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Soccer Aid 2014 raises £4.2m as Rest Of World team wins
By Emma Brant
The Soccer Aid football game, a charity event with two teams made up of celebrities and former professional players, has raised £4.2m in donations.
The Rest Of The World team beat England 4-2 at Manchester United's Old Trafford on Sunday night. Almost 70,000 fans saw the World team's Clarence Seedorf score a hat-trick. The game also saw Westlife's Nicky Byrne cancel out goals from England's Jamie Redknapp and Kevin Phillips.
The World team was captained by Michael Sheen and managed by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who ran on the pitch and tackled Olly Murs from behind. In charge of England was West Ham boss Sam Allardyce with singer Robbie Williams as his assistant. He was injured this year with two slipped discs in his back meaning the Take That star and Soccer Aid co-founder sat on the bench. Other celebrities taking part were Jack Whitehall, John Bishop, Take That's Mark Owen, Olly Murs, True Blood actor Stephen Moyer, James McAvoy and Australian star Sam Worthington. Dermot O'Leary and Kirsty Gallacher hosted the match, which aired live on ITV.
By full time, viewers had pledged more than £2 million to Unicef's work saving children's lives, which will be matched by the government.That brings the total to £4.2 million so far.The final figure will be announced at a later date.
David Bull, executive director of Unicef UK, said: "Tonight at Soccer Aid we've shown how the power of sport can unite people to help save and change children's lives all over the world.
"As a result of the generosity of the British public, and the Aid Match from the UK Government, Unicef will be able to get life-saving food, medicine and clean water to some of the world's most vulnerable children. "We're incredibly grateful to everyone who donated tonight."
Soccer Aid is a biennial British charity event that has raised more than £15 million for charity, through ticket sales and donations from the public.
The event was started by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes in 2006. It is the second time team Rest of the World has won in the tournament's history.
Robbie Williams prepares to play Ischgl
James Cove, Ischgl
2nd May 2014
He performs on Saturday at 2,240m up in the Austrian resort. The closing concerts have been taking place for 20 years since the first one by Elton John back in 1994. PlanetSKI reports from Ischgl.
Robbie Williams is one of the biggest stars to play the Top of the Mountain closing concert and he follows the likes of Tina Turner, Sting, Bon Jovi, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart and The Killers.
In town expectation is growing, though the weather has not been lucky so far, with rain as he arrived on Friday. The forecast for Saturday is better, though with light cloud. He will perform with his 25-piece band on Saturday afternoon before heading straight off to Amsterdam where he continues with his current European tour. He is a keen snowboarder and he holidays in Zermatt but he will not be going on the slopes this time round. He is staying at the best hotel in town, the 5* Hotel Trofana Royal.
We will hear music from his current album 'Swings both Ways' and he has his entire big band with him.
The set will include classics such as "Minnie The Moocher", a new version of "Supreme" and his latest hit "Go Gentle". But best of all he will be performing some of his greatest hits. In fact it was stipulated in the contract that he plays some of his classics so we can expect to hear Angels, Rock DJ and, of course, Let Me Entertain You.
"The fans want to hear his hits here at our legendary closing concerts and hear them they will," said the director of the tourist office, Andy Steibl, to PlanetSKI. "It is fabulous to book him and we have been working on getting him here for over 2 years. Each year we need a bigger and better act and we have done it again," he added.
The resort will not reveal how much it cost to book Robbie Williams, but it would not give a price. However I understand that The Killers charged €1m when they played in 2011. I have it on very good authority that Robbie Williams' fee is larger. It is though big business for the resort and 25,000 people are currently in the resort. Last weekend there were 15,000 people so the extra 10,000 bring in much extra revenue. No other ski resort has this many people in it in May.
"It is the biggest day of our season and puts us on the map so we get valuable exposure and branding throughout the year and it shapes our image," said Head of Reservations, Maritta Jungmann.
Robbie Williams has certainly calmed down since his wild days of the past and often travels with his wife and young child. This week he announced that they are expecting another child. His rider list contains nothing too outrageous. "He wanted a large backstage area and we have provided the biggest one any artist has asked for. He wants special mineral water and fruit, plus a large massage area. However he will take the lift up like anyone else, but if he had wanted a helicopter then we would have provided it," a resort official said to me. Elton John arrived by helicopter back in 2008 when he performed for a second time in Ischgl. I was lucky enough to be in the resort at the time and reported on it for the BBC.
On Friday final preparations were being made to the stage with skiers and snowboarders still able to go past. On Saturday it will heaving with people. Quite a setting for a concertn town expectations are growing that even the rain can't dampen.
Ischgl is re-known for its après ski scene and during this final weekend it takes place on an industrial scale. Every bar is blasting out music and après ski is taken very seriously here. Rain or shine.
So what happens if it is cold, it snows or it rains? Robbie is being provided with a jacket courtesy of Hugo Boss. I can report that it is a warm, black puffa jacket with a fur collar. I was shown it but was unable to photograph it. Lets hope it is not needed tomorrow. Whatever happens to the weather it promises to be quite a day.
SOCCER AID IS BACK!
Robbie Williams Australian Tour 2014 Announced
Written by Greg Moskovitch on 20th February, 2014
Boasting 55 million albums sold globally, an obsessive international following, a notorious wit, and some of the most hit-laden pop records of the modern era, Robbie Williams is the definition of a phenomenon and he’s announced that he will make his return to Australia this September.
It’s been almost eight years since Williams delighted Australian audiences with his talents for showmanship, which are as renowned as his ability to pull off classics like Let Me Entertain You and Angels live, and he’ll be touring on the momentum of his latest LP, Swings Both Ways.
“First of all I wanted to do a swing album, because I wanted to do a swing album… The album this time is a definite ode and a loving glance towards a period on the planet that I was never invited to ‘cause I wasn’t there…I wanted to be, which I feel still very strongly linked to,” said Williams.
The album, a follow-up to his 2001 swing release, Swing When You’re Winning, features collaborations with Lily Allen, Rufus Wainwright, Kelly Clarkson, and Michael Buble. Debuting at #1 in the UK and #5 on the ARIA charts, the album is Williams’ eleventh chart-topper in the UK.
Armed with a new treasure trove of hits to add to his already considerable arsenal, Williams will look to best his last Australian appearance in 2006, when the superstar undertook a colossal stadium tour across the country, which saw an epic nine stadium performances selling out in just one day.
The new tour will see Williams hitting the Perth Arena on Thursday, 11th September, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, 16th September, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Monday, 22nd September, and concluding in Sydney at Allphones Arena on Saturday, 27th September.
Advance tickets for The Swing Tour Live will available via the Visa Entertainment presale for all Visa Credit, Debit and Prepaid cardholders from 9:00am local time Wednesday, 26th February till 5:00pm local time Friday, 28th February or until sold out, from the official Visa Entertainment website.
Robbie Williams The Swing Tour Live
General tickets on sale 10:00am Tuesday, 4th March
Thursday, 11th September 2014
Perth Arena, Perth
Tix: Via Ticketek | 132 849
Tuesday, 16th September 2014
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
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Monday, 22nd September 2014
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
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Saturday, 27th September 2014
Allphones Arena, Sydney
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Robbie Williams to perform in Australia
8:02am February 3, 2014
British pop superstar Robbie Williams has announced he is heading to Australia later this month for a special one-off performance.
It has been revealed this morning that the 39-year-old singer will arrive on our shores to promote his new album, Swings Both Ways, and will perform live on the TODAY show on February 20. Channel Nine's Studio 22 will be renamed the Robbie Williams Ballroom for the day, as Williams performs three songs with his swing band.
"I'm itching to get to Australia, I want to feel the love," Williams said in a recent interview with Channel Nine.
"He's a charmer and we're so thrilled," entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins said this morning.
Fans are yet to find out how to be a part of the exclusive studio event.
Robbie Williams 40th birthday exhibition
ITV News - Thu 16 Jan 2014
Robbie Williams's 40th birthday is to be celebrated with an art exhibition.
Robbie will be the subject of the exhibition, which will include 70 paintings and will appear at the Burslem School of Art, in the star's home town of Stoke-on-Trent. The paintings were created by Italian artist Gabriella Guardamagna, a Milan based super-fan, and visitors to the exhibition will be asked to make donations which will raise money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.
Melanie Williams at The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, said: "We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting event celebrating our patron Robbie Williams' 40th Birthday."
FedEx are also supporting the charity, saying they will deliver and return the paintings from Milan free of charge. Trevor Hoyle, vice president of UK and Ireland operations at FedEx Express, said: "FedEx supports charitable organisations around the world and we are proud to be able to help The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust. "It's a privilege to provide our services for the benefit of such a charity; and one that is based so close to one of our hubs."
The exhibition will be held at Burslem School of Art from January 29 until February 28.
Robbie Williams knocks One Direction off UK No.1 with Swings Both Ways
By Catherine Earp
Sunday, Dec 15 2013, 19:00 GMT
Robbie Williams has reclaimed the number one spot in the UK album charts with Swings Both Ways.
The LP previously topped the chart on November 24, becoming the UK's 1,000th number one album. It was knocked down to number two following the release of One Direction's Midnight Memories.
Williams has now reclaimed the top spot after two weeks, with his album selling 5,000 more copies that One Direction, who slip to second position. Gary Barlow has stayed at three with his solo album Since I Saw You Last, while Olly Murs remains at four with Right Place, Right Time.
Beyoncé caused a stir this week when she released her surprise self-titled album. The record, which is only available digitally, shifted over 68,000 copies during its first 48 hours on sale. Featuring collaborations with Drake, Frank Ocean and Jay Z, the album enters the chart at number five. The Official Chart Company's executive Martin Talbon said of the release: "It is a great achievement by Beyoncé to make such an impact so quickly, after just two days sales - and especially only with the digital edition available. Few (if any) albums have sold as many digital copies in such a short space of time."
Source: Official Charts Company
ROBBIE WILLIAMS TO PERFORM UP A MOUNTAIN
Singer Robbie Williams will play 2,300 meters up the side of a mountain next year as he performs his new album in the Alps with an full big band supporting him.
Following in the footsteps of stars such as Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Tina Turner, the former Take That member and winner of seventeen Brit Awards will perform his 'Swings Both Ways' album at the Top of the Mountain Concert in Ischgl on 3 May. The show marks the 20th anniversary of the Top of the Mountain Concerts.
Against the alpine backdrop in the heart of the ski region, Robbie will perform new jazz and swing hits as well as reworked versions of older songs on an open air stage. 'Swings Both Ways' is Robbies' tenth studio album and is already top of the German charts.
Tickets for the event cost 115 Euros and two or three day ski pass, available only with a TVB Paznaum-Ischgl or Samnaun Guest Card and which include the concert, are available for 125 Euros or 135 Euros.
With an altitude between 1,400 and 2,900 the skiing conditions in Ischgl are still good at the beginning of May.
For more information and to buy tickets visit www.ischgl.com.
Congratulations on selling a million copies
King of the swingers Robbie Williams scores UK’s historic 1000th Number 1 album
Official Chart Company
By Lauren Kreisler
Robbie Williams scores the Official Albums Chart's 1000th Number 1 with Swings Both Ways, and equals Elvis Presley’s tally of UK chart topping albums!
Robbie Williams claims an historic Official Albums Chart milestone as Swings Both Ways becomes the UK’s 1000th Official Number 1 album, the Official Charts Company can confirm.
57-and-a-half years after Frank Sinatra’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers became the UK’s first ever Number 1 album, Robbie Williams brings the classic genre full circle and back to the top of the chart with new album Swings Both Ways.
Robbie tells OfficialCharts.com "I am over the moon that Swings Both Ways is Number 1! And such an honour to be the 1000th album in that spot too, following Frank Sinatra who was the first person in that spot and my hero. Thanks to everyone who bought the record, see you all on the tour next year!”
With a staggering 18.6 million UK album sales across his solo career, and 55 million, globally, Robbie is no stranger to albums success. But now he can also count a UK chart-topping tally to match Elvis Presley among his many achievements. 2013’s king of the swingers, Robbie, today draws level with The King himself, boasting 11 Official Albums Chart solo Number 1s apiece.
You can check out all of the UK's 1000 Number 1 albums to date, here.
Martin Talbot, the Official Charts Company’s chief executive says: "Congratulations to Robbie Williams on claiming the 1000th Official Number 1 Album. He couldn't be a more suitable victor, both as one of the all-time greats of the Official Albums Chart (now tied with Elvis Presley as the male solo artist with most Number 1 album) and with his Swings Both Ways providing a beautiful symmetry with the very first number 1 in 1956, Frank Sinatra's Songs For Swingin' Lovers.
"In topping nearly 109,000 sales in its first week, Swings Both Ways is also confirmed as a bona fide smash - and is well placed to be the album of choice for music fans and gift purchasers at Christmas 2013."
Swings Both Ways is Robbie’s second swing album. He previously topped the Official Albums Chart back in December 2001 with Swing When You’re Winning (which included the Number 1 single Something Stupid FT Nicole Kidman). The album went on to become Robbie’s second best-selling album of all time in the UK, shifting 2.3 million copies on these shores. The new album finishes this week’s race a clear margin of 67,000 copies ahead of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Number 2).
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Robbie Williams set to guest star on SmoothFM radio station
CHARLOTTE WILLIS NEWS.COM.AU NOVEMBER 12, 2013
ROBBIE Williams is the latest celebrity to turn his vocal cords to radio hosting.The English singer-songwriter has signed on to guest star on smoothfm's weekend line-up for four weeks from Saturday 16 November at 4pm.
The all-new undertaking is in support of his latest album Swings Both Ways, which is released on Friday, November 15. Williams said of the venture: "Robbie Williams - entertainer, actor, singer and now radio host. How good is this! It's great to be on smoothfm." The Better Man hit maker will join X Factor judge Ronan Keating, who is returning to the easy listening station (found at 95.3FM in Sydney and 91.5FM in Melbourne) to host his own show on Sundays from 4pm.
Former Sunrise host Melissa Doyle joined the station last month and hosts her own weekend breakfast show every Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 10am.
Smoothfm's Program Director Rohan Brown said: "We are all incredibly excited to be welcoming superstar Robbie Williams to smoothfm. With Robbie, Ronan Keating and Melissa Doyle all joining the smooth line up recently, our weekends are sounding incredible."
To date, Robbie has sold 2.6 million albums in Australia alone, but it will be interesting to see if listeners tune in to hear his silky-smooth voice in the new role.
ONE NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM DVD:
released 9th December 2013
Robbie Williams Does One Night At The Palladium In London On November 8th 2013
Robbie Williams will take over the prestigious London Palladium on November 8 for a spectacular live show highlighting songs from his forthcoming album "Swings Both Ways". The one-off show will be the first opportunity to hear tracks from the album which sees Robbie return to one of his favourite eras in music.
Joining Robbie and his orchestra onstage will be some very special guests including Rufus Wainwright, Lily Allen and star Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, who are delighted to be back in London to join the cast, fresh from filming their movie in the capital. Miss Piggy said today: "Moi is always thrilled to perform at the Palladium, no matter who I have to share the stage with. But being up there with moi's dear friend Robbie Williams and Kermie will make this night even more spectacular! "
This very special performance promises to be an intimate, hugely entertaining evening featuring a collection of swing classics plus new songs which were written with long-term writing partner Guy Chambers.
Robbie Williams: One Night At The Palladium is being filmed for transmission on BBC1 in front of an audience comprising invited guests whilst a small number of tickets will be available to buy.
These tickets will be available to purchase on Monday 28th October at 10.00am.
Robbie's new single "Go Gentle" is released on November 11.
His new album "Swings Both Ways" is released on November 18.
Robbie honoured with Bambi Award - November 14th in Berlin
They rank among the greatest entertainers of our time: Robbie Williams, Udo Jürgens and Helene Fischer. The three artists will be honoured with Germany’s most prestigious Media Award BAMBI.
Robbie Williams will receive his trophy for ‘Entertainment’. Robbie Williams is the most successful European pop star of our time – and certainly the coolest one, too,” says the BAMBI jury. Robbie Williams is a natural born entertainer who expertly masters several genres.” The British artist’s album “Swings Both Ways” will be released on November 15 and is his second tribute to the swing era. At BAMBI Robbie Williams will give the German audience an exclusive Europe-premiere – for the first time he will be performing songs from his new album live on TV. Among others he will sing the pop song “Go Gentle”, premiered on German radio stations on October 11. Robbie Williams dedicates this song to his daughter Teddy who just turned one.
Robbie Williams to launch album in London
by Bang Showbiz | 04 October 2013
Robbie Williams will launch his second big band album, 'Swings both Ways', with a special show at the London Palladium in November, which will be filmed for a DVD release.
Robbie Williams: One Night at the Palladium
Robbie Williams will launch 'Swings both Ways' with a special show at the London Palladium in November. The singer's latest set of swing numbers - both covers and originals - will be unveiled at the concert, alongside material from his first collection of big band songs, 'Swing When You're Winning'.
The album features special guests Lily Allen, Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs and Rufus Wainwright, some of whom are expected to join Robbie on the night, the exact date of which has yet to be confirmed.
The resulting performance will then be released as a DVD 'Robbie Williams: One Night at the Palladium' in the in the UK on December 9, alongside four songs not to be found anywhere else and exclusive behind the scenes footage, shot as the show is rehearsed.
Salim Mukaddam, Director of Music for BBC Worldwide said: '''Swing When You're Winning' was released twelve years ago this November and we, like other Robbie fans, have been waiting patiently for the follow up.
''Robbie is one of the most versatile performers of our times - a truly outstanding pop star, who was born to sing swing songs. We are thrilled to be involved in this project and to have secured the global rights to Robbie's much anticipated return to swing. ''This promises to be a fantastic performance and a must-see event for Robbie's millions of fans around the world, as well as for anyone that enjoys great swing and big band performances.''
Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways album features Lily Allen, Michael Buble and more
by TINA HART Music Week
Robbie Williams is set to release his brand new album Swings Both Ways on Island Records on November 18.
The album features a selection of classic songs including Dream A Little Dream (with Lily Allen), I Wan’na Be Like You (with Olly Murs) and Little Green Apples (with Kelly Clarkson). Brand new tracks include Soda Pop (with Michael Buble) and Swings Both Ways, written and performed with Rufus Wainwright.
The album sees Williams reunited with Guy Chambers, with whom he wrote six new songs. Guy Chambers produced the album.
Williams said of the record: “First of all, I wanted to do a swing album because I wanted to do a swing album. I always knew I’d do another and I think now is the perfect time to do it. I’m enjoying showbiz and I’m enjoying my life and my understanding of where I am now is that there needs to be an event every time I bring out a record. The album this time is a definite ode and a loving glance towards a period on the planet that I was never invited to ‘coz I wasn’t there….I wanted to be, which I feel still very strongly linked to.
"Going in, I planned it to be very similar to the last one, and then I realised – that’s actually not what I wanted. It’s different – it’s not all covers. I had some songs that I wanted the world to hear and check out and maybe become part of the fabric of their lives, if I’m lucky enough, that I’ve had a hand in writing. So it’s very, very similar to the last one, and very different – and hopefully I’m off to romance the world!”.
Lily Allen said: “Dream A Little Dream is one of my favourite songs of all time so I didn’t hesitate when Robbie asked me if I’d like to duet with him on it. I was a bit nervous when we recorded it, especially when I asked him what he wanted me to do and he said something like ‘just be you’. But I’m really happy with it and think we do justice to a classic song."
Of the title track which he co-wrote and performs on, Rufus Wainwright says: “Working with Robbie is a dream come true. I’m once again the envy of both sexes. Robbie is the real deal, full package, a total mensch and if I could come up with any more paired descriptive sayings I would use them as well."
Olly Murs, who has just toured with Robbie, says: “I absolutely loved working with Rob on this album. After touring Europe with him this year it seemed only right that we record something together, and I Wan’na Be Like You is such a classic sing-a-long tune. It’s always brilliant when you get to work with your mates!"
Williams’ previous swing album Swing When You’re Winning was released in 2001 and spent six consecutive weeks at the top of the UK chart, going 7x platinum. It remains his best-selling album ever.
The #TakeTheCrown Stadium Tour 2013 is over. It has been incredible. Thank you everyone!
Robbie Williams Estonia Concert to Go Live to Movie Theaters
7/10/2013 by Stuart Kemp
The pop superstar's latest European tour show Take the Crown Stadium Tour will beam into theaters Aug. 20 from Tallinn in Estonia.
LONDON -- Fans of pop superstar Robbie Williams who couldn't land tickets for his U.K. gigs will be able to take in his latest show in movie theaters.
Williams' Aug. 20 show at Estonia’s 70,000-capacity Tallinn Song Festival Ground will be filmed and beamed live into select theaters across 27 territories, including U.K. cinemas from the British big three exhibition chains Odeon, Vue and Cineworld.
Williams debuted the first night of his Take the Crown Stadium Tour 2013 in Dublin on June 14 in front of 65,000 fans and has gone on to a U.K.-wide tour. The Tallinn broadcast of the penultimate show of his first solo stadium tour in seven years aims to give fans a chance to catch the two-hour show that promises his biggest solo hits, such as “Bodies,” “Millennium,” “Let Me Entertain You” and “Angels.”
Take the Crown Live From Tallinn will have a live theatrical release across 27 territories with a further 18 airing in mid-September. This broadcast follows a number of successful live-to-cinema events in 2013, including the Metropolitan Opera, the British Museum’s Pompeii Live and the National Theater’s production of The Audience with Helen Mirren.
Theatrical distributor Omniverse Vision CEO Grant Calton said: "This is a hugely exciting event both for us and for the burgeoning event-cinema industry. We are delighted to be working with IE Music and look forward to delivering some stellar cinema attendances." Omniverse Vision, set up in 2010, produces and distributes alternative content for cinemas globally via a network of more than 2,500 locations in more than 40 countries.
It distributed Led Zeppelin's historic concert in 2007 at London’s O2 arena around the world last year.
Caught Live: Robbie Williams Take The Crown Stadium Tour
One man show ... Robbie Williams in rehearsals for world tour
IF any pop fans are getting a bit down at the thought of a summer without a huge Take That stadium show – never fear. One of the best showmen in the business has got just the tonic – a two-hour, rip-roaring, high-octane live show.
Robbie Williams’ epic Take The Crown World Tour kicked off at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium last night in front of more than 65,000 fans – and it was something special. It’s a world-famous rugby venue, and in egg-chasing terminology, he not only scored the try, he converted it too.
Let Me Entertain You is the best track going to win over a crowd from the opening bars – and Robbie made a simply brilliant entrance. He emerged from a 15-metre high cast of his head above the stage, before whizzing down a zip wire with flares shooting out.
The best pop star this country has produced for a generation is at the peak of his powers. Lee Lodge, Rob’s long term show producer, brought together an amazing team including creative director Willie Williams and set designer Mark Fisher – famous for creating U2’s legendary shows.
And they are worth every penny because they have delivered in style.
By his own admission, Robbie’s not short of an ego. And the series of smaller props of Rob’s head have some big surprises in store. Olly Murs has a great cameo for Kids. They have a natural chemistry and the duet keeps the show ticking along very nicely.
It wouldn’t be right not to have a nod to Take That. And ever the crowd pleaser, Rob pulled a female fan on stage for Everything Changes. It’s the first, and probably the last time, you will see a pop star putting on a puppet show. Yes, a puppet show. You have to see it to believe it.
You can guess the encore – three of the best pop anthems you could ask to hear in a huge outdoor venue. Feel, She’s The One and Angels. There was a nice shout-out to his daughter “Teddy Bear”, who watched on with mummy Ayda in the crowd.
If you have a ticket you are in for a treat.
If you don’t, you’ve got a great live DVD to look forward to at Christmas.
Headline act Robbie Williams wows the crowd at Summertime Ball
ITV News 10th June
Robbie Williams performs his famous track from 1998, Let Me Entertain You.
Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
Robbie Williams headlined the Capital FM Summertime Ball at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday night, and he was joined on stage by acts including Taylor Swift, Will.i.am, Jessie J, The Saturdays and Olly Murs. US star Justin Timberlake hosted the event in front of a 80,000 sell out crowd. One of the highlights of the event was the performance of South Korean rapper Psy, who danced to his world renowned single Gangnam Style.
The night was capped off with an energetic performance by Robbie Williams. He strutted onto the stage wearing a bright red blazer and black trousers, before launching into his 1998 track Let Me Entertain You. Williams, who was accompanied by musicians playing brass instruments, also performed Rock DJ and his latest single Be A Boy as he brought the curtain down on the spectacular show.
Robbie is in good shape for his up and coming Take The Crown Stadium Tour
ROBBIE TO FEATURE ON DIZZEE RASCAL'S NEW SINGLE GOIN' CRAZY
Goin' Crazy will be released on the 17th June. First listen of Dizzy Rascal and Robbie Williams' Goin Crazy, Friday May 10th on BBC Radio1 and selected and regional breakfast shows from 8.15 GMT - followed by the Video at 09.00 GMT
Robbie Williams and Michael Buble duet
MUMS everywhere will be trembling at the knees with news of a new duet – ROBBIE WILLIAMS and MICHAEL BUBLE are working together. The former TAKE THAT man and the Canadian crooner have recorded a song about Robbie’s favourite thing – UFOs.
The likely lads have bonded over their similar lives. Michael said: “I don’t think there’s anyone in my life, at this point, who I could relate to the way I could with Robbie. “We’re around the same age, we’ve gone through a lot of the same things. He’s just become a dad, I’m just about to. We both have problems, we both probably go too far with things we do. He just talks about it more than I do.”
Michael said of their song: “It’s catchy and fun, neo-swing. One of the lyrics is ‘Soda pop, Yoda what?’ Robbie wrote it when looking at UFOs.”
Robbie Wins his Eighth Echo Award
Robbie Nominated for his album Take The Crown at the Echo Awards-Germany
to be held in Berlin on the 21st March
The last song we wrote was Blasphemy. I know what the next one sounds like as we just wrote it.
Robbie with Guy Chambers
Robbie Williams nominated for Brit Award with single Candy
ROBBIE Williams has been nominated in the best single category of this year's Brit Awards. The Tunstall-born singer's number one hit Candy is being considered for the prize alongside offerings from Olly Murs, Adele and Emile Sandé.
The awards celebrate the best British music from the last twelve months- with the shortlist being compiled by music industry officials. Williams already holds the record for the most Brit Awards, having won a total of 12 as a solo artist and another five awards with Take That.
In 2010, he also received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award.
NEW DATES ADDED.
18 Jun / Etihad Stadium, Manchester / UK
19 Jun / Etihad Stadium, Manchester / UK
21 Jun / Etihad Stadium, Manchester / UK
22 Jun / Etihad Stadium, Manchester / UK
25 Jun / Hampden Park, Glasgow / UK
26 Jun / Hampden Park, Glasgow / UK
29 Jun / Wembley Stadium, London / UK
30 Jun / Wembley Stadium, London / UK
02 Jul / Wembley Stadium, London / UK
05 Jul / Wembley Stadium, London / UK
10 Jul 2013 / Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen / DE
13 Jul 2013 / Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam / NL
17 Jul 2013 / Krieau, Vienna / AT
10 Jul 2013 / Ullevi, Gothenburg / SE
22 Jul 2013 / Parken, Copenhagen / DK
17 Jul 2013 / AWD-Arena, Hannover / DE
31 Jul 2013 / Stadio San Siro, Milan / IT
03 Aug 2013 / Koning Boudewijnstadion, Brussels / BE
07 Aug 2013 / Olympiastadion, Munich / DE
11 Aug 2013 / Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart / DE
16 Aug 2013 / Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich / CH
20 Aug 2013 / Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn / EE
Caught Live: Robbie Williams @ 02 Arena, London
EDITED BY GORDON SMART
PUT ROBBIE WILLIAMS on stage in front of 20,000 people in an arena and he won’t let you down.
Within four bars of Let Me Entertain You last night he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
He strutted around the stage like it was his back garden. Of all the gigs I’ve seen at the O2, few have commanded the arena like the record Brit Award winner. Five songs in and he was dripping with sweat – parading around like a pop peacock.
It’s a rare sight – an entire arena waving arms in the air, playing along with his patter. The constant female backing vocal from the crowd and screams after songs – we just don’t make pop stars like this any more. His return to TAKE THAT, being a new dad and his settled family life are paying dividends.
This is a rejuvenated pop icon back at the top of his game.
Problems with his old writing partner GUY CHAMBERS have been resolved – and they teamed up on stage for a touching reunion for Eternity and Mr Bojangles.
His chat between songs, poking fun at THE QUEEN and GERI HALLIWELL, kept the crowd engaged.
It was a masterclass for the showbiz fans in the wings – ADELE and ALAN CARR getting stuck right in.
ONE DIRECTION are due to be watching tonight – perfect timing. This is the barometer of what is expected of a top chart act.
He delivered hit after hit after hit – 22 songs in total. A good blend of greatest hits sprinkled with tracks from his latest chart-topping album Take The Crown.
On Monday Robbie will announce a stadium tour.
Get your phone on redial and refresh button ready online... the tickets will go quicker than MO FARAH.
Robbie Williams crowned king of the charts with Number 1 single and album
The Official Chart Company
By Brand Barstein
Having stormed to the top of the Official Singles Chart with Candy last week, Robbie Williams scores a second career Official Charts double this week as Candy holds on to the top spot, whilst new album Take The Crown becomes his tenth Number 1 album in fifteen years as a solo artist.
Candy holds tight at Number 1 for a second week running, having stormed to the top of the Official Singles Chart last week, becoming the fastest-selling male artist single of the year, and the third fastest-selling single of 2012 overall.
Last week, Robbie told OfficialCharts.com: “Number 1 - YEAH! So chuffed, really, really happy that Candy reached the top spot. Good work Team Williams and thanks to everyone who got it there. I'm so excited about this album”
Robbie has more reasons to be pleased this week as his ninth studio album Take The Crown does pretty much what it says on the tin and secures Robbie his second career Official Charts double. The last time he did the Official Charts double was back in December 2001 when Something Stupid, his re-working of Carson And Gaile’s 1967 classic track, hit the top spot during his easy listening covers album Swing When You’re Winning’s seven week stand at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.
The last artist to secure the Official Charts double was Rihanna, who held the top spot on both the singles and albums chart in November last year with We Found Love and Talk That Talk.
full article here www.officalcharts.com
Robbie Williams nets first number one for eight years
4th November 2012
Robbie Williams is celebrating his first solo UK number one hit for eight years after his song 'Candy' topped the official singles chart. The track, co-wrote with bandmate Gary Barlow, is the 14th number one of Williams' career - including Take That.
The Official Charts Company said it was the fastest-selling single by a male artist this year.
Robbie Williams to turn on Oxford Street lights
26th October 2012
Robbie Williams will switch on this year's Marmite Oxford Street Christmas Lights in London and also perform a selection of hits to the assembled crowd on November 5.
Robbie Williams is to perform on London's Oxford Street next month.
The 'Candy' singer will take to the stage in front of shoppers on the iconic street on November 5 - the day his new album 'Take the Crown' is released - and also switch on the
Marmite Oxford Street Christmas Lights.
He said: ''Oxford Street is a fantastic place to do your Christmas shopping and it's great to be part of the celebrations. I can't believe I am turning on the lights! 'Take the Crown' is released on the same day - 5th November - and I'm looking forward to performing for the amazing crowds on London's Oxford Street.''
'Bleeding Love' hitmaker Leona Lewis and boy band Lawson will also take to the stage before Robbie switches on the lights.
The event - which is presented by DJs Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton from radio partner Heart 106.2 - will be ticketed for the first time, with a 3,500 capacity golden circle for those lucky enough to win the chance to get close to the action.
Those wanting to be a part of this year's lights switch-on must apply for free tickets from Monday (29.10.12), via the Heart 106.2 website.
The interactive display also gives people the chance to get involved by showing whether they love or hate Marmite on a specially-designed banner. People can get their moment of fame by uploading a photo to www.facebook.com/Marmite.
The XFactor. ITV1 at 20:00 GMT on Sunday 28th October.
The Graham Norton Show. BBC 1 from 22:35 GMT on Friday 2nd Novembr
The Royal Variety Show. 19th November, to be shown later in the year.
When Robbie Met James
ROBBIE WILLIAMS’ fans should get ready for his comeback concert, set to be aired soon on Sky.
Funnyman James Corden will kick off the proceedings with a 90-minute interview special, When Robbie Met James. The show will see the two pals discuss life, love, fatherhood and music. During the special, backstage footage filmed at a series of intimate gigs in Leeds, Glasgow and Southend will be broadcast.
Each of the locations hold a special place in Robbie’s heart Robbie will also perform a bespoke stripped-down acoustic set as he prepares new material from album Take The Crown.
Sky 1 HD will broadcast his London 02 Arena concert on November 24 live into living rooms across the country.
Robbie Williams Sells Out 3 Nights At London’s O2 Arena In Less Than An Hour
Picture courtsey of RobbieWilliams.com
Robbie Williams has sold out all three nights at London’s O2 Arena this morning, selling over 50,000 tickets in less than an hour.
These will be Robbie’s only UK shows for the rest of this year, and follow his incredible ballroom shows in September which saw ticket applications oversubscribed by 5000%.
Tickets for the dates were sold via Robbie's official website www.robbiewilliams.com who partnered with Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster said: “There was extraordinary demand today for the Robbie Williams concerts at The O2, probably the biggest onsale for a live event that we have witnessed so far in 2012. The tickets for these hugely anticipated concerts sold out in less than an hour. By using Ticketmaster’s Paperless Tickets initiative, the artist management has also ensured that all these tickets have gone to genuine Robbie fans.”
Robbie will play the O2 Arena on November 22nd, 23rd and 24th in a show that will combine a breadth of material from across his career including new songs from his hotly anticipated album ‘Take The Crown’, released by Island Records on November 5th. The single 'Candy' is released on October 29th.
The 02 -
Robbie Williams will play three nights at The O2 in November. These will be Robbie’s only UK shows for the rest of this year and follow his incredible four shows in September which saw ticket applications oversubscribed by 5000%.
Robbie will play at The O2 on November 22, 23 and 24 in a show that will combine a breadth of material from across his career with the lavish production values that only a consummate showman like he can deliver.
The show will also feature material from his forthcoming solo album Take the Crown which will be released by Island Records on November 5. The single Candy is released on October 29.
Music Week recently wrote of Take The Crown; “This is the big, brash confident Robbie Williams pop record that his fans have been longing for but maybe didn’t dare expect. If it had a subtitle it would be Incase You’d Forgotten. Not wishing to denigrate the art of the record executive but Island may as well have chosen the lead single by chucking a dart at the inlay sleeve. They couldn’t have missed. Because there are no misses. Just hits – huge pop hits.”
Tickets for the three dates at The O2 will be available as follows: anyone wishing to buy tickets will be asked to register via Robbie’s official website at tickets.robbiewilliams.com
The registration period runs from 10am BST on Monday October 1 until midnight on Sunday October 7. Everyone who registers for tickets will be sent a code to access the sale, which commences at 9am on Tuesday October 9.
Robbie Williams to take baby Teddy on Tour
The proud daddy is taking his newborn daughter and wife Ayda on tour with him.
Robbie has just become a father for the first time and he clearly can't bear to be parted from his newborn baby daughter Theodora.
The star has in fact decided to take his little girl on tour with him.
'It'll be easy to tour with the baby' said Williams to the Sun newspaper 'We travel privately. There'll be mummy, nanny, baby and me'.
Robbie, whose new album Take The Crown is released on November 5th, plans to tour extensively in 2013.
ROBBIE & AYDA ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR DAUGHTER, THEODORA ROSE WILLIAMS
Robbie is Back!
Robbie Williams Announces Intimate Shows
Robbie Williams’ fans are used to seeing him perform in front of thousands at record-breaking stadium sized shows. Today, he announced that he’s giving his fans the rare opportunity to get up close and personal by playing a handful of small UK shows in September this year.
These one-off, very special club shows are a must for any Robbie Williams fan as he returns to play live in venues he played on his first tour as a solo artist in 1997.
Because of the limited number of tickets available, from Tuesday 28th August until midnight Sunday 2nd September fans will be able to enter their contact details via tickets.robbiewilliams.com for a chance to buy.
On Monday 3rd September, names will be selected at random using proven Ticketmaster ballot software to ensure fair allocation of tickets. All successful applicants will be notified that they are being given the chance to purchase tickets by midday on Tuesday 4th September.
For those fans not lucky enough to receive the chance to purchase tickets on this occasion, there will be future exclusive Robbie news and offers to all who registered their interest.
Dates / Venues:
September 11th O2 Academy, Leeds
September 12th Glasgow Barrowland
September 16th Southend Cliffs Pavilion South End On Sea
ROBBIE WILLIAMS TO PLAY CHARITY SHOW IN O2
The pop star's performing for two very good causes. The Hot Press Newsdesk, 28 Aug 2012
Robbie Williams has announced a September 14 show in the Dublin O2 in aid of Unicef and Childline.
The last time Robbie played a solo gig here was at Croke Park in 2006 as part of his Close Encounter tour. After an onstage technical malfunction, he promised to play a non-profit show here to make up – and now duly delivers.
With demand guaranteed to outstrip supply, fans have up until midnight on Sunday September 2 to pre-register for tickets at http://tickets.robbiewilliams.com.
Names will then be selected at random, with the lucky 7,000 available to buy a pair of tickets by midday on Tuesday September 4 for between €35 and €45.
In addition to his massive back catalogue of hits, Robbie will be showcasing his new single, ‘Losers’, and its as-yet-untitled album which is due in October.
Countdown on RobbieWilliams.com and Twitter
Robbie behind the scenes on his latest video, Candy
@robbiewilliams All sounding so good in the studio today.
Robbie Williams performs at the Queen's diamond jubilee concert.
Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
HOUSE OF FRASER PRESENT ROBBIE WITH UNICEF CHEQUE
Farrell stockist House of Fraser has been busy raising money for Soccer Aid over the last few weeks and, if you stopped by one of the ten stores stocking Robbie's menswear label recently, you'll have no doubt seen the collection boxes. Thanks to all their customers giving generously, the department store raised a significant amount of cash ahead of the big game yesterday, contributing to to the Soccer Aid proceeds which go to children's charity UNICEF.
Let one entertain you: Robbie Williams plans solo comeback for Queen's Diamond Jubilee gig
The singer will perform at the landmark June 4 gig on a bill which includes Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John
30th April 2012
ROBBIE Williams is to make his solo comeback... at the star-studded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert.
The singer will perform at the landmark June 4 gig outside Buckingham Palace on a bill which includes Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard.
Robbie – who went on the road with Take That last year – will then embark on a solo UK tour later in the year.
He said yesterday: “I am excited to be in London for the celebrations and honoured to be part of this line-up. If this doesn’t get me a knighthood, nothing will!”
The gig – organised by Robbie’s Take That pal Gary Barlow – will be attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other royals.
An insider said: “Getting Robbie is a major catch for the concert – he’s a huge star, and massively popular with fans of all ages.
"This show is going to be the centrepiece of the Queen’s celebrations, and Robbie is a proper showman.”
The gig – also featuring JLS and Ed Sheeran – will be broadcast live on BBC1 and Radio 2, and more than a million fans applied for tickets via an online ballot.
Robbie plans to tour the UK later in the year – although it will have to be carefully planned because his wife Ayda Field is due to give birth in September.
Robbie Williams travels to Mexico City For Soccer Aid 2012
courtsey of UNICEF
pictures courstey of RobbieWilliams.com
Robbie Williams has been in Mexico City this week with UNICEF, the worlds leading childrens organisation, making a short film about some of the citys most vulnerable children that will be shown during Soccer Aid on ITV 1, on May 27th 2012. Robbie was also joined on the trip by Jonathon Wilkes, co-founder of Soccer Aid.
The filming took place in some of the poorest parts of Mexico City, including in the slums of Iztapalapa. Robbie and Jonathan spent time with a five year old boy called Alberto, and his five brother and sisters, who live hand to mouth in cramped, dirty conditions and at risk of abuse and disease. They also visited a shelter which helps children and their families by giving them a safe place to sleep as well as clean water to drink and nutritious food to eat.
Robbie Williams said: "Meeting children in Mexico City really showed me how dangerous the world can be for a child and how hard it can be for them to even survive. Right now, children are suffering and it shouldn’t be like this. Soccer Aid is so great because it helps children just like this, living unbelievably tough lives all around the world, to have a better future. It’s also a brilliant football match, and I can tell you it’s going to be bigger and better than ever this year. Why’s that? Well, I’m definitely going to get the winner’s cup back from Michael Sheen.
Please, help make Soccer Aid 2012 the best one yet – come and join us at Old Trafford and support UNICEF’s vital work for children.”Robbie will return to Old Trafford on May 27 to once again captain the England team for Soccer Aid 2012, with Michael Sheen as Rest of the World captain. An array of Hollywood stars, footballing heroes and some of the UK’s most famous faces will battle it out on the football pitch to win their team the title of Soccer Aid Champion 2012.Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable work helping children around the world. This will be the fourth Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006 and 2010, raising £7.5 million in total for UNICEF’s for work. To buy tickets for Soccer Aid go to itv.com/socceraid or call 0161 444 2012. All profits go directly to UNICEF.
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SOCCER AID IS HERE!
Manchester's Old Trafford on Sunday, 27th May, 2012
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ROBBIE WILLIAMS IS TOP OF THE HOTS
Editor Anna-Belle Cao
10th February 2012 By Daily Star
TAKE THAT hunk Robbie Williams has been named the world’s hottest man.
Robbie, 37, beat Hollywood sex gods Johnny Depp, 48, Bradley Cooper, 37, and Patrick Dempsey, 46, in poll of 60,000 women for online mag Sofeminine.co.uk.
Editor Anna-Belle Cao said: “It’s great to see a home-grown hunk triumph.”
Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party
February 13, 2012
By Billboard staff
Robbie Williams (left) and Grainge. (Photo: Courtesy Universal Music)
Far from the proverbial madding crowds on Grammy night, Universal held an intimate party for executives and artists at CEO Lucian Grainge's residence. The gathering had a Moroccan theme and took place during the show's live telecast. Artists/celebrities who attended included Lana Del Rey, Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Chazz Palminteri, Michelle Trachtenberg, Far East Movement, Jared Leto, Diane Warren, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed, Ludacris, Ida Maria, Sergio Mendes and Glenn Frey.
Full article and pictures here billboard.biz
Robbie hits the Sandbox
February 3rd, 2012 by brand-m
EMI Music has pitched Robbie Williams into its OpenEMI software developer sandbox. The platform is now ready now for partner The Echo Nest and its global network of over 10,000 developers to start working on new digital ideas for the artist’s music, writes Mark Terry.
The Robbie Williams Artist Sandbox features all the music from his solo career to date, including his seven number-one albums, plus live tracks, remixes, videos, concert footage, images, artwork and additional digital content.
“This is a great initiative for harnessing the creativity of this developer network to come up with new and exciting ways for Robbie’s fans to enjoy and interact with his music,” says Tim Clark of Williams’ management company ie:music. “So many interesting and popular music applications and ideas are being launched all the time, and so we’re looking for developers to unleash their imaginations and create some truly amazing digital concepts for Robbie Williams.”
Former Burberry Design Director Joins Farrell
Burberry's former Design Director, Ben Dickens, has been appointed by Farrell as Head of Design and will work hand in hand with Robbie Williams, to create the collections.
Robbie singing with The Undercolours
Los Angeles 16th November 2011
Courtsey of The Undercolours Facebook
Robbie Williams to release solo album
Williams has sold more than 60 million albums as a solo artist
Pop star Robbie Williams is to release a solo album in 2012, following his successful reunion with Take That over the last 12 months. The new record will be released by Universal Music, marking the end of the singer's relationship with EMI. Williams famously signed an £80m deal with the record label in 2002, after scoring hits with Angels and Rock DJ. No figure has been announced for his new deal, which puts him under the same umbrella as Take That's label, Polydor.
"I'm really thrilled to be joining the Universal family at what I think is the most exciting time in my career," said Williams, 37.
The new album will be Williams' first studio release since 2009's Reality Killed The Radio Star. That was followed in 2010 by a greatest hits compilation, In And Out Of Consciousness, trailled by the single Shame - his first collaboration with Gary Barlow in 15 years. Having patched up his relationship with the Take That songwriter, he rejoined the band last year for an album - Progress - and a 29-date stadium tour, the largest ever in the UK and Ireland.
During his solo career, Williams has sold 60 million albums and picked up 16 Brit awards. Amongst his best known songs are Let Me Entertain You, No Regrets and Feel. Many of his biggest hits were written in conjunction with Guy Chambers, but the pair fell out after Williams signed his record-breaking deal in 2002.
No details about the new solo album have been discussed, but Universal Music chairman David Joseph said: "Having had the chance to listen to the music I've no doubt that Robbie is currently at his most creatively inspired. "We are about to witness something very special."
Official Calendar 2012
Having hit the charts again recently both with Take That and as a solo artist, it is clear Robbie's back to his best. Outrageously talented, handsome and with a cheeky personality it is easy to see why Robbie is so popular with his fans - enjoy him all year round with this Robbie Williams 2012 Official wall calendar.
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Robbie Williams launches menswear label Farrell at House Of Fraser
Metro.co.uk 15th September
He's in fashion: Robbie was at House of Fraser to launch his menswear label and its first collection
Fresh off a sell-out Take That tour, Robbie decided to turn his hand to fashion, launching his menswear label Farrell and its debut autumn/winter collection at House Of Fraser. The fashion label is named after the singer’s grandfather, Jack Farrell, and has a preppy, mod type feel, consisting of cardigans, smart dinner jackets and long winter coats.
The Angels singer greeted the first 200 customers (with purchases) in person at the Oxford Street branch of House of Fraser. Rob was not alone in his fashion endeavour – both his stylist Marcus Love and his hairstylist Oliver Woods collaborated with Williams on the collection. The pieces have so far been described as for men who like a ‘bit of snap’ in their wardrobe.
Stand-out items are a long blue military style coat, a £250 dinner jacket as well as various checked shirts and scarves.
Robbie Williams choosing songs for new album
The Sun 6th Sept
THE clock is ticking on a megabucks new solo deal for Robbie Williams. Right-hand man Chris Briggs has jetted to LA to help him sift through a stack of songs he's recorded and agree a shortlist for his next album. But only Sony, who Rob has met five times recently, and Universal, who release Take That's music, could afford him now his huge £80million four-album deal with EMI is up.
A&R legend Briggs first paired Rob with hitmaker Guy Chambers and they went on to create his mega-hit Angels. Rob's since shifted 57million albums and trusts Briggs' opinion above anyone else in the business. A source said: "Rob has been really productive so there's lots for him and Chris to go through. Rob will take on board any guidance Chris gives.
Rob blogged: "We've an embarrassment of riches for singles... happy days."
source: The Sun
Take That, Reunited British Boy Band With Robbie Williams, Beats Bruce Springsteen's Record
July 18, 2011
By Ray Waddell, Nashville
A reunited Take That - the British boy band featuring Robbie Williams -- has stormed through the U.K., shattering gross records, including Bruce Springsteen's eight-year title as the highest grossing concert stand ever, a mark it topped twice on this tour.
Take That sold out eight concerts at Wembley Stadium June 30-July 9, with a gross of £38,094,558, according to Billboard Boxscore. The U.S. dollar equivalent of that is $61.7 million, far and away the highest gross ever reported to Billboard. Attendance was 623,737, also a record.
Springsteen's stand at Giants Stadium in 2003 grossed $38.6 million and drew 566,560 to 10 sellouts.
Take That also captured the second highest gross ever, with eight more sellouts at City of Manchester Stadium June 3-12 taking in £27,273,546 ($44 million U.S.) with attendance of 443,223. In total, Take That's run through the U.K. grossed $185,175,360 U.S. and drew 1,806,473 fans to 29 shows.
A list of the tour's shows and grosses is below, according to Billboard Boxscore:
May 27, 28, 30, 31
Stadium of Light
June 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
City of Manchester Stadium
June 14, 15
June 18, 19
June 22, 23, 24
June 27, 28
June 30, July 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
Robbie wowing the crowds with Take That on the Progress Tour
picture courtsey of the Daily Mail
Robbie Williams: Gary Barlow is producing my next solo album
Robbie Williams has revealed that Gary Barlow is helping him make his next solo album.
The Metro 2nd June 2011
The singer told Esquire that his Take That bandmate has co-written and produced the album, which the pair are still working on.
Robbie said: 'Gaz is great for me because he knows how I should sound.
'He wanted to make a Lennon and McCartney-type album. That was his big idea - big, standard records.
'At the minute it's just me and him finishing the album and I love it. Love my friendship with him. Love that he regards me as an equal.
'Gary is kind of unemotional about stuff. I'm emotional about stuff. He's solid. I'm fickle. He gets stuff done, I don't.'
Robbie is currently in talks with all the major record labels about the album, which he hopes will be a hit.
'At the same time it's not the be-all and end-all. I'm not going to throw myself off a cliff if it's another Rudebox.
'It's exciting. There's a possibility it will have a similar impact to things I've done in the past.
'And before I wander off into the retirement home of the pop world, I'd like to have another fistful of hits to play to people.
'I believe I've got one last stab at a global success. I want to right some wrongs. Make up for how I've looked and behaved.
'There's a place I'd like to go for a bit of redemption, for myself. Just to do a good job.
'I just want a few more hits and then I'll gladly go.'
The star also revealed that he would happily rejoin Take That again after their record-breaking Progress tour, which kicked off in Sunderland last week.
'Am I a member of Take That? Well, it has gone swimmingly. It has been a load of fun.
'I've enjoyed it and I'd do it again. Whether that's in three or four or five or ten years, I don't know.
'Whether the boys will be up for it, I don't know. Whether there will be a Take That after this tour, I don't know. It's all up in the air.'
He added: 'I love all of them to bits. They are amazing people.'
Robbie Williams, Brad Paisley Collaborate for ‘Cars 2′ Soundtrack
By: MACKENZIE WILSON Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2011
Robbie Williams, Brad Paisley
We've seen Robbie Williams team up with Kylie Minogue ("Kids"), Nicole Kidman ("Somethin' Stupid"), Olly Murs ("Angels" on The X Factor in 2009), and of course, Gary Barlow ("Shame"), but now the chart-topping English entertainer is venturing beyond his pop sphere to duet with one of country music's biggest superstars for the Cars 2 soundtrack.
The Take That singer and Brad Paisley come together on "Collision of Worlds," an earnest tune touching upon the bond between Mater the Tow Truck (Larry the Cable Guy) and speed demon Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). The animated family comedy, Pixar's sequel to the 2006 box office hit, speeds into U.S. theaters on June 24, while the album drops on June 14.
"It's an international kind of song that's inspired very much by the film–it wouldn't exist if it weren't for the story," Williams said in a statement. "Brad turned up with his guitar and a basic understanding of what he wanted the song to sound like. He played me a few chords and we noodled and twiddled our way into forming this song. It's back and forth colloquialisms between two different countries speaking the same language and not understanding each other—until now."
"The song is a rock vocal event with one of the most talented people I've ever met, Robbie Williams," Paisley added "It was John's [Lassiter, the director] idea to bring these two worlds together — combining the English and American takes on music. We're both out of our comfort zone, seeing what happens when you're forced into going new places, which is really what Cars 2 is about. It's totally parallel to the story."
source: BBC America
"I found I really liked painting"
8 Apr 2011
Blog Author: Robert Williams
to read Robbie's blog and see his paintings visit RobbieWilliams.com
British dressage star to use Robbie Williams songs
BBC Sport News
22nd March 2010
Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers
British dressage rider Richard Davison will be rocking to the beat of some of Robbie Williams' classic pop songs in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics. Hit singles including Let Me Entertain You and Rock DJ have been reworked by Joost Peteers and recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. GB captain Davison will unveil the music at a competition this week. The 55-year-old, who will ride Hiscox Artemis, said: "The music has got a great beat and really makes him rock." Davison, who is aiming to compete in his fourth Olympics, will first perform in the kur - a dressage test set to instrumental music - at Holland's leading indoor competition at s'Hertogenbosch this week. The event is the final qualifying opportunity for riders to gain a ticket for the World Cup Final in Leipzig in April which is the flagship series of the sports dressage to music competitions. "It will be great to have one public outing before the final but of course next year's Olympic arena is the ultimate venue for this piece," added Davison. "This has been the brainchild of Hiscox Artemis' co-owner, the Countess of Derby; she has made it all happen and how lucky am I?" Dutchman Peteers who has been responsible for creating the world's finest kurs to date - including the one used for world record breaking black stallion Totilas - was selected to pull the whole project together. "The music is the best kur dressage has ever heard - it is simply fantastic and takes the sport to another level. "The beautiful melodies and beat have a real get-up and dance effect."
Williams has recorded a special introduction to the piece while songwriter Guy Chambers, who worked with Williams on the original songs, also plays on the new composition.
source: BBC Sport News
Solo deal for Robbie Williams?
13th March 2011
Robbie Williams is set to sign a new solo deal with Take That's record label, Universal, according to reports.
It's only been 8 months since Robbie Williams was welcomed back into the Take That family and now, according to the News of the World, he is already planning a new solo career without Mark, Jason, Howard and Gary, once they complete this summer's 'Progress Live Tour'. A source told the paper; "Robbie has been very committed to this Take That project and can't wait to tour with the guys but he never said he wouldn't record his own music again. It's important for him to have his own solo deal because he is one of the most successful British recording artists."
Universal is ahead of the pack to snap up the 'Angels' singer and it is thought that Williams is very keen to sign on the dotted line with the record label after they impressed him with how they promoted Take That's reunion. The source added; "He has every major record company chasing him to sign a new solo contract but Robbie's been very impressed with the way Universal sold and promoted 'Progress', the latest Take That album. He thinks they'd be great for his career." Tickets for the 'Progress Live Tour', which comes to Croke Park this June, broke sales records shifting 1.1million tickets and selling out completely, within hours of going on sale.
Robbie Williams to play exclusive charity gig for Caudwell Children
Stoke & Staffordshire 8th March 2011
ROBBIE Williams will play a charity concert with Robin Gibb for Stoke-based Caudwell Children. The black-tie Butterfly Benefit fundraising event will be held in London later this year.
Burslem star Robbie is an official ambassador for the children's charity, founded by entrepreneur John Caudwell.
Robbie said: "I have known and admired John Caudwell for a long time, he’s a top man. I hugely respect his enthusiasm and commitment to the charity Caudwell Children."
The gig will take place in front of 250 guests on Thursday May 12 at the Banqueting House in London, two weeks before the start of Take That’s record-breaking Progress Tour.
Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: "We are honoured to have Robbie as an ambassador for the charity and delighted that we have this opportunity for him to perform for us alongside Gary Barlow and Robin Gibb."
Applications for a table at the invitation-only event can be made by contacting email@example.com.
For further information visit www.caudwellchildren.com
source: Stoke & Staffordshire
Robbie Williams is nominated for Best International Artist at the Echo Awards in Germany
Take That nominated for Best International Pop/Rock Band
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Robbie Williams Musical Coming to West End?
According to a report by The Sun, Sally Greene of the Old Vic is currently working on bringing a musical based on the life and music of Robbie Williams to the stage. An unknown source told The Sun, "Robbie is bang up for the musical and thinks it will be a fun production. He loves West End shows and is honoured they will be doing one about his life." Williams is a member of the pop group Take That. Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and certain group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch his solo career. On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That and that the group intended to release a new album in November 2010.
Williams has sold more than 57 million albums worldwide. He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom. He has also been honoured with fifteen BRIT Awards-more than any other artist-and seven ECHO Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted as the "Greatest Artist of the 1990s."
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The England Cricket Team celebrate by singing 'Angels'
Take that! Poms sing through our pain
Andrew Webster From: Herald Sun January 04, 2011
AND in news just to hand, disturbing reports are emerging about how the England team celebrated its victory in the fourth Test in Melbourne last week.
No, not nudie runs. Not even a nude version of The Sprinkler. No appalling Facebook images circulating around cyberspace.
No, of concern is the song they reportedly belted out in the MCG dressingroom after retaining the urn.
It wasn't a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen with hand on heart, but an impassioned version of the Robbie Williams chart-topper Angels. Apparently, the English players did the same thing after they won by an innings in Adelaide.
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Cowell praises One Direction & Robbie
Saturday, December 11 2010, 23:08 GMT
By Tom Eames, Big Brother Reporter
Simon Cowell has praised his X Factor group One Direction for reaching tomorrow night's live final. Speaking to Konnie Huq on The Xtra Factor, Cowell explained that he felt that they had potential from the very beginning. He said: "I remember doing the home visit with Sinitta and when these boys came out and they sang 'Torn', I turned round to her and I said, 'These boys could win the show, they're that good!' "From the first live show, it was partly the way that they worked with us. They have been an absolute joy from start to finish, I might adopt them all."
Cowell also praised the group's duet singer Robbie Williams for the time he spent with them, adding: "Robbie is such a genius guy, he really is, because he doesn't just stand there and sing. He's with them beforehand, he's with them afterwards, he's encouraging them and he made a huge difference tonight. Robbie's a real star."
Take That and Robbie Williams do it again
Take That who performed on The X Factor have always been a success story and now with Robbie Williams on board, the boys can do no wrong. Their new album Progress has now become the fastest selling album of the century with 235,000 copies that has already been sold. The five lads new album sold the incredible amount on its first day on sale showing the world that Take That are still the best boy band around leaving Westlife licking their wounds.
Robbie Williams and the lads are said to be thrilled at the news
We Sing Robbie Williams Now Available in Europe
Wii karaoke-style game featuring 26 Robbie Williams hits is out now
Nordic Games and EMI Music have announced that We Sing Robbie Williams, the first videogame featuring the British born, multimillion selling pop star Robbie Williams, has launched across Europe, exclusively for Wii. We Sing Robbie Williams offers 25 tracks from the chart-topping artist, which will be accompanied by all the original videos. The release of the game coincides with Robbie Williams' definitive greatest hits album entitled In And Out Of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990-2010.
Robbie Williams to go on tour with Take That next year
This is Staffordshire-The Sentinel
27th October 2010
HITTING THE ROAD: Robbie Williams will go on tour next year as part of a reunited Take That line-up. The Tunstall-born pop star, who rejoined his old bandmates earlier this year, will take to the road with the lads starting on May 30. Their tour, called Progress Live 2011, is their biggest yet and will see the group play 14 dates across the UK before heading to Europe for another six shows.
Fans have been promised Take That's biggest hits but Robbie will also perform tracks from his solo career.
Robbie tops the list of male solo acts with the most UK No.1 albums.
9th No.1 Album in Germany becoming Artist of the Millennium
No.1 on the European and World Charts
Robbie Williams scores Greatest Hits No. 1
Sunday, October 17 2010
Robbie Williams has notched up his ninth UK number one album, as In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010 sells more than the rest of this week's top five combined.
The Take That star's compilation shifted over 120,000 copies in its first week of release, becoming the second-fastest selling album of the year after Eminem's Recovery.
Williams, who has now sold a combined total of 57 million albums and 11 million singles throughout his career, commented that he was "thrilled" with his chart result.
"It couldn't come at a better time for me - twenty years into my career, and just as I embark on a new adventure with Take That.
Thanks to all the fans who have supported me over the years - you have been amazing."
Digital Spy full article here
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Robbie put on a brilliant show at a private gig for Magic FM on Wednesday at the Supperclub in London's Notting Hill. It was his last solo show before he rejoins Take That.
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Robbie Wins Best Male At Digital Music Awards
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Robbie put in an electrifying performance at the Help for Heroes Concert on Sunday the 12th September
Twickenham Stadium - London
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Robbie switches on Blackpool illuminations
Fri Sep 3 2010
Robbie Williams relived his childhood earlier when he switched on the world famous Blackpool illuminations. The star, newly reunited with Take That, turned on the lights which will shine for 66 nights until November 7. Around 15,000 people crammed into a purpose-built arena in the resort to see Williams perform the honours, while thousands more watched on a big screen on the Promenade.
Williams told the crowd that Blackpool was a familiar destination for his family when he was growing up. "I used to come here as a kid for New Years and all the way through the summer," he said. The singer arrived for the switch-on in a "battle-bus" accompanied by a police escort. Two special guests who he said he "picked up on the way up" were his father, Pete, and friend, multiple world darts champion Phil "The Power" Taylor, who both watched from the sidelines. To an adoring public, he shouted: "Blackpool in the Premiership, come on! It is great to see you, Blackpool, great to be home. Thank you Blackpool."
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Robbie Williams To Release New Book
Robbie Williams is to release a new book called You Know Me later this month, which documents his 20-years in music. Robbie himself co-wrote the publication with author Chris Heath and besides recalling his career, the book will also include 250 photos of the Bodies singer. Due to hit shelves on September 20, Williams says the book features "my observations and my memories".
Robbie is also releasing a new best of album next month, called In And Out Of Consciousness – The Greatest Hits 1990 – 2010. The 39-song collection includes his new Gary Barlow duet Shame.
Robbie Williams is male drivers` guilty pleasure
Monsters & Critics
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Singer Robbie Williams is male drivers' guilty pleasure when they are at the wheel, according to a new poll.
In a new poll men were asked what artist they like to secretly sing along to when they are driving on their own. Williams, 36, came top of the new poll, which was carried out by Spanish car company Seat, with Abba coming in second place. Almost 3,000 drivers were surveyed in the poll with 14 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women saying they have a music collection they only listen to alone. The men also admitted to listening to Kylie Minogue, Shirley Bassey and Cyndi Lauper when they are alone.
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Robbie Williams headlining Help for Heroes gig
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Robbie Williams says he is "honoured" to be performing in a special one-off concert held to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. The British singer, who recently rejoined Take That, will be fronting the event, which will take place at Twickenham Stadium on September 12 and is being aired by the BBC.
Other acts helping to raise funds for wounded servicemen and women include Alexandra Burke, Plan B, The Saturdays and James Blunt. And it's not just top musicians taking part; comics including Jack Dee, Michael McIntyre, Jason Manford and Bruce Forsyth will also be making an appearance.
Some 60,000 fans and troops are expected to attend.
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In And Out Of Consciousness Tracklisting And Cover Revealed
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In And Out Of Consciousness: Robbie's Greatest Hits 1990-2010 Is Coming!
Soccer Aid a huge success at the theatre of dreams Manchester United.
The game attracted a sell out crowd and raised over 2 million.
It's not too late to donate, please visit UNICEF UK Soccer Aid website SoccerAid 2010.
Robbie with Zinedine Zadane and Luis Figo
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Soccer Aid 2010' pulls in 5 million
TV Charity football match Soccer Aid 2010 pulled in over 5million on Sunday night. The programme, which was organised by Robbie Williams and featured an England team of celebrities and sportsmen taking on a Rest-Of-The-World side.
Out on Monday 17th May
Robbie sings on the new version of 3 Lions
Robbie And Russell Sing It To Win It
Sky News 15th May
Robbie Williams and Russell Brand have teamed up to sing on a re-tuning of the catchy football anthem Three Lions ahead of the World Cup next month.
Fans will hear the voices of Robbie Williams and Russell Brand on the track. The football fans have joined the song's original team of David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds. Three Lions is often credited as being the greatest football anthem of all time and reached number one in 1996 and 1998. This version also features vocals by a choir, soprano and the commentator John Motson.
The song, which has been recorded under the name The Squad, is likely to once again be the favoured choice for fans on the terraces in South Africa and at home. And Robbie Williams said he could not resist taking part in this version.
He added: "I've always been approached to write football songs but have always declined as I thought Three Lions could never be beaten - so I am really happy to be part of this record.
"I am counting down the days until the start of the World Cup."
Full article here
Robbie Williams needs YOU to 'Keep it Up for Soccer Aid'!
14 April 2010
UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams meets nine-year-old Denise Emurielle and her brother, who lost their home during the Haiti earthquake and are now living in temporary shelters in 'Pinchinat', a tented camp situated on a football pitch in Jacmel, Haiti.
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In the run up to Soccer Aid 2010 – ITV’s celebrity football match raising money for UNICEF – Robbie Williams is setting a challenge which will inspire people from all walks of life to help the word’s poorest children and 'Keep it up for Soccer Aid'.
He is calling on people across the UK to find a football and get sponsored to do as many keepy uppys as they can. All of the money raised through sponsorship will help UNICEF’s work for children around the world. Register for Keep it Up for Soccer Aid
Returning from a visit to Haiti with UNICEF, where he made an appeal film which will be shown in full during Soccer Aid 2010 on 6 June on ITV1, he said: "Everyone knows I'm a massive football fan, and now I'm asking everyone to join me and 'Keep it Up for Soccer Aid'. Its really simple: do as many sponsored keepy uppys as you can and raise bucket loads of money to help make a real difference to the lives of kids all over the world, including the fantastic young people that I met in Haiti."
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Robbie Is Third Most Played Artist Of The Millennium
6 April 2010
Robbie has beaten legends including Queen, Elton John and Elvis Presley to be crowned the third most played artist of the last decade in the UK. The list, compiled by music licensing body PPL, is based on the number of plays per artist on TV, radio or in public since 2000 and places Robbie just behind Madonna, who tops the list, and The Beatles.
Robbie is the youngest male solo artist in the chart, revealed on BBC Radio 2 show, People's Artist Chart, presented by Patrick Kielty.
Take a look of the top ten most played artists of the decade below
2. The Beatles
3. Robbie Williams
5. Take That
7. Elton John
8. Elvis Presley
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Soccer Aid 2010
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Robbie performing at the Orchid in London
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Robbie Williams Is Rising To The Challenge
Robbie Williams’ official Sport Relief single Morning Sun’ is released on download on Monday 8th March, with the money raised from the single being spent helping vulnerable people living tough lives in the UK and across the world.
Robbie said “I’m absolutely delighted that Morning Sun’ will be this year’s official Sport Relief single. I’ve seen first-hand the sort of good work that the money raised will fund so it’s an honour to be involved and donate the profits to them”.
Robbie has also been photographed in the one-off Sport Relief T-shirts which have been exclusively designed by the whole Beckham family and are available exclusively in store and online at Sainsbury’s and TK Maxx and www.sportrelief.com
TV viewers can also look forward to Robbie giving a special performance of ‘Morning Sun’ as part of the fantastic line up of TV entertainment on BBC One on Friday 19th March.
Other highlights include a new ‘Smithy’ sketch from James Corden, an Ashes to Ashes special featuring sporting and entertainment legends from the 80s, plus special editions of MasterChef and A Question of Sport Relief.
For more news and information about this year’s campaign log on to sportrelief.com
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Robbie Rocks Echo Awards
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Robbie Williams is on a roll. After scooping the outstanding contribution honour at the Brits, the Angels crooner picked up another gong at Germany's biggest music prize giving, the Echo Awards.
The 36-year-old took the best international male crown. Accepting the prize he said: "Ich bin ein very, very happy." It takes his collection of Echos throughout his career to seven.
Reality Killed The Video Star Goes Multi-Platinum
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We're thrilled to tell you all that Robbie's incredible album, Reality Killed The Video Star, has gone multi-platinum in the UK, with nearly one million copies sold since its launch last November!
The album, which includes the singles Bodies, You Know Me and Robbie's official Sport Relief single, Morning Sun, is also certified multi-platinum in Germany, platinum in France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria and gold in Australia, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark… phew!
If you haven't bought your copy of Robbie's super-selling album yet grab it now.
Robbie Williams bringing back Soccer Aid
Thursday, February 25 2010
By Alex Fletcher, Reality TV Editor
Robbie Williams is organising the third Soccer Aid event to take place later this year, say reports.
The X Factor's Dermot O'Leary will host the event rather than regular presenters Ant & Dec, who are busy filming Britain's Got Talent and new gameshow Push The Button. According to The Sun, Soccer Aid will take place at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground in June. Former footballers Alan Shearer and Zinedine Zidane are rumoured to be taking part.
The event, which airs on ITV1, previously took place in 2006 and 2008. Celebrities including Angus Deayton, Jamie Theakston, Gordon Ramsay and Danny Jones played in the England vs Rest Of The World matches.
BRIT AWARDS 2010: ROBBIE WILLIAMS WOW
The Star 17th February 2010
BRIT Awards 2010: Robbie Williams put on a show-stopping performance
Robbie Williams picked up the gong for outstanding contribution to music
Robbie Williams seemed genuinely overwhelmed to receive the award
Robbie Williams showed why he is the most decorated singer at the Brits
ROBBIE Williams showed just why he is the most decorated singer at the Brits with a show-stopping live medley of hits to end the show last night.
The cheeky singer gave a slick, showman’s performance to celebrate his outstanding contribution to music award.
The gong is his 16th Brit after previously winning 11 Brits as a solo artist and four with Take That.
Williams, 36, dressed in a sharp black suit, appeared genuinely overwhelmed by his achievement, jokingly singing into his statue, before telling the crowd: “I feel really good up here Brits, thank you so much, have a great evening.
He later added: “Thank you so much for this award. God bless you, thank you.”
The Brit Awards 2010 London
Nominee for Best British Male
Robbie Williams Triumphantly Returns to pick up the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ Award At the 30th BRITs Ceremony. Robbie has won more BRITs than any other artist, will be awarded with the coveted trophy at The BRIT Awards 2010 with MasterCard on Tuesday 16 February.
Virgin Media Awards 2009
11th February 2010 - Virgin
Best Solo Male – Robbie Williams
When he came swaggering out through those X Factor doors to sing Bodies, we realised just how much we’d missed him. His Reality Killed The Video Star comeback album may have been pipped to number one by JLS, but a string of hugely entertaining shows and media appearances confirmed that Robert Peter Williams remains our most maverick and fascinating home-grown pop star.
Robbie's on track for Haiti
The Sun 29th January edited
Recording ... Robbie Williams
POP icon Robbie Williams has added his vocal to The Sun's Haiti charity single - which is now complete. Angels singer Robbie, 35, recorded his lines for the cover of REM ballad Everybody Hurts in LA on Wednesday.
Single mastermind Simon Cowell said the track, due out on February 7, was "an absolute priority for us all".
Money from the single will be split between The Sun's Helping Haiti fund, which now stands at more than £1million, and the Disaster Emergency Committee.