Robbie Williams has lifted the lid on his upcoming ninth album, Take The Crown - his first for Island/Universal.
The LP will be released on November 5, and contains tracks including Be A Boy, Shit On The Radio, All That I Want and Losers (featuring Lissie). It was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jacknife Lee, whilst featured orchestra parts were recorded at the fabled Capitol Studios in LA.
“After the Take That reunion – a busman’s holiday, a break from my career which re-energised me in many, many ways – I wanted to come back with a massive solo album," said Williams. "My main priority was to write what I consider, and hopefully what the world would consider, to be hits. I’m very excited”.
The first single from Take The Crown will be Candy, co-written by Gary Barlow. The track will be released on October 29.
Said Williams: “It’s a summer song, about a girl who thinks she’s great. And she might be, but she’s a bit nefarious with her ways. Some songs take an age to write and some songs just fall out of your mouth completely formed, and you don’t have to think about it. I don’t know why that fell out of my mouth and out of my brain at that particular time – it just did”.
Williams has sold more than 60 million albums in his solo career and won 17 Brit awards - more than any other artist in history.
He rejoined Take That in 2010 and was a key part of their multi-platinum Progress album and record-breaking associated tour.
The star announced in October last year that he was leaving long-term record label EMI as a solo artist and that he had signed a worldwide album deal with Universal.
Universal Music UK chairman & CEO David Joseph said at the time: "Having had the chance to listen to the music I've no doubt that Robbie is currently at his most creatively inspired. We are about to witness something very special."
Take The Crown will be Williams first album since 2009, when he released Reality Killed The Video Star - a product which went platinum across Europe, but was also the first solo album of his career not to hit No.1 on the Official UK chart.
Take The Crown - tracklisting
BE A BOY
SHIT ON THE RADIO
ALL THAT I WANT
HUNTING FOR YOU
INTO THE SILENCE
HEY WOW YEAH YEAH
NOT LIKE THE OTHERS
LOSERS (featuring Lissie)