The incredible Robbie Williams, who was honoured with the highly prestigious BRITs Icon Award earlier this week, has broken a new record today when his current album “The Heavy Entertainment Show” went straight into the UK albums chart at No.1.

The album is Robbie’s 12th UK solo No.1, the highest number ever for a UK solo artist ahead of the late David Bowie (11). This remarkable achievement also places him second place, behind only The Beatles, in terms of No.1 studio albums in UK chart history. Robbie now has ten, whilst The Beatles have 11.

Robbie said today: “I’m chuffed that this album is No 1 and I’m humbled by these amazing statistics and facts. Thank you to the wonderful, wonderful team at Sony. I’m as proud of this album as much as any other, and hope that the fans enjoy it as much as I loved making it…this is for the friendlies. I’m very excited to be taking The Heavy Entertainment show on tour next year.”

“The Heavy Entertainment Show” is Robbie’s first album on Sony Music UK.

Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK and Ireland, said: “Everyone at Sony feels incredibly privileged and fortunate to be working with Robbie as well as playing a part in helping him to make history. It’s an amazing achievement for Robbie which is hugely deserved.”

Robbie will undertake a 31 date tour spanning 18 countries next year – dates below:

2nd      Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
3rd      Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
6th       St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, UK
9th       BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, UK
13th     Ricoh Stadium, Coventry, UK
17th     Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
21st     Principality Stadium, Cardiff, UK
23rd     London Stadium (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park), London UK
28th     Espirit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany
1st       AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France
4th       Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands
8th       Werchter Festivalpark, Belgium
11th     HDI Arena, Hannover, Germany
14th     Stadio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy
19th     Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
22nd    Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
25th     Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany
26th     Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany
29th     Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
4th       Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen, Norway
7th       Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
10th     Tampere Ratina Stadium, Finland
13th     PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland
16th     Vingis Park, Vilnius, Lithuania
19th     Airport Letnany, Prague, Czech Republic
23rd     Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary
26th     Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria
29th     Wörthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria


2nd      Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland
7th       Ledovi Dvorets Palace, St Petersburg, Russia
10th     Olympiski, Moscow, Russia