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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:04 pm

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Robbie Williams, his new CD and how he's taking the world by storm all over again

Why would Robbie Williams give away his greatest hits to Mail on Sunday readers for free? Louise Gannon, who has known and worked with Robbie since he was 16, explains why he's ripping up the industry rule book yet again.

The first time I met Robbie Williams was in the back of a second-hand Transit van parked outside a school playground in Rotherham. It was 1990. Williams was 16 years old and, with his as yet unknown band Take That, was touring round junior schools, performing in lunch breaks in school halls to slightly mystified pre-teens. It was hardly rock 'n' roll.

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange were a strange mix of shy, polite, awkward and over-eager boys waiting to be told what to do and say by their then manager, the mercurial Mancunian Nigel Martin-Smith. Gary was keen to talk about the music. Mark, the budding diplomat, did a lot of nodding and grinning. Howard and Jason struggled to think of anything to do or say, clearly unsure whether next week would bring a break-time performance in Hull or a trip down to the dole office.

But it was Robbie, the baby of the band, who instinctively understood how to handle the situation. Buzzing on the thrill of speaking into a tape recorder (he wanted it played back to hear his voice on tape), he swaggered, pulled faces, made jokes, came out with the (what then seemed) completely ridiculous statement that 'we're going to be the biggest band in Britain' - and effortlessly dominated the situation. When it came to photographs, the Stoke-on-Trent-born son of a pub entertainer insisted on climbing on top of a wall to jump into the path of the lens, screaming his head off as he fell.
In the bland suburban surroundings of a northern primary school, in a totally unknown band, Robbie was the showman, the natural born rock star.
And then it happened, as Robbie predicted. Take That became not just the biggest band in Britain, but the biggest in Europe, too.
Over another half decade of interviews in flash hotel rooms throughout Europe, I saw him go from being thrilled at his fame to being trapped by the constraints of it. The Robbie Williams from the playground in Rotherham was always too large a character for a boy band.

Initially he didn't bother trying to hide his pleasure in being famous. In 1992, taking refuge in a London hotel room, safe from the adoring mob in the street outside, he told me: 'I love it. I love the fans. I love the screaming. At concerts you can't even hear us singing for the screaming. It's wicked. There's absolutely nothing I don't like about it. I'm never going to complain about any of it. It's all great.'

Two-and-a-half years later in Frankfurt, it was a different story. 'I want to do my own thing, my own music, hear my own voice,' he said. 'I want this (fame) but I don't want it like this. I don't want to be a pop star. I want to be a rock star. No one takes pop stars seriously.'

It was that realisation that brought about some of the British music scene's most brilliant, memorable tracks - the ones, indeed, that every the British music scene's most brilliant, memorable tracks - the ones, indeed, that every Mail On Sunday reader will be getting on a free CD in each copy of next week's issue.

Robbie decided the surefire way to gatecrash his way into rock credibility was to turn the whole squeaky-clean boy-band image on its head. He announced his departure from Take That by appearing alongside the rock nemesis of all boy bands, Oasis, at Glastonbury in 1995.

The reinvention of Robbie Williams was about to start. Drawing on an eclectic selection of idols ('Who do I like? Loads of people. Tom Jones. David Bowie. Frank Sinatra...') Robbie immersed himself in the business of becoming a solo artist. He moved to Los Angeles, hooked up with songwriter Guy Chambers and produced some of the biggest hits of the decade from Angels to Come Undone, Let Me Entertain You and Rock DJ (all of which are on the Mail On Sunday album).

As a live performer, he was untouchable, effortlessly able to play his audience. 'My best performances of songs are live,' he said in 1997. 'There's something about singing in front of thousands of people that just takes it to the next level.'

Two of the songs on our CD are from Robbie's spectacular 2003 Knebworth shows - he played to 365,000 people over three nights, which makes the event the biggest ever in UK live music history; no one has come close to this achievement before or since. He has consistently set new records for album and ticket sales, not least when he entered the Guinness Book of Records for selling 1.6 million tickets on one day for his 2006 tour.

But soon after Robbie began to withdraw from the limelight. And with time out of the spotlight he has clearly turned a corner. The Robbie I once knew as an eternal reckless teenager with something to prove has matured, mellowed and settled into himself. And even as he grew a beard, stayed home (with girlfriend Ayda Field) and retired from evenings out at bars and nightclubs ('those places never appealed to me - I was just looking for someone to stay in with'), he never stopped working on new songs.
With his new-found inner peace, old scores with Take That have been resolved, scars have healed and a deep affection for his past has grown.

His new album, Reality Killed The Video Star, out next month, is set to be a massive evolution. Already the industry buzz has suggested it is his greatest to date. It was written at Robbie's Los Angeles home studio and recorded in London. It's had major input from Chambers and is produced by the legendary British music guru Trevor Horn.

'Trevor's added something to the record that I haven't had on previous releases - his genius,' says Robbie. 'I just think it sounds big - track after track after track. 'Some of the new songs come from finally having the time to reflect on spending a few years on the planet, notching up a few records from the start of my career and thinking, "Where did all that time go? What happened?" I still feel 23. Nothing's changed. Everything's changed.

'I'm at a turning point in my career. This next record decides my path. There have been a few great songs here and there along the way, but that's all in the past. I'm a bit scared, because I haven't done anything for three years, but then again I'm always scared when an album comes out.'

But, ever the iconoclast, Robbie is continuing to be and do the unexpected. The CD he is giving away next week is unique: a one-off album of some of his biggest ever hits - including several rare live performances and images from his new album. It is also the gateway to exclusive clips of every track of his new CD.

In industry terms, it is the biggest nod to the power of the consumer since Prince gave away his CD in the Mail On Sunday two years ago. Like that - and like a performance from Robbie himself - it is not to be missed.


ROBBIE'S SONGBOOK CD - IN HIS OWN WORDS

1. LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU LIVE FROM KNEBWORTH

'I was beyond terrified. There was a sea of 135,000 people in front of me and I felt like anything but a rock god. They hadn't paid to see someone petrified from Stoke-on-Trent, so I had to override my feelings for the sake of entertainment.'

2. FEEL LIVE FROM KNEBWORTH

'By this point in the show, I had dusted away the self-doubt and just let the song do the talking.'

3. COME UNDONE

'My favourite "me" song.'

4. VIVA LIFE ON MARS

'The first song written for the Rudebox album, dictating where the album was to go.'

5. THE TROUBLE WITH ME

'This is me trying to be from "art school."'

6. MAN MACHINE

'A song about one drink before blackout.'

7. ME AND MY MONKEY

'I had a conversation with a girl in a pool in Singapore. She said,"How do you write a song?" I said ,"You write about anything that comes to mind: give me two things and I will write a song for you this afternoon." She said, "Monkeys and rollerblades".'

8. NO REGRETS LIVE FROM SLANE CASTLE

'A bitter, younger me being a bit of a drama queen about the band I used to be in.'

9. PHOENIX FROM THE FLAMES

'It is my crew's favourite Robbie song, I think.'

10. NAN'S SONG

'A song dedicated to someone made of love, and the reason I have a B on my neck - Bertha Talbot.'

11. ROCK DJ LIVE FROM MUNGERSDORFER STADION, KOLN

'I don't want to Rock DJ - still don't!'

12. ANGELS

'It's a toss-up between the Irish and the Scots for the most mental audiences I have performed in front of. I haven't been fortunate enough to write another song as good as this - maybe one day.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1217429/Robbie-Williams-new-CD-hes-taking-world-storm-again.html?ITO=1490

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:30 pm

OOooh I like the sound of the Exclusive clips of the new album Dance Jump Hyper Hyper

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:28 am

I had tried to post this earlier but the forum booted me off Strop

Rob is on the front of Live magazine which comes with today's Mail On Sunday! The whole cover is a pic of Rob Love Love Love Grin Inside there is also a double page of pics and an article Grin

Lara was at the shop earlier and someone had bought a paper and left the mag behind Confused so she asked if she could have it, that's the only reason we know that he's in it Clap

Mazza, your copy has been purchased Cool Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:04 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:05 pm

You know, much as I'd love it, I dont think I can go out.
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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:11 pm

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You know, much as I'd love it, I dont think I can go out.
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Laugh Laugh Laugh That bad?

Thanks for posting that was nice to read.
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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:17 pm

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Mail on Sunday to give away interactive Robbie greatest hits

The Mail On Sunday will this week give away a best-of Robbie Williams CD with unique interactive elements.

The paper’s October 11 edition will include a 12-track CD of some of the singer’s best known tracks, some of them live performances.

In a unique feature, it will also include Complete My Artist software from Music Technology that will give the user access to additional online playlists depending on how much Robbie Williams music he or she has digitally.

Someone with little or no Robbie Williams music on their computer will be able to access an online playlist of more of his best known tracks. A Robbie completist, however, will be able to access a playlist of B sides and rarities.

The CD will also be the first place for those outside the music industry to hear clips from Williams’ new album.

Music Technology CEO Andy Dean says his company’s software offers “a separate user journey”.

http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1038851

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:21 pm

Ohhh that sounds awesome Clap Clap Clap Clap

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Looks like an early trip to the newsagent might be needed on Sunday Roll Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:26 pm

My local newsagent better have it when i get there Evil Mary Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:29 pm

I'm sure they'll have it Yes Grin

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:49 am

sure he has hug

since its free......is there a chance we can expect a link on Sunday Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:53 am

I'm sure one of us can upload the CD to Megaupload or something Yes

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:50 am

We can upload, but i think the main thing of the CD is that you'll put it into your laptop/PC and therell be an interactive element to it Yes Which obv is something that can't be uploaded.

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:12 pm

Just saw an advert for this - gave myself whiplash again Roll Eyes Laugh Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:14 pm

You're not gonna be fit to go to the Electric Proms at this rate Mazza

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:16 pm

I really will need a neck brace Roll Eyes Laugh

I'd go to the Proms, even if my head fell off my neack Yes Laugh Laugh Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:22 pm

I don't doubt that you would Mazza Laugh Laugh Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:26 pm

Just got whiplash again Roll Eyes Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:34 pm

Turn off the TV Mazza and save yourself the pain...

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:36 pm

Nooo - i like it! (The advert, not the pain) Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:43 pm

The advert just came on again. I didnt turn my head this time Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:46 pm

Ooh you're learning Yes Clap Laugh Laugh

I haven't seen any adverts yet for that or Bodies Shrug I'm guessing the Bodies one will be on during X Factor though so I'll have to keep an eye out as I'm fast forwarding through the ads Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:48 pm

The Bodies one I've seen is very short - so you'll have to be looking v carefully Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:46 pm

Should i be keeping a tally of how many times Rob has given me whiplash over this Think Blush Laugh

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PostSubject: Re: Free Rob CD with the Mail On Sunday - 11/10/09   Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:27 am

The cd is awesome!

It's got an itunes interactive widget thingy on it and it lets you listen to clips of songs from the album Not all of them but still I LOVE Do You Mind and there's lots of different Rob playlists on there.

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