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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.
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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
Performing a one-off gig at London's Troxy on Monday, Williams was joined onstage by his former Take That colleagues.
Taking to the stage at London’s Troxy venue on Monday evening (November 7th), in an intimate concert that was filmed by ITV and will be broadcast at a later date, Williams cycled through his greatest hits to mark only the third time that the BRITs have bestowed their Icon Award – Sir Elton John and David Bowie being the previous recipients.
Robbie Williams performing with Take That in 2011
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Reunites With Take That At BRITs Icon Gig
Robbie Williams believes no other musician has an ''entertaining temperament'' like him.
Robbie Williams believes no other musician has an ''entertaining temperament'' like him.
The 42-year-old singer songwriter - who boasts over 20 years at the helm of the music industry - has admitted he is confident about taking to the stage for his upcoming European tour and believes he is the ultimate entertainer.
Speaking in a press conference to promote his forthcoming stadium tour for his latest album 'Heavy Entertainment Show', the 'Rock Dj' hitmaker said: ''If you say things enough it becomes true.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams: 'Nobody Has Got An Entertaining Temperament Like Me'
Williams commented on Justin Bieber's recent onstage meltdowns during his Purpose world tour.
The 42 year old star, who recently released his new album The Heavy Entertainment Show, says that he understands the reasons behind Bieber’s recent onstage meltdowns while touring the UK for his Purpose world tour, which culminated in him walking off the stage in Manchester when the crowd wouldn’t quieten down.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Sympathises With Justin Bieber Over Screaming Fans
This year's Royal Variety Performance will include Emeli Sande, Robbie Williams, Robin Gibb, Sheridan Smith and many more.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge David Walliams has been announced as the host of this year’s Royal Variety Performance next month.
The likes of Emeli Sande, Sting and Robbie Williams are among the acts who will be performing in front of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Hammersmith Apollo on December 6th, which will be telecast on ITV.
David Walliams will host the Royal Variety Performance this year
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The band will be joined by the newly reunited All Saints.
Take That have announced a UK and Ireland tour for May and June 2017, in support of their upcoming Wonderland album.
The band will hit the road for 22 dates, beginning in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena on May 8 and 9.
Take That will be hitting the road in 2017 for their Wonderland tour
Continue reading: Take That Announce 22 Date 'Wonderland' Tour
The video for Williams' new single 'Party Like a Russian' has grabbed headlines in Russia for all the wrong reasons.
Robbie Williams may be in a bit of hot water with Russia after media outlets in the country reacted badly to his brand new music video for single ‘Party Like a Russian’, attacking it for using crude national and cultural stereotypes.
Released less than a week ago to promote his new studio album, Heavy Entertainment Show, the video is said to have angered Russians because of its crude stereotyping of the country’s culture. Some are even suggesting that Williams won’t be allowed to perform in Russia again.
Robbie Williams performing in London in September 2016
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Upsets Russians With New Music Video
Robbie Williams will drop his first album 'Heavy Entertainment Show' in three years on November 4.
Robbie Williams is set to release his first album in three years next month.
The 42-year-old singer has announced he'll drop his 11th studio LP, 'Heavy Entertainment Show' on November 4 and it'll feature songs co-written by Ed Sheeran and The Killers' Brandon Flowers.
The album will also include a collaboration with Guy Chambers, which will come as a surprise to fans as they fell out five years ago.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams To Drop First Album In 3 Years
Robbie Williams pleaded with Ed Sheeran to send him a track for his forthcoming album 'Heavy Entertainment Show'.
The 42-year-old singer songwriter has admitted he bombarded the flame-haired musician with emails as ''one last hope'', because he feared he didn't have enough ''hits'' on his comeback LP ' Heavy Entertainment Show'.
The 'Rock DJ' hitmaker told The Sun newspaper: ''[I thought] days are running out for the album, 'Have I got enough hits? Are there enough hits? I've got Ed Sheeran's email. I'll send him an email and see what happens. One last hope.''
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Pleads With Ed Sheeran To Send Him A Track
The album is Williams’ first release since 2013’s ‘Swings Both Ways’.
Robbie Williams has announced he’ll be releasing his 11th studio album Heavy Entertainment Show on November 4th. The album was revealed during the commercial break on Saturday night’s ‘X Factor’, with an ad showing Williams in a boxing ring fighting as both opponents.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Announces New Album 'Heavy Entertainment Show'
Williams previously helped Osbourne in 2013.
Robbie Williams is reportedly set to return to the ‘X Factor’, to help friend Sharon Osbourne pick her three finalist during the Judges’ Houses round. Williams previously assisted Osbourne in 2013, when she also had the Overs category, and he even helped her pick eventual winner Sam Bailey.
Robbie Williams is said to be assisting Sharon Osbourne on this year’s ‘X Factor’.
The Sun reports that Williams will join Osbourne at her Los Angeles mansion in the coming weeks for filming where they will select which three contestants from her Overs category will make it to the live finals.
Continue reading: Will Robbie Williams Be Helping Sharon Osbourne On The 'X Factor'?
Williams previously dated Geri Halliwell briefly in the mid-nineties.
Robbie Williams wife Ayda Field appeared to hint on Friday’s (July 8) ‘Loose Women’ that her husband knew three of the Spice Girls very well. Williams is known to have once dated Geri Horner, but according to Ayda he may also have had flings with Mel C and Emma Bunton.
Ayda Field has hinted about husband Robbie Williams’ past with the Spice Girls.
On Friday’s show the panel dressed as the Spice Girls to celebrate 20 years since the release of ‘Wannabe’. Ayda was dressed as Victoria Beckham when fellow panelist Kaye Adams asked her: “Ayda, did Robbie ‘know’ the Spice Girls?”
Back for good or maybe just a little while, Robbie is reportedly set to join his former bandmates.
Robbie Williams will be a part of Take That’s upcoming 25th anniversary tour, according to bandmate Howard Donald. Williams first left the band in 1995, less than a year before they disbanded. The group then reformed in 2006 and Williams rejoined in 2010, before leaving again two years later.
Robbie Williams will be rejoining Take That for their 25th anniversary tour.
Speaking to The Sun, Donald, along with Gary Barlow and Mark Owen said they’d been in touch with Williams and former member Jason Orange. While Williams’ participation looks like a done deal, it’s unlikely Orange will rejoin.
Continue reading: Has Robbie Williams Signed Up For Take That's 25th Anniversary Tour?
Robbie is reportedly working with his former bandmates on new material.
Robbie Williams is reportedly heading back to the studio with Take That to work on new music. It will be the first time Robbie has written with his former bandmates since 2010 and the tracks will feature on the group’s mammoth Greatest Hits album, which will come out next year to mark their 25th anniversary.
Robbie Williams is reportedly working with Take That again.
A source told The Sun: “Robbie loves being part of the creative process and he has lots to offer. He influenced the last album he featured on with his electro sound, which reflected his solo work at the time.”
Robbie is reportedly being eyed as a judge when the talent show moves to ITV next year.
Robbie Williams is reportedly being considered to take a judge’s seat on ‘The Voice’ as part of a massive revamp of the talent show, once it moves from BBC to ITV. According to The Daily Star, ITV thinks Robbie ‘ticks all the boxes’ and would be a perfect fit for the judging panel.
Could Robbie Williams soon be seen on ‘The Voice’?
An insider told the newspaper: “X Factor have been courting Robbie for years but The Voice team think they have a better chance because their filming schedule is shorter, and it allows him to concentrate on other projects.”
Continue reading: Is Robbie Williams Set To Join 'The Voice'?
After breaking from One Direction last year, Zayn Malik has just released his first solo album, 'Mind of Mine', but will he be a solo success story?
They say breaking up is hard to do, but leaving a famous boyband and going solo must be even harder. Last May Zayn Malik broke teenaged hearts when he announced his departure from One Direction, but one year on he’s just released his first solo album. But now Mind of Mine has finally dropped, Zayn might want to read up on some other former boyband members who tried their hand at a solo career, to varying degrees of success.
Former Take That member, Robbie Williams
Jason and Robbie are said to be keen on re-joining Take That to celebrate the group's 25th anniversary next year.
If a report in the Mirror is to believed, the original 1990s line-up could be returning in 2017 for a series of special live shows and a two-hour TV documentary celebrating a quarter of a century since Take That’s emergence.
Their debut album, Take That & Party, was released in 1992 and included some of their break-out hits like ‘Could it Be Magic’ and ‘It Only Takes a Minute’.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams And Jason Orange Mooted For Take That Reunion
Robbie Williams fell off the stage at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle last month and broke a fan's arm. The singer seemingly did not apologise at the time but his representatives have since contacted the 52-year-old woman.
Robbie Williams reportedly did not apologise to a fan whose arm he broke whilst performing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne last month. The 40-year-old fell off stage at Metro Radio Arena and landed on the arm of a 52-year-old woman stood by the railings at the front of the concert.
Robbie Williams performing in Manchester last month.
Williams was in Newcastle at the end of June on his Swing Both Ways tour when he fell off stage whilst performing his song of the same name. He was exuberantly performing when he leaned down to high five fans in the front row but one lady got more than she bargained for.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Falls Off Stage, Breaks Fan's Arm & Doesn't Apologise?
The 40 year-old singer announced the exciting news on Monday via Twitter, expressing how he and his wife are "delighted" about becoming parents for a second time.
Robbie Williams is going to be a father for a second time.
The 40 year-old singer and his wife, Ayda Field, are set to welcome another child into the world later in the year.
Williams confirmed the exciting news on his Twitter on Monday (April 28th).
Continue reading: Robbie Williams And Wife Ayda Field Expecting Second Child Together
The veteran performer scored his tenth UK No. 1 with the new album
Bruce Springsteen released his latest album, High Hopes, in the UK last week and at the first time of asking the latest collection of songs from The Boss soared straight to the top of the album chart. Springsteen is now among an elite club of artists who have managed to score 10 No. 1 albums in the UK, with High Hopes unlikely to be his last either.
High Hopes is Springsteen's 10th No. 1 in the UK
Bruce has now surpassed David Bowie, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson in the race for double figures, with these four each earning nine No. 1 albums to date. Springsteen is now on par with U2 and the Rolling Stones, but still places behind Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams (with 11 each), Madonna (who has 12 No. 1's) and The Beatles, who lead the way with 15 No. 1 albums in total.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Back At No. 1 With 'High Hopes'
The film classification board takes action after concerned parents speak out.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has announced plans for a new age-rating system designed to tackle online music videos deemed inappropriate material for young people. The organisation's assistant director, David Austin, said the BBFC was responding to pressure from parents who were concerned about the sexual imagery freely available to children who had access to the web, according to The Guardian.
Inappropriate Content? Miley Cyrus We're Looking At You.
Austin said that a pilot project was being developed in association with Google and the UK music industry body, BPI, to test how the new classification guidelines might work with voluntary submissions to review, including content from Beyoncé, Metallica and Robbie Williams.
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."
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
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.
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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.
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 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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