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Sunday, December 14, 2008

With Take That Still At #1, Robbie Williams Comes Crawling Out Of The Woodwork

On the U.K. album chart this week, Take That retain the #1 position with The Circus. And, naturally, this had to come sooner or later—Robbie Williams set off a wave of speculation a few days back when he was quoted as saying he'd be "over the moon" to rejoin his old TT bandmates.

"I'd like to think we'd be the only band in history to get together because of artistic differences," Robbie jokingly wrote on his website (which, it seems, you have to pay to gain access to).

But, oh, no...Robbie means business. He's apparently got a new Take That tattoo on his arm, to "honor" his onetime bandmate's recent success. In response, Britain's Telegraph published an article cheekily titled "Bands That Break Up Should Never Make Up."

Personally, I don't think Robbie Williams would be able to tone down his ego enough to be part of a band again, as Gary Barolow and Mark Owen—the That members who also tasted some solo success—were able to.

Williams initially quite the band in 1995, and the rest of Take That split up the following year, reforming a decade later to find and equal amount of success.

But as Mr. "Rock DJ" goes, that ego landed, and there's no getting it back onto the starship and sending it packing.

I dunno. What do you think?

Elsewhere, Same Difference's album drops from #22 to #36, which is kinda better than I thought it'd do. And this year's official Children In Need song, Terry Wogan and Aled Jones' (aka Bandaged) "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth," enters the U.K. singles chart at #3.

It fares much better than the charity's 2007 single—Spice Girls' "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)"—which stalled at #11.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Run" - Leona Lewis *2 weeks*
2. "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon
3. "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" - Bandaged *new*
4. "Womanizer'" - Britney Spears
5. "Greatest Day" - Take That
6. "Right Now (Na Na Na)'" - Akon
7. "Human" - The Killers
8. "Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
9. "If I Were A Boy" - Beyoncé
10. "Live Your Life" - T.I. Feat. Rihanna

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  • At 8:11 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    I'd like to hear them do a single with him or something first. They should test the waters. Robbie may be a bit humbled now that he is a crazy homeless person or whatever.

  • At 8:31 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I'd just like to take a moment to acknowledge again how great "Lovelight," "Kiss Me," and "She's Madonna" from Robbie's last album are. I can't claim the long-running knowledge or relationship with him that most of you can--my sense of him is very second-hand--but I would like to see him sort out his life again.

  • At 11:26 PM, Blogger John said…

    I'd like to see him on "Intervention" or a remake of "BJ and the Bear" first. Then we can talk.

  • At 1:57 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    oh no no no. I love take that. I love Robbie. But i can't sense it working - even if they did work together again the hype behind it would be so immense it might cripple anything they actually did together. And oh wow, i half (a heart) expected Same Difference to do a H & Claire and vanish off the album charts altogether...

  • At 10:57 AM, Blogger will said…

    God! When is "Run" getting a U.S. release for crying out loud?? Such slowpokes!

    Same Difference definitely have not disgraced themselves; it is not their fault their label can't time releases. Note to self: never rely on Sony/Syco to plan any of your important life functions, i.e. pregnancies, bah mitzvahs, weddings, birthday parties. All will end in poor scheduling!

    Robbie has always been so hungry. I recall watching him in an interview of MuchMusic when I was in the 8th grade where he was going already about wishing he could make a fraction of the money New Kids On The Block made. His comeback will come.




  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Will, "Run" is available as of today on U.S. iTunes!

    Like John and XO, I think Robbie would need to prove himself in some way...doing a single, a video or giving the rest of the group oral. Something...

    PG, "She's Madonna" was a good one, but what was with the overly-loud sound volume on it? Every time it came on, it'd blow out my speakers.

    Paul, as did I. But they're still hanging in there! Wonder if they'll get a second single release?

  • At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wish Rob the best . I think he will be fine and I am glad that they are froends again but I do not think Take That should talk him back. They are doing great without him. If they want to do a song one day that is fine


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