Robbie Wiliams was born in Stoke On Trent, England on February 13th 1974. Having played in school productions of ‘Oliver’ and obviously showing a flair for entertaining, Wiliams’ mother saw an advert for auditions to be in a new boy band which he applied for and aged 16 was a member of Take That. After the incredible success of Take That and countless number one hits, Robbie Wiliams departed from the band in July 1995. He started his solo career slowly with modest sales for his debut album “Life Thru A Lens” on Chrysalis Records. Record sales exploded after the single “Angels” was released for Christmas 1997 – a beautiful ballad, written within 20 minutes, which recently got voted the second best song of all times by British voters. Since then, Robbie has released 4 more original albums: “I’ve Been Expecting You”, containing the hit singles “Millennium”, “Strong”, “No Regrets” and “She’s the One”, the follow up “Sing When Your Winning”, where he dueted with Kylie Minogue, the million seller “Escapology” and the live album “What We Did Last Summer”, which was recorded in front of 375.000 people at his legendary Knebworth performances. Additionally to his original albums, Wiliams also released an extremely successful cover album of classic swing songs (”Swing When Your Winning”), on which he dueted with actress Nicole Kidman on the Frank Sinatra cover “Something Stupid”, which charted in at Number 1 in the UK, and with digitally added Frank Sinatra himself doing a duet. In 2002, Robbie Wiliams signed a new contract with EMI worth £80 Million. His Greatest Hits album was released in 2004 and his 6th album titled Intensive Care was released in 2005, which attracted healthy sales and good reception. His 7th album Rudebox was released in 2006 receiving mixed reviews and average sales but was still Number 1 in 14 countries. He released single ‘She’s Madonna’ in 2007. Wiliams spent 2008 and 2009 writing his next album, working with producer Trevor Horn. In October 2009 his latest single ‘Bodies’ was released, receiving positive reviews and good sales. The much expected comeback album ‘Reality Killed the Video Star’ was released in November 2009.
I’m rich beyond my wildest dreams.
I’d make a better U.S. President than George W. Bush. Bush is an idiot. I’m a better public speaker than him. It makes you wonder about the voters.
Inside me there is a fat man dying to get out.
I’m not a musician, I’m an entertainer.
When it comes down to it, I just like taking my pants down.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe write some really great stuff – stuff that would put Oscar Wilde to shame. If the Pet Shop Boys ever wanted a third member, I’d be there.
I come from the tradition of a big Irish family that loves to sing. I love to perform.
There’s no point regretting things. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. Life’s too short to worry about things I’ve said.
I’ve got this brilliant thing where I go, “I’m Robbie Wiliams”, and people are interested in what I want to say – which is amazing because I’m just an idiot from Stoke-on-Trent.
I don’t have anything that I treasure at all. They’re just things. I tend to buy an awful lot of stuff, like clothes and things. But I wouldn’t be bothered if my house burns down tomorrow.
With the war and everything that’s going on, unless you’re Susan Sarandon, the best route is to keep your mouth shut. For me it is, anyway!
I think there are ghosts. I haven’t seen or heard anything. I’ve definitely felt something but it’s not scary. I’m very, very pleased to say.