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Robbie Williams nets first number one for eight years

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

Robbie Williams is celebrating his first solo UK number one hit for eight years after his song 'Candy' topped the official singles chart.

The track, co-wrote with bandmate Gary Barlow, is the 14th number one of Williams' career - including Take That.

The Official Charts Company said it was the fastest-selling single by a male artist this year.

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Robbie Williams 'so pleased' after Soccer Aid raises record amount

Three months on from ITV1's football fundraiser, UNICEF has announced that Soccer Aid 2012 raised over £4.9 million for its vital work to save children’s lives around the world.

The four Soccer Aid events in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 have together raised over £12 million for UNICEF’s work for children.

Paddy McGuiness, John Bishop and Robbie Williams celebrate after England's victory in the match at Old Trafford for Soccer Aid 2012
Paddy McGuiness, John Bishop and Robbie Williams celebrate after England's victory in the match at Old Trafford for Soccer Aid 2012 Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Robbie Williams, UNICEF UK Ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid, said: "I'm still basking in the glory of England's win and so pleased that this has been the best Soccer Aid yet with almost £5 million raised for UNICEF – for children.

"Thank you so so much to everyone who donated on the night or bought a ticket to the match - we couldn't have done it without you."

Williams led an England side to victory in May over a team of Hollywood A-listers and football legends 3-1.

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Barlow: Having children 'will be the making' of Williams

Becoming a father "will be the making" of Robbie Williams, his Take That bandmate Gary Barlow said.

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

In an interview with Hello! magazine, father-of-three Barlow was asked if he had any tips for his friend and he replied: "Yes, I told him not to do it!"

He added: "No, Rob will be a great dad, he'll be a lot of fun and it'll be the making of him, because having kids is the making of people, I think. Although the child will probably be swearing by the time he's three."

Robbie Williams joins Diamond Jubilee bill

Robbie Williams Credit: REUTERS/Luke Macgregor

Robbie Williams is the latest performer to be confirmed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert on June 4th.

The singer joked: "If this doesn't get me a knighthood, nothing will. I can't wait for the show."

The concert is being organised by Williams' former Take That bandmate, Gary Barlow.

Other acts confirmed for the show include Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran, JLS and Jessie J.

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