By the numbers: inside Robbie Williams' albums career

Robbie Williams

Last night, Music Week revealed the huge news that UK superstar Robbie Williams has signed to Sony Music. Now, if you were in any doubt as to what Sony will be getting from their new signing, Music Week has dug deep into the Official Charts Company numbers behind his biggest albums.

Williams – who has previously been signed to EMI and, most recently, Universal – has been one of the most bankable UK stars of the last 20 years, selling over 19 million albums in the UK in total as a solo artist since leaving Take That in 1995.

Sony will be hoping he can keep on delivering, so here’s a lucky 13 of his biggest-selling UK albums:

1. I’ve Been Expecting You (1998) – 2,586,517 copies

2. Swing When You’re Winning (2001) – 2,385,673

3. Greatest Hits (2004) – 2,315,132

4. Sing When You’re Winning (2000) – 2,203,321

5. Life Thru A Lens (1997) – 2,097,548

6. Escapology (2002) – 2,075,441

7. Intensive Care (2005) – 1,619,894

8. Reality Killed The Video Star (2009) – 905,469

9. Swings Both Ways (2013) – 733,959

10. In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010 (2010) – 717,444

11. Live At Knebworth (2003) – 634,197

12. Take The Crown (2012) – 519,585

13. Rudebox (2006) – 515,085

All figures as of May 6. For more on the Williams/Sony deal, see today’s issue of Music Week.

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