Robbie Williams‘s collection of B-sides, demos and unreleased tracks, Under The Radar Vol. 1, will be released on December 8 exclusively via his website. He has already unveiled the eye-popping nude cover art — that’s quite an angle — and shared the gritty opening track, “Bully”. Today (Demeber 5), the cheeky Brit premiered the first video from the rarities LP and it’s a suitably low-key affair that looks like it was filmed in one-take.
“H.E.S.” (it stands for “Heavy Entertainment Show”) is another brooding rock anthem that shows a darker side to the 40-year-old than we’ve come to expect from tongue-in-cheek anthems like “Rudebox” and “Rock DJ”. It called for a suitably lo-fi visual and Robbie obliges by haphazardly slapping on some face paint and heading to the nearest Smart & Final, where he is seemingly pushed around the store on a shopping cart. Watch up top. More »
Robbie Williams is releasing Under The Radar Vol. 1, an album comprised of B-sides, demos and unreleased tracks, exclusively via his website on December 8. Today (December 2), he unveiled the eye-popping nude cover art — that’s his butt! — and the LP’s tracklist. The cheeky Brit also shared a new track called “Bully”, which is considerably darker than radio-friendly hits like “Rock DJ” and “Angels”.
“Never test the temper of a patient man, you been trying to be understood, and boy do I understand,” sings the 40-year-old over driving guitar and chants. “When you die the world’s gonna be lighter, see the heart of a champion through the eye of a tiger.” The chorus is similarly aggressive: “I simply don’t care if you hate me or love me, pass me the pistol. Shoot the bully.” See the LP’s tracklist and listen to “Bully” after the jump. More »
Robbie Williams will release a new rarities album on December 1 – yes, as in three days from now – exclusively through his official website. Under the Radar Vol. 1 will feature B-sides, demos and other previously unreleased songs. An example of the latter is “Run It Wild,” a song that he “once got very, very excited for” and prepped for last year’s Take the Crown stadium tour, as explained in his announcement video (above). Clearly, his cat has felt exactly the same way.
Following a one-off performance at the London Palladium, the Brit-pop veteran embarked a 46-date European tour this year for 2013′s Swings Both Ways, his second swing album that featured duets with Kelly Clarkson (“Little Green Apples”), Rufus Wainwright, Michael Buble, Lily Allen and tour opener Olly Murs. Williams also appeared in Avicii‘s new song “The Days.” However, he still wasn’t as active in music as he could have been, as he bowed out of Take That‘s still-forthcoming reunion album, due later this year.
Under the Radar Vol. 1 is available for preorder now. Watch Robbie Williams announce the rarities set up top. Below, watch performances from his 2001 live DVD Live at the Albert, which he uploaded to his official YouTube just yesterday (November 27). More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
-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 »
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 »
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 »