Robbie Williams gets first number one in eight years

Robbie Williams.
Robbie Williams. Photo: PA

Robbie Williams is celebrating his first solo UK Number One hit for eight years after his song Candy reached the top of the official singles chart.

It is the fourteenth number one of his career - including Take That - meaning he has drawn level with bandmate Gary Barlow, who co-wrote the song.

Robbie Williams releases a new album, Take the Crown, on Monday.
Robbie Williams releases a new album, Take the Crown, on Monday. Credit: PA

Around 137,000 copies of Candy were sold this week according to the Official Charts Company, making it the fastest-selling single by a male artist in 2012.

The song is from his new album Take the Crown, which is released on Monday.

On reaching the Number One spot Williams tweeted this picture:

Robbie Williams thanks fans.
Robbie Williams thanks fans. Credit: Twitter/Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams told OfficialCharts.com:

Number one... yeah! So chuffed. Really really happy that Candy reached the top spot.

Good work Team Williams and thanks to everyone who got it there. I'm so excited about this album and this is a great start.

The pop star became a father in September after wife Ayda gave birth to their first child Theodora Rose.

Last week's chart topper Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande dropped to number two with Beneath Your Beautiful.