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Robbie Williams will release his first ever Christmas album, The Christmas Present, on Columbia Records on November 22.

The double album will feature two discs – ‘Christmas Past’ and ‘Christmas Future’ – both including a brilliant mixture of original songs and special festive covers with some star guest appearances. The album is available to pre-order now.

The album will include original tracks Time For Change, Home, Fairytales featuring Rod Stewart and Bad Sharon with boxing champ Tyson Fury, plus the covers Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) featuring Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams and I Believe In Father Christmas.

The deluxe CD version of the album features another four bonus tracks including the duet It Takes Two with Rod Stewart.

Robbie says: “I’m beyond excited to announce my first ever Christmas album. I’ve done a lot in my career and releasing this record is another dream come true. Making this album has been so much fun and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

The Christmas Present is Robbie’s 13th studio album and another huge milestone in the glittering career of one of Britain’s most-loved artists. Written and recorded in a variety of locations including London, Stoke-on-Trent, Los Angeles and Vancouver, the album sees Robbie working once more with long-time collaborator Guy Chambers, who produced the majority of the record with Richard Flack.

 

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Take That are coming back to Dublin for their Wonderland tour and it's safe to say we're giddy with excitement.

The lads are taking to the stage at the 3Arena, and with special guests, All Saints, it's definitely going to be a gig to remember.

 

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But, what if we told you that you could get your hands on seats that are better than anybody else's? Well, you can.

Production best seats are being released on Friday, and it basically means you'll be in a VIP section.

 

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For the first time ever, the band's main stage will be in the middle of the arena, and we're looking forward to the dramatic production Take That will perform on the night.

Production best seats will be available to buy on Ticketmaster this Friday at 9am, for both of their Dublin dates – 15 and 16 May.

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So… it looks like Gary Barlow’s new show Let It Shinemight land him in hot water with ex-boss Simon Cowell.

According to the Daily Mail, producer of the X Factor, Simon Cowell, is seeking legal advice as the rival show may “infringe his rights”.

The BBC announced plans for the new show back in June, after selling singing show The Voice UK to ITV.

Following the announcement a source told the Sun, "Cowell is going to be furious because he thinks it was X Factor that gave Gary the experience working on a show like this. Now he’s gone and set up a direct rival.

The Take That star who appeared as a judge on the X Factor for three consecutive years, told the BBC that there was a “demand” for another talent show.

The purpose of the new talent show is to find five leads to star in a Take That musical.

Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc will host the new BBC One show, which runs for eight weeks. With Barlow heading up the judging panel, joined by fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue, Spandu Ballet’s Martin Kemp and Glee star Amber Riley.

Popularity for the singing competition has dwindled in recent years, with the most recent series losing viewers to Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking to the BBC, Barlow said, "I think people are ingesting TV in a different way now. That old system of ratings shouldn't really apply anymore."

The 45-year- old star added, "But I think people are still loving, downloading and buying music and listening to music more importantly.

"And I think people are ready for a new Saturday night experience."

The show will kick off on Saturday night at 7pm on BBC One.

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Take That zealot Elaine Fairfax made an outlandish €1.2 million bid in the hopes of winning a private serenading from the band's remaining members. 

The bid was made in a competition on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show in aid of the charity Children In Need.

The 45-minute gig will cost the super-fan a whopping €28,804 per minute.

 

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"Ideally, I’d like it to be just them and me in my kitchen so I can get to know them a bit better," Elaine told the Daily Mail.

The pet insurance entrepreneur originally planned to offer about €600,000, but got carried away in the bidding process.

Elaine, a self-made millionaire, said: "I love them all. I am so, so excited. I just can’t believe it because I’ve always loved them so much."

Elaine has followed the band "since the beginning", and is also a collector of Take That merchandise, including life size cut-outs of the band members.

After appearing on This Morning to talk about her win, Elaine was slammed online for paying such an exorbitant amount, with some viewers claiming she had "more money than sense."

However, other viewers applauded the business woman's philanthropy, reminding fellow tweeters that the money was going to charity. 

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Congratulations are in order for Howard Donald who is expecting his second child with wife, Katie Halil.

The Take That star took to Twitter to announce the news to his 165K followers saying:

“Guess what? Me and Katie are happy to announce we will have our 2nd child in Feb.

“Yay! No more sleep for another two years!”

Howard joked about welcoming baby number two just a year after the pair welcomed their first child, Bowie.

The 48-year-old is already the father to 17-year-old Grace and 11-year-old Lola from his previous relationship.

It’s looking like 2017 is going to be a busy year for Howard with a baby on the way and the Take That 25th anniversary.

We wonder if there will be a Take That second generation any time soon?

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If you've been a die-hard Take That fan for as long as you can remember, you'll know that you've had endure some serious ups and downs with those boys.

From Robbie's shock departure in 1995 to the band parting ways one year later, fans were left devastated until the lads reunited minus Robbie Williams in 2006 and the music industry fell all over themselves as they got their heads (and ears) around the lads' new mature sound.

And while Robbie did hop back on the bandwagon in 2010, fans were dealt another blow when Mark, Howard and Gary were left to record their seventh album in 2014 without Jason and Robbie.

But it looks like the band's fast approaching birthday has caused a major change of heart in Robbie who is reportedly on board for a Take That reunion.

Speaking to The Sun, Howard admitted that the same couldn't be said for Jason, explaining: "We've been in touch with Jason and we've been in touch with Robbie. Jason is in his place where he is now and he's not got any ­intention at the moment to be back in the band."

"Whereas Robbie – we've been talking to Robbie about it, and it might be that if we do a 25th anniversary album, that we do some co-writing or some extra tracks on that," Howard continued.

Saying the words every Take That fan has been longing to hear, Mark added: "In our minds at the moment there's an intention to do some new tracks, a greatest hits and a tour, then we'll see. I think it would be nice to do something with him."

Girls, it's what we've been waiting for.

 

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It's not uncommon to see a few sneaky celebrities have cameo roles in movies. They either pop up in the background, play another character or play themselves in a short clip.

Well, in the next Star Wars movie we're going to see one very famous face – Gary Barlow!

Yep, Gary is a big fan of the movie franchise, and according to The Sun, he has already filmed he small cameo last week at Pinewood Studios.

A source told the paper: “Gary is a huge Star Wars fan so this is a dream come true.

“The process has been kept top secret, as he doesn’t want anybody to find out.

“His connections in the film industry got him the part.”

As we all know (or fans of Star Wars know), the Star Troopers are all anonymous so we won't actually know which one Gary is. Our bets are he'll break out into song and dance just to jazz up the movie a bit… or you know, not. 

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Robbie Williams has some pretty big news this morning – he's making new music!

The singer confirmed that he signed with Sony Music to release his eleventh studio album.

Robbie said: "The team at Sony are professional, incredibly hungry, and have a great energy. They’re inspired, I’m inspired.

 

Very excited to announce my new album later in the year with @SonyMusicUK & Columbia Records #excited #sonymusic #columbiarecords

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"I’m more ready than I ever have been and I’m totally convinced I’m in the right place. I look forward to working on this album, which is an album I’m immensely proud of, in this exciting new partnership with Sony Music."

However, any Take That fans might be a bit miffed by the news since there were rumours last year of Robbie making a comeback with the group.

We just can't wait to hear what new tracks Robbie has up his sleeve.

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Don't get us wrong, we love Take That, but Take That with Robbie Williams is like ice cream with sprinkles and hot fudge sauce melted all over. It's just yum.

And, now it seems that the crew are back together in the midst of their 25th anniversary next year.

Last year there were multiple reports that Robbie was in talks to rejoin the boyband – which is now a three piece since Jason Orange left in 2014 – to mark their 25th anniversary next year.

According to The Sun, Robbie has now gone back into the studio with the lads to work on NEW music for the band.

Rob is reportedly writing with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald for the first time since 2010 on songs for a Greatest Hits album.

It is also claimed that he will then join them on a 25th anniversary tour in 2017. YES.

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Every Take That fan out there, prepare yourself because a reunion tour is happening.

Gary Barlow was the one to let the cat out of the bag as he revealed the group are already planning their biggest reunion yet to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary.

And while he implied that Rob might be on board, it seems that Jason Orange won't be.

Speaking to The Sun, Gazza said: "We'll do a Greatest Hits album next year and tour the year after. A Greatest Hits with everyone would be amazing but I personally can't imagine Jason coming back on stage for quite a few years. But if Rob could do something that would be brilliant."

And when The Sun pushed to see if there's any hope, Gary replied: "I'd love to say everyone will be back but in truth it will probably be four."

Robbie has been more than supportive over the past few months, also hinting he may be re-joining the band soon. We're getting excited already!

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It's been a busy year for Take That star Howard Donald, who is expecting a baby with his new wife, just eight months after getting married.

Howard's wife Katie Halil is three months pregnant with the couple's first child, he revealed this evening.

Taking to Twitter to share the happy news, the singer wrote, "I have some amazing news to share with you all…. Katie and I are having a baby!so proud of my beautiful wife and can't wait for the newest member of our family to arrive."

The newlyweds are "both chuffed," a friend told The Sun today, minutes before Howard shared the news on social media.

Howard is no doubt already well versed in what fatherhood entails, as he has two other children from previous relationships: 16-year-old Grace with his ex Victoria Paddington and 10-year-old Lola with Marie-Christine Musswessels.

And speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show earlier this year, the 47-year-old seemed certain a baby was on the cards for him and Katie. "I think that’s inevitable. I’ve already got two children, but it’ll happen," he admitted.

Howard and Katie tied the knot back in January at an intimate ceremony of just 140 guests at Aynhoe Park, a stately home in Northamptonshire, England. Among the guests at the top-secret wedding were Howard's bandmates Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and even Jason Orange, all of whom enjoyed fish and chips washed down with bubbly at the luxury venue.

Former Take That star Robbie Williams also welcomed a son with wife Ayda Field back in November, so there will be plenty of future pop stars ready to follow in their dads' footsteps.

Wonder if Howard will take a leaf out of Robbie's book and live-blog the whole birth? We hope not…

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This is the best news we have heard since…probably ever!

Since Gary Barlow mentioned that Take That would always be a five-man band and that former members Robbie and Jason would eventually return, we couldn’t help feeling hopeful…but a little sceptical.

After all, Robbie has never shown an interest in rejoining Take That – until now!

The dad-of-two was doing a Q&A session on his Facebook page when he was asked about joining the band for their 25th anniversary in 2017, to which he replied: “I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-joining Take That. When and where, I don’t know….”

So it looks like Take That will eventually get back together, although we may have to wait a little bit. 

 

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