British singer Robbie Williams is desperate to make his mark on pop history before getting too old, and credits the birth of his first child with spurring him on in his career.

The Angels hitmaker is set to hit the road next summer (13) for a string of gigs throughout Europe - his first solo stadium tour in seven years.

Williams rejoined his pop group Take That in 2010 and the reunion inspired him to record his latest album, Take The Crown, but he admits fatherhood has also given him motivation to succeed.

He says, "I'm nearly 40. I'm venturing into the age where I should be getting my handicap at golf down. It's legacy time. The album's called Take The Crown and I want to seal my place in pop history and deliver a tour of great magnitude while I still can.

"I'm very excited. I've been lethargic for the last couple of albums and it didn't look like I was bothered - but I am really bothered now. There are many reasons why I'm back and I'm ambitious again and I've got the energy. Take That is a big one and my baby is another one."

Williams' Take The Crown became his 10th number one album when it debuted at the top of the charts in the U.K. earlier this month (Nov12).