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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.

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.

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.

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 married to Ayda Field



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Robbie Williams: Music Industry Is In 'rapid Decline'


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Robbie Williams thinks the music industry is in ''rapid decline''.

The 'Let Me Entertain You' hitmaker admits streaming has become such a big player nowadays that record companies are worried, and insists he makes very little money from having his songs on the likes of Spotify.

He said: ''The music industry is obviously in rapid decline. I don't understand it but it looks like record companies are running for cover behind Spotify.

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Mel B Says She's The Only Spice Girl Who Didn't Sleep With Robbie Williams


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Mel B has claimed that she is the only member of the Spice Girls who hasn't had sex with Robbie Williams.

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.

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Robbie Williams and Ayda Field seen with their dogs outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Monday 14th November 2016

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Robbie Williams Likens Jimmy Page's Behaviour In Mansion Row To 'Mental Illness'


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Robbie Williams has likened the behaviour of Jimmy Page to ‘mental illness’, as the two stars continue to feud over building works at the singer's West London mansion.

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 and Ayda FieldRobbie Williams (pictured with wife Ayda Field) is still feuding with Jimmy Page

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Robbie Williams Beats David Bowie's Chart Record


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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.

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Robbie Williams Reunites With Take That At BRITs Icon Gig


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Robbie Williams reunited with his former group Take That for the first time in five years, as he celebrated receiving the prestigious BRITs Icon Award in a special gig in London this week.

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.

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Robbie Williams: 'Nobody Has Got An Entertaining Temperament Like Me'


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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.

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Robbie Williams Sympathises With Justin Bieber Over Screaming Fans


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Robbie Williams has sympathised with current public enemy Justin Bieber over his frustrations about screaming fans, having been in the same position during his own career.

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.

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Robbie Williams Wants U2 Collaboration


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Robbie Williams wants to collaborate with U2.

The 'Party Like A Russian' singer has revealed he would be keen to record with the 'With or Without You' hitmakers or with former One Direction star Niall Horan.

He said: ''I'd love to do something with U2 but if they are not available Niall will do. I think I just wrote the lyric for it.''

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David Walliams Will Host The 2016 Royal Variety Performance


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‘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.

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Take That Announce 22 Date 'Wonderland' Tour


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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.

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Robbie Williams seen outside BBC Radio 2 at BBC Western House, London, United Kingdom - Friday 30th September 2016

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Robbie Williams performs on stage during the Apple Music 10 Festival held at the Roundhouse, London, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th September 2016

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Robbie Williams , Ayda Field - Robbie Williams and Ayda Field outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Friday 13th May 2016

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Robbie Williams

Date of birth

13th February, 1974

Occupation

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Sex

Male

Height

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