Robbie Williams will release his new single 'Lovelight' on November 13th on Chrysalis. Taken from his highly anticipated forthcoming 'Rudebox' album which precedes the single on October 23rd. 'Lovelight,' recorded with NYC based uber-producer Mark Ronson earlier this year is a spectacular cover of Lewis Taylor's criminally unknown soul-anthem. Together they have taken it from its warm soul roots, and transform it into a building euphoric disco anthem featuring a full-on falsetto vocal performance that ranks amongst one of his most dynamic and definitive singles to date.
"I wouldn't have known about Lovelight if it hadn't have been for Tom Middleton's 'The Trip' album - he put it on there, and I fell in love with it instantly.I can't believe how big that song is and no one knows it," says RW. "I'd never heard that and Rob came to me and said "I want to cover this." It's an amazing, obscure English soul record, and he's delivered a great classic blue-eyed soul vocal in the lineage of George Michael, Andy Gibb or Hall & Oates," adds Ronson.
The single is backed by a spectacular mix package, with new re-workings courtesy of Soulwax, Kurd Maverick, Soul Mekanik and Ronson himself, that look set to follow previous single 'Rudebox' into club charts across the world. The single is also backed by a spectacular and iconic new video shot recently whilst in Vienna during a break from touring, which can currently be viewed exclusively on www.robbiewilliams.com. On that front Robbie has just completed the monumental European leg of his record breaking 'Close Encounters' World tour, culminating in a massive 5 nights at Milton Keynes Bowl and playing to over 2.5 million people along the way.
Alongside his work with Ronson, 'Rudebox' finds RW collaborating with an array of musical mavericks including his heroes the Pet Shop Boys, King of ambient William Orbit, fellow Stoke natives Danny Spencer & Kelvin Andrews AKA Soul Mekanik, disco-house icon Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee on both new original compositions and covers of some of his favourite tracks that through its 16 tracks mark out and charts his musical loves and life. Lyrically it is very broad; humorous, historical, honest and revealing, a rollercoaster that takes you from introverted to extravagant, the break up to the make up, this is perhaps the most definitive Robbie Williams opus to date.
'Lovelight' is released on November 13th 2006 on Chrysalis / EMI Records. 'Rudebox' - The album is released on October 23rd.
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