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Robbie Williams Biography

Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams, 13.2.1974)

Robbie Williams is a British pop singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as a member of the boy band Take That and has experienced continued success with his solo career.

Robbie Williams: Childhood

Robbie Williams was raised in Stoke-on-Trent, by his mother Janet and his father Peter Williams. He also has a sister, Sally.

Robbie attended Mill Hill Primary School, followed by St. Margaret Ward's Roman Catholic School in Tunstall.

Robbie Williams: Music Career

Along with Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange and Howard Donald, Robbie Williams formed Take That in 1990. The band became hugely successful, with their debut album spawning four number one singles in the UK.

Robbie Williams quit the group in 1995. His increasing drug use had led to a near-overdose before performance at the MTV Europe Awards show. After leaving the band, Robbie Williams was frequently photographed out partying with members of Oasis, especially Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher. He even attended Glastonbury Festival with them that year.

Robbie William's first solo release was a cover of 'Freedom' by George Michael. It reached number two in the UK singles chart.

Williams was then introduced to Guy Chambers, with whom he would have a long-standing songwriting partnership. The debut single, Life Thru A Lens, was released in September 1997. The fourth single from the album, 'Angels' became his best-selling single in the UK and has been certified double platinum.

Robbie Williams' second solo album, I've Been Expecting You, was released the following year and was hugely successful. The first track, 'Millenium', was inspired by the work of John Barry (specifically his James Bond music). 'No Regrets' was a collaboration between Williams, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The fourth single from the album was another cover: 'She's The One' originally featured on the World Party album Egyptology.

The Ego Has Landed was Williams's first album for Capitol Records and was released in July 1999 and saw his international profile increase considerably, especially in the USA and Canada.

The debut single taken from 2000's Sing When You're Winning was 'Rock DJ'. The song was reportedly inspired by the late Ian Dury. Its follow-up single, 'Kids' was a collaboration with Kylie Minogue.

Williams' next album was recorded during a two-week break from touring and was heavily inspired by his love of singers such as Frank Sinatra. The album was entitled Swing When You're Winning and the first track, 'Have You Met Miss Jones?' which was included on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Bridget Jones' Diary.

Swing When You're Winning included a number of duets, with artists including Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Wilkes, Nicole Kidman and Rupert Everett.

Robbie Williams signed an £80 million recording contract with EMI in 2002. The contract was well-publicised, as it was one of the highest-value contracts ever signed in the music industry at that time. Williams began writing without the help of Guy Chambers and 'One Fine Day' and 'Nan's Song' were two of the tracks that first wrote on his own. His fifth solo album, Escapology, was released across the globe in 2002.

The track 'Something Beautiful' was originally intended for Tom Jones, but the track was reworked and included on Escapology. Shortly after its release, Williams played three live concerts at Knebworth House, which attracted a total of 375,000 fans.

In 2004, Robbie Williams started working with Stephen Duffy (also known as Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy). Some of his collaborations with Duffy were included on his 2004 Greatest Hits album. One of the tracks, 'Radio' went straight to number one upon its release in the UK.

Robbie Williams and Stephen Duffy continued to work together for Williams' next album, Intensive Care. The track 'Ghosts' was inspired by 'Louise' by the Human League.

In November 2005, a documentary about Take That was screen ed on ITV1. Robbie Williams decided not to attend the preview screening in Notting Hill West London. The rest of the band was reunited for the event.

Williams' next album was entitled Rudebox. The album ventured into dance and electronic territory, far more than his previous album and featured collaborations with William Orbit, Pet Shop Boys, Mark Ronson and Joey Negro. The album received mixed reviews.

The single 'Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'Aime Plus', a duet with Lily Allen, was released in Latin America in 2007.

2009 saw the release of a new album from Robbie Williams. Entitled Reality Killed The Video Star, the album features production work from Trevor Horn and the first track, 'Bodies', was debuted on Chris Moyles' BBC Radio 1 show.

Robbie Williams also stated in 2009 that he felt ready to re-join Take That.

Robbie Williams: Personal Life

Robbie Williams has had a number of friendships with high-profile celebrities and has stated that it was Elton John who first booked him into a clinic to deal with his drug addiction.

He has been romantically linked with Rachel Hunter and is now dating Ayda Field

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The Latest Robbie Williams News

Robbie Williams Reveals Tour Inspiration

10th April 2014

Robbie Williams' forthcoming tour is inspired by ''classic old musicals''.The 'Candy' hitmaker's 'Swing Both Ways Live' shows kick off in...

Robbie Williams To Sing With Dad

8th April 2014

Robbie Williams' dad is joining him on tour.The 'Candy' hitmaker has been secretly rehearsing with club singer Pete Conway, as...

Robbie Williams: 'i'd Be Dead If It Wasn't For My Managers'

5th April 2014

British pop star Robbie Williams paid tribute to his management team at an awards ceremony on Thursday (03Apr14), insisting they...

Gary Barlow: Too Early For One Direction To Split

31st March 2014

Gary Barlow says it's ''too early'' for One Direction to consider splitting up.The 43-year-old singer - who was catapulted to...

Robbie Williams Given Deadline For Take That Decision

28th March 2014

Robbie Williams has been handed a deadline to decide whether or not he will rejoin pop group Take That.Williams quit...

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Robbie Williams Reviews

Robbie Williams - Live at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester June 6th 2013 Live Review

25th June 2013

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Various Artists - 'Dermot O'Leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2013' Album Review Album Review

28th February 2013

Using a tried-and-tested formula of acoustic versions and covers, this most recent instalment of the...

Robbie Williams - Take The Crown Album Review Album Review

1st November 2012

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20th September 2012

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Robbie Williams - In And Out Of Consciousness The Greatest Hits 1990-2010 Album Review

11th October 2010

Its been quite a journey for Robbie Williams. 20 years in the music business, from...

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The Latest Robbie Williams Press Releases

Robbie Williams Talks To John Wilson In A New Series Of Radio 4'S 'Mastertapes'

28th October 2013

John Wilson returns with a new series of Mastertapes, in which...

Robbie Williams Does One Night At The Palladium In London On November 8th 2013

22nd October 2013

Robbie Williams will take over the prestigious London Palladium...

Robbie Williams Releases New Single 'Go Gentle' Out November 11th 2013

11th October 2013

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6th August 2013

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Robbie Williams' Take The Crown Stadium Tour To Be Broadcast Live Into Cinemas On August 20th 2013

10th July 2013

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brittany

hi i just want to say what a dream come true hearing on 92.9 in perth that robbie williams is coming to perth if you read this i want to say thankyou many people in perth are over joyed and we idol you i was wondering if like you do read this if you could e-mail me and say that you do bcoz other wise i dont know if im wasting my time saying lovely things about you adn truely you have missed out us australian women are beautiful xbetty_headland@hotmail.comthankyouxoxbritt

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hello i just want to say omg cant wait till robbie come to perth going to be great does anyone know which hotel he is staying at?brittxox

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Hi there, don't know if you guys have seen Robbie's new video, it's awesome!!!!If you haven't then take a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5XyNegMgIU It's so good I just might add it to my myspace too!!!

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Hope you get well soon robbie and hoping to see you soon on stage singing in the true robbie williams style. Love from Jeanette, Amie and Ryan Williams xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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happy new year robbie,..l pray this year bring you happiness and more better things in your personal life and carreertake careand bring it on,something newxxx keep the faith

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS,HE´S WONDERFULL,INTELLIGENT,MUCH LIFE AND LOVE.I LOVE ROBBIE,HE AND YOUR MUSICS TO BE MY FRIENDS IN MY LIFE.PLEASE TO SEND FOR ME PHOTOS AND THE NEWS OF ROBBIE WILLIAMS. KIS AND

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"ROBBIE,HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY,YOU ARE WONDERFULL AND GOOD MAN,I LOVE YOURS SONGS AND YOU TOO,DON´T FORGET." MARISA JIMENEZ.

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hi i always hear things about robbie williams not likeing what people writing bad thigns about him on the internet iam here to write i think you are the most amaxing person in the music industry you are succesfull and i really love you i think you are so talented and i cant wait to see you in december in perth it is going to my dream come true dont think people think bad about you because i definently dont for sure.brittanyxox

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hi i saw robbie at milton keynes,he was sexy,brillant.and top it the best show i've in ages as we had 2 very good supporting bands and when you think you can't be taken any highier robbie brought in jonny wilkes, and the wonderful ant and dec.what a ace concert.thanks to robbie for the best night ever.but please take a much needed break and rest mate.love you tracy and pinky

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this message is from ur african fans,...just to let u know that we really love u so much for what u are and ur music,and we will be very happy if u will acknowlegde us,......we wish to see u life one day..acknowledge us, by coming to africa to perform .....keep rockinglove always

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