Robbie Williams has become the most successful British solo artist in history.
Released last Friday (November 4), the singer’s latest record, The Heavy Entertainment Show, becomes his 12th solo UK No.1 album.
The release achieved combined sales figures of 67,000, and edged the sometime Take That singer’s total Number One albums past David Bowie (11) and level with Madonna. Elvis Presley, who notched his 13th Number One album with The Wonder Of You two weeks ago, is the only solo act with more.
The Heavy Entertainment Show is the fourth fastest-selling album of 2016, behind Bowie’s Blackstar, Drake’s Views and Beyoncé's Lemonade.
Speaking about his latest chart triumph, Williams said: "I’m chuffed that this album is Number 1 and I’m humbled by these amazing statistics and facts. Thank you to the wonderful, wonderful team at Sony. I’m as proud of this album as much as any other, and hope that the fans enjoy it as much as I loved making it... this is for the friendlies. I’m very excited to be taking The Heavy Entertainment show on tour next year."
The chart success caps a memorable week for Williams, who received the BRIT icon award – presented by Take That – during a gig at London’s Troxy. Elton John and David Bowie are the only previous winners of the title.
Williams will embark on an arena tour in 2017.