Robbie Williams to Release New Single "Shame" on October 5
Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:18:17
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Who says boy band members can't enjoy renewed professional success when they become adults? Former Take That star Robbie Williams and current Take That member/esteemed songwriter Gary Barlow will reunite for the brand new single "Shame," to be released by Astralwerks on October 5. It is a duet between the two British pop superstars. The song is the first time the two of them have ever recorded and performed a duet together and the first time they have written and recorded a song together since Williams' exit from the super popular boy band in 1995. Depending on your point of view and your level of fandom, this is either shameful or it's a crying shame it didn't happen sooner. It's apparently a British thing, since Take That were huge in their native country. The band enjoyed a post-Williams popularity boon and have reinvented themselves as a modern act on their second wave of fame.
The single is a brand new track which will feature on the forthcoming Robbie Williams 39-song greatest hits set In and Out of Consciousness – The Greatest Hits 1990 – 2010, which is to be released on CD and DVD on Astralwerks Records on October 12. The album is spread over two CDs and is the definitive hits collection of one of the biggest superstars to have emerged from the UK in the last 20 years. Is Williams bigger than Jesus?
In a statement, Robbie Williams said: "It's incredible to listen to the album and realize that it's already been 20 years of making music and playing gigs. And the great thing about the album is that it's not only a celebration of my past but also a bridge to the future. The fact that part of the future includes a name from my past makes it all the more poignant for me."
Williams has enjoyed 57 million album sales and 11 million singles sold throughout his whole career, with seven Number One UK albums. He is easily the biggest selling solo artist in UK history, a fact reinforced by his 2010 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In fact, with a tally of 16, he has won more Brits than any other artist since the awards began, including "Angels" being voted the best single of the last 25 years. (Who is doing this voting?) Other record-breaking awards include a Guinness World Record for fastest ever ticket sales, coupled with the honor of playing the largest open-air concert in UK history, at Knebworth in 2003. That means his live selling power matches that of his ability to move the proverbial unit.
Robbie's current studio album, Reality Killed the Video Star, was released in November of last year.
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