Robert Peter Robbie Williams (Stoke-on-Trent, 13 February 1974) is a British pop singer. From 1990 to 1995 made Williams part of Take That. After that period he became a successful solo singer. Since 2010 he is member of Take That, after which he again the first single (since 1995) made with Take That ' The Flood '.
Williams has sold more than 55 million records 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 best selling albums in the United Kingdom. He won fifteen BRIT Awards (more than any other artist) and seven ECHO Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, then he was described as the "greatest artist of the 1990s."
- 2 Solo career
- 2.1 Life Thru a Lens
- 2.2 Angels
- 2.3 I've Been Expecting You
- 2.4 Sing When you're Winning
- 2.5 Swing When you're Winning
- 2.6 's Escapology
- 2.7 Intensive Care
- Rudebox 2.8
- 2.9 Reality Killed the Video Star
- 2.10 In And Out Of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990-2010
- 2.11 Take The Crown
- 2.12 Swings Both Ways
- 3 current career
- 4 discography
- 5 external link
Robbie Williams ' career began with Take That, a band that was formed by singer and composer Gary Barlow. Founded in 1990, the band proved very successful, with eight number-one hits in Britain. Their popularity led to a success of similar bands in Britain. While it is good seemed to go with the band, turned out not to fit in the Williams total Group and he made many feud with the band members and management. Williams left Take That In 1995 . That called admiration and confusion, because the most famous boy band Take That was then. The general opinion is that he imposed "clean" lifestyle that the boys had to follow (not drinking/ smoking drugsnot/geen) could no longer keep up. After leaving the band collapsed Williams in a life full of booze and brawls and he made his old band frequently black.
Fifteen years after he left, he made together with the band known to work again; in november 2010 there is a new album appeared with the title Progress. However, Williams left the band again In 2011. 
In 1996 Williams was ready to start a new career. His first single "Freedom", a cover of George Michael from 1990, was released in August. After a time in rehab came in 1997, the single "Old Before I Die". Both singles were successes in England. This resulted in the arrival of his first solo album, Life Thru a Lens, later that year. Life Thru a Lens contained its single "Old Before I Die" and flopped because the rest (e.g., "Lazy Days" and "South of the Border") was not really well received.
The last song of Life Thru A Lens, was released would be "Angels". This song took care of the international comeback of Williams.
"Angels" is, in February 2005 by the English during the British music awards, voted best song of the past 25 years. Also it was on place 11 in the top 2000 of 2005.
Also in Netherlands is this song become a huge hit. (And it is still good in the taste. In december 2007, this song was number 1 in the top 1000 Qmusic.)
Williams was a fame in Europe while he was in the United States barely broke through.
His second album, "I've Been Expecting You", was released in 1998. The album was preceded by the single Millennium, built around the James Bond theme "You Only Live Twice". This song was a big hit in Europe and in the United States number 72.
On the second single, "No Regrets", Williams got vocal support from Pet Shop Boyssinger Neil Tennant and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. Other singles from the album were "Strong" and "she's The One".
In 1999 he collaborated with Tom Jones for Lenny Kravitz-a cover of the song "Are You Gonna Go My Way" that came on the album Reload. Williams also delivered that year contributed to an album of songs by Noël Coward. On this album, "Twentieth Century Blues", he sings "There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner".
The album was released in 2000 contained the hit "Rock DJ". The clip made for criticism because of the daring striptease that Williams did. The video was a big hit, but the song took out in Netherlands "only" a 6th place in the top 40. The song caught on in the United States, but Williams did not extract the fame as he had in Europe. Because the clip was seen as shocking, this was considered as the temporary end of Williams ' career in the us, though the clip was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award.
In 2001 brought Williams a cd out. On this cd he played many songs from the 1950s and 1960s. On the cd were songs like Ain't That A Kick In The Head, Things and Mack The Knife. There was also Something Stupid on the duet with Nicole Kidman, originally by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra. The cover of Beyond the Sea Bobby Darins became the soundtrack of the film Finding Nemo.
In 2002 Williams stopped the cooperation with his writer Guy Chambers. This was, however, but for brevity, because half a year later they worked together again to Williams s Escapology new album, the album that came out in 2002. 'S Escapology has more rock influences than earlier work by Williams. The first single, Feel, was a hit in Europe. In the black and white clip played Darryl Hannah . The album sold very well. In the all-time top 1000 album of Radio Veronica's Escapology ended in 2006 at number 78.
The clip of the next "'s Escapology" single, Come Undone, was censored by MTV Networks Europe, because Williams in the clip had sex with two women, although they were dressed. There were reptiles and insects in the mouth of the women layers. The sudden turn of events probably came through the rift between Williams and Guy Chambers.
This album came out in Berlin on 9 October 2005. It came on tv and is broadcast from special places, such as cinemas and theatres. Although the album would come out first not in the US had made it possible toiTunes him to order, because of the success in Europe. The first single was a hit worldwide and was tripping. Make me Pure was released as promo. The clip of Advertising space shows Robbie dressed as Elvis Presley. Sin Sin Sin is the last published single and shows Williams as guru.
On 23 October 2006 the album Rudebox. Robbie is experimenting with electronic music on this album and it was received with some criticism. On this album he works together with the Pet Shop Boys, Lily Allen andMark Ronson and he performed songs by Manu Chao, The Human League and My Robot Friend.
The first single from the album, Rudebox, came on 4 september 2006 . He RAPS the majority on Rudebox, with only a Sung bridge. The second single from the album is Lovelight, which came out on October 21,2006. This song is a cover of Lewis Taylor.
The third single of the album was released is she's Madonna. This song was a big hit for Robbie with a # 2-listing in Netherlands.
On 5 August 2009, it was announced on the official website Williams ' long-awaited comeback. On Monday 9 november came the new album, that the name Reality Killed the Video Star , on store shelves. A month earlier, on October 12, to be exact, the forerunner of the album, the single Bodies, all on single. Trevor Horn produced both the album and the single.
Early december 2009 followed the second single from the album: You Know Me. In March 2010, the third single: Morning Sun. A fourth single was not there.
The album reached gold and Platinum in Netherlands in Flanders.
At the end of June 2010 there was a promotional video on Williams ' YouTubechannel that discusses his new album was promoted. It was a compilation album with all the highlights from Williams ' career. It was the second time that a ' Greatest Hits ' of Williams appeared. It was released on October 11, 2010 on the market and it contains 39 numbers. ' Shame ' is the first single from the album. It is a duet between Williams andGary Barlow. For the first time since 15 years these two worked together. There is also a dvd version of the album released, with all the music videos from the songs on the album.
After his trip to Take That earlier that year, Williams signed a new record deal with Universal and immediately made known that an album would follow by the end of 2012. In 2012 if Williams open a concert for The Queen for the British Royal family and he became a father. His single Candy and his album Take The Crown that year came at the same time also a number 1. Also the Different numbers and Be a boy were hits. He also conducted a sold-out series of theatre-concerts, three sold-out shows at London's O2 arena and he announces a new tour in the summer of 2013 with a support act for Olly Murs.
On 18 november 2013, Robbie Williams his sequel to the album Swing When you're Winning released called Swings Both Ways. His single was released on 7 november Go Gentle . On 15 december, he releasedDream A Little Dream on single. This he has sung with Lilly Allen. The album features even more duets with Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bublé and Rufus Wainwright.
In 2002 Williams by the British was chosen as one of the 100 greatest Britons ever. He Later on place 17 end in Channel 4 's list of worst Britons ever.
A biography of Williams, written by Chris Heath, called "Feel", was released in 2004. In 2003, Williams performances along with Duran Duran and ex-Take That Member Mark Owen.
Since the break with Chambers has Williams show that he not deteriorated. He wrote among other things along with ex-Duran Duran-singer Stephen Duffy the hits like "Radio" and "Misunderstood".
Both songs were on the album "Greatest Hits", released on October 2004. In February 2005, the song "Angels" voted best song of the past 25 years and was awarded the British music industry's award.
Williams also appeared during Live 8. He sang his most famous songs, ' ' Let Me Entertain You ' Feel ' and ' Angels, ' and he began his performance with ' We Will Rock You ', such as Freddie Mercury that did 20 years earlier.
On 13 February 2007, his birthday, he's in a rehab in the us because of a medication addiction. On 7 March 2007 he comes from this clinic. He is frequent shooting with new clothes on and he turns out to be not yet stopped smoking even though he has now announced to like this.
In early 2008 he makes in a blog on his official website announced that he will present no new material this year. Maybe, he says, he puts all the B-sides on one album. It remains some time silent on its website until early april when he pictures in his blog post from some trips he made with his girlfriend Ayda Field. End of June 2008, the press suggested that Ayda Field put an end to their relationship by a year.
On October 6, 2008, Williams ' manager Tim Clark know that suits his new album in early 2009. The album, Reality Killed The Video Star, appeared in november 2009.
He told that he had that same message also thought to stop singing and wanted to lead a quiet life with his girlfriend Ayda Field in Los Angeles. After a visit to England he realized he missed singing. On August 7, 2010 married Williams with Ayda Field during an intimate ceremony at the home they share together in Los Angeles. Williams currently live and Field in the United Kingdom. Williams and Field got a daughter in september 2012.
Williams sang In 2010 along with a.o. Take That, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle and Rod Stewart in the benefit song for Haiti after the earthquake there: a cover of Everybody Hurts by r.e.m. 
After 15 years of absence is Williams back to Take That. He will give concerts a year with his old band. Williams left the group after the concert series to concentrate on his solo career. 
Mid-2011 Williams launched the clothing brand Farrell, named after his grandfather. Farrell went bankrupt at the end of 2013. Williams remained in the meantime continue to work on its ninth studio album at his new record label Universal appeared in the autumn of 2012.
Williams is Ambassador of UNICEF in the UK.
|Album (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Album Top 100
|Life thru a lens||1997||14-02-1998||59||10|
|I've been expecting you||1998||07-11-1998||35||45|
|Sing when you're winning||28-08-2000||02-09-2000||3||85|
|Swing when you're winning||19-11-2001||24-11-2001||2||101|
|'S Escapology||18-11-2002||30-11-2002||1 (15wk)||101||Best selling album of the year 2003|
|Live summer 2003||29-09-2003||04-10-2003||3||56||Live Album|
|Greatest hits||18-10-2004||23-10-2004||1 (5wk)||70||Compilation album|
|Intensive care||24-10-2005||29-10-2005||1 (3 wk)||49|
|Reality killed the video star||09-11-2009||14-11-2009||1 (1wk)||26||Gold|
|In and out of consciousness-The greatest hits 1990-2010||08-10-2010||16-10-2010||3||24||Compilation album|
|Take the crown||02-11-2012||10-11-2012||1 (1wk)||21|
|Swings both ways||2013||23/11/2013||2||10 *|
|Album (s) with chart positions in
the Flemish Ultratop 50
|Life thru a lens||1997||11-04-1998||13||11|
|I've been expecting you||1998||07-11-1998||11||14|
|Sing when you're winning||2000||09-09-2000||13||34|
|Swing when you're winning||2001||01-12-2001||2||27|
|'S Escapology||2002||30-11-2002||1 (2 wk)||42|
|Live summer 2003||2003||04-10-2003||5||37|
|Greatest hits||2004||23-10-2004||2||89||Compilation album|
|Intensive care||2005||29-10-2005||1 (1wk)||47|
|Reality killed the video star||2009||14-11-2009||3||21||Platinum|
|In and out of consciousness-The greatest hits 1990-2010||2010||16-10-2010||4||21||Compilation album/ Gold|
|Take the crown||2012||10-11-2012||8||30|
|Live at Knebworth-10th anniversary edition||2013||10-08-2013||124||2|
|Swings both ways||2013||30/11/2013||4||16 *|
|Single (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Top 40
|Freedom||12-08-1996||10-08-1996||10||4||No. 12 in the Single Top 100 / Alarm drive|
|Old before I die||14-04-1997||10-05-1997||32||2||No. 53 in the Single Top 100|
|Lazy days||14-07-1997||02-08-1997||tip18||-||No. 72 in the Single Top 100|
|South of the border||15-09-1997||4-10-1997||tip21||-|
|Angels||01-12-1997||10-01-1998||14||14||No. 14 in the Single Top 100|
|Let me entertain you||16-03-1998||11-04-1998||tip2||-||No. 42 in the Single Top 100|
|Millennium||07-09-1998||26-09-1998||29||5||No. 38 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|No regrets||30-11-1998||12-12-1998||tip14||-||No. 71 in the Single Top 100|
|Strong||15-03-1999||17-04-1999||tip7||-||No. 55 in the Single Top 100|
|She's the one||08-11-1999||20-11-1999||29||7||No. 33 in the Single Top 100|
|Rock dj||31-07-2000||29-07-2000||6||13||No. 11 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Kids||09-10-2000||21-10-2000||11||8||with Kylie Minogue /
No. 24 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive
|Supreme||11-12-2000||06-01-2001||8||11||No. 16 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Let love be your energy||09-04-2001||14-04-2001||21||5||No. 55 in the Single Top 100|
|Eternity/The road to Mandalay||09-07-2001||28-7-2001||17||14||No. 11 in the Single Top 100|
|Somethin' stupid||10-12-2001||15-12-2001||9||11||with Nicole Kidman /
No. 5 in the Single Top 100
|Mr. Bojangles||11-03-2002||09-03-2002||tip12||-||No. 66 in the Single Top 100|
|My culture||08-04-2002||20-04-2002||33||3||with 1 Giant Leap and Maxi Jazz /
No. 42 in the Single Top 100
|Feel||02-12-2002||07-12-2002||1 (2 wk)||20||No. 1 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Come undone||31-03-2003||05-04-2003||8||15||No. 26 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Something beautiful||28-07-2003||19-07-2003||8||12||No. 16 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Sexed up||03-11-2003||08-11-2003||12||12||No. 33 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Radio||04-10-2004||02-10-2004||9||6||No. 9 in the Single Top 100|
|Misunderstood||06-12-2004||18-12-2004||8||8||No. 15 in the Single Top 100|
|Tripping||03-10-2005||08-10-2005||1 (3 wk)||17||No. 2 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Make me pure||03-10-2005||19-11-2005||15||8||B-side of tripping /
No. 2 in the Single Top 100
|Advertising space||12-12-2005||24-12-2005||5||12||No. 12 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Sin sin sin||22-05-2006||03-06-2006||9||11||No. 13 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Rudebox||04-09-2006||09-09-2006||4||9||No. 6 in the Single Top 100|
|Lovelight||13-11-2006||11-11-2006||8||11||No. 9 in the Single Top 100|
|She's Madonna||05-03-2007||24-03-2007||2||13||with Pet Shop Boys /
No. 3 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive
|Close my eyes||02-2009||07-02-2009||17||8||with Sander van Doorn /
No. 7 in the Single Top 100
|Bodies||12-10-2009||26-09-2009||1 (4wk)||14||No. 3 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|You know me||04-12-2009||21-11-2009||10||16||No. 31 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Morning sun||15-03-2010||13-02-2010||19||9||No. 75 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Shame||2010||11-09-2010||10||14||with Gary Barlow /
No. 4 in the Single Top 100
|Heart and I||08-11-2010||29-01-2011||tip2||-|
|Candy||10-09-2012||29-09-2012||3||24||No. 1 in Single Top 100/ Alarm drive|
|Be a boy||2013||11-05-2013||tip12||-|
|Go gentle||2013||19-10-2013||tip5||-||No. 78 in the Single Top 100|
|Single (s) with chart positions
in the Flemish Ultratop 50
|Freedom||1996||17-08-1996||16||6||No. 16 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Old before I die||1997||17-05-1997||47||1|
|Angels||1998||07-02-1998||6||18||No. 6 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Millennium||1998||26-09-1998||18||10||No. 18 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|She's the one||1999||18-12-1999||40||11|
|Rock dj||2000||12-08-2000||18||10||No. 18 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Kids||2000||11-11-2000||38||4||with Kylie Minogue|
|Supreme||2000||30-12-2000||29||7||No. 29 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Eternity||2001||28-07-2001||6||15||No. 5 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Somethin' stupid||2001||15-12-2001||5||15||with Nicole Kidman/
No. 2 in the Radio 2 Top 30
|My culture||2002||27-04-2002||50||1||with 1 Giant Leap and Maxi Jazz|
|Feel||2002||07-12-2002||5||18||No. 3 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Something beautiful||2003||02-08-2003||48||2||No. 30 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Radio||2004||16-10-2004||28||3||No. 15 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Tripping||2005||08-10-2005||8||21||No. 4 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Advertising space||2005||24-12-2005||19||13||No. 15 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Sin sin sin||2006||10-06-2006||25||11||No. 15 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Rudebox||2006||16-09-2006||4||11||No. 2 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Lovelight||2006||02-12-2006||18||13||No. 16 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|She's Madonna||2007||03-03-2007||3||17||with Pet Shop Boys/
No. 2 in the Radio 2 Top 30
|Close my eyes||2009||11-04-2009||tip19||-||with Sander Van Doorn|
|Bodies||2009||24-10-2009||5||11||No. 8 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|You know me||2009||26-12-2009||17||10||No. 4 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Morning sun||2010||27-02-2010||tip12||-||No. 6 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Shame||2010||11-09-2010||21||8||with Gary Barlow/
No. 6 in the Radio 2 Top 30
|Heart and I||2010||25-12-2010||tip26||-|
|Candy||2012||13-10-2012||18||15||No. 5 in the Radio 2 Top 30|
|Be a boy||2013||23-03-2013||tip14||-|
|Goin' crazy||2013||22-06-2013||tip2||-||with Dizzee Rascal|
|Dream a little Dream||2013||14-12-2013||tip16||-||with Lily Allen|
|Shine my shoes||2014||29-03-2014||tip82 *|
|Number (s) with markings
in the Radio 2 Top 2000
|' 99||' 00||' 01||' 02||' 03||' 04||' 05||' 06||' 07||' 08||' 09||' 10||' 11||' 12||' 13|
|Shame (with Gary Barlow)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1718||-||-|
|She's Madonna (with Pet Shop Boys)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1279||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|She's the one||-||-||1091||374||205||301||219||383||806||377||939||1075||1245||1273||1020|
|Somethin' stupid (with Nicole Kidman)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1398||1342||1687||-||-|
|The road to Mandalay||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1218||-||986||917||1095||1308||979|
|You know me||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1971||-||-||-|
- 1998: Live in Your Living room
- 1999: Angels
- 2000: Where Egos Dare
- 2001: Live at the Albert
- 2002: Nobody Someday
- 2003: The Robbie Williams Show
- 2003: What We Did Last Summer: Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth
- 2006: And Through It All: Robbie Williams Live 1997-2006
- 2007: Live at the Albert (blu-ray and hd-dvd)
|DVDs with the Dutch Music charts in the Top 30||Date of
|Live at the Albert||2001||02-03-2002||1 (11wk)||110|
|The Robbie Williams show||2003||05-04-2003||1 (1wk)||66|
|What we did last summer-Live at Knebworth||2003||19-11-2003||1 (9wk)||143|
|And through it all-Robbie Williams live||2006||25-11-2006||1 (3 wk)||15|
|Live at Knebworth-10th Anniversary edition||2013||03-08-2013||1 (2 wk)||13|
|One night at Palladium||2013||14-12-2013||1 (6wk)||20 *|