Williams' career began as a member of the pop band Take That in 1990, which he left in 1995 to begin his solo career, the band having sold more than 25 million records. Since then, Williams has sold more albums in the United Kingdom than any other British solo artist in history, and has sold 53 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide , over the course of his solo career.
Williams made it to The Guinness Book of World Records when 1.6 million tickets were sold in a single day shortly after he announced his World Tour in 2006.
He also has the distinction of having more number one albums than any other male, barring Elvis Presley . He appears in the list of the all-time Top 100 best albums in the United Kingdom six times , more than any other person or group and has been the recipient of many awards — including more BRIT and ECHO Awards than any other artist in history the Brit Awards 2005 . He is currently the most successful male artist in the world, for the period 1998-2007, according to the United World Chart, and the third artist overall behind Madonna and Britney Spears.
Robert Peter Williams, best known by his stage name Robbie Williams, was born on February 13, 1974 in Burslem, one of towns in which is amalgamated the city of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. His family is Roman Catholic and has Irish ancestry; Peter, his father, was a comedian who adopted the stage name of Pete Conway and Jan, his mother, was a florist. They divorced when he was four years old.
Williams's career started when his mother saw an advertisement on a newspaper: a manager, Nigel Martin Smith, was looking for some young singers because he wanted to form a boy band. Robbie contacted this manager, had an audition and was so allowed to join to the new band because of his good singing ability. Robbie Williams was the last member to enter Take That.
Take That (1990–1995)
Williams' early pop career started with the pop band Take That. The band was formed in 1990 in United Kingdom, they scored ten number-one hits in the country (seven of them when Williams was in the band, one without him before they split and two since they reformed again as a four piece in 2006). Their popularity led to a succession of similar bands in the UK.
By 1995, Williams who had been growing frustrated with his life in Take That, infamously went partying with Oasis at Glastonbury and then left the band. After leaving the band in 1995, the last Take That album Nobody Else was re-issued in some markets excluding some vocals by Williams, most notably a new recording of "Love Ain't Here Anymore". He didn't actually take any lead vocals on this album - band members later blamed this on his "lack of interest and commitment" in the recording of the album.
In November 2005, ITV1 screened a documentary on Take That, including the reasons behind Williams' departure. This documentary contained interviews with Williams and his former fellow band members. Williams declined the offer to reunite with the band, but spoke to them via a pre-recorded video message. After the band's comeback tour around the United Kingdom (without Williams), Robbie performed the song "Back for Good" in his own tour around the world in 2006.