The Sun hears that the truce developed between Robbie Williams and his songwriting partner Guy Chambers was shattered after Rob learned Guy had been working with his ex-Take That bandmate Gary Barlow. “Robbie and Guy patched up their differences last year,” a source told the British tabloid. “They had been back in the studio trying to find the spark that produced Rob’s best material. They gave it a go but it didn’t work out – they had both moved on. But while they were working together in LA, Guy was asked to work as part of a team with Gary on a new TV show. He never mentioned it to Robbie. Rob heard Gary was in LA working and found out it was with Guy. He wasn’t best pleased when he heard.” Read more.
Robbie Protesting EMI’s New Owners Terra Firma
January 11, 2008 – The Times of London reports that Robbie Williams is angry with the private equity firm Terra Firma that has taken over his record company EMI, and his manager Tim Clark is suggesting the singer could withhold a new album unless things change. “The question is, ‘Should Robbie deliver the new album he is due to release to EMI?’ We have to say the answer is ‘No’,” Clark said. “We have no idea how EMI will market and promote the album. They do not have anyone in the digital sphere capable of doing the job required. All we know is they are going to decimate their staff.”
Clark complained that the financier was acting like a “plantation owner” who had stumbled into the record industry via a “vanity purchase”. As for what the label could do at this point, Clark said, “EMI can sue or pay up his contract. Robbie needs to know what services EMI can provide to an artist of his standing.” Also unhappy with the current situation at EMI is another sales titan Coldplay.
Robbie: No Tour In ’08, No Album Till ’09
January 9, 2008 – Robbie Williams checked in with fans on his official web site’s blog on Thursday (January 3). The singer writes, “There might not be a proper album out this year and there definitely won’t be a tour any time soon. Fu** that, the last one nearly killed me. There will be some kind of something this year. I might just put the B-sides to the next album out first online. Then put an album out in 2009. Which means you won’t be seeing a lot of me on stage for a while. Sorry folks. I do have to say, the more time I’m spending away from public life, the more I like it. Unfortunately I have a massive competitive urge that wants me to put out three albums a year. Which one will win? I’m sure as soon as I get bored I’ll be back. But right now there’s a soy vanilla latte and mince pie waiting for me in the kitchen.”
Robbie Apologizes To Former Take That Manager
December 6, 2007 – Robbie Williams has apologized and paid a reported $1 million settlement to former Take That manager Nigel Martin Smith after the British pop star made an allegation about Nigel in one of his songs. Watch a report from ITN below.