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Robbie Williams’ biography

Posted on: 3 agosto, 2009

 

 

Name: Robert Peter Maximilian Williams

Born: February 13, 1974 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent (England)

Biggest single: Angels (1999)

Biggest LP: The Ego Has Landed (1999)

 

  

   Robert Peter Williams was born on 13 February, 1974 in Burslem, one of the six towns amalgamated to form the city of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

  His family is Roman Catholic; Peter, his father, was a comedian who adopted the stage name of Pete Conway and Jan, his mother, was a florist. They divorced when he was three years old.

  William’s career started when a manager, Nigel Martin Smith, was looking for some young singers because he wanted to form a boy band. Williams contacted this manager, had an audition, and became the fifth and final person to join Take That.

  He going off on a solo venture in 1995. Williams publicly denounced the group which reportedly actually fired him and Williams wasn’t considered a likely candidate for solo success, especially when gossip reports surfaced about Williams partying habits.

 

1996

 

  Robbie’s 1st. attempt at solo success came with the cover of George Michael’s "Freedom 90."

 

1997

 

  Williams released the single "Old Before I Die" and his 1st LP in the U.K., Life Thru a Lens which allowed Williams to make news with his music rather than much-reported fast-paced lifestyle which he was able to overcome after a stint in rehab. Life Thru a Lens eventually hit #1 in the U.K.

 

1998

 

September
 
Williams topped the UK Singles chart with “Millennium” for 2 weeks.

 

November
 
Williams released his 2nd UK LP, I’ve Been Expecting You  and the LP immediately topped the UK Albums charts for 2 weeks. Tracks such as "No Regrets" and "Strong" hit the Top 10 in the UK.

 

1999 

 

January
  I’ve Been Expecting You 
topped the UK Album charts for 2 weeks.

 

May
 
Williams released The Ego Has Landed  which was meant to introduce Williams to American audiences.
  Williams supported the LP with a North American tour.
  Williams hit the Top 40 in the U.S. for the 1st time with “Millennium”.

 

June
  Williams hit the Top 10 with "Millenium”

 

October
 
Williams hit the Top 40 with "Angels”.

 

November
  The Ego Has Landed  was certified gold.
  Williams topped the UK Singles chart for a week with "She’s The One" / "It’s Only Us."

 

December
 
Williams hit the Top 10 with "Angels”.
  Williams performed at NetAid in London.

 

2000 

 

March
  Williams took home 2 Brit Awards for Best British Single and Best British Video ("She’s The One").

 

August
 
Williams topped the UK charts for a week with "Rock DJ”.

 

September
 
Williams was nominated for a Billboard Video Music Award for Best Clip of the Year ("Rock DJ”).
  Sing When You’re Winning topped the UK charts for 3 weeks.

 

October
 
Williams released Sing When You’re Winning.
  Williams hit the Top 40 with "Rock DJ”.
  Williams lost a copyright infringement case regarding his song "Jesus In A Camper Van." The lawsuit stated Robbie’s song was too similar to a Loudon Wainwright III’ song which was adapted into Arlo Guthrie‘s "I Am The Way."

 

November
  Williams won a MTV Europe Award for Best Song ("Rock DJ”) and was nominated for Best Pop     Act, Best Male, Best Video, and Best UK & Ireland Act.
  Williams won a My VH1 Music Award for Best U.K. Act.

 

2001

 

February
 
While performing in Germany, Williams was attacked by a fan on stage who jumped him from behind. Williams was not hurt and was able to finish the concert – the attacker was arrested. 
 

Williams took home 3 Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist, and Best British Single and Best British Video ("Rock DJ”), and was nominated for Best British Album (Sing When You’re Winning).

 

Williams could be heard on the soundtrack for Bridget Jones Diary with "Have You Met Miss Jones?" and "Not Of This Earth."

 

May
 
Williams could be heard on the soundtrack for A Knight’s Tale  with a remake of "We Are The Champions" with Queen.

 

July
 
Williams topped the UK singles chart for 2 weeks with "Eternity” / “The Road To Mandalay."

 

September
 
Williams’ video for "Rock DJ” won a MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects (Carter   White, Audio Motion, & Clear Post Production) and was also nominated for Best Male Video and Breakthrough Video.

 

November
  Williams released Swing When You’re Winning – the LP consists of big-band cover songs.   Williams said of the work: "I’ve loved this music since I was a kid. For me to sing in front of the band that backed Sinatra in the same studio that he used is an honor. Prepare to be astonished."
 

Williams won a MTV Europe Music Award for Best Male Act.

 

December
 
Sing When You’re Winning topped the UK Albums chart for 7 weeks.
  Williams topped the UK singles chart for 3 weeks with his remake of "Somethin’ Stupid" – a duet with actress, Nicole Kidman.

 

2002

 

February
 
Williams won a Brit Award for Best British Male.

 

March
 
Williams signed a very large recording deal with EMI reportedly worth about $125 million.

 

November
 
Williams released Escapology overseas and will tour Europe in June. He told the press about his lack of desire to succeed in the US: "I’m really not interested in breaking into America. It’s too much hard work, too much of a fight. I’ve got my money now. Thank you very much." 
 

Williams topped the UK LP charts for 7 weeks wit Escapology.

 

2003

 

February
  Williams won a Brit Award for Best British Male Artist.
  Williams was nominated for a  Grammy Awards for Best Music Video, Long Form ( Live at The Albert).

 

April
 
Williams released Escapology in the US.

 

September
 
Williams released Live at Knebworth in the UK.

 

October
 
Williams won a World Music Award for Best British Pop/Rock Male Artist.

 

2004

 

June
 
Williams could be heard on the soundtrack (and seen in the film) De-Lovely with "It’s De-Lovely."

 

October
 
Williams topped the UK singles chart with “Radio”.

  Williams released his Greatest Hits overseas.
  Williams topped the UK LP chart with Greatest Hits.

 

2005

 

July
 
On July 2nd, Williams performed in London, England, as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts. The mission of the concerts was to raise awareness of the on-going poverty in Africa and to pressure the G8 leaders to take action by doubling aid, canceling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa.

 

October
 
Williams released Intensive Care overseas with the UK hit “Trippin’ ”.
 
Williams topped the UK LP chart with Intensive Care.

 

November

  Williams won a MTV Europe Awards for Best Male Artist.

 

2006

 

November
 
Williams topped the UK LP charts with “Rudebox”.

 

2007

 

February
  It was reported that Williams checked into a rehabilitation facility in the US for prescription drug addiction treatment.

 

October

On 4 October 2007, Williams made a return to the live stage after almost ten months, when he made a guest appearance at Mark Ronson’s concert in Los Angeles. He performed The Charlatans song “The Only One I Know”, which features on Ronson’s album Version.

 

December

Williams give a Christmas gift for his fans: in his website they can listen two new songs “In and Out of Love”  and “Break America”.

 

2008

 

January

Williams said that he wouldn’t present any work this year, and definitively he won’t make any tour.

 

March

Williams devote himself to looking for aliens.

 

May

Williams reveals that he’s chrisonabike on ATS (Above Top Secret).

 

October

Williams, with 60 artists more found Featured Artists’ Coalition. The organisation will also expose unfair practices where necessary and demand the music companies to consult with artists on all levels

 

2009

 

February

It was confirmed that Williams has written material with Guy Chambers and Mark Ronson. The singer’s spokesman, Tim Clark, said that the artist is planning to begin the recording sessions in March and that the new album will be released in late 2009.

 

Williams, moved to his new home in UK, an historic Wiltshire mansion, called Compton Basset, planned as his base for a charm offensive to promote his new album.

 

March

On March 13, Williams performed a sketch in Red Nose Day with Matt Lucas and David Walliams in contribution to Comic Relief.

 

Williams is working with Trevor Horn in his new album at Sarm Studios in Notting Hill district, west London.

 

April

On his official website, Williams confirmed that he is working with producer Trevor Horn in his new album; he described himself as "It sounds big. Very, very big (…) I’ve never felt as positive about any record I’ve done before".

 

July

Some versiones indicate the new album will be titled Reality Killed The Video Star, a reference to the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by Horn’s former band The Buggles. The album is now due 26 October 2009.

 

On July 23, on his official site www.robbiewilliams.com only appears a photo of his face and a coutdown with end on July 27. This situation turned his fans crazy. Finally, the D day, the site appeared with new look and more contents.

 

Williams wrote in his blog: New website then?…I like it… I hope you do too… I’ll check in and see what you’ve been saying from time to time… If I feel i’ve got anything to say  i’ll blog it… In the mean time. Enjoy. (…) My Album’s a killer..OLd RObbie NEw RObBie And a Robbie that neither of us have met……I really hope it’s as good as i think it is…..We’ll see..I’m sure you’ll let me know ; )”.

 

 

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