Robert Peter Williams (brought into the world 13 February 1974) is an English artist musician and performer. He discovered notoriety as an individual from the pop gathering Take That from 1989 to 1995, however made more noteworthy business progress with his performance vocation, starting in 1997. Williams has discharged seven UK number one singles and eleven out of his twelve studio collections have arrived at number one in the UK. Six of his collections are among the main 100 greatest selling collections in the United Kingdom–four collections in the best 60–and in 2006 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a solitary day.
Williams has gotten a record eighteen Brit Awards—winning Best British Male Artist multiple times, two honors for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the 2017 Brits Icon for his "enduring effect on British culture", eight German ECHO Awards, and three MTV European Music Awards. In 2004, he was accepted into the UK Music Hall of Fame subsequent to being casted a ballot the "Best Artist of the 1990s". As indicated by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Williams has been guaranteed for 19.9 million collections and 7.2 million singles in the UK as an independent craftsman. Five of his collections have topped the Australian collections outline. He is additionally outstanding amongst other selling music specialists, time, having sold 75 million records around the world. Williams additionally beat the 2000–2010 UK airplay graph. His three shows at Knebworth in 2003 drew more than 375,000 individuals, the UK's greatest music occasion to that point. In 2014, he was granted the opportunity of his old neighborhood of Stoke-on-Trent, just as having a traveler trail made and roads named in his respect.
Following a multi year break from the gathering, he was re-joined with Take That on 15 July 2010, co-composing and performing lead vocals on their collection Progress, which turned into the second quickest selling collection in UK outline history and the quickest selling record of the century at that point. The resulting arena visit, which highlighted seven melodies from Williams' performance vocation, turned into the greatest selling show in UK history, selling 1.34 million tickets in under 24 hours. In late 2011, Take That's frontman Gary Barlow affirmed that Williams had left the band for a subsequent chance to concentrate on his performance profession, in spite of the fact that the flight was genial and that Williams was free to rejoin Take That later on. He has since performed with Take That on three separate TV appearances, and has teamed up with Barlow on various activities including the West End melodic The Band.