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Robbie Williams nets first number one for eight years

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.


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 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."

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 (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."

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