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Singer signs a deal with Universal Music for his ninth studio effort

Robbie Williams has announced plans for his first post-Take That solo album after his second stint with the band.

The singer has signed a deal with Universal Music to record his ninth LP which is set for release next autumn. The star is currently working on his new record in his own LA studio.

Williams recently declared that his “ego would make him leave” Take That for a second time and he was keen to get back to recording solo material. The singer first quit the band to pursue a solo career in 1995.

He said: “The gigs have been absolutely amazing – the best period of my career so far with those boys. Sharing it with somebody is much better than doing it by yourself, but then ego, want, need and a whole heap of other things kick in.

“And you start preparing for your own tour… and the other boys are going away for a bit and I don’t really know what’s on the cards with them. But we have to ride again, we have to – it’s too much fun.”

His last solo album was 2010’s ‘best of’ ‘In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990–2010’.

Take That are reportedly on a two-year break following their recent ‘Progress Live’ tour.