- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: FORMER TAKE THAT STAR ROBBIE WILLIAMS LAUNCHES SOLO CAREER
- Date: 27th June 1996
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 27, 1996) (RTV) ROBBIE WILLIAMS SAYING THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD MEMORIES NOW. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE A BAD TIME THE MOST INSTANT THING, YOUR FIRST EMOTION IS TO REMEMBER THE BAD TIMES AND I HAVE GOT ALL THAT OUT OF MY SYSTEM NOW. I AM JUST REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES. IT'S LIKE REMEMBER WHEN WE DID THAT, AND DID THAT, AND IT'S LIKE WHAT A LAUGH THAT WAS. IT IS JUST A MAD BUZZ AND I JUST WANT TO SEE THEM AGAIN. I WANT TO SEE GARY AND MARK, I WANT TO SEE HOWARD AND JASON. HAVE A CHAT SEE IF WE HAVE A FIGHT (ENGLISH)
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- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text: Former Take That star Robbie Williams has launched his solo career with a single celebrating his break from his old management, titled "Freedom." If it sounds familiar its not surprising. "Freedom" is a cover of a song George Michael song released during his public battle with Sony Records.
But Robbie seems determined to burst back onto the music scene bigger and better than ever. He insists his decision to record Freedom was as a tribute to George Michael.
Known as the the cheeky, loveable member of Take That, the once-honed body of the boy band star has taken on rounder proportions after months of well publicised hedonism.
But Robbie looked relaxed at the news conference following the launch of his single; cracking jokes, doing impressions and taking part in off-the-cuff gags.
Robbie, like George Michael, has had his own rows with the industry.
He fought a bitter battle with recording company RCA last year in an attempt to get out of his contract. It is rumoured the fight cost Robbie a six-figure sum.
But things are looking up... Robbie's new label Chrysalis Records has paid RCA 1.5 million U.S. dollars to buy out his contract and Robbie has been paid a threemillion advance for a five-album deal.
The single release sets the scene for a chart battle between Robbie and former Take That lead singer Gary Barlow.
Gary is already promoting a self-penned solo single called Forever Love and will release an album titled Open Road in September.
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