Robbie Williams Drops Album Surprise, Tipped to Reunite with Take That

British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams performs on stage during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in London on June 4, 2012. The star-studded musical extravaganza comes on the third of four days of celebrations to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

Robbie Williams has “done a Beyonce.” The British pop singer has released a new album, with zero fanfare, and he’s done it on the day his former band Take That claimed the U.K. chart crown.

The British pop singer has released Under the Radar Vol. 1, an album of previously-unreleased songs and tracks that failed to make the cut. The online exclusive is available only at RobbieWilliams.com, and it’s available in three tiers. The cheapest option, a download, is priced at £4.99 ($7.80). The standard CD is £7.50 ($11.77), and the signed CD is £25 ($39). The first 1,000 people to buy the signed edition will have the album shipped in a "special tin" with six “exclusive” postcards.

Jason Orange Leaves Take That

“It’s loads and loads of songs that I’ve written that I’m incredibly passionate about,” says Robbie in an online clip. “I want you to hear them, otherwise they’re just going to remain in my computer.” He adds, “Guy Chambers (Robbie’s songwriting collaborator) isn’t happy with me putting these songs on this album. He thinks I’m a lunatic for not putting them on an album that’s going to be promoted, with TV performances, and radio stations backing. And a big tour. But I'm an impetuous bugger. And I want them out now now now now now.”  

The last time Robbie shared a personal clip on YouTube, he was seen harassing his wife with Frozen tunes as she endured labor in a hospital bed. 

Robbie's recording career, however, particularly in the U.K., has been almost faultless. He has landed 13 Official Albums Chart Top 40s, including No. 1s with Life Thru A Lens, I’ve Been Expecting You, Sing When You’re Winning, Swing When You’re Winning, Escapology, Greatest Hits, Intensive Care, Rudebox, In And Out Of Consciousness – The Greatest Hits 1990-2010, Take The Crown and his most recent set, Swings Both Ways, from 2013.

Take That Announces New Album, Shares First Song ‘These Days’: Listen

Meanwhile, Britain’s The Sun tabloid is suggesting Robbie and Jason Orange could make a comeback to Take That in time for the boyband’s 25th anniversary in 2017. Robbie left the group in 1995 to launch a solo career, and Orange announced his departure in September. The group, which is now a trio of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, opened at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles chart on Sunday with "These Days". Howard told The Sun: “We want to do something with the five of us. That will be great.”

Gary added: “Take That is five people. Exactly when they come back is up to them. That will keep it interesting. Moving forward."

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