Robbie Williams to release new album in November

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British pop singer Robbie Williams will release his first album in three years this November, record company EMI said on Wednesday.

Robbie Williams performs at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park in London, July 2, 2005. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

Williams, 35, who has sold 55 million albums worldwide, will release the album titled “Reality Killed the Video Star” globally on November 9. His first single “Bodies” will be released in October.

“My album’s a killer,” Williams wrote on his blog last month. “Old Robbie, New Robbie and a Robbie that neither of us have met ... I really hope it’s as good as I think it is.”

He added that he rewrote one of the songs after Michael Jackson died with the pop star in mind.

For his new album Williams recorded and mixed songs with producer Trevor Horn in a studio in London. Horn has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney and Cher, and his old band The Buggles released the 1979 hit “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

Williams’ last album, “Rudebox,” received mixed reviews when released in 2006. It was his lowest selling album in Britain and chalked up sales of just under a million copies in the United States.

Still, Williams remains hugely popular, and a spokeswoman for record company EMI Group Plc said he sold 1.6 million tickets in one day for his 2006 tour.

The singer, who now lives in Los Angeles, has been out of the public eye in the last few years since he left a U.S. rehabilitation center in March, 2007 when he was treated for prescription drug addiction.

One of Europe’s most successful entertainers, Williams rose to fame as a member of the hit boy band “Take That” before forging a successful solo career.

After splitting up in 1995, his old band reformed and have staged a successful comeback in the past several years including their last album “The Circus” peaking at the top of Britain’s album charts.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Bob Tourtellotte