Report: Robbie Williams Ankles Universal For Sony U.K.
May 10, 2016 at 12:39 PM (PT)
ROBBIE WILLIAMS has signed a record deal with SONY MUSIC U.K.’s COLUMBIA RECORDS for his upcoming eleventh solo studio album, according to MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE.
WILLIAMS leaves his deal with UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, where he signed back in 2011. He was a free agent after two successful album campaigns via UMG’s ISLAND RECORDS U.K..
2012’s "Take The Crown" charted at #1 in eight countries, including the U.K. The 2013 follow-up, "Swings Both Ways," topped the charts in five territories. Before signing to UMG, WILLIAMS released eight solo albums through EMI labels.
UMG acquired his catalog after its nearly $2 billion acqusition of EMI in 2012.
Commented SONY MUSIC U.K. CEO JASON ILEY: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime signing with the biggest male solo artist of our generation."
WILLIAMS has always been a bigger artist in ENGLAND and EUROPE than the U.S., where he has failed to duplicate his worldwide popularity. Said WILLIAMS: “The team at SONY are professional, incredibly hungry, and have a great energy. They’re inspired, I’m inspired.
“I’m more ready than I ever have been and I’m totally convinced I’m in the right place. I look forward to working on this album, which is an album I’m immensely proud of, in this exciting new partnership with SONY MUSIC.”
Added ILEY: “ROBBIE WILLIAMS is one of the most charismatic, unique and creative artists this country has ever produced and his incredible achievements continue to make him one of the most successful in the world today."
WILLIAMS, who has won 17 BRIT AWARDS and three IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS, is collaborating in the studio with longtime songwriting partner GUY CHAMBERS