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Robbie Williams celebrates claiming 1,000th No. 1

Robbie Williams has swung his way into the history books as his latest record became the 1,000th number one in the UK album charts.

Swings Both Ways beat off competition from Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to shoot straight to the top of the charts.

The former Take That star tweeted this picture after his album became the 1,000th number one. Credit: Twitter/@robbiewilliams

Williams, who has sold 18.6 million albums in the UK, said while claiming the 1,000th number one was a "nice thing", the achievement would be "forgotten by everyone by Tuesday".

"It's a nice bit of synchronicity, and nice that it hasn't gone unnoticed, but I don't know what it means, really," the 39-year-old said.

"The story for me is that I'm number one, it's sold a load: ace. The fact it's the 1,000th number one is a nice thing but it'll be forgotten by everyone on Tuesday."

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Robbie Williams had hair transplant out of 'boredom'

Popstar Robbie Williams has admitted to having a hair transplant which he "didn't even need" because he was "bored".

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams has admitted to having an unnecessary hair transplant. Credit: PA

The multi-platinum singer confessed to having his hair enhanced around the front of his hairline, rather than all over.

He told the Graham Norton show: "I've lived in LA for a long time and they say, 'If you sit in a barber's shop for long enough you will get a hair cut'. Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you're going to get some surgery.

"I've had a thatch done, I'll tell everyone now. I didn't even need it, that's the weirdest thing. I had like three months off and got bored so thought, I'll go in."

He added:"That's what I am saying about Los Angeles, it's weird."

Robbie on course to equal Elvis chart record

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Robbie Williams on course to equal Elvis chart record

Robbie Williams and Emma Bunton perform a duet during an exclusive gig for Heart radio at Under the Bridge in London. Credit: PA

Robbie Williams has said he feels like "the luckiest man on the planet" as he looks on course to claim another number one album - which means he would equal Elvis Presley's tally of 11 chart-toppers.

Williams, one of the world's most successful solo stars, shared his excitement - and the stage - with former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, at an intimate gig in west London.

He performed an energetic set featuring songs from his latest album, Swings Both Ways, and ended the night with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Angels, accompanied by songwriter Guy Chambers on piano.

Robbie Williams would equal Elvis with one more hit

Former Take That singer Robbie Williams could equal Elvis Presley's tally of chart-topping albums if he claims the 1,000th number one next weekend.

Robbie Williams could equal Elvis. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

Robbie faces up against acts such as JLS and Jake Bugg to achieve the milestone in the Official Album Chart, succeeding Lady Gaga who is currently in the top with Artpop. Williams is favourite to land the coveted position with Swings Both Ways which was released today.

Muppets join Robbie Williams as he launches new album

Robbie Williams poked fun at himself - and fellow celebrities - as he launched his new swing album with a one-off big band show in front of a star-studded audience.

Robbie Williams as he unveils his forthcoming album, Swings Both Ways, at the London Palladium, in central London Credit: Simon Niblett/IE Music/PA

The singer put on an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular at the London Palladium to showcase songs from Swings Both Ways, with guest performances from the likes of Lily Allen, Rufus Wainwright and Miss Piggy.

There were also celebrities in the audience, with Liam Payne from One Direction, award-winner Adele and comedian Alan Carr watching Williams perform songs from the album, his second inspired by his love of swing.

Robbie Williams favourite to replace Louis Walsh

Robbie Williams has already emerged as favourite to replace Louis Walsh when he quits X Factor after the next series. The singer currently leads the betting at Ladbrokes with odds of 6/1.

Former guest judges Rita Ora and Mel B have been given odds of 7/1, or it's an 8/1 shot that Simon Cowell or Cheryl Cole will rejoin the panel.

Robbie Williams performing during a solo concert
Robbie Williams performing during a solo concert Credit: Press Association

Keep up to date with the latest X Factor news ahead of the news series on the X Factor website.

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'Boring' Brits fail to entertain Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams has released an expletive-ridden track attacking this year’s “boring” Brit Awards.

The 17-time Brit Award winner raps, "Well that Brits night was so f****** boring", before recalling some of the wilder antics at the event when he was younger - taking drugs, challenging Liam Gallagher to a fight and having sex with "a few female stars or two".

The former Take That star posted the track, titled "THE BRITS 2013", on his website, telling fans, "Here's a gift from me and Guy - we wrote it on Saturday, recorded it on Sunday".

"Guy" is Guy Chambers, his long-running song-writing partner who he has patched up differences with and the pair are now working on new material.

Robbie Williams pictured performing at Brit Awards last week.
Robbie Williams pictured performing at Brit Awards last week. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

But he warns them it is not suitable for younger listeners. "If you have kids in the room, don't play it," he wrote.

Click here to listen to the track. Warning: This link contains explicit language and content which may offend.

Williams performed his No. 1 hit Candy at last week's event at the O2 Arena, which many critics labelled as bland and uneventful.

Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams set for X Factor?

Take That duo Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams could be reunited on ITV's X Factor judging panel, according to reports.

Robbie Williams (right) and Gary Barlow. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Television bosses want the duo to provide "fireworks" on the talent show and are planning on bringing back Nicole Scherzinger as a judge, The Sun reports.

The popstar pair fell out when Williams quit Take That in 1995 but have since made-up when the Angels and Rock DJ singer rejoined his bandmates in 2010 for a new album and string of sell-out concert dates.

A spokesman for the show said: "It's far too early to say anything about the judging panel for this year's X Factor."

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