Music: Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams is a former boy bander, known for a song called "Angels" and a fascination with the supernatural. Formerly of the band Take That, he has found a way to a successful and long solo career.

Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch his solo career. Unlike many people who'd been in boy bands, Williams had a keen interest in many rock music, particularly britpop inspired by Oasis, and worked with Guy Chambers to create credible songs in this style, starting with the album "Life Thru A Lens". Despite this, he had breakthrough success with the ballad "Angels" and the hard rock inspired "Let Me Entertain You". A few months later, his second album "I've Been Expecting You" came out, with a similar style to the first album but considerably more experimentation and a slightly more mature image. His third album "Sing When You're Winning" set the tone.

On 15 July 2010, it was announced that he had rejoined Take That and that the group intended to release a new album in November 2010. Progress eventually became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history and the fastest-selling record of the century so far.

Williams has sold over 70 million records worldwide, which ranks him among the best-selling music artists worldwide. He is the best-selling British solo artist in the UK and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the UK. He has also been honoured with seventeen 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." He ended at #77 in One Hundred Greatest Britons.

Williams is married to actress Ayda Field, and they have a baby daughter.

Not to be confused with the late Robin Williams.

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Discography

  • Life thru a Lens (1997)
  • I've Been Expecting You (1998)
    • The Ego Has Landed (Compilation of above two albums, debut album in America) (1999)
  • Sing When You're Winning (2000)
  • Swing When You're Winning (2001)
  • Escapology (2002)
  • Greatest Hits (2004)
  • Intensive Care (2005)
  • Rudebox (2006)
  • Reality Killed the Video Star (2009)
  • In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990–2010 (2010)
  • Take the Crown (2012)
  • Swing Both Ways (2013)

Tours:

  • The Show Off Must Go On (October–November 1997)
  • The Ego Has Landed (May–June 1998)
  • One More for the Rogue Tour / For a Few Dollars More... Tour (1998–99)
  • Robbie Williams North American Tours (1999)
  • The Sermon on the Mount Tour (2000–01)
  • Weddings, Barmitzvahs & Stadiums Tour / Sing When You're Pacific Rimming Tour (2001)
  • Weekends of Mass Distraction Tour / Cock of Justice/Aussie Typo Tour (2003)
  • Close Encounters Tour (2006)

Tropes:

  • Audience Participation Song: All of his songs.
  • Badass Boast: Adressing a huge crowd at his solo concert at Knebworth Castle, we get this gem:
    "My name is Robbie Williams...This is my band...and for the next two hours, YOUR ASS...IS MINE!"
  • Bi the Way: Williams for reason enjoys teasing the audience with suggestions that he's bisexual, although he's always had female partners. For instance in Old Before I Die "Am I straight or gay?", in Kids "Press be asking, do I care for sodomy? I don't know, yeah, probably" and the title of the album Swings Both Ways.
  • Breakup Breakout: From Take That.
  • Break Up Song: "These Dreams", "No Regrets", "If It's Hurting You", "Man Machine" "Sexed Up".
  • Camp Straight: Is considered as such, as evidence in the Take the Crown era.
  • The Casanova: "Cursed", "Feel".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Dickhead".
  • Cover Version: Several. Three covers were singles - his first single "Freedom" was a cover of George Michael's Freedom '90, "She's The One" was a cover of World Party song and his collaboration with Nicole Kidman - "Something Stupid" - was a cover of a song by Frank and Nancy Sinatra. Several covers were B Sides especially in the Life Thru A Lens period.
  • Covers Album: Swing When You're Winning and much of Swings Both Ways.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Battled both alcoholism and an addition to prescription drugs.
  • Follow the Leader: His album Life Thru A Lens was inspired by Oasis, who were considered a 'lad's band' at the time, and was intended to give him a more masculine image after years of being in a boyband. It worked.
  • Intercourse with You: "Lazy Days", "Let me Entertain You".
  • New Sound Album: "Sing When You're Winning". It features a far more mainstream pop sound, with less of the rock influences and more ballads. The only song that really resembles Williams' older work is "Forever Texas", which not coincidentally was written and played live over a year before the other tracks.
  • Ode To Sobriety / Ode to Intoxication: Often found in his lyrics.
  • Power Ballad: Most of his career, though mainly because of the success of "Angels".
  • Rearrange the Song: His live arrangement of Back For Good humorously had the chorus rearranged in a hardcore punk style, complete with him shouting "Mosh!". An example of this is on the Angels [CD 2] single. Whilst the verse melody is the same he changed some of the lyrics to highlight his dislike of Take That. Doubles as Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Sampling: "Millennium" with Nancy Sinatra's theme from You Only Live Twice.
  • Silly Love Songs: "Heaven From Here", "She's the One" "Grace".
  • Shout-Out: It's in his tradition to shout out to something in his songs. For instance, "She's Madonna" is a love song to the singer, and "Advertising Space" is about Elvis Presley with similarities to True Romance.
  • Slut-Shaming: "By All Means Necessary".
  • Rock Star Song: "Come Undone", "Me and My Monkey".
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Old Before I Die".
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: The video for "Rock DJ". Though Robbie follows the striptease by literally taking off his skin and throwing it around at ladies, leaving only his skeleton visible.
    • Even the single's cover is his skinless appearance from the video.