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
Although it's his most famous song, 'Angels' is too emotionally difficult for Robbie to sing.
To the shock of his fans, Robbie Williams has indicated that he’s going to stop performing his most famous song, ‘Angels’, on his upcoming tour – because it’s too hard for him to sing.
The 43 year old former Take That star is planning a new tour and, because he wants to showcase new material, is intending on pruning many of his classic hits from the setlist, starting with ‘Angels’, by far and away his most iconic song.
‘Angels’, which was an enormous hit in 1997 and is a karaoke classic and radio station staple to this day, is one of those songs that virtually everybody has attempted to sing while drunk. But that’s part of the reason why Williams is considering dropping it – because he’s struggling to maintain his cool while he sings it.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams To Retire 'Angels' From Live Shows
Mark Ronson and Robbie Williams at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 Presentation held at S.I.R. Studios in Los Angeles. The event was a special showcase debuting Stella's 2018 Autumn collection launch and was chock full of Hollywood stars wearing her designs - Pasadena, California, United States - Tuesday 16th January 2018
He confesses he was in intensive care for a week after brain abnormalities were found.
Robbie Williams had quite the frightening experience earlier this year after he was hospitalised for a whole week due to 'abnormalities' in his brain. He was rushed to intensive care after suffering stroke-like symptoms backstage while on tour in Europe, though he still wanted to continue his series of shows.
Robbie Williams snapped outside the BBC Radio 2 studio
The 43-year-old ended up in the ICU for 7 days after falling ill backstage at a stadium in Zurich on September 2nd 2017, forcing him to cancel his remaining two dates of his Heavy Entertainment Show tour in Russia. He opened up about the serious health scare in a new interview.
Williams released a YouTube video explaining the reason for his tour cancellation last month.
Having cancelled a section of his tour recently, Robbie Williams has revealed that he made the decision because he had received some “very worrying” test results that saw him get admitted to intensive care in hospital.
The 43 year old singer, who released his most recent album The Heavy Entertainment Show this time last year, cancelled three prestigious gigs in Russia in September at the end of his recent European tour, without offering an explanation.
However, on Wednesday (October 25th), Williams has shared a YouTube video in which he details the reasons for the cancellations – and they’re a lot more alarming than anybody could have thought.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Cancelled Tour Because Of "Very Worrying" Test Results
Take That members Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald join their old band mate Robbie Williams on stage at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert - The concert was set up to benefit the victims of the terror attack after Ariana's Manchester show the other week. Stars from the US and UK both graced the stage and played a concert full of emotion and love. The even was held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 4th June 2017
Robbie Williams is worried that he's running out of ideas for his song lyrics.
Robbie Williams is running out of ''ideas'' for new song lyrics.
The 43-year-old singer has admitted he's beginning to get frustrated with his process for putting together tracks because he's finding himself using the same lines.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, he said: ''I'm definitely running out of ideas. I don't know how many ways I can say: 'I'm neurotic and I messed up. Or: 'I love you, love me, I'm thick.' Or: Women, I like women.'
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Is Running Out Of Songwriting Ideas
The former Take That star will perform at the BRITs later this month
Robbie Williams has surprised a fan by duetting with her daughter at a secret gig organised as part of the BRIT awards. The former Take That band member - who is due to perform at the BRITs later this month - took part in Mastercard’s Priceless Surprise campaign prior to his appearance at the ceremony.
Robbie Williams will perform at the BRITs
During the surprise, the 43-year-old musician joined forces with nine-year-old Grace the daughter of supporter, Danielle and put on an unexpected performance for the mum at her local cinema.
The awkward moment wasn’t lost on viewers.
On the BBC talent show Gary is looking for male singers to star in stage musical, The Band, which is based on the songs of Take That. However, as Gary told contestant Dan Budd, he’s not looking for singers who resemble the actual band members.
Take That are adamant they won't split up again unless another band member leaves the group.
Take That are back together for good.
Gary Barlow - the frontman of the band - is adamant the group, which is also comprised of Mark Owen and Howard Donald, will never split up again but thinks there may be a day when former member Jason Orange, 46 - who quit in 2014 - and part-timer Robbie Williams, 42, decide that they want to rejoin the trio.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 45-year-old hunk said: ''We're at the point in our careers where we feel more excited than we've ever been.
Continue reading: Take That Are Back Together For Good
Robbie Williams believes the music industry is in ''rapid decline'' because record companies are ''running for cover'' behind music streaming service Spotify.
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.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams: Music Industry Is In 'rapid Decline'
Robbie Williams has revealed he would love to collaborate with U2 or 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.''
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Wants U2 Collaboration
Williams made a few suggestive comments during a gig in Brisbane to a female fan, who later turned out to be just fifteen. Awkward!
Pop favourite Robbie Williams has accidentally landed himself in a spot of bother after flirting with a fan who turned out to be just fifteen years old during a recent gig in Australia.
Former Take That star and evergreen solo artist Williams, 41, was performing in Brisbane on Saturday night (October 17th) as part of his extensive ‘Let Me Entertain You Tour’, which is currently on its final leg in Australia and New Zealand. The singer started interacting with the crowd, picking out a female fan near the front and began speaking to her and complimenting her appearance.
Robbie Williams performing during the 'Let Me Entertain You' world tour
Date of birth
13th February, 1974
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