Take Take star Gary Barlow weighed in on Britney Spears’ lip-synched performance of ‘Womanizer’ on ‘The X Factor’ on Saturday night, giving the 27-year-old the thumbs down. “I was not impressed,” he said. “But I don’t know what everyone was expecting. I have seen her on TV before doing exactly that. Why did we expect her to do anything different? It’s gone.” Read more.
Veteran British boy band Take That unveiled their fifth studio album ‘The Circus’ with a launch in London, England and Paris, France.
“We always like to mark the occasion with a big party,” Gary Barlow told ITN. “We felt why not Paris? It’s only a couple hours away on the train. Really looking forward to it. We’ve all worked hard this year writing and making this album and we’re hoping everyone enjoys it. We’re gonna play some new songs tonight, and hopefully launch it to the world.”
Watch the segment below.
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.
The People reports Princes William and Harry will perform with Take That at the Diana Memorial Concert. “The whole thing has been kept very hushhush,” a royal source explained. “But it will be a tremendous thrill for the boys. They want to get it spot-on as a fitting tribute to their mother. The demands of their Army careers mean they are both extremely fit. So in that respect they will have no problems coping with the high-energy dancing. But they are also considering joining in with a chorus of one of Take That’s hits – and that is something they are really nervous about. Dancing is no problem – they both love hitting the floor in clubs. But singing is entirely unchartered territory for them. They just want the whole concert to go perfectly and make it something their mother would have been proud of.” Read more.
Take That star Howard Donald tells Neil Sean of Sky News that the veteran boy band will invite Princes William and Harry on stage to join in with their performance in the Diana Memorial concert. “We know their mum loved us and it would be cool for them to do it,” he said.
Gary Barlow tells Ann Montini of Sky News that Take That isn’t happy with the new ‘Take That’ West End musical. “We all have nothing to do with that production,” Barlow remarked. “However, we can’t stop it from being developed, so we may just produce our own one day.”
Take That spoke with The Sun about the band’s huge UK tour, with tickets on sale Friday. “We enjoyed touring so much last time and we really wanted to thank our British fans for their support for the new album,” Mark Owen said. “When we did the reunion tour we were playing all the old songs. But we wanted to perform the tracks from ‘Beautiful World’ live. It will be a whole new experience. We are planning to go to Vegas and watch lots of shows to get ideas. We want to put on a huge production – to push it in terms of new technology to make it really special.”
Take That held on to the number one spot in the British singles and albums chart for a third week with ‘Patience’, edging off aging rocker Cliff Richard, who came straight in at number two with ’21st Century Christmas’. Take That’s comeback album ‘Beautiful World’ also nabbed a third week at number one, beating the Oasis greatest hits compilation ‘Stop the Clocks’ and Westlife’s ‘The Love Album’.
Take That visited GMTV the other day to discuss having another #1 single, how they cope from being away from their families, doing a live ‘An Audience With’, and if their children have shown any signs of musical talent. GM.tv has since removed the video.
Take That star Gary Barlow tells The Sun that Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is his surprise pal. “Liam is a top bloke and he’s not as big a hardman as people think,” Barlow said. “Whenever I see him he gives me a hug and we have a nice chat. We get on well. I know we’ve got completely different styles of music and all that but he’s a nice guy.”