Posts tagged "Robbie Williams"

Avicii Features Robbie Williams On “The Days”: Listen

Avicii‘s new single “The Days” begins with an acoustic guitar melody. By now, fans of the DJ/producer have come to expect such genre-bending moves from him. With his debut LP True and mega-hit singles like “Wake Me Up,” he teamed up with artists like Aloe Blacc and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger to create mainstream EDM with a folkish bent (or “country house,” as it was deemed on Twitter).

But once Brit-pop veteran (and former Take That member) Robbie Wiliams enters the song, singing of these promises to never get old, that acoustic melody fades in the background. Slowly, “The Days” transforms into this slick, Technicolor synth-pop anthem that’s also unabashedly cheerful and sweet – think Passion Pit‘s Manners. More »

Robbie Williams Bowing Out Of Take That’s New Album…For The Time Being

Robbie Williams has confirmed he will not be taking part in the recording of Take That‘s upcoming album — news that, depending on where your longstanding loyalties lie, will either be good or bad. The band’s seventh LP is expected to be released in late 2014, with a tour to follow.

Williams has his own 46-date European tour to deal with, in support of last year’s Swings Both Ways. And then there’s the small matter of his wife Ayda being pregnant with the couple’s second child, who is due in November.

“Logistically, I can’t do it. I have the tour and I’m going to be a dad again,” Williams recently told The Sun. He then added, “It doesn’t mean to say I won’t join in along the way. Whatever happens, I am absolutely going to be in Take That — I love being in Take That.” More »

Take That Members Confirm They’re In The Studio Working On New Album

When last we saw Take That, the UK band had welcomed long-departed member Robbie Williams back into the fold for 2010 album Progress and 2011 spinoff EP Progressed — releases that earned them a BRIT Award for Best Group and produced hits like “The Flood” and “Love Love” (the latter of which appeared in the box office blockbuster X-Men: First Class). Since then, Williams has released two solo albums, and fellow Take That member Gary Barlow has served as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor and, this past year, put out his first solo LP in 14 years.

But good news for fans of melodic, gentlemanly pop: The guys have confirmed that they’re back in the studio and making new music for Take That’s next release. There’s no word yet on whether Robbie Williams will be a part of the next album, though one recent report notes that the singer has until March to decide whether or not he’ll once again take up his Take That duties.

Head below to catch Gary Barlow and Howard Donald‘s tweets about getting back behind the mic, and the first track recorded for the new Take That album. More »

Idolator’s Favorite Miscellaneous Things Of 2013, From #JusticeForBionic To Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’ To Miley 2.0

There was a lot to love in the world of pop music this year, but not everything that made 2013 excellent fell into the category of great tunes: While counting down our favorite songs of the year, the best EPs of 2013, and the records that we kept on heavy rotation, there was a surplus of other pop culture detritus that felt worth mentioning — even if you can’t buy any of it on iTunes.

What do we mean? Oh, y’know, the things that galvanized headlines and had us in stitches all year: The rise of a brand new Miley Cyrus, the Twitter movements to seek justice for pop songbirds Ke$ha and Christina Aguilera (respectively), innovative campaigns from Justin Bieber and Kanye West, and a whole lot of other stuff, too.

Head below to see everything Idolator editors loved in 2013 that didn’t make it onto any of our other lists. More »

Robbie Williams & Kelly Clarkson’s “Little Green Apples”: Listen To The Pair’s Duet

Wrapped In Red isn’t the only album on the market featuring collaborations between Kelly Clarkson and others. Robbie Williams‘ latest, Swings Both Ways (out today, November 19), is brimming with duets, including one with the “Stronger” songstress. British crooner/sometimes-Take-That-member Williams partnered up with Clarkson for a rendition of sweet 1960s standard “Little Green Apples,” which has been recorded in the past by such singers as Roger Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Patti Page and, most famously, O.C. Smith.

Head below to hear Robbie and Kelly’s Guy Chambers-produced take on “Little Green Apples,” as well as O.C. Smith’s soulful version (originally a #2 Hot 100 hit in 1968). More »

Gary Barlow & Robbie Williams To Release Dueling Albums, Take That Hitting The Studio In January

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It’s been nearly three years since British boy-band-turned-pop-gods Take That released their last studio album Progress (it was followed in 2011 by EP Progressed), and now there’s official word that the gents will be hitting the studio in January to begin recording their follow-up LP.

As for whether or not sometimes-member Robbie Williams will be a part of Take That this time around, Gary Barlow, who’s currently partaking in his third season as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, had this to say to the Daily Mirror: “If Rob’s around he’ll be with us, if not it’ll be a four. It can go either way. It keeps us guessing as well. I think it’ll probably be a four. It’ll be next year — definitely.” More »

Pet Shop Boys’ 12 Greatest Collaborations, From Dusty And Liza To Madonna And Lady Gaga

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Despite their trademark deadpan demeanor and often sardonic song titles (“Love Is A Bourgeois Construct,” anyone?), the Pet Shop Boys have always been about caring and sharing. After all, some of their biggest hits have been in collaboration with other acts (Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli) and they’ve never shied away from giving some of their best work to other people. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams and Shirley Bassey are just a few of the icons who’ve had the pleasure and success of working alongside the PSBs, and now we can add UK singer/rapper Example to that list. His guest appearance on Electric, the pair’s 12th album (out today), is already being hailed as a highlight of the Stuart Price-produced set, and a contender for a future single.

So as we sink our teeth into another disco opus from England’s most prolific duo, let’s have a look back at the best-of-the-best of their musical pairings, team-ups and remixes. They really have worked with everyone — so many that we left out big names like Elton John and Yoko Ono (and even Alcazar) and still ended up with a dozen definitive titles. Check them out, then let us know which Pet Shop Boys collaborations you think should be on this list. More »

Robbie Williams Offers Up New Song “Brits 2013″: Listen

Well, at least one good thing came out of this year’s BRIT Awards for Robbie Williams, who performed at last week’s ceremony: he was inspired to pen a brand new song called “Brits 2013.” Of course, said tune opens with this rap from the on-again-off-again Take That crooner: “Well, that BRITs night was so fuckin’ boring!”

Robbie noted on his official site today that the song was written this past Saturday and recorded on Sunday, along with the singer’s longtime collaborator Guy Chambers. “If you have kids in the room,” Williams wrote, “don’t play it.”

Indeed, the lyrics go on to detail romps with female stars, spitting at the paparazzi and this gem: “It’s like a VD clinic, only pricks are in it.” Enjoy below! More »

BRIT Awards 2013: Taylor Swift, One Direction & Justin Timberlake Make Their Big Arrivals

What else but awards season could get us through the dead of winter? Keeping us warm right now are all the stunning pictures from the 2013 BRIT Awards, which took over London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday night (February 20). Before we can hear the acceptance speeches, see the stellar performances (including Mr. 20/20 Experience Justin Timberlake) and watch Taylor Swift, once again, enjoy her very own sing-along — we first get to relish in the pageantry of the red carpet. Check out the handsome fellas of One Direction, JT in his suit and tie, Jessie J‘s daring dress and Tay rocking a sexy Elie Saab gown (after all, Harry Styles needs to see what he’s been missing.) More »

Robbie Williams’ ‘Take The Crown’ Leak: Hear “Be A Boy” & New Single “Different”

Following his reunion with Take That — which included the man band’s 2010 album Progress, 2011 EP Progressed and their tour in support of both — British crooner Robbie Williams is back to solo status with his ninth LP Take The Crown (out today in several countries, and Monday, November 5 in the UK). And, yes — that cover of the Belle Brigade‘s “Losers,” which Williams curiously premiered on Chatroulette in the summer, made the cut.

Naturally the album has leaked. And since you’ve already heard lead single “Candy,” we’ve taken the liberty of posting standout track (and album opener) “Be A Boy” and “Different,” which is slated as the LP’s official second single. Give them both a spin below! More »