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Gary Barlow To Front New BBC1 Saturday Night Talent Show 'Let It Shine'

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The BBC has announced that Gary Barlow will be the centrepiece of the next big talent show rollout in its search for a reliable Saturday night TV hit, with the Take That singer auditioning hopefuls with the aim of putting together a ‘Mamma Mia’-style stage musical.

‘Let It Shine’ will be co-presented by Graham Norton and ‘Great British Bake-Off’ host Mel Giedroyc, in a format strongly redolent of BBCOne’s former hit ‘I’d Do Anything’, Barlow and other judges will be seeking to assemble a new group of performers for a production called ‘The Band’, which will feature the music of Take That.

The musical in question has been assembled by Barlow and his bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen.

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Robbie Williams Heads Back To The Studio With Take That For 25th Anniversary

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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 WilliamsRobbie 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.”

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Robbie Williams And Jason Orange Mooted For Take That Reunion

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Robbie Williams and Jason Orange are reportedly in favour of a reunion with Take That ahead of the band’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’.

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Take That Reportedly Land Lucrative Las Vegas Residency

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Take That have reportedly signed a deal for a lucrative Las Vegas residency. The British band are said to have impressed promoter with their recent sold-out 'Take That Live' arena tour, despite never previously cracking the US market.

Take ThatTake That have reportedly signed a deal for a Las Vegas residency.

“Brits are bound to lap up seeing them on foreign soil but there’s also hope the band will attract a completely new fan base from abroad,” a source told the The Sun.“It’s a huge deal as the lads have always dreamed of cracking America.”

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Florence + The Machine And Kendrick Lamar Added To 2016 BST Hyde Park Line Up

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Florence + the Machine and Kendrick Lamar are the latest headliners to be announced for next year’s BST Festival in Hyde Park. The two acts will share the bill on Saturday July 2nd, with Florence headlining the night. Also on the line-up are Jamie xx and Blood Orange.

Florence + the MachineFlorence + The Machine are heading to BST Hyde Park.

Florence + the Machine headlined the Friday of this year’s Glastonbury festival after the Foo Fighters were force to pull out. Their latest album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful hit the number one spot in the UK earlier this year.

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Take That Announce New Single 'Let In The Sun' Ahead Of Brit Awards Show

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They topped UK charts for the sixth time in a row with their 2014 album 'III', and now they are set to release a brand new single from the record (appropriately titled for this snowy time of year), 'Let In The Sun'.

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Take That are set to release 'Let In The Sun'

There are good vibes surrounding this upcoming release, since lead single 'These Days' became their first number one hit for six years, and 'Let In The Sun certainly seems to harken to their earlier dance anthems. Producer Stuart Price was on board for the track, having previously worked with the band on their 2010 Platinum release 'Progress'. 

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Gary Barlow's Charity Work Enough To Retain OBE, Insists David Cameron

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David Cameron isn’t doing much to shake his ‘help the rich, ignore the poor’ reputation. The British Prime Minister has insisted that Gary Barlow – who is facing sanctions over alleged tax avoidance – should keep his OBE after the chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge had suggested Barlow "might show a bit of contrition” by giving it back, the BBC reports.

Gary BarlowGary Barlow's reputation has taken a hit with this latest tax revelation

It has recently emerged that Barlow – alongside fellow Take That members Howard Donald and Mark Owen and manager Jonathan Wild - had put money into a scheme ruled to be set up for tax avoidance purposes.

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Gary Barlow Announces New Single & Tour With First Solo Album In 14 Years, Full Track Listing

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Singer Gary Barlow has whirled his fans into a sudden frenzy of excitement after it was announced that not only does the former Take That singer have an album on the way, there's also a full tour planned. For those who are impatient and don't want to wait all the way until November 25th's Since I Saw You Last release, Gary will be dropping a brand new single the week before, with 'Let Me Go' due out on the 17th November.

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It'll Be A Barlow Invasion!

The new studio material as well as the solo live tour will be Barlow's first efforts in 14 years. He has gone solo before but has spent most of his time and efforts with his boyband, Take That, who have enjoyed a rekindled success in recent years. Barlow had been taking time out of making his own music to nurture talent on the ITV's The X Factor where he currently judges scores of hopeful British talent alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne.

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Will X Factor Execs Tempt Robbie Williams To Join Gary Barlow On Judging Panel?

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Will Robbie Williams join Take That band mate Gary Barlow and hop onto the judging panel on X Factor? The Sun have reported that this could very well be the case, with the ‘Angels’ singer looking to join the TV talent show to spice things up a little bit. Known as the cheeky member of the boy band, Robbie’s apparently the top choice for being brought in to bring back the excitement that many felt was missing from last year’s series of the show.

A source told The Sun “This is the dream team. We have been looking at the show and thinking the unthinkable. Robbie is exactly the right person for the show — but we don’t want to lose Gary to get him. We want them both.” There’s just one problem though and it isn’t the fact that Gary and Robbie haven’t exactly always seen eye to eye. “Robbie’s people are saying he’s too busy to do the show.” Undeterred, the show’s sources said they’re not giving up on their dream judge just yet. “we worked around Gary when he first joined the panel,” the source explained, adding “he was touring with Take That and it was fine. We know Robbie loves the show and he and Gary have a great friendship and rivalry — there will be fireworks for sure.

Would the addition of another man on the panel spell the end for Louis Walsh? Producers are reportedly “relaxed” about having three men on the panel, with Nicole Scherzinger expected to take up the fourth spot. Watch this space!  

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Robbie Williams: Jessie J's Career Will Last 18 Months, Tops

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Robbie Williams battled to the No.1 spot with his new album Take The Crown on Sunday (November 11, 2012), though the Take That man had a few choice word for his chart rivals. Speaking on a Dutch television show, the 'Angels' hit-maker fired a barb at chart-topper Jessie J.

Asked about the Do It Like A Dude star, Robbie said, “She’s not gonna last for very long, though, is she? She’s great, Jessie. I give her 18 months,” according to The Sun. It seems he isn’t a fan of her reality show The Voice either. He said, “I don’t watch it. Sometimes it’s very difficult to go on the ‘emotional journey with the contestants’. I’m exhausted with how many times I’m to go on the emotional journey with this person who had a hard luck story and then da, da, da, da, blah, blah…I’m sure I’d be a good judge but no, I’ve got a career.” Ouch. We’re pretty sure the remarks won’t go down too well with Jessie’s fellow judges Tom Jones, Will.i.am and the other bloke from The Script either.

Robbie is actually at No.1 in both the singles and albums chart this week ('Candy' and Take The Crown), a feat he managed in 2001 when his single 'Something Stupid' reached the top-spot at the same time as his covers album Swing When You’re Winning.

Out Now: UK Album Releases (Nov 5), Robbie Williams, JLS, Aerosmith, Ne-Yo

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Calvin Harris will most likely be taking a peek at this week’s UK album’s releases (Monday November 5, 2012) and resigning himself to handing over the albums chart crown to Robbie Williams, come Sunday. In fact, it’s quite appropriate that Robbie has named his album Take The Crown, because that’s exactly what we think he’ll be doing this week.

Take The Crown is Robbie Williams’ ninth solo studio album and if the first single to be lifted from the album is anything to go by, it’s heading straight for the top of the charts. ‘Candy’ went in at number one yesterday, following an appearance from Williams on the UK’s X Factor show the previous weekend. The former Take That singer recently welcomed his first child into the world – what better way to celebrate than with a number one album?

Watch Robbie Williams' 'Candy':

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Can Robbie Williams Take The Crown With Take The Crown?

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According to the NME, Robbie Williams' first single 'Candy' from his latest album 'Take the Crown' is currently leading the midweek charts, fending off Labrinth and Emile Sande, Wiley, and Swedish House Mafia. 

With his first number one single in 8 years on the horizon, can his album also hit the top spot? His last solo album in 2009 Reality Killed the Video Star was his only album ever not to reach number one in the UK (although it did reach number one in Australia) so judging by his history, the odds in Robbie's favour. Speaking to Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw, Robbie said he was "going to stay in, look for UFOs and get fat and beardy again" if the single doesn't get to number one. He seems very confident about all his new music, telling the Sun "Success is addictive and I believe that I've got the album to feed my addiction for 18 months... And I am very excited about that."

Having described Take the Crown as his 'comeback' album, plus now happily married, father of one and following a life of sobriety, the singer's life seems truly back on track. Plus, he said he's 'ready, willing and able' to get back in the saddle with Take That again, "whenever they want [him] to do anything with them". 

Take That, One Direction Fans! 1D Set To Take 10 Year Hiatus Ahead Of Major Comeback?

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One Direction have revealed that they would like follow the example of Take That and take a ten year hiatus just so they can have a huge comeback.

The boyband, who are Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, have no doubt sent a flurry of panic not to mention fury through their devoted fanbase who would rather not have to put their 1D obsession on hold for a whole decade. However, the young lads seem unwavering about their decision - at least we hope - as Niall commented to British tabloid paper The Mirror: 'We want to be like Take That or Gary Barlow - take ten years out and then come back.' 

One has to comment on the self-assuredness of this statement - after all, who knows if anyone will be interested after 10 years. They may be huge stars at the moment but Take That managed four years with eight number one singles, two number one albums and four BRITs before they took a break and 1D have only managed one number one album, two number one singles and one BRIT award and are already considering a hiatus. Though I can't imagine the Non-Direction fans of the world are complaining.

Anxiety Mounts As One Direction Suggest 10 Year Hiatus

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One Direction are looking so far into their future career plans that they are already planning their reunion. The boy band told The Mirror that they want to follow in the footsteps of Take That, by which they mean they want to split up at the height of their career, and then get back together ten years later. And hopefully have a few successful solo careers in that gap. But which one’s going to be Robbie? And who’s going to be Gary. And which poor soul is going to be Mark Owen?

“We want to be like Take That or Gary Barlow – take 10 years out and then come back,” said Niall Horan, on the day that their latest single was unveiled. The new track, ‘Little Things’ was written by Ed Sheeran and Niall reveals that the band were keen to embrace the new acoustic direction that the song offers. “We heard the new song and said, ‘yeah, that’s a cracker, we want it.’” A combination of Ed Sheeran and One Direction is surely going to make sure that the band are onto a winner, so when exactly are they going to decide that they are ‘on top of their game’ and decide to split? Surely they can’t have had enough just yet? Though global domination doesn’t seem to far out of reach for these young singers, who seem to have become millionaires almost over night.

Fans of the band have taken to Twitter to express their disbelief at the suggestion that One Direction might, one day, decide to split up. The user @koatoa pleaded for reassurance, saying “what what what this can't be real?” and @anskudirection, also known as Niallers Princess on the site, said “PLEASE TELL ME THIS ISN'T TRUE!???” No word from the lads just yet on exactly when they plan to start this ten year hiatus.

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Friction In One Direction? Robbie Williams Reckons There Must Be.

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Just when you thought his trouble-making days were over, Robbie Williams is stirring again. Robbie’s boy band days may be well and truly past him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t remember what it’s like working with a group of lads that have been bundled together in the name of entertainment. It’s no secret that Robbie Williams, 38, didn’t always get on with Gary Barlow, 41, during their days in Take That, and Robbie reckons that One Direction probably aren’t the tight unit that they always present themselves as.

I loved Gary and disliked him,” Robbie has said, according to Shortlist Magazine. “I'm sure that in One Direction right now, there's going to be hatred between certain members for certain things - all young and daft stuff.” We’re not sure if Robbie’s got some inside information or whether or not he’s simply basing his opinions on his own experience, but it wouldn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to consider that the 1D lads aren’t all best mates all of the time. Still, The One Direction boys have only been together since 2010 and if there are any cracks in the band’s united front, they’re doing a very good job of sealing them over.

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They Kept That Quiet! Adrian Chiles And Catherine Tate Are Dating

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Adrian Chiles is dating Catherine Tate. Yep, another one for the ‘bizarre celebrity pairings’ book. TV presenter and ITV football host Chiles has apparently been dating the popular comedian Tate secretly since earlier this year, according to The Sun, who have published snaps of the couple lounging in a Californian park together


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New Father Robbie Williams Envious Of One Direction?

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New father Robbie Williams has admitted that he envies the new boy-band in town, One Direction. The singer, 38 - who has been performing a number of low-key solo gigs across the UK - told Radio 1 that he wishes he was in the young group’s shoes as they continue to take the pop world by storm.

Though Williams has had his fair share of hits, and made his fair share of money, he explained to DJ Greg James, “I'm jealous of them and I wish I was doing it all with them…I've met all the boys, but it was a long time ago. I am quoted as saying, 'Robbie Williams slammed One Direction. Robbie Williams had a go at One Direction'. I really didn't - I love the boys.” The Take That star, whose brand of on-stage bravado has probably influenced the One Direction lads, added, “I'm looking forward to seeing where the road takes them for many years to come I hope. They do perform like they've never met each other and there's a certain charm to that too. It's brilliant.”

We can’t imagine Robbie is pining too much for the pop-star touring schedules, having become a father for the first time. His wife Ayda Field gave birth to Theodora Rose (affectionately known as Teddy) in London last week.

Bare Chested Robbie Williams Debuts Baby 'Teddy'

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Robbie Williams’ baby Theodora Rose, aka Teddy, made her first official Twitter appearance this week. In a picture posted on his micro-blogging page, the bleary eyed Take That star is seen with his baby-daughter nestling in his arms. Aww.

Williams became a father for the first time on Tuesday (September 18, 2012) when his wife Ayda Field gave birth to 7lbs 4oz Theodora, affectionately known as Teddy. In a caption to the picture, the 38-year-old pop superstar told followers, “Daddy's second nappy change ... Teddy's second day on the planet.” The baby was born in London and Robbie has previously explained how he did not want to bring up his daughter in Los Angeles, where he has resided for years, saying, “I don't want to educate our baby in LA because I would much prefer her to have English sensibilities…I want the baby to have an English passport, we're still figuring out exactly whereabouts the baby is going to be brought up…I had a conversation with the wife last night about where we're going to end up, but we still don't know.”

Robbie and his Turkish-American wife have been together for five years, getting married two years ago. The birth of Theodora came just in time, after Williams had wrapped up a series of club-shows at various venues around the UK.

Delighted Robbie Williams Announces First Child

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Congratulations to Robbie Williams ! It was reported that the on-again-off-again Take That member and hugely successful solo artist in his own right has become a father for the first time!

Breaking the news via his official website, the 38 year-old wrote a short but delighted sounding message that read "PRAISE BE, IT'S THEODORA ROSE WILLIAMS, AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS TEDDY..... BORN 3.33PM ON 18.9.12, 7LBS 4OZ... BABY, MUMMY AND DADDY ARE ALL ROCKIN.... THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEST WISHES."

Williams had announced back in March that he and his wife Ayda Field were expecting their first child together, the couple having married at the star's Beverly Hills home in 2010. Despite that, it's believed that the baby has been born in London. The news of the arrival is a sharp contrast to the tragedy that fellow Take That member Gary Barlow and his wife suffered after they suffered a still-born child last month. Williams and Barlow didn't see eye to eye for a long time after the former left the boy band in 1995, but the pair patched things up and Williams joined the band for a full tour last year. Given his friend's tragic circumstances, we're sure Williams will be treasuring Theodora just that little bit more.

Take That, City of Manchester Stadium, June 5 2011 Live Review

Two million albums sold. A humongous UK tour, including eight nights apiece in Manchester and at Wembley stadium, which shifted a record 1.1 million tickets in a day (breaking a record they previously set). Response to Take That's full reformation has been nothing short of stunning, but with these figures comes a huge expectation for the band to live up to the hype.

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Robbie Williams Parts Way With Song Writing Partner

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British popstar Robbie Williams has cancelled writing sessions with his long-time lyrical partner Guy Ritchie after it emerged that Guy has been working with Robbie's former band mates.

Chambers, who was behind some of Robbie's biggest hits including ANGELS, had recently reunited with the singer after going their separate ways several years ago.

However, the Sun reports that the pair's scheduled Los Angeles song-writing sessions have been cancelled after they "didn't work out".

A source claims Guy's upcoming collaboration with Take That members GARY BARLOW and Mark Owen was the real problem, added the newspaper.

"He never mentioned it to Robbie. Rob heard Gary was in LA working and found out it was with Guy. He wasn't best pleased when he heard," continued the source.

Chambers, Owen and Barlow are thought to be part of a 12-strong writing team for a new ITV show BRITANNIA HIGH which follows the lives of youngsters at a fictional performing arts school.

Barlow will pen songs for the students to sing throughout the series.

BRITANNIA HIGH will also utilise the talents of STRICTLY COME DANCING judge ARLENE PHILLIPS and theatre veteran DAVID IAN.

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