Robbie Williams back to entertain with new album
Robbie Williams has announced he will release a new album this November.
Titled Heavy Entertainment Show, it will be Williams' first studio album in three years, and 11th to date.
A number of collaborators have come on board for the album, including Ed Sheeran, The Killers, and American singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and John Grant.
The title track, Heavy Entertainment Show, which premiered during a commercial break of X Factor UK in the weekend, is available to download now.
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The track begins as an piano ballad, before exploding with a full brass band and back-up choir for the chorus.
Williams sings, "Welcome to the heavy entertainment show, I'm a volcano that's a about to blow," also singing about still paying for his LA home.
Williams said the name of the album was inspired by the idea of the phrase "light entertainment'".
"I was musing over the phrase 'light entertainment' - all the huge TV shows from when I was a kid, 30 million people watching them, this huge shared experience of these moments called light entertainment.
"Sometimes it can be levelled at people in a bad way, but for me that's heavy entertainment. That's what I'm hoping to do with this album – to have a shared experience with millions of people though the medium of light entertainment…but on steroids."
The album is Williams' first since the UK chart-topping Swing Both Ways in 2013.
The 11 tracks on Heavy Entertainment Show include titles such as Party Like a Russian, Love My Life, Sensitive, and Pretty Woman, with a 16 track deluxe also available with a DVD of behind-the-scenes footage.
Williams teased some of the new tracks during his world tour in 2015, which brought him to Wellington and Auckland in November.
Heavy Entertainment Show releases on November 4.