Robbie Williams

NEWS: Universal Music Publishing Signs Robbie Williams!

Universal Music Publishing Group signs Robbie Williams to global administration deal!

by Christopher Smith

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global publishing company, today announced the signing of a global administration deal with Robbie Williams’ publishing company, Farrell Music. The agreement includes Robbie Williams existing catalogue and future works.

British superstar singer/songwriter Robbie Williams is one of the UK’s most prominent entertainers and one of the best-selling artists of all time. He first found massive fame with Take That from 1989 to 1995 and later became a hugely successful solo artist. With Take That, Williams and his bandmates released three multi-platinum hit albums and toured the world to much acclaim. Among their biggest songs include “Pray”, “Could It Be Magic?” and “Everything Changes”.

Setting the stage with his 1997 solo debut “Life Thru A Lens”, Williams scored the first of many hit singles with the anthemic “Angels”, an enduring UK classic that became his breakthrough worldwide hit. His second album “I’ve Been Expecting You” was a career peak, certified ten-times platinum and breaking into new markets with the timely “Millennium”. With each successive album, Williams released numerous other number one singles including “Rock DJ”, “Somethin’ Stupid”, and “Candy”.

In 2013, Robbie released “Swings Both Ways” which went two-times platinum in the UK, followed by his eleventh album “The Heavy Entertainment Show”. The latter debuted at Number 1 in 2016, making him the most successful British solo act in Official Albums Chart history, with over 70 million records sold worldwide. Before the end of 2019 Williams is to release his thirteenth studio album and first Christmas record; a double album of festive covers and original songs. The announcement arrives after news that Robbie will sing the theme song for Channel 4’s Christmas TV adaptation of classic children’s book The Tiger Came To Tea.

On making the announcement, UMPG UK MD Mike McCormack has said: “It’s such a pleasure to be reunited with Robbie and his management team at ie: music after so many years. I first signed Robbie as a young, fresh faced member of Take That back in the early 90s when I was at Virgin Music and even then, he was a huge personality and a pleasure to work with. He’s gone on to become a global superstar and an incredible songwriter – so it’s a privilege to represent all these great songs and the new material he will be writing in the future”.

Williams has won a staggering 18 Brit Awards (including those won with Take That), more than any other artist in music history, five Ivor Novello Awards, including Songwriter of the Year in 1999 as well as two VMA awards and two NME awards. He was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004, among many other accolades. In the Summer of 2018, Williams performed at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, issuing “Under The Radar Vol. 2” (part of his non-album compilation series) a month later. He also joined the judges’ panel for the 15th season of the UK X Factor. A third addition to the “Under The Radar” series arrived in 2019. Williams has toured worldwide performing to thousands of fans. This year, he played spectacular shows at his first ever Las Vegas residency.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!