48 Facts About Robbie Williams

1. Robert Peter Robbie Williams was born on 13 February 1974 and is an English singer and songwriter.

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2. Robbie Williams found fame as a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995, and achieved commercial success after launching a solo career in 1996.

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3. In 1990, the sixteen-year-old Robbie Williams was the youngest member to join Take That.

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4. Robbie Williams agreed to quit and left the group in July 1995; it would be the last time for twelve years that they were all together.

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5. Robbie Williams was due to perform with Take That but missed the performance because his wife gave birth at around the same time; the group performed as a four-piece.

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6. Robbie Williams continued to write music with his colleagues and performed with the group on several occasions since 2011's Progress tour and planned on return for a full tour to celebrate Take That's 30th anniversary in 2019.

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7. Robbie Williams launched his solo career in 1996 with a cover of George Michael's "Freedom", which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.

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8. Shortly after his introduction to songwriter and producer Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams released "Old Before I Die", the first single from his debut album.

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9. Robbie Williams finished the year with a European Tour late in 1999.

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10. In 1999, Robbie Williams was signed to Capitol Records in the United States, a part of EMI.

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11. Robbie Williams embarked on a United States promotional tour and released his first United States and Canadian single, "Millennium".

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12. Robbie Williams took two weeks off from his tour to record Swing When You're Winning, his fourth studio album.

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13. Robbie Williams began working on what would be his fifth studio album, spending a year in the recording studio.

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14. Robbie Williams kicked off his Close Encounters World Tour in South Africa in April 2006, when he finished his European leg of the tour.

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15. On 11 October 2009 Robbie Williams published a 12-track compilation album, titled Songbook, as a free CD for the newspaper The Mail on Sunday.

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16. On 20 October 2009 Robbie Williams opened the BBC Electric Proms at the London RoundHouse.

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17. In late November 2009, Robbie Williams travelled to Australia to perform at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009.

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18. On 26 November 2012 Robbie Williams announced a 17 date stadium tour of Europe.

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19. In November 2013 Robbie Williams made a cameo appearance in the video to Murs's song "Hand on Heart".

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20. Robbie Williams released a compilation album entitled Under the Radar Volume 1 on 1 December 2014 through his website, featuring leftovers and unreleased songs.

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21. In July 2017, Robbie Williams announced a new album, Under the Radar Volume 2, which was released in November 2017.

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22. On 14 June 2018, Robbie Williams performed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

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23. Robbie Williams sang "Let Me Entertain You" and "Feel" before he performed a duet of "Angels" with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.

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24. The album sold over 67,000 copies, which is identical sales to his previous studio album release The Heavy Entertainment Show, Robbie Williams sold over 10,000 cassettes in 7 days, which is the most in two decades.

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25. On 7 June 2022, Robbie Williams announced that his tenth compilation album, XXV, would be released on 9 September 2022.

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26. On 5 August 2022, Robbie Williams released the single "Lost", taken from XXV.

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27. Robbie Williams collaborated with Australian pop star Kylie Minogue on the song "Kids".

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28. In 2001, Robbie Williams recorded "We Are the Champions" with Queen for the 2001 medieval adventure film A Knight's Tale.

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29. In 2002, Robbie Williams appeared on the track "My Culture" on the 1 Giant Leap album, alongside rapper Maxi Jazz.

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30. In 2012, Robbie Williams recorded a duet with Mexican recording artist Thalia for the Spanish song "Te quiero dijiste", included on her album Habitame Siempre.

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31. Robbie Williams performed at the 2022 AFL Grand Final Football Pre match Entertainment.

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32. In 2005 Robbie Williams provided the voice of Dougal in the film adaption of The Magic Roundabout.

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33. On 20 September 2010, Robbie Williams released his second book called You Know Me in collaboration with Chris Heath.

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34. Robbie Williams recorded the song "It's Only Us" as the theme for the FIFA video game FIFA 2000.

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35. In 2005, Robbie Williams founded a football team called Los Angeles Vale FC.

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36. Robbie Williams formed the club with other celebrity friends after building his own soccer pitch at his home in Los Angeles.

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37. Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian wrote Robbie Williams is "a perfect meeting of ego, self-deprecation and hits", adding "there really is nobody else, in pop music anyway, who combines monumental hamminess and bone-deep vulnerability quite so effectively.

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38. Robbie Williams appeared in the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records when his sell-out show at the BBC Electric Proms at London's Roundhouse was screened by more than 250 cinemas across 23 countries to set a new record for the most simultaneous cinematic screenings of a live concert.

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39. In September 2010, Robbie Williams switched on the Blackpool illuminations, stating that it was one of the greatest honours he had achieved.

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40. Robbie Williams said: "I just thought I'd save them the audacity of me even trying to step on a stage and be in the same echelon as Freddie Mercury.

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41. Robbie Williams described his own performance on stage as "a combination of rap, rock and Robbie Williams".

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42. Robbie Williams featured in a 2018 TV documentary Hunt for the Skinwalker by Jeremy Corbell, and revealed that his partner Ayda Field dissuaded him from buying the Skinwalker Ranch when it became for sale.

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43. Robbie Williams became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery to officiate the wedding of friends.

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44. In 2020, Robbie Williams received backlash for expressing his belief in the widely debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

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45. In 1997, Robbie Williams was in a relationship with Spice Girls singer Melanie Chisholm.

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46. In May 2006, Robbie Williams started dating American actress Ayda Field.

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47. Robbie Williams's was featured in the UFO documentary that Williams did for BBC Radio 4 and took part in a field investigation he did in Trout Lake, Washington in 2008.

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48. Robbie Williams is a lifelong supporter of football club Port Vale, based in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent, and in February 2006 he bought £240,000 worth of shares in the club, making him the largest shareholder.

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