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Summary Article: Williams, Robbie
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English pop star. He was a member of the band Take That 1990–95, before embarking on a solo career. In 1997 he released his first solo album, Life Thru a Lens, featuring the hit singles ‘Angels’ and ‘Old Before I Die’. His second album I've Been Expecting You was released in 1998, and his single ‘Millennium’ reached number one in the charts in the same year. He rejoined Take That in 2010.

In 1996 he released his first solo single, a cover of George Michael's ‘Freedom '90’ called ‘Freedom '96’. At the 1999 Brit Awards, he received an unprecedented six nominations, winning three, for Life Thru a Lens, and went on to win many of pop music's top awards over the next decade. He released The Ego Has Landed, a compilation album geared to US audiences, in 1999. Other albums include Sing When You're Winning (2000), featuring the hit singles ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘The Road to Mandalay’, Escapology (2002), featuring ‘Feel’ and ‘Come Undone’, and Intensive Care (2004), featuring ‘Tripping’. He achieved less success with the electronic dance album Rudebox (2006) and returned to his traditional pop style with Reality Killed the Video Star (2009).

He was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England. As a child he developed an interest in acting and joined the local theatre company, appearing in musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver. He also landed a part in the TV soap opera Brookside. As a solo artist he collaborated on soundtracks to films, including the songs ‘Have You Met Miss Jones?’ and ‘Not of this Earth’ for Bridget Jones's Diary, and a remake of ‘We Are the Champions’ with the band Queen for A Knight's Tale. In 2001 he topped charts with a remake of ‘Somethin' Stupid’, in a duet with Australian actor Nicole Kidman.

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