Robbie Williams has shot straight in at Number One in the UK albums chart with his new LP ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ for the 12th time in his career.
Williams’ eleventh studio record notched up 67,000 combined sales to reach the top, pushing him past David Bowie to make him the British solo artist with the most chart topping albums in the UK. He also equals Madonna’s record in the UK but he is one album behind Elvis.
Since topping the chart with his debut solo record ‘Life Thru A Lens’ back in 1998, 10 of his 11 studio records have reached the top spot, in addition to his two greatest hits collections.
Williams told OfficialCharts.com: “I’m chuffed that this album is Number One 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.”
In the singles chart, Clean Bandit took the top spot with new single ‘Rockabye’. The song – which features rising star Anne Marie and rapper Sean Paul – took this week’s top spot with 72,000 combined chart sales, made up of 37,000 downloads and 3.5 million streams.
“If they asked me I do it, but I don’t think it’s gonna be next year,” Williams said. “I would love to do Glastonbury. I’ll probably [be having that weekend off]. I would like my moment at the Pyramid Stage in front of a record-breaking amount of people.”
These remarks come after Williams recently reminisced about how indie fans “looked down on him” the last time he performed at the Somerset festival.
“There was a sort of indie fundamentalist mentality that was with us all the way through the ’90s that was very apparent to me, where I was literally looked down on when I was in conversation with a lot of people in various drinking establishments,” he said. “It was like people were scared that it was going to rub off on them; the Butlins redcoat or the Pontins bluecoat thing.
“We live in a very different world than we used to,” he continued. “I don’t think someone who’d left a pop band would feel the same way now. You know, one of One Direction being seen walking around Glastonbury isn’t the same as me walking around Glastonbury in 1995.
“When I was at Glastonbury it felt like the rest of the festival was like: ‘What the fuck are you doing here, you cunt?’” he added. “And I sort of wanted to be OK with the big boys, I wanted to be accepted, there’s a playground mentality that carries on through life and at that time, I wanted to be accepted by the bullies, and that became part of the very fabric of my DNA: ‘Oh, I’ll be accepted by these people eventually, right, here’s my new album. Oh, they’re not accepting me, they’re not coming.’”
See Williams’ 2017 UK dates below:
Fri June 02 2017 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium
Tue June 06 2017 – SOUTHAMPTON St Marys Stadium
Fri June 09 2017 – EDINBURGH BT Murrayfield Stadium
Tue June 13 2017 – COVENTRY Ricoh Stadium
Sat June 17 2017 – DUBLIN Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road Stadium)
Wed June 21 2017 – CARDIFF Principality Stadium
Fri June 23 2017 – LONDON Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park