Robbie Williams

  1. Australia's Bigsound Conference: Alan McGee Provokes; Robbie Williams' Hefty EMI Deal; Chugg Lambasts McGee

    September 13, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The 10th anniversary Bigsound conference took place last week in Brisbane, Australia. Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle was there to take in all the sounds and soundbites. "The Australian" newspaper music editor Iain ...

  2. Business Matters: iTunes & Tap Tap Revenge 4 Have Very Merry Christmas

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST iTunes Page Sees Christmas Boost -- The iTunes download page was the eighth most popular web page on Christmas day, as ranked by Alexa.com. That rank is on pace with previous years -- it was No. 7 and No. 8 on Christmas in 2008 and 2009, respectiv ...

  3. Take That Surges To Euro Albums Chart Summit

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST British pop five-piece Take That has Europe's new No. 1 album with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal), replacing Rihanna 's "Loud," but the Barbadian star's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) mo ...

  4. What Next For Robbie Williams?

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition after the May 2010 general election in the U.K., there were plenty who said it could never last. Six months on and former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major reckons the partie ...

  5. Take That Scores Huge U.K. Sales

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That's new album "Progress" (Polydor) moved more than 235,000 copies on its first day on sale (Nov. 15) in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The OCC said it was the biggest day one sale since Oasis's &quo ...

  6. Take That Announces European Stadium Shows

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reformed U.K. pop group Take That has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the music biz -- the band will tour European stadia next summer. The announcement was made today (Oct. 26) at London's Savoy Hotel where all five original band m ...

  7. Robbie Williams' Hits Set Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams makes a No. 1 start across Europe with "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI). It debuts atop Billboard's European Albums chart as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Inters ...

  8. Robbie Williams Scores Ninth U.K. No. 1 Album

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams ' new retrospective "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) has become his ninth solo No. 1 in the U.K.'s albums chart. Cee Lo Green 's "Forget You" (Warner Bros./Warn ...

  9. Cheryl Cole, JLS and Gorillaz Triumph At BT Digital Music Awards

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop acts Cheryl Cole, JLS and Robbie Williams were among the big winners at the BT Digital Music Awards, held in London last night (Sept. 30). Out of the 21 awards on offer, pop dominated the evening, with Cole -- who was not present -- winni ...

  10. Take That Returns With 'Progress'

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The reunited Take That has confirmed details of its new album. "Progress" (Polydor) will be released Nov. 22 in the U.K. and is set to be one of the year's biggest sellers. "The Flood," the first single with former member ...

  11. Business Matters: Ping Followers, Apple, Lala, Verizon and more

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Ping Followers and What They Mean -- Here are a some artists with iTunes Ping profiles and the number of followers each had as of Wednesday evening: Lady Gaga 368,000, Coldplay 305,000, Katy Perry ...

  12. Take That's Williams, Barlow Reunite For Charity

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow have performed live together for the first time in 15 years, singing their new single "Shame" at a charity concert in London to raise money for British soldiers. The pair were members of the chart-topping ...

  13. Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow Duet Receives U.K. Premiere

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reunited band mates Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow turned back the clock today (Aug. 26) when the Take That pair gave their first joint interview in 15 years on national Top 40 network BBC Radio 1. Radio 1 also gave the world premiere to the Will ...

  14. Enrique Iglesias Added To U.K. Armed Forces Concert Line Up

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias will join previously announced headliners Robbie Williams and James Blunt at a fundraising charity concert at Twickenham Stadium, Sept. 12, to be held in honor of the British Armed Forces. U.K. pop singer Alesha Dixon, Welsh class ...

  15. Robbie Williams To Headline U.K. Armed Forces Concert

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is to headline a fundraising charity concert at Twickenham Stadium, Sept. 12, in honor of the British Armed Forces. James Blunt, Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Plan B and U.K. girl band The Saturdays are also confirmed to perform at ...

  16. Robbie Williams To Star In Video Game

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop superstar Robbie Williams is to feature in his own karaoke video game, "We Sing Robbie Williams." It will feature 25 tracks accompanied by all the original videos. The game is to be released by publisher Nordic Games, which stru ...

  17. Take That Stadium Tour Rumored For 2011

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The reunion of Take That with Robbie Williams is dominating the tabloids in the U.K. today (July 16) and the news has gone global, too. Take That and Robbie Williams are trending on Twitter, with Germans, Spaniards and the French getting just as e ...

  18. Robbie Williams to Rejoin Take That

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British singer Robbie Williams has rejoined former band Take That to record their first album together since he walked out on them 15 years ago, the group announced on Thursday. Williams got back together with the other four members of the success ...

  19. Warner France Buys French Promoter Nous

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner France has acquired Paris-based Nous Productions, a live promoter whose roster includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Eyed Peas, Metallica and Robbie Williams. Salomon Hazot will remain president of Nous Productions according to a statem ...

  20. Robbie Williams Reunites With Take That (Almost)

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There has been plenty of speculation about U.K. pop artist Robbie Williams reuniting with Take That in the last few years. It has not happened yet, but Williams has dueted with main songwriter and former bandmate Gary Barlow on a new single. It is ...

  21. Lady Gaga, Lily Allen Boost U.K. Pop Sales

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Albums by Lady Gaga, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen and Robbie Williams helped pop claim its biggest share of U.K album sales last year since 2003. The figures from labels trade body the BPI showed that the genre accounted for 29% of album sales in 2009 ...

  22. Lady Gaga Wins Big At ECHO Awards

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga was the main winner of the ECHO German music awards, held in front of an audience of 4,000 in Berlin. Lady Gaga - who did not attend - got the awards in the categories female artist rock/pop international, best newcomer of the year inter ...

  23. Peter Fox Snags 5 ECHO Nominations

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German hip-hop singer Peter Fox leads the nominees for ECHO German music awards on March 4, 2010 at the Berlin fair ground. Fox is nominated for five awards, including the artist/group national/international hip-hop/urban category in which Fox ...

  24. Chrysalis Q1 Royalty Income Rises

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Chrysalis said its share of income from royalties rose 9% in the first quarter, helped by successful records from Robbie Williams, Jay-Z and JLS. The company, which publishes some Michael Jackson hits including "Thrill ...

  25. Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga Help Boost BRITs Ratings

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV ratings for the BRIT Awards, which included performances from Robbie Williams, Kasabian and Lady Gaga as well as a duet from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, peaked at 6.3 million viewers. The live broadcast on ITV1 last night (Feb. 16) averaged 5.8 mill ...

  26. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organized by trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 fro ...

  27. Cowell's Haiti Single Sells 200,000 In 2 Days

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. benefit single for Haiti organized by Simon Cowell has sold more than 200,000 in two days, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC). The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts" for the Helping Haiti release from Sony Music f ...

  28. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Hits Airwaves

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new charity single for Haiti featuring Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle and Robbie Williams hit the Internet and airwaves on Tuesday (Feb. 2). The cover version of REM's "Everybody Hurts" was hastily put together by Simon C ...

  29. Robbie Williams To Release Sporting Charity Single

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams is to release this year's official fund-raising song for U.K. charity Sport Relief. "Morning Sun" -- taken from the U.K. pop singer's 2009 studio set "Reality Killed the Video Star" (Virgin/EMI ) -- wi ...

  30. Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna Win At NRJ Awards

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Robbie Williams and German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel were among the winners at France's NRJ Awards in Cannes. The winners were decided by public vote among the audience for national top 40 radio station NRJ and TV sta ...

  31. Lily Allen, Lady Gaga Up For BRIT Awards

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British women have a strong showing in the nominations for the 2010 BRIT Awards - but not Susan Boyle. U.K. acts Florence and the Machine, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott each has three nominations for the awards, staged at London's Earls Court Are ...

  32. Robbie Williams, George Michael For 'X Factor' Final

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams, George Michael and Michael Buble will appear on the final of U.K. TV talent show "The X Factor" this weekend. Each of them will duet with one of the three finalists on the final, which is likely to bring in huge ratings ...

  33. Robbie Williams Holds Boyle At Bay On European Chart

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's powerful arrival was not enough to stop Robbie Williams from recording a third week at the top of Billboard's European Albums chart with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI). Black Eyed Peas achieve the su ...

  34. U.K. Chart Toppers JLS To Work With Calvin Harris

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST JLS, the British boy band who recently beat Robbie Williams to the top of the U.K. album charts, is to work with dance producer and fellow U.K. chart topper Calvin Harris. Speaking to Billboard.biz, JLS band member Jonathan Benjamin 'JB' ...

  35. Robbie Williams' Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams secures a second week at Billboard's European Albums summit with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI), while Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (Interscope/Universal), in its 21st chart week, a ...

  36. Business Matters: Warner Music, Robbie Williams, Topspin

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Expectations for Warner Music Group 's fiscal Q4, according to Thomson Reuters, is a 2% drop in revenue (to $836 million) and a 50% increa ...

  37. Robbie Williams To Court Investors: Report

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST British singer Robbie Williams may sell the right to half his future album, touring and sponsorship earnings in a £50 million ($83 million) deal, one of his managers was reported as saying. Managers for Williams, whose hits including "Angels& ...

  38. Robbie Williams Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST British pop perennial Robbie Williams makes a winning return to Billboard's European Albums chart, debuting at No. 1 with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI). On European Hot 100 Singles, Black Eyed Peas scores another char ...

  39. Robbie Williams Loses Out To JLS On U.K. Chart

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a close-run battle between U.K. chart heavyweights, "X Factor" graduates JLS just pipped Robbie Williams to the top spot on the new album survey. On the new singles chart, Black Eyed Peas scored their third No. 1 inside six months, an ...

  40. Robbie Williams Heading For Ninth U.K. No. 1

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop singer Robbie Williams moved 85,000 copies of his comeback set "Reality Killed the Video Star" on the first day of release, according to label Virgin. Williams is currently ahead of boy band JLS in the mid-week chart based on fi ...

  41. Spotify To Preview Robbie Williams Set

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spotify will be streaming the comeback album from Robbie Williams three days ahead of its U.K. release. The ad-funded free streaming service will make "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI) available to users in the U.K. at midnigh ...

  42. Robbie Williams Pulls MTV EMAs Appearance

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams has pulled out of a scheduled appearance at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. According to a statement issued today (Oct. 30) by the U.K. singer’s spokesperson, the cancellation was “due to a scheduling conflict.” The statement wen ...

  43. Rammstein Rocks To European Chart Peak

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German rock mainstay Rammstein's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" (Motor) races 15-1 to top Billboard's European Albums chart, as Robbie Williams' "Bodies" (Virgin/EMI) starts a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles. ...

  44. Robbie Williams To Receive BRIT Awards Honor

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has named pop artist Robbie Williams as the recipient of the outstanding contribution to music award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. Williams will close the ceremony with a performance at the Feb. 16 event at London's Earls C ...

  45. Madonna, Robbie Williams Rule In Europe

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard’s new pan-European sales charts show Madonna starting a fourth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, while Robbie Williams makes a triumphant return, topping European Hot 100 Singles with “Bodies” (Virgin/EMI). “Celebration” loses it ...

  46. Robbie Williams Makes Live Return

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams made a triumphant live comeback in London last night (Oct. 20), as part of the BBC's Electric Proms series of concerts. Appearing at the London Roundhouse with a 38-piece band, including string and brass sections -- led by Tre ...

  47. Robbie Williams Concert Breaks Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams rocked his way into the record books and gave BBC Worldwide the boast of being the distributor of a history maker. The singer's BBC Electric Proms performance -- broadcast to more than 250 cinemas across 23 countries by BBC Wo ...

  48. Robbie Williams Is U.K.'s Latest Giveaway

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is the latest artist to give away his music through a tie-in with a U.K. national newspaper. The Oct. 11 issue of the weekly Mail on Sunday newspaper will contain a free Williams compilation titled "Songbook." The album f ...

  49. Robbie Williams To Open BBC Electric Proms

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Robbie Williams will open the BBC Electric Proms event at London's Roundhouse on Oct. 20. Williams will be accompanied by a string section, horn section and full band as he performs songs from his back catalog and comeback alb ...

  50. Robbie Williams Launches Publishing Company

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Robbie Williams has launched a music publishing company, Farrell Music, as the new home for all of his music publishing rights. Williams' new and future material will now go through Farrell Music, including songs from his fort ...

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