Robbie Williams forced to put new album on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Singer Robbie Williams performs during the charity gala "Ein Herz fuer Kinder" (a heart for children) in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Robbie Williams was due to release a new album this year. (AP)

Robbie Williams has been forced to delay his next album due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 46-year-old Angels singer – who last released an album in December 2019 – is unable to work with his long-time song-writing partner Guy Chambers due to travel restrictions.

Chambers, 57, told The Sun: “He does want to do another record, but obviously we can’t because of the situation.

“He’s in Los Angeles and no-one can fly to America.

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“Our relationship doesn’t work in different countries, we have to be in the same room together to create.”

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  (L-R) Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers and David Walliams attend the press night performance of "The Boy In The Dress" at Royal Shakespeare Theatre on November 28, 2019 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Robbie Williams and his long time song writing partner Guy Chambers in 2019. (Getty Images)

Williams’ record label Universal had said last year that he would be releasing an album in 2020.

He released The Christmas Present, an album of seasonal covers and duets in December 2019.

His last studio album before that, The Heavy Entertainment Show, was released in November three years earlier.

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Chambers – who was involved in the recording of both albums – famously co-wrote a number of Williams hits including Angels, Rock DJ and Let Me Entertain You.

Williams revealed over the summer he had been writing some new tracks with Take That bandmate Gary Barlow and even working on trying a new musical genre.

FILE - Robbie Williams, left, and Gary Barlow perform at the 2012 Music Industry Trusts Award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in London. (Photo by John Marshall JM Enternational/Invision/AP)
Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow have been working together over video call during lockdown. (AP)

He said: “I’m in a new musical genre, a genre I haven’t really touched before. Not new taste-wise, it’s what I’m about. I’ve got to say, as I look down the list of my new songs from my new album, that I don’t know when it’s coming out. It’s got a very disco feel to it.”

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He recently revealed he has collaborated with Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.

Williams said: "Me and him have done a song together. Quite often I try and channel Shaun Ryder when I’m writing songs."

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