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Robbie Williams is set to reunite with Take That next week on 'Let It Shine'.
Robbie Williams is set to reunite with Take That.
The 43-year-old singer took a break from the boyband on a number of occasions in 1990, 2009 and again in 2014, but he is set to rejoin the group on a one off for the final of band mate Gary Barlow's BBC talent show 'Let It Shine' on February 25, according to Digital Spy.
The dark-haired rocker will also join Gary, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp as a guest judge on the critiquing panel for the last episode to decide who will be crowned the winners and will go on to star in his theatre show.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Will Reunite With Take That Next Week
Robbie Williams is ''delighted'' to perform at the 2017 BRIT Awards next month.
Robbie Williams is ''delighted'' to perform at the 2017 BRIT Awards.
The 42-year-old singer is set to take to the stage next month to perform at the prestigious awards ceremony, which will be held at London's The O2 on February 22, and the 'I Love My Life' hitmaker has revealed he can't wait to sing in front of crowds of people because it has always been a ''special'' event for him.
Speaking about the ceremony, Robbie - who was awarded the record breaking amount for the number of prizes picked up, which tallies up to 18 gongs including the BRITs Icon Award - said: ''I'm delighted to be performing at the BRITs once again.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Is 'delighted' To Perform At The 2017 BRIT Awards
The singer was captured sanitising his hands after touching audience members on New Years Eve.
Robbie Williams has had the last laugh after his ‘hand sanitiser’ incident on New Year’s Eve went viral.
With the help of his wife Ayda Field, the singer poked fun at the much-memed moment, in a hilarious video uploaded to his Instagram account.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Mocks NYE Hand Sanitiser Incident On Instagram
The singer was caught using hand sanitiser gel after holding hands with his audience during Auld Lang Syne.
Robbie Williams has come in for some stick online after being snapped looking rather disgusted and using hand sanitiser after greeting fans during a New Year’s Eve concert.
The 42 year former Take That singer was performing an intimate gig on December 31st at Westminster’s Central Hall that was televised nationally as ‘Robbie Rocks Big Ben Live’ on the BBC, when he decided to jump into the crowd to perform Auld Lang Syne as the clocks struck midnight and fireworks went off.
Robbie Williams has been working ''really hard'' on his new record for his children.
Robbie Williams has been working ''really hard'' on his new record for his children.
The 42-year-old singer - who has four-year-old daughter Theodora and two-year-old son Charlton with his wife Ayda Field - has admitted his strong work ethic is down to his children who give him a ''purpose'' to work.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the dark-haired musician said: ''I've been working really hard. I'm a working daddy. I have a purpose, I've been doing it all for the kids.''
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Works Hard For His Children.
Take That will fall apart with ''any less than three'' band members, according to Gary Barlow.
Take That will fall apart with ''any less than three'' band members, according to Gary Barlow.
The 45-year-old singer believes if remaining band members Mark Owen or Howard Donald were to follow in Jason Orange and part-time member Robbie Williams' footsteps and quit the group the 'Back For Good' hitmakers will fall apart and never be able to carry on as a duo.
Speaking to the Metro newspaper about the bands future, he said: ''It can't get any less than three.''
Continue reading: Take That Will Fall Apart With 'any Less Than Three' Band Members
Robbie previously claimed he had slept with “four out of five of the Spice Girls”.
Williams had previously claimed that he had slept with “four out of five” members of the girl group, but later apologised for his comments, which he said were a joke.
Mel B says she's the Spice Girl Robbie Williams didn't sleep with
Robbie says he’s caught the Led Zepplin legend secretly recording for hours outside his home.
Williams made the comments during a commercial break in a interview with an Italian radio station, who later posted the footage to their Facebook page without his knowledge.
Robbie Williams (pictured with wife Ayda Field) is still feuding with Jimmy Page
Robbie Williams is convinced he wouldn't be here today if he hadn't met his now-wife Ayda Field in 2006.
The 'Candy' hitmaker has entered rehab on numerous occasions throughout his career for alcoholism, substance abuse, depression and even an addiction to the energy drinks Lucozade and Red Bull but, although time in the specialised clinics helped him beat his demons, he believes meeting the 37-year-old actress in 2006 and marrying her in 2010 cured him.
Speaking on 'Loose Women' on Monday (14.10.16), the former Take That hunk explained: ''I would be dead [without therapy] I went to rehab a couple of times and a lot of therapy. Me masking what was going on inside or medicating it lead to some very dark places in my head. I was close to not being on the planet, but I recognise that.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Would Be 'dead' Without Wife Ayda
Robbie’s new album ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ has entered the chart at number one.
Robbie Williams has now had more UK number one albums than any other British solo artist.
Robbie’s latest album Heavy Entertainment Show entered the chart at number one this week, giving him his 12th UK chart topping album.
Robbie Williams is at number one with Heavy Entertainment Show
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Beats David Bowie's Chart Record
The Led Zeppelin legend has won his dispute with neighbour Robbie Williams over a planned extension to the latter's basement.
A long-running battle between musicians has finally been settled, not in the charts but through the courts. A three-month long planning row between rock star neighbours Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page was decided in favour of the Led Zeppelin guitarist.
Former Take That singer Williams has ditched plans to add a huge extension to his £17.5 million Grade II-listed London property, including excavating and building a huge two-storey basement. 71 year old Page had fiercely contested the proposal by appealing to the local council on the grounds that it would affect that foundations of his Grade I-listed home.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has won his building dispute with Robbie Williams
Continue reading: Jimmy Page Defeats Robbie Williams In Building Dispute
The British pop star has definitely left his single ways behind him
Robbie Williams is a changed man. Far from the lad about town he once was when he left Take That and embarked on a solo career and life in the sun in Los Angeles, he’s now a happily married chap and a father of two. Not only that but it seems the popstar, who started off his career as one fifth of the biggest boy band of the 1990s, has also turned a bit soppy.
Robbie Williams: still a performer but also a firm family man
Speaking about his performances when he is apart from his wife of four years Ayda Field, the 40-year-old singer revealed that he likes to Skype his better half before going on stage.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Talks Family And Frozen
Metallica are choosing to replicate Jay Z in performing a version of Wonderwall at their Glastonbury headline slot, but what are the best Oasis covers?
In a similar fashion to the announcement of Jay Z in 2008, metal titans Metallica’s headline slot at the iconic Glastonbury Festival has been met with a wave of criticism and derision from commentators who have deemed the Metallica’s headline position as both a lazy, predictable booking and one that is incompatible with Glastonbury’s demographic. However, whereas criticism towards Jay Z in the vein of what was unleashed by the Gallagher brothers was a scathing attack on hip hop as a genre, laced with a degree of barely concealed racism, Metallica’s backlash largely stems from elsewhere.
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher performing at the Universal Ampitheatre in 2000. [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Dan Callister]
Firstly, this is a band that hasn’t produced an album of any merit for well over a decade and what’s more, considering they were announced long after tickets had sold out, how many of Glastonbury’s middle class bohemians will actually want to watch the band? Metallica have themselves responded to the criticism by announcing they may open their set with a cover of “Wonderwall”, copying Jay Z’s act of protest back in 2008. However, it does appear that Jay Z’s version carried a greater amount of symbolism, given that it was the Gallagher brothers who were the most vocal opponents of his appearance.
These (often unlikely) actors were once also in the running to play British secret agent, James Bond.
Before Bourne, there was Bond. James Bond is a name that has become synonymous with the idea of classic British sophistication and suave. Professionally trained and with a license to kill, 007 has been played by some of the most debonair actors in the business, including Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The role has been much sought after and many an actor has been on the disappointing receiving end of a casting call - and some you wouldn’t even imagine would ever have been in the running to begin with.
The Dark Knight star Michael Caine was once in the running for Bond
East End lad Michael Caine was considered for the role back in 1967. Caine had already starred in three spy movies and was concerned that if he were to play Bond, he’d have been typecast. Caine has since had a long and varied career, although he’s also become one with his Cockney twang. Can you imagine Caine ditching his accent in favour of Bond’s more upper-class drawl?
Continue reading: Mel Gibson? Actors Who 'Could' Have Been James Bond
The two Take That bandmates went head-to-head in the charts this weekend, with Robbie holding out for the No. 1 spot
It was like 1997 all over again this weekend, as Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow battled it out for the Number One spot on the UK Album Chart. Much like the battles of the mid-to-late nineties, it was Robbie who came out on top again, making him the last artist to top the album chart in 2013.
The Take That guys were fighting for the top spot yet again
Robbie's new big band album, Swing Both Ways, held on to the No. 1 spot for a second week, having emerged victorious from another closely fought contest from last week. It was One Direction who Robbie managed to beat to the No. 1 spot last week, with his latest album beating Midnight Memories to the top spot by just 200 copies. This time around it was a relatively more clear contest, with Swing Both Ways outselling Gary Barlow’s latest solo effort, Since I Saw You Last, by approximately 12,000 copies.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Keeps Gary Barlow Off The Top Spot On UK Album Chart
Robbie and his silver streak are enjoying yet another comeback.
According to Robbie Williams, if you’re in L.A long enough, you’re going to pay for some self-improvement. That’s just a thing. And that’s what happened to him, he revealed to Graham Norton, admitting that he didn’t even need to get it done; he was just bored.
"I've lived in LA for a long time and they say, 'If you sit in a barber's shop for long enough you will get a haircut'. Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you're going to get some surgery,” he explained to Norton on Irish funny-man’s chat show.
"I've had a thatch done and I didn't even need it. That's the weirdest thing. I had three months off and got bored,” he revealed. Never has the ‘when in Rome’ phrase been so accurate. Williams has been sporting a hairstyle with a silver streak in his fringe.
Robbie Williams hair. A transplant!
Robbie Williams had admitted that he had a hair transplant despite not needing one, whilst living in Los Angeles. Speaking on The Graham Norton Show - set to air tonight (November 22, 2013) - Williams said Hollywood's obsession with physical improvement began to rub off on him.
Robbie Williams Had A Hair Transplant!
He said: "I've lived in LA for a long time and they say, 'If you sit in a barber's shop for long enough you will get a hair cut.' Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you're going to get some surgery," according to the Daily Mail.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams' Hair Transplant, "I Had Three Months Off And Got Bored"
The Radio 1 DJ slams one of the UK's most successful soloists.
Singer Robbie Williams has been left reeling after BBC Radio 1 personality Nick Grimshaw said that he and his music were "not relevant" to the stations target audience and failed to put the pop star's number one single 'Candy' on its playlist last year.
Robbie Williams Hit With An Almighty Snub From The UK's Biggest Radio Station.
The quiffy-haired DJ said that he didn't "know if [Williams is] now for a Radio 1 audience." "I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore," he told Five news, as reported by BBC News.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Gutted After Being Branded Irrelevant By Nick Grimshaw
Robbie Williams has admitted his disappointment at Radio 1's snub.
Robbie Williams has reopened his beef with Radio 1 over the station's decision to cease playing his singles. Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw had previously said Williams, 39, was "not relevant" to the station's target audience of 15-29 year-olds and his No.1 single Candy was pulled from its playlist.
Though Radio 1 did play his latest single 'Goin Crazy' with Dizzee Rascal, Williams has spoken of his dismay at being frozen out by the UK's biggest radio station.
"I'm very ambitious. So when Radio 1 goes and is taken away from you, a huge bit of your arsenal goes. It's your main oxygen to get your stuff out there," he told Radio 4's Mastertapes programme.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Dismayed At Losing His "Main Oxygen," Radio 1
Robbie Williams - UK singer Robbie Williams spotted singing and dancing with a band on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard for his new music video "Go Gentle" filming at Hollywood Ca. - Hollywood, CA, United States - Saturday 5th October 2013
The man who designed some legendary sets for the Stones and Pink Floyd, has passed away.
Mark Fisher OBE – the talented stage designer for bands like The Rolling Stones, U2 and Pink Floyd, passed away yesterday (Wednesday, June 26). He was 66. Fisher, who also worked with celebrities like Robbie Williams and Lady GaGa, reportedly died peacefully in his sleep, according to NME. It was the end of his long-standing battle with illness.
Fisher had worked with The Stones for the past two decades.
Fisher – who was also an architect, had worked on the set design for Stones tours for the past twenty years. The rockers expressed their condolences in a statement, which read: "We are all extremely saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend Mark Fisher. The remarkable sets he designed for us over the last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours. His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious."
Continue reading: Beloved Stage Designer For The Rolling Stones, Mark Fisher, Dies At 66
It's not over yet...
We’ve lost count of the public media battles between Liam Gallagher and Robbie Williams; one of them from an honest rock band, the other an honest pop star. Musically, they were poles apart, but their personalities were similar.
Now, Liam has reignited the feud between the musical giants. Incensed that Williams is to play three nights at his beloved Etihad stadium – the home of Manchester City – Liam said: “The bulls**t is winning,” before telling BBC Radio 5 LivethatRobbie a “fat f***ing idiot.” He then went on to express his disdain that Williams has the stadium while he’s playing the tacky Ritzy for one night as Beady Eye. "I think it's a shame that he's doing three nights [at the Etihad] and a band like us are doing one night in the Ritz. Poor, mate,” he explained. "It's not about him, it's people in general. But it's about f**king him, just in case you think I'm scared or something." We get it Liam, you’re not scared of anyone.
When you're this cocky, you're bound to make enemies.
Continue reading: Liam Gallagher V Robbie Williams Round... 975? Ding Ding!
Liam Gallagher and Robbie Williams were apparently reignite their feud at Pinewood Studios on Saturday. But they won't, really.
We bet while Liam Gallagher was travelling the world with Oasis in the heady 1990s, he didn't expect to appear on a dodgy singing contest with Jessie J, Tom Jones and that bloke from The Script. Ok, so he's not auditioning, but his band Beady Eye will take to the BBC stage on Saturday night (May 15, 2013) to sing live on 'The Voice.'
There is a problem.
Liam's sort-of arch-nemesis Robbie Williams - who isn't really his arch-nemesis - will also be on-set to record a pre-recorded performance with Dizzee Rascal. Heads will roll! Probably. Worried bosses are the BBC are apparently keen to keep both parties on separate sides of Pinewood Studios, despite the fact that Liam, nor Robbie are that bothered. A show source told The Sun: "Relations between Robbie and Liam do seem to have become less hostile but the bosses aren't taking any chances.They had hoped they wouldn't be in the studio at the same time but as Robbie's tour clashed with the final, his performance has to be pre-recorded. So we have given them separate Winnebagos on either side of the studio and called in extra security to be on hand in case the pair do kick off."
Continue reading: How Did It Come To This? Liam Gallagher And Robbie Set For 'The Voice'
The pair hooked up to perform new single 'Goin' Crazy' in what was a great way to star off the three-day festival
Dizzee Rascal was on the bill to open day one of the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry’s Ebrington Square on Friday (May 24), but rather than just keep the performance to himself the rapper decided to treat the fans to a special guest: Robbie Williams! The two performed their new duet 'Goin’ Crazy' much to the pleasure of the audience, who were already being treated to some amazing weather and performances over the weekend.
The three day event, which began yesterday (May 24) and will end on Sunday (May 26), has already seen its fair share of surprises in addition to the Dizzee-Robbie hook-up, with troubles at Heathrow forcing two acts (Angel Haze and Aluna George) to pull out of the festival last minute, whilst drum and bass duo Chase & Status saw a way around the problem by hiring their own private jet to get to the three-day event.
Meanwhile, Rudimental, who were in Northern Ireland at the time but their equipment wasn't, had to borrow their kit from other performers in order to play their set. Producer Amir Amor said: "We borrowed guitars, bass, microphones, a bit of love! Everything we could. But the gig just blew us away."
Robbie Williams - BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend - Day 1 - Derry, Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013
Using a tried-and-tested formula of acoustic versions and covers, this most recent instalment of the series sees further performances for Dermot O'Leary's radio show now available to own. The artists included cover a broad spectrum, from near-unknowns to arena fillers, and predictably results vary from the terrific to the terrible.
A brave and successful take on 'Eleanor Rigby' from Emeli Sande begins proceedings, while Will Young reminds us of his vocal talent on a lovely rendition of Blondie's 'Hanging On The Telephone'. The classic Jackson 5 number 'I Want You Back' loses its magic in the hands (or should that be voice?) of Rachel Sermanni, but the running is immediately rescued by The Do taking on Kings Of Leon's 'Sex On Fire'. They morph the rock anthem into a chill-out moment and in vocalist Olivia Merilahti have a fantastic talent. Of those presenting their own material, Florence + The Machine and Jessie J give solid presentations of 'Never Let Me Go' and 'Price Tag' respectively, while Robbie Williams' altered performance of 'Candy' does well to take it away from sounding like an advertising jingle and make it a folk-style sing-a-long.
An ill-advised attempt at Blur's 'Song 2' from Plan B begins the second disc in horrendous manner, something that becomes all the more surprising once you hear the beautifully soulful version of 'Empire State Of Mind' gifted by Maverick Sabre. Miles Kane gives a decent rendition of The 'Stones 'Play With Fire' before Dry The River provide a highlight of this release with a lovely cover of 'Homeward Bound', originally by Simon & Garfunkel. A trio of British bands close out this record and, for an act with such a fierce live reputation, Kasabian's 'Days Are Forgotten' is limp to say the least. By contrast, the Manic Street Preachers bring a raucous 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough' and Athlete provide a stirring 'Wires' - a worthy selection as the latter book-end.
Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J have been given their first BRIT Award nods, after being nominated for three awards: Best British Group, Best British Album and British Breakthrough.. Still, despite earlier success the band have admitted that they were still taken by surprise with the announcement of their recognition.
Speaking to NME, keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton described the news as "incredible," but admitted that he and the rest of the band were taken by surprise by the announcement, saying: "thought this this wouldn't be for the likes of us."
Last year the group's debut album, An Awesome Wave, received wide-spread acclaim and was awarded the title of BBC Radio 6's Album of 2012 as well as the Mercury Award and with the BRITs constantly vying to remain relevant and 'cool' it looks like the group might also be in contention to take away at least one gong at February's awards show, regardless of what the modest group members may think of their chances.
Continue reading: Alt-J Taken By Surprise By BRIT Nominations
Is The Justice Collective's 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' The Underdog In The Fight For Christmas Number One?
The Justice Collective have finally released their tribute single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' in remembrance of the tragic disaster at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.
The Justice Collective - featuring stars like Robbie Williams, Shane MacGowan and Paul McCartney – are amongst the favourites to get to number one in the UK this Christmas. Over the last few years. the Christmas Number One has been a little unpredictable, what with a recent campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In the Name Of’ to number one thus preventing the usual X Factor winner Number One for the years that had preceded it.
Everyone loves to support a good cause at Christmas and the Justice Collective’s cover of The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ will raise money for to help the families of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, with their legal fees. The single was launched at Liverpool’s HMV store, by the former footballer Kenny Dalglish and the comedian John Bishop. According to the Halifax Courier, the Justice Collective currently have best odds of 2/7 to get a Christmas number one, whereas James Arthur – this year’s X Factor winner – has odds of 5/1 in second place. Gareth Malone's Military Wives’ Choir are in third place at 20/1, which would make it their second Christmas number one in a row if they manage to land the top spot.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, there has been a call from the stars of the Justice Collective, as well as Kenny Dalglish, John Bishop and Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram to waive the VAT on the sales of the single. “I wrote to the Chancellor George Osborne before X Factor and we haven't yet had a formal response from him. We tried to get hold of the Treasury yesterday and we are still hopeful that he will waive the VAT on our single. It's the right thing for the Government to do,” said the MP.
With only nine days left until the big day, the race is on to see who will be sitting atop the UK Singles Chart this christmas, with the charity Hillsborough single battling it out with X Factor winner James Arthur for the coveted Christmas No. 1.
Only a few years ago, it was pretty much a given that the festive number one spot would go to The X Factor or Pop Idol/Popstars winner, however the competition has gotten a little more heated in recent years for for a number of reasons, and unlike before there is an air of uncertainty as to who will walk away with this year's number one spot at Christmas.
Girls Aloud were the first to do it back in 2002, when 'Sound in the Underground' took the Yuletide top spot. Then, from Shayne Ward in 2005 to Alexandra Burke in 2008, Simon Cowell's creations had that top spot wrapped up like dad's songs on Christmas Eve. That all changed when a successful Facebook campaign saw Rage Against The Machine's 1991 debut single 'Killing In The Name' take the top spot away from that years' winner, and thus outrage erupted (even though all profits RATM made were donated to charity, as opposed to Simon Cowell's already bulging wallet). Even though Matt Cardle managed to come up trumps the next year with 'When We Collide,' 2011 again saw a change in the wind when the choir ensemble Military Wives with Gareth Malone took the Xmas top spot with their rendition of 'Wherever You Are.' This time round though, SiCo was a little more forgiving.
Continue reading: Christmas Number One: The Race Is On
Robbie Williams - Robbie Williams arriving at his hotel Monday 26th November 2012 Featuring: Robbie Williams Where: London, United Kingdom
For someone who spends more time holding out his microphone to the audience, ironically meaning the crowd do most of the leg work at his concerts, Robbie Williams can still attract the crowds. His latest show - at the 02 London - had gone down marvellously.
He was even given a Twitter boost by his pal and old band mate, Gary Barlow, who posted, "Have a great show tonight @robbiewilliams #O2london", and after the show, celebrity praise was ample, with comedian Alan Carr tweeting, "Just seen @robbiewilliams at the 02 - amazing - what a showman!! Now how can I get him on @chattyman hmmmmn!!!!" The Telegraph were perhaps the most doting, however, giving the show a 5 star review, writing, "The show was staged in the round and it felt fitting because we were seeing many sides of Williams - the self deprecating comedian making cracks about the Queen not recognising him, the Norman Wisdom impersonator and the great British pop icon."
"Tonight was triumphant," the review went onto say. "A reminder that Robbie Williams remains one of the national treasures of British pop. 'They said it was leaving me, the magic was leaving me' he had sung earlier on 'Be A Boy', adding 'I don't think so.' I don't think so either, Robbie." So it looks like Robbie's still got it!
The Hillsborough single, released to raise money for the families of Liverpool fans who lost their life during the tragic Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 football fans lost their lives during a FA Cup semi-final match at the Sheffield stadium, has had it's full line-up released, featuring a fair share of star power.
The single, a cover of the 1969 Hollies track 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother,' will be released on December 17th and is already hotly tipped to take this year's Christmas Number One spot. The full line-up is to feature Liverpudlian Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Mick Jones, X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, Spice Girl Mel C, Gerry Marsden, Paloma Faith, Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook, Beady Eye's Chris Sharrock, Hollie Cook, Jon McClure, Eliza Doolittle, Beverley Knight, Liverpool FC legend Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram, Liverpool-born comic John Bishop and members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Lawson, the Farm, the Zutons, the Beautiful South and Cast.
Families of the victims have already been given a listen to the charity single, which will raise funds for the ongoing legal costs as the victim's families seek retribution from the Government and police, who had covered up the truth about the disaster until earlier this year. Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, commended McCartney for lending his name to the project and spoke of how her son, one of the 96, was listening to the song shortly before he passed on. She said, "I thought, maybe he's handing me this new version and saying 'listen to this'."
Robbie Williams last scored a number one single in 2004 but the former Take That star looks as though he’s heading for the top of the charts this weekend 'with his latest single ‘Candy,’ according to NME.com. It’s the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album Take The Crown and has sold 73,000 copies so far, since its release.
Sales will have been buoyed by his appearance on last week’s X Factor show, during which he joked with his Take That pal Gary Barlow about his support for the controversial contestant on the show, Rylan Clark. When he was asked by Radio One’s Greg James (who presents the station’s weekly official chart show) what he would do if he got the number one slot this Sunday (November 4, 2012), he replied that he would “stay in, look for UFOs, get fat and beardy again.” Robbie’s last number one single was ‘Radio,’ which coincided with the release of his Greatest Hits album in 2004. His ninth studio album, Take The Crown, will be released on November 5, 2012.
Last week, Labrinth and Emeli Sande’s duet ‘Our Version Of Events’ also hit the top spot, after they had performed live on X Factor, though they have slipped to third place, in the midweek charts analysis. The X Factor effect shouldn’t be underestimated. Fun have just leapt 29 places with ‘We Are Young’, after they also appeared on the TV talent contest in the UK.
In 2005, just as Robbie Williams was really starting to get his arms fully elbow-deep in the sort of faecal-quality material that in the end was only really useful for building motorways in China, he hit upon a rare moment of poignancy with the ballad 'Advertising Space'. Co-written by himself and Steven Duffy, the song was released as a single from the otherwise dreadful Intensive Care and, with its lyrics about the tragic fall of a once mighty superstar, it suggested something almost akin to self-awareness.
Williams solo pop career had, after all, shown a certain amount of promise towards the end of the 1990s, only for the puff of potential to disappear as quickly as his skull had rammed itself snugly between his fleshy arse cheeks. With 'Advertising Space', he seemed to admit that it had all gone a bit tits up as far as the song stuff was concerned, and that change was necessary lest he end up washed out and faded like so many who'd gone before him.
However, following the utter disaster of Rudebox in 2006, the biggest change to the public persona of the now 38 year-old has been a loss of confidence. Say what you want about his output; live, on camera or in front of fans Williams never seemed anything less than infallible, a King before his subjects whose unshakeable self-belief meant that even his worst artistic directions could be tolerated by his devotees. Yet it took just a botched door on the X Factor in 2009 to make it abundantly clear that the artist who once used to antagonise Oasis when they were in their career pomp wasn't quite sure of even his own worth anymore; struggling to get through the door to the stage on that comeback on X Factor, he struggled to gather himself and delivered a performance that stuttered and shook with anxiety, something that's imbued itself within him since.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams - Take The Crown Album Review
While the news normally constantly bombards us with the ills of the world, the injustices and atrocities, abuses and deaths, breaches of freedom and crimes of war, The Pride of Britain is a rare and welcome evening of celebration of all that is good in the face of evil.
Jack Carroll was awarded with the Teenager of Courage award. He uses comedy to break down barriers and challenge attitudes towards cerebral palsy, a disability that he suffers with. Another recipient of the Teenager of Courage award was Alice Pyne who is responsible for 40,000 people signing up to the bone marrow register. She said "It was an incredible night and I felt really lucky to hear all the amazing stories behind the awards."
While this show truly shows us how blessed the UK is with courageous and admirable citizens, one question still lingers though; why is it still the celebrities who are revered on the red carpet? Why is it their opinion that is sought out regarding the events of the evening? ...Why are they there? Well, for each of the winners that spoke to the Mirror it's clear that the celebs simply have a greater access to direct lines of influence. Natalia Aggiano who gave one of her kidneys to a complete stranger said "Alexandra [Burke] gave me her email address and said that she's going to do whatever she can to raise awareness about donating kidneys to strangers." Plus, celebrities also have that uncanny ability to really make the day of these incredibly noble teens. Alice said "[Robbie Williams] was wearing one of my pink charity wristbands and I tweeted a picture of him in it. Then he invited me to one of his concerts. I'm really excited about it." Pierce Brosnan, Holly Willoughby, Jamie Rednapp and Jon Bon Jovi were all in attendance to celebrate the amazing young Brits.
Robbie Williams Monday 22nd October 2012 leaving the BBC Radio 2 studios
Adele's instant modern classic 'Someone Like You' immediately struck a chord for those mourning a relationship, so it's no real surprise that this solemn ballad has made it to number 22 in the Co-Operative Funeralcare's chart for funeral songs- a list of the most requested songs at funerals over the past 12 months.
Adele's appearance in the list continues a growing tradition of pop music overtaking the place of hymns at funerals, so found the survey of 250 of the 900 funeral homes run by the Co-Operative. In fact, Gigwise reports that “They found that pop music has replaced hymns in two-thirds of British funerals as hymns have fallen to 30% of funeral music requests.” For the past seven years Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' has topped the list, and is requested at 15% of all funerals. Plus more ironic songs such as Monty Python's 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' often makes an appearance.
Continue reading: Adele- Bittersweet Success In Funeral Charts
Adele's instant modern classic 'Someone Like You' immediately struck a chord for those mourning a relationship, so it's no real surprise that this solemn ballad has made it to number 22 in the Co-Operative Funeralcare's chart for funereal songs - a list of the most requested songs at funerals over the past 12 months.
Adele's appearance on the list continues a growing tradition of pop music overtaking the place of hymns at funerals, so found the survey of 250 of the 900 funeral homes run by the Co-Operative. In fact, Gigwise reports that “They found that pop music has replaced hymns in two-thirds of British funerals as hymns have fallen to 30% of funeral music requests.” For the past seven years Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' has topped the list, and is requested at 15% of all funerals. Plus more ironic songs such as Monty Python's 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' often makes an appearance.
The Top 10 pop songs requested at funerals in 2012 include Eva Cassidy's 'Over the Rainbow', Nat King Cole 'Unforgettable' and Robbie William's 'Angels' among others.Only 4% of funerals now have classic music requested and hymns account for only 30% of songs at funerals. The popularity of Adele's song may be in the million records that it sold in 2011 and her heart wrenching rendition that she performed at the Brit Awards in the same year, where she was overwhelmed by tears by the end of her performance.
Oh Lindsay! We'd really appreciate it if Lindsay Lohan made her mind up. Is she a good-girl-gone-bad, a bad-girl-gone-good, or something else? Just when we thought she was back on the straight and narrow, the actress has been arrested for a hit-and-run!
Hips Don't Lie? Fans of Shakira have been speculating on her 'possible' baby-bump for weeks, and the Columbian pop-star has finally confirmed that she and football star beau Gerard Pique are expecting their first child together! We here at Contactmusic.com send our heartiest congratulations!
Continue reading: A Week In Celebrity News 20 September 2012
Robbie Williams baby girl has arrived safe and sound into the world, with attention on Wednesday turning to the Take That man and wife Ayda Field’s choice of name. Would it match Williams’ personality? Would the couple play it safe? Well, it’s a yes to both, kind of.
The 38-year-old singer took to his blog today to disclose that his baby girl would be named Theodora Rose Williams. Not the world’s most common name, though it’s certainly nothing to rival the more bizarre celebrity baby names of years gone by (Apple, anyone?) However, it seems that Robbie has given his first daughter a little nickname, telling fans that she will be “affectionately known as Teddy,” while adding, “Born 3.33pm on 18.9.12, 7Ibs 4OZ…Baby, Mummy and Daddy are all rockin.... Thank you for your best wishes XXXX.” Robbie had expressed concerns last week that he may miss the London birth of his child while touring other parts of the UK, though he did have a private jet on standby. Of course he did.
Williams and wife Ayda have already confirmed their daughter will grow up as a British citizen, despite the singer owning a home in Los Angeles and spending the majority of his time there over the past couple of years.
A complicated birth saw Field, 33, go into labour eight days premature, but all is well, and she gave birth to a baby girl at London's private Portland Hospital. Her arrival comes just two days after Robbie finished a string of solo comeback gigs, during which he joked about rushing off-stage if Ayda gave birth, and before his gig in Dublin on September 14 he said: "We thought the baby was going to have to be induced today," but no such action was needed. A close friend of Robbie’s, Jonathan Wilkes tweeted: "Just had the best news!" The pair met in 2006, marrying four years later at Robbie’s home in Los Angeles and it was in March this year they announced that Ayda was expecting their first child.
The former Take That star has been forthcoming in the upcoming months to the birth of his first child. "Ayda's like a very slim girl with a basketball — from the back you can't tell she's pregnant. She has been like an athlete where being pregnant is concerned — she's been a machine," he said, probably trying to compliment his wife. Talking of his impending role of Dad, Williams was equally honest: "It's so alien and also I've lived a very selfish life for a very long time where I haven't had to do anything for myself,” he explained. "I still don't know how to do anything for myself and there's a little person who's going to appear within the week maybe and I'm crapping it because if I don't know how to look after me, how can I look after her?” Well you better figure it out soon, Robbie, because she’s arrived. Only joking: here at Contact Music, we wish the new family all the best.
Robbie Williams - Robbie Williams and Teddy Sheringham Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Training for the Soccer Aid match which will be held in Manchester's Old Trafford stadium on Sunday (27May12)
Robbie Williams and The X Factor - Robbie Williams and Jonjo Kerr London, England - 'The X Factor' judges, finalists and guests depart the show's studios after the live results show Sunday 27th November 2011
"This is one of those avant-garde things, is it?" says a droll, dubious and dying Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) as he sits in an empty theater at the beginning of "De-Lovely," watching his life pass before his eyes on the stage, in a production conducted by an enigmatic, ironic, ethereal director named Gabe (Jonathan Pryce).
The answer to his question is a delighted "yes." This film is an imaginative, deconstructionist, celebratory musical biography woven together from elements of theater, meta-cinema, chamber drama and Porter's own MGM musicals with gratifying -- if deliberately glossy -- results.
Kline opens the picture as a frail but feisty old man (the age makeup is remarkable) who, as he watches his own story unfold, is alternatively tickled ("Oh, look, it's an opening number!"), critical ("He'd never wear that! Change it."), fondly reminiscent and pained by regret. And the actor also plays the younger Porter in the bulk of the picture, which has a merry, dreamlike quality to its stop-and-start interactions with the elderly Porter and his theatrical spirit guide.
Continue reading: De-Lovely Review
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