Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams 13 February 1974) is a British singer-songwriter and occasional actor. He is a member of pop group Take That. Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early to mid 1990s. After many disagreements with the management and certain group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch his solo career. On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That and that the group intended to release a new album in November 2010.
His debut album, Life thru a Lens, was released on 29 September 1997, on EMI Records. The album produced a string of successful singles, including "Angels", which has become one of his well known songs to date. Other successful singles from the album include "Old Before I Die" and "South of the Border". Williams followed up the success of his first album with his second album I've Been Expecting You, released on EMI Records on 26 October 1998. Like his debut, the album charted at number one on the UK Album Charts and was successful on other worldwide album charts. The album produced Williams's first UK number one single to that point, "Millennium". His third and fourth albums, Sing When You're Winning released on 28 August 2000 and Swing When You're Winning released on 19 November 2001 were well received by music critics, and like his previous albums, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom. Sing When You're Winning is more of a pop album, while Swing When You're Winning is more a jazz/big-band led album, in which Williams claimed that "he always wanted to do a jazz album". From both albums, successful singles were released, including "Rock DJ", which was released from Sing When You're Winning and "Somethin' Stupid" (featuring Nicole Kidman) which was released from Swing When You're Winning.