Number of songs: 38 | Total weeks on charts: 2635 Appearing in a total number of: 319 charts | Total period running: 9972 days
Robert Peter Williams (born 13 February 1974, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire) is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer. While Williams' early pop career started with the hit boy band Take That, he has found far greater success since taking his leave in 1995. Williams has sold over 70 million records worldwide, which ranks him among the best-selling music artists worldwide. He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America.
Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom. He has also been honoured with seventeen BRIT Awards-more than any other artist—and seven ECHO Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted as the "Greatest Artist of the 1990s."
The Candy Songfacts reports that Williams teamed up with his Take That bandmate Gary Barlow, to write the first single from his ninth studio album, Take The Crown. "Candy" was released October 29, 2012.
On 26 November 2012 Williams announced a 17 date stadium tour of Europe.
Williams also confirmed that the support act for the tour would be Olly Murs who also duets with him on "Kids".
Universal and EMI merged in 2012, bringing Williams' Chrysalis/Virgin recordings full circle to Universal.
In September 2013, Williams announced a follow up to his 2001 swing album, titled Swings Both Ways for release in November. The album features covers and original songs, whilst also including duet recordings with Michael Buble, Olly Murs, Rufus Wainright, Lily Allen and Kelly Clarkson.
In November 2013 Williams made a cameo appearance in the video to Murs's song Hand on Heart.