The Heavy Entertainment Show was released on 4 November 2016, becoming the UK's number one album a week later.
With ten studio albums and two greatest hits collections taking the top spot throughout his career, Robbie now has 12 number ones under his belt, pushing him past David Bowie and equalling Madonna, leaving only Elvis ahead of him.
The Heavy Entertainment Show is available as a CD or digital download in two editions: an 11-track album, or a deluxe version boasting five additional songs and three videos. It’s also available to listen to on your favourite streaming service right now.
"Don't worry, Robbie's attitude is the only heavy thing on display here. Back to sharp, OTT pop, the lyrics are killer, the tunes fly in unexpected directions and Robbie is loving life again. Love My Life is Millennium II, Sensational is another Rock DJ... If you've ever loved Robbie, let him entertain you all over again and get ready to sing along at the stadiums next summer."
The second single taken from The Heavy Entertainment Show is Love My Life, a message of self-empowerment from Robbie to Ayda, his kids, himself and all of us.
“Give yourself some love. Believe in yourself. If you can’t be confident, be brave.”
Love My Life is officially out now. Click play above to watch the video, directed once again by Robbie's long-term collaborator, Vaughan Arnell.
“Since he tumbled off the Take That bus… there’s been no question that Robbie Williams on full power is a potent pop force. The Heavy Entertainment Show aims to impress from the off. ‘Welcome to the heavy entertainment show / I’m about to strip, and you’re my pole,’ he blares on his 11th album’s title track, a blast of Los Angeles horns and one-liners. The magic ingredients are the familiar, mixed-up qualities of Robbie himself: deep and trivial, funny and serious, disposable yet unmistakably sticking around”
The Mail On Sunday
The deluxe edition of the album boasts an additional five tracks along with no less than three videos:
- The official video for the first single, Party Like A Russian
- A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Party Like A Russian
- A 32 minute track-by-track interview, in which Robbie reveals all about his new album
“The Heavy Entertainment Show sees Robster team up with songwriters including Ed Sheeran and his old pal Guy Chambers. It’s loud, proud and packed full of bravado”
The Heavy Entertainment Show
Party Like A Russian
Love My Life
-- DELUXE EDITION --
When You Know
Time On Earth
I Don't Want To Hurt You
Video: Party Like A Russian
Video: Party Like A Russian Behind The Scenes
Robbie explains the title of his highly-anticipated new album as a loving ode to an era he remembers fondly: “I grew up in a time when light entertainment was king. I wanted to do some heavy entertainment. I wanted to do light entertainment but on steroids. So it’s a play on me taking the piss out of light entertainment. But in a loving way."
The first single from the album was the ‘mad ballet’, Party Like A Russian. Sitting in second place on the track listing, after the bombastic opening title track, Party Like A Russian is a celebration of the spirit of hedonism.
"Feels both nostalgic and current - each song is unapologetically Robbie from every pore, and overflows with his trademark self-awareness. Bookended by the theatrical opening title track and closing number Sensational, Robbie showcases ballads, the odd rocky number and the stomping pop tunes he’s been famous for for the best part of 20 years."
“His 11th solo effort is a remarkable return to form, and showcases exactly what the Robster does best - cheeky lyrics, cheeky delivery and general fun for all. The tunes are rather brilliant, too…”
If you’ve already got The Heavy Entertainment Show on repeat, head to the Upfront forum to let Robbie know what you think!