “The Father has something special!” Hailing from Granada in the south of Spain, the hipster priest now works in the Perpetuo So ...
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Robbie Williams tourist trail: Home city Stoke plans 40th birthday honour for singer
Daily Mail (UK) - about 3 years
Stoked! The Red Lion pub where he lived, Port Vale's home ground and a Tunstall park where he once played...just a few of the landmarks on the new Robbie trail.
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Wilkins' prank Robbie Williams interview
Byron Shire News - about 3 years
RICHARD Wilkins thought he was interviewing Robbie Williams. What he didn't know was that he was actually being fed a series of prerecorded answers by Nova's Fitzy and Wippa.     
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Robbie Williams and Ellie Goulding among big winners at Q Awards
Reuters.com - over 3 years
Robbie Williams was declared a pop idol at the Q Awards, with other winners including Ellie Goulding and the Pet Shop Boys. Edward Baran reports.
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EXCLUSIVE: Backstreet Boys Reveal The British Inspiration Behind Reunion
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Backstreet Boys have revealed that their inspirations for reforming and going back on the road were our very own Brit favourites Take That. Nick Carter tells HuffPostUK, "The stars were kind of aligning anyway, but when we saw what they did, the way they were received on the road, and the fact that their new music was really good, it wasn't just some novelty thing, we began to see what could be possible." The Backstreet Boys are most definitely back The Back Street Boys are celebrating a scary 20 years (yes, I know!) since they first formed in 1993, and became one of the world's best-selling bands, with a string of hits including 'I Want It That Way', 'Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely' and the dance floor-filling 'Everybody (Back Street's Back)'. They notched up an incredible 130 million record sales, which makes them officially the best-selling boyband in history - compare this with, for example, One Direction's estimated eight million album sales thus ...
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Robbie Williams retaliates in Gallagher feud [Photos]
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
British singer Robbie Williams has taken another swipe at Liam Gallagher in their long-running feud by calling the former Oasis star's barbed insults more entertaining than his new music.
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Robin Thicke's 'Rapey' Song Continues To Top Charts
Popeater - over 3 years
LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - American R&B singer Robin Thicke has notched up a fourth week at the top of the British pop charts with his summer hit "Blurred Lines", the compiler said on Sunday. The Official Charts Company said Thicke sold a further 133,000 copies of the single over the last week to bring total UK sales to 718,000, the year's second biggest selling track. The song, which features vocals by U.S. artists T.I. and Pharrell Williams, has already been a number one hit in the United States and around the world. Second place on the weekly single chart went to American singer Jason Derulo's new release "The Other Side". London-based rapper Dizzee Rascal was the second highest new entry at number five with "Goin' Crazy", a collaboration with British singer Robbie Williams. On the album charts, U.S. rapper Kanye West secured the number one position with his new entry, "Yeezus". ...
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Robbie Williams Sells Beverly Hills Estate Complete With Soccer Field for $3.27M
Yahoo News - over 3 years
There are probably plenty of Americans out there who don't know all that much about British musician Robbie Williams. But take a look at the Beverly Hills estate the Take That singer is selling and you'll figure one thing out: … Continue reading →
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I Wind Music awards tornano nella Capitale. Lunedì 3 giugno parte la kermesse musicale
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anche quest'anno la musica italiana verrà premiata sul palco dei Wind Music Awards, manifestazione nata nel 2007 nella Capitale e che negli anni, grazie anche a 4 edizioni nella splendida cornice dell'Arena di Verona, ha saputo riportare in primo piano la musica e gli artisti. Lunedì 3 giugno - nuovamente a Roma, al Centrale Live del Foro Italico e in prima serata in diretta su Rai1 - si svolgerà uno degli eventi musicali più seguiti dell'intera stagione: un parterre di stelle si avvicenderà sul palco per ricevere i premi della 7° edizione, mentre la serata verrà condotta da Carlo Conti e Vanessa Incontrada. Tra gli ospiti ci saranno Malika Ayane, Mario Biondi, Francesco De Gregori, Emma, Tiziano Ferro, Max Gazzè, Ligabue (che ritirerà insieme agli altri artisti di Italia Loves Emilia il premio per l'album Italia Loves Emilia - Il Concerto), i Modà, Gianna Nannini, i Negramaro, Max Pezzali; ma oltre ai big di casa, anche alcuni artisti stranieri illumineranno il palco dei WMA, come gli ...
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Robbie Williams sells Westside house with a soccer field
LATimes - over 3 years
Singer-songwriter Robbie Williams has sold his home, guest houses and soccer field on the Westside for $3,278,355.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robbie Williams
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    It was also reported that Williams has been working with long-time collaborator Guy Chambers for his upcoming 11th studio album, Heavy Entertainment Show, which is set to be released on 4 November 2016.
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    In May 2016, it was announced that Robbie Williams had signed a recording contract with Sony Music.
    More Details Hide Details Robbie Williams said in statement: "They’re Music inspired, I’m inspired. I’m more ready than I ever have been and I’m totally convinced I’m in the right place. I look forward to working on this album, which is an album I’m immensely proud of, in this exciting new partnership with Sony Music."
  • 2014
    Williams released a compilation album entitled Under the Radar Volume 1 on 1 December 2014 through his website, featuring B-sides, demos and other previously unreleased songs.
    More Details Hide Details An example of the latter is "Run It Wild" a song that he "once got very, very excited for" and prepared for last year's Take the Crown stadium tour. "are loads and loads of songs that I've written that I'm incredibly passionate about, I want you to hear them, otherwise they're just going to remain in my computer!" Williams claims that Guy Chambers “isn’t happy” about these songs being released online: "He thinks I’m a lunatic for not putting them on an album that we’ve promoted with TV performances and at radio stations and a big tour," Williams said. "But I’m an impetuous bugger, and I want them out now, now, now!"
  • 2013
    In November 2013 Williams made a cameo appearance in the video to Murs's song "Hand on Heart".
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    In September 2013, Williams announced a follow up to his 2001 swing album, titled Swings Both Ways for release in November.
    More Details Hide Details The album features covers and original songs, whilst also including duet recordings with Michael Bublé, Olly Murs, Rufus Wainright, Lily Allen and Kelly Clarkson.
  • 2012
    Universal and EMI merged in 2012, bringing Williams' Chrysalis/Virgin recordings full circle to Universal.
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    On 26 November 2012 Williams announced a 17 date stadium tour of Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Williams also confirmed that the support act for the tour would be Olly Murs who also duets with him on "Kids".
    In August 2012, Take That performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was due to perform with the band but dropped out due to his wife giving birth at around the same time and thus the group performed as a four-piece.
    Williams was the opening act at the Diamond Jubilee Concert, which was co-organised by Gary Barlow, held outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June 2012.
    More Details Hide Details During the end of August his official website began a countdown to the release of information regarding his latest solo material, with an image of his face and his mind unveiled daily as the countdown expired. in late August revealing the track listing and the name, Take the Crown. Take the Crown debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart making it Williams' tenth number one album. It also marked the second time that Williams had a number one single ("Candy") and album at the same time on the chart. The first time was in 2001 when "Somethin' Stupid" and Swing When You're Winning were number one on the singles and albums chart respectively. The album's lead single, "Candy", premiered on 10 September 2012 and was released on 11 September in most countries and 29 October in the UK. In the UK, "Candy" became Williams' first number one single since "Radio" (2004) and his seventh solo number one single. In its first week the song has sold 137,000 copies becoming the fastest-selling male artist single of the year.
  • 2011
    On 21 October 2011 Williams announced that he had signed with Island Records (Universal Music), following his departure from his previous record label EMI in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He said in a statement, "I'm really thrilled to be joining the Universal family at what I think is the most exciting time in my career."
  • 2010
    In October 2010, Williams released his second greatest hits album, In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990–2010, to celebrate 20 years as a performing artist.
    More Details Hide Details A single, "Shame", was also released, which was written and sung by Williams and Barlow.
    On 7 August 2010, Williams and Field married at his home in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Williams' daughter Theodora Rose was born on 18 September 2012. His second child Charlton Valentine was born on 27 October 2014. In 2009, the Sunday Times Rich List claimed he was worth over £130 million. In 2011 his wealth was estimated at £90 million. Williams is a lifelong supporter of Port Vale, based in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent. In February 2006, he bought £240,000 worth of shares in the club, making him the majority shareholder. However the club entered administration on 9 March 2012, and as a result Williams lost all of his shares in the club and received only a fraction of his original investment back. Williams has set up a charity in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent entitled Give It Sum, its goal being to "improve local conditions and strengthen community life by giving money to those who are disadvantaged."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In late November 2009, Williams travelled to Australia to perform at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009.
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    Reality Killed the Video Star was previewed in the UK on the Spotify music streaming service on 6 November 2009, and official released on 9 November.
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    On 20 October 2009 Williams opened the BBC Electric Proms at the London RoundHouse.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first live concert for 3 years and was broadcast across 200 cinemas worldwide. Accompanied by a string section, horn section, full band and producer Trevor Horn, Williams performed several new tracks from Reality Killed the Video Star and older tracks.
    On 11 October 2009 Williams published a 12-track compilation album, titled Songbook, as a free CD for the newspaper The Mail on Sunday.
    More Details Hide Details The CD is a one-off album of some of his biggest hits – including several rare live performances. That same evening, Williams made his "comeback" on The X Factor results show, performing his new single "Bodies" for the first time live.
    A spokesman said that Williams was planning to begin the recording sessions in March and that the new album would be released in late 2009.
    More Details Hide Details This will probably be the last Williams album released by EMI. On his official website, Williams confirmed that he was working with producer Trevor Horn on his new album, which would eventually be titled Reality Killed the Video Star, a reference to the song "Video Killed the Radio Star" by Horn's former band The Buggles. The album was released on 9 November 2009 in the United Kingdom.
    In February 2009, it was confirmed that Williams had written material with Guy Chambers and Mark Ronson.
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  • 2008
    In a high-profile chart battle, Williams' album was pitted against X Factor 2008 runners-up JLS who released their debut album the same day.
    More Details Hide Details JLS beat Williams to the number one spot by 1500 sales. The album was also released in the United States (Williams' first album to be released there since 2002's Escapology).
  • 2007
    Rumours of a new studio album co-written with Guy Chambers surfaced in early 2007, along with known commitments required by Williams to his EMI contract.
    More Details Hide Details British singer-songwriter Laura Critchley commented that she had sung vocals for three songs, and said that it would not be released until 2009.
  • 2006
    Williams released his much anticipated dance/electro album, Rudebox, on 23 October 2006.
    More Details Hide Details It featured collaborations with the Pet Shop Boys, William Orbit, Soul Mekanik, Joey Negro, Mark Ronson, Chris Grierson, and The Orr Boys. It received mixed reviews: Allmusic gave it a four star rating, the NME 8 out of 10, and Music Week and MOJO were equally positive, but it received much weaker reviews from some of the British press. The album sold 2x Platinum in Europe with sales of over 2 million making it the fastest platinum-selling album of 2006. The album finished at number eighteen in the list of 2006's best selling albums worldwide. Neil Tennant claimed the album had sold 4.5 million copies by early 2007. To promote his album, Williams commissioned a series of short films. Goodbye to the Normals was directed by Jim Field Smith and features "Burslem Normals" by Robbie Williams. The first single, "Rudebox", was premiered on radio by Scott Mills on his show on BBC Radio 1. The event caused some controversy, as the record label's embargo date was broken, although Williams himself later backed the presenter for doing so. More controversy followed due to the first single's radical change of direction when compared to his older releases. British newspaper The Sun named the song "The Worst Song Ever". However, Victoria Newton stated that there were sure-fire hits on the album.
    Williams kicked off his Close Encounters World Tour in South Africa in April 2006, when he finished his European leg of the tour. 2.5 million people had seen the show, and after touring Latin America and Australia the numbers went up to 3 million.
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  • 2005
    In November 2005, Williams took home the MTV Europe Music Award for 'Best Male', but also, entered in The Guinness Book of World Records when he announced his World Tour for 2006, selling 1.6 million tickets in one single day.
    More Details Hide Details But after the success, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange, and Howard Donald had agreed to reunite in Notting Hill, west London, for a preview screening of a documentary about Take That. The documentary screened on ITV1 on 16 November 2005. Unfortunately, according to a source quoted by The Sunday Mirror, "Robbie announced he wasn't coming. The rest of the band were gutted but felt the show had to go on."
  • 2004
    After touring Latin America in late 2004 for the promotion Greatest Hits, Williams started working on his sixth studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Recorded at his house in the Hollywood Hills, the album was co-written by Stephen Duffy over the course of 24 months. The album Intensive Care was launched in Berlin on 9 October. It became a smash hit around the world.
    In October 2004, Williams released, Greatest Hits, a retrospective of his career, and also, to reveal the new tracks he had been working on with the then-new collaborator, Stephen Duffy. "Radio", the compilation's first single, debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart (becoming Williams' sixth number-one hit).
    More Details Hide Details When the compilation was later released it debuted at number one in the UK and was the best selling album of the year in the UK and Europe. Eight years after the release of "Angels", in February 2005 the British public voted it as the "Best Single of the Past Twenty-Five Years" at the 2005 BRIT Awards.
  • 2003
    In October 2003, Williams released his first live album, Live at Knebworth.
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  • 2002
    When Williams' fifth studio album, Escapology, was released in late 2002, it hit number one in at least 10 countries around the world. In the United States, however, it failed to make such an impact. Escapology sold almost 2 million copies by the end of 2003 in the United Kingdom.
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    When the single was released in late 2002, it became Williams' biggest international hit, going number one in countries like The Netherlands and Italy, as well as reaching the top ten in almost every single European country.
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    In 2002, Williams signed a record-breaking £80 million contract with EMI.
    More Details Hide Details The contract included a number of provisos, including the label ceding greater creative control to the artist and a commitment to breaking Williams into the US market. So far it is the biggest music deal in British history. The deal was brokered by Ingenious Media, a leading UK corporate finance advisory business. Williams began working on what would be his fifth studio album, spending a year in the recording studio. The album heralded a new era for Williams. He had taken a more active role in the making of this album, giving an indication of his growing confidence in the studio. "One Fine Day", "Nan's Song", and "Come Undone" were the first songs that Williams wrote without the input of Guy Chambers. Most of the songs were recorded in Los Angeles. The album's first single, "Feel", written by Williams and Chambers, was recorded as a demo. When they started working on the album and were trying to re-record the vocals, Williams felt unsatisfied with it, so he decided to include the demo version and then release it as the first single.
  • 2001
    In 2001, Williams recorded "We Are the Champions" with Queen for the 2001 medieval adventure film A Knight's Tale.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Williams appeared on the track "My Culture" on the 1 Giant Leap album, alongside rapper Maxi Jazz (which features lyrics from the hidden track "Hello Sir" from Life thru a Lens). Williams also features on a double CD titled Concrete which was released on the same day as Rudebox. The CD features a concert recorded for the BBC featuring the Pet Shop Boys and Williams singing their classic hit "Jealousy". Their joint effort, "She's Madonna", was released as a single in March 2007. On 13 August 2007, a Dean Martin duets album was released, on which Williams sings "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone". In 2010 he announced that he was to release "Shame", a duet with Take That lead singer songwriter Gary Barlow as the first single from his greatest hits collection In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990–2010 which was certified silver in the UK and charted in 19 countries worldwide. In 2012, Williams recorded a duet with Mexican recording artist Thalía for the Spanish song "Te quiero dijiste (Muñequita linda)", included on her album Habítame siempre.
    When the album Swing When You're Winning (in reference to his 2000 studio album Sing When You're Winning) was released in late 2001, it became an instant hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details "Beyond the Sea" was featured over the credits of the film Finding Nemo in 2003 and was also released on the film's soundtrack CD. A DVD called Robbie Williams Live at the Albert Hall was released in December of that year. So far, it has become one of the best selling music DVDs in Europe, being certified 6x Platinum in the United Kingdom and 2x Platinum in Germany.
    " that he recorded for the film Bridget Jones' Diary in early 2001the album was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Williams took the chance to duet with his long-time friend Jonathan Wilkes, Little Voice star Jane Horrocks, Saturday Night Live star Jon Lovitz, Rupert Everett and actress Nicole Kidman. The first single released from the album was a duet with Kidman, on "Somethin' Stupid". Originally a hit for Frank and Nancy Sinatra, the song became Williams' fifth number one hit in the UK. It eventually went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2001.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In the middle of promotion and the tours in 1999, Williams began work on his third studio album.
    More Details Hide Details This time he had finally found his inner confidence. The first single taken from the album was "Rock DJ", a song inspired by Williams's UNICEF mentor, the late Ian Dury. The video created by Fred & Farid showed Williams in an attempt to get noticed by a group of females, first stripping and then tearing chunks of skin and muscle from his body, and caused controversy in the United Kingdom and many other countries. The video was edited by Top of the Pops for its graphic content and many other channels followed suit. The song became an instant hit, reaching number one in the UK (becoming his third number one single as a solo artist) and New Zealand. The song went on to win "Best Song of 2000" at the MTV Europe Music Awards, "Best Single of the Year" at the BRIT Awards and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects.
    In 1999, Williams was signed to Capitol Records in the United States, a part of EMI.
    More Details Hide Details He embarked on a US promotional tour and released his first US and Canadian single, "Millennium". The album The Ego Has Landed was released in July 1999 in the United States and Canada.
    A cover of a track from World Party's album, Egyptology, became Williams' second number one hit in the UK. Williams finished the year with a European Tour late in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The album I've Been Expecting You sold almost 3 million copies in the UK and was certified 10x Platinum by the BPI. In Europe, the album sold over 4 million copies.
  • 1998
    Williams and Chambers started writing the second album in Jamaica in early 1998. The first single, "Millennium", became Williams' first solo number one single in the United Kingdom. It also became a top twenty hit in many European countries, Latin America and Australia. When the album I've Been Expecting You was released in late October 1998, it debuted at number one in the UK Albums Chart.
    More Details Hide Details The album received more attention outside the United Kingdom, leaving its mark in the European and Latin American markets with hits such as "No Regrets", a collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys' singer Neil Tennant and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon.
  • 1997
    His debut album, Life thru a Lens, was released in September 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The album launched with his first live solo gig at the Élysée Montmartre theatre in Paris, France. The album debuted at number eleven on the UK Albums Chart. Williams released what would be the fourth single taken from his album. "Angels" became Williams' best-seller in the United Kingdom. The song, apart from becoming a hit around Europe and Latin America, caused sales of his album to skyrocket. The album remained inside the British top ten for forty weeks and spent 218 weeks there altogether, making it the 58th best selling album in UK history with sales of over 2.4 million. The album eventually managed to sell over three million copies in Europe.
    Recordings for Williams's first album began at London's Maison Rouge studios in March 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after his introduction to Guy Chambers, Williams released "Old Before I Die" which would be the first single taken from his debut album. The single reached number two on the UK Charts; however, it was largely ignored on international charts.
  • 1996
    After leaving Take That, Williams launched his solo career starting off in 1996 by covering George Michael's "Freedom", the single reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.
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    On 27 June 1996, Williams formally announced that he had signed with Chrysalis Records.
    More Details Hide Details On 27 March 2009, Williams stated he felt ready to re-join Take That. He said: "I'm in regular contact with them, even Gaz, and it's looking more likely by the week. The lads all seem up for it and some people think it's a done deal. I think it would be fun." Williams was eager to re-join the band on their The Circus Live tour, but these plans never materialised. In September 2009, Williams was reported to be working in New York with Take That, however these rumours were never confirmed. While it was rumoured that Williams would reunite with Take That on 12 November 2009 for a Children in Need charity concert at The Royal Albert Hall, they merely greeted each other warmly on stage between performances. However, both did join with the other acts in the final song of the evening, with Williams putting his arm around Gary Barlow and singing "Hey Jude".
    They later disbanded on 13 February 1996, Williams's 22nd birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterwards, Williams was photographed by the press partying with the members of Oasis at Glastonbury Festival. Following his departure, he became the subject of talk shows and newspapers as he acknowledged his plans to become a solo singer, and he was spotted partying with George Michael in France. However, a clause in his Take That contract prohibited him from releasing any material until after the group was officially dissolved, and he was later sued by Martin-Smith and forced to pay $200,000 in commission. After various legal battles over his right to a solo career, Williams was victorious in getting released from his contract with BMG.
  • 1995
    He agreed to quit and left the group in July 1995; it would be the last time for twelve years that they were all together.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the departure of Williams, Take That completed their Nobody Else Tour as a four-piece band.
  • 1994
    In November 1994, Williams's drug abuse had escalated to the point of his having a near drug overdose the night before the group was scheduled to perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details According to the documentary For the Record, he stated that he was unhappy with his musical ideas not being taken seriously by lead singer Barlow and Nigel Martin-Smith, because his desire to explore hip hop and rap conflicted with the band's usual ballads. Barlow explained in interviews that Williams had given up trying to offer creative input and merely did as he was told. As well as Williams's friction with the management of the band, Jason Orange had problems with his increasingly belligerent behaviour, his lack of interest in performing, and his frequent habit of missing the band's rehearsals. Both Orange and Barlow confronted Martin-Smith about the internal conflict, because they did not want him dropping out while touring and before any possible future touring of America, which never took place. During one of the last rehearsals before the tour commenced, the group confronted Williams about his attitude and stated they wanted to do the tour without him.
  • 1990
    In 1990, the sixteen-year-old Williams was the youngest member to join Take That.
    More Details Hide Details According to the documentary Take That: For the Record, his mother read an advertisement seeking members for a new boy band and suggested that he try out for the group. He met fellow member Mark Owen on the day of his audition/interview with Nigel Martin-Smith. During the heights of the band's popularity, Williams was known as the extrovert and cheeky practical joker of the band. Although the majority of the band's material was written and performed by Gary Barlow, Williams did perform lead vocals on their first Top Ten hit "Could It Be Magic", "I Found Heaven", and "Everything Changes". However, he had conflicts with Martin-Smith over the restrictive rules for Take That members, and he began drinking more alcohol and dabbling in cocaine.
    He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He has also had commercial success as a solo artist. Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early-to-mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch a hugely successful solo career, which saw his first seven albums each reach number one in the UK. Williams also released seven number-one singles and found similar success across Europe. On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That. The group's subsequent album Progress became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history and the fastest-selling record of the century at the time. Gary Barlow has since confirmed that Williams had left the band for a second time, although the departure was amicable and that Williams was welcome to rejoin the band in the future. Williams has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom, and in 2006 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born on February 13, 1974.
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