Robbie Williams is reportedly going to ask Gary Barlow to be best man at his wedding. The ‘Bodies’ singer has decided to get the Take That frontman to take on the duty instead of his close pal Mark Owen when he marries fiancee Ayda Field. A member of Robbie’s family is quoted by the Daily Star newspaper as saying: ‘Rob is very fond of Gary and considers him a solid rock in his life. ‘Mark was always one of his fun time pals, but Rob really wants to thank Gary and show his respect for their special bond.’Robbie’s long-time best friend Jonathan Wilkes will also act as a best man at the 36-year-old pop star’s wedding.The former Take That bandmates had a high-profile feud following Robbie’s departure from the group in 1995.However, in recent years the pair have patched up their differences and it is believed at some point Robbie will rejoin Take That.He recently said: ‘It will happen – but not in the next two years. There are contracts to fulfil, then I can do what I want.”
Take That Reunion With Robbie Put On Hold. Take That’s plans to reunite with former band mate Robbie Williams have been put on hold until current band member Mark Owen has dealt with his drink issues. Owen recently admitted to having up to 10 affairs and a severe alcohol problem. It was thought that the Take That reunion was imminent, after Robbie joined the group in a recording studio in LA. The U.K. newspaper The Mirror reported that the collaboration was meant to happen this month in Wiltshire. However, plans have now been put on hold as Owen is attempting to deal with his problem and salvage his marriage to Emma Ferguson. A source spoke about Take That working with Robbie and said: “They were all heading down [to record], Robbie included, but the plan has been scrapped for now. All they care about is Mark at the moment and it wouldn’t feel the same all of them practicing for their comeback without him.” The insider added: “All excitement about the future is very much on hold because Mark’s got to get better first.” It has now been reported that Owen has checked in to rehab to receive help for his issues with drink and depression.
Lady GaGa has been causing chaos at the rehearsals for this year’s Brit Awards that are taking place tonight in London. The star has planned to change the style of her performance at the last minute. There is also a rumor that Robbie Williams will join his old band mates to perform at the ceremony. Lady GaGa has decided that she wants to scrap her original colorful plans for her performance for something more somber in tribute to the late British designer Alexander McQueen. The eccentric singer felt it would be wrong to do anything fun in the wake of her friend’s death. A source from the Brits reveals: “She says she’s changing everything. She wants to wear an all-black outfit and do somber versions of her songs.” The organizers of the Brits are said to be so mad they are threatening to give GaGa’s peak-time performance slot to Cheryl Cole. Causing a stir to the awards is the possibility of Take That relighting the fire with all five original members. Williams, who will be collecting his Lifetime Achievement Award tonight, is planning on surprising everyone by appearing on stage with his ex-band mates. Once source has said: “Robbie hates people to find out what he’s up to until the big day, so who knows?”
Robbie Williams is set to rejoin Take That. The 35-year-old singer – who quit the pop group in 1995 – spent five hours in a Los Angeles studio on Tuesday (26.01.10) singing and recording songs with his old bandmates and was then spotted hugging each of them as he left.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “All the signs are looking good. It’s great news for the fans. They’re using this time in Los Angeles to start working together as a band again.
“They were delighted with Tuesday’s session and were congratulating each other as they left. They’re using this time together to crack on with reunion songs.”
Take That – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange – were in the US city to record their parts for Simon Cowell’s charity single, which is set to raise funds for the relief effort for Haiti’s earthquake victims.
The track, a cover version of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’, features a star-studded line-up which includes Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey and Rod Stewart among others.
A spokesman for Take That last night (27.01.10) said: “Take That didn’t go to Los Angeles with plans to officially write or record with Robbie, but they’ve been hanging out together, which is great.”
Take That back Cowell’s Haiti single. Take That and Susan Boyle have both agreed to appear on Simon Cowell’s charity record. The pop singers have joined an ever growing list of stars who will record a version of REM’s song ‘Everybody Hurts’ to aid the victims of the two earthquakes that have struck Haiti in the last two weeks. Susan told The Sun newspaper: “The Haiti earthquake has caused devastation and suffering that most of us will never experience nor could imagine. “I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project that will raise money to help the country.” The line up for the single so far includes Rod Stewart, Mika, Michael Buble, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, JLS and Westlife and Alexandra Burke. ‘Broken Heels’ singer Alexandra is flying from Germany to the UK on Monday to record her part for the song. She said: “I hope the single raises lots of money. It’s great that we can come together and do this. It’s a very special song.” REM have agreed that all royalties from the single – including those they would get from originally writing the song – will go to the Haiti appeal. Lead singer Michael Stipe said: “Any time anyone does something good, or tries to do something positive, the world shifts ever so slightly towards love and towards goodness.” U2 and Jay-Z are also assembling their own charity single to raise money for the disaster in the US.
Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and Kasabian to perform at BRITs. ’Angels’ singer Robbie – who has previously spoken of how his severe stage fright has halted his live performances – will perform a short set to commemorate recieiving a lifetime achievement award, with rumours rife that he will reunite with his former Take That bandmates for the second time since launching a solo career in 1996. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ‘Take That could reunite with Robbie to perform his second track. It’s the band’s 20th anniversary year and they and they are in talks about doing something spectacular.’ Robbie previously joined Take That and a host of other stars onstage for a rendition of Beatles song ‘Hey Jude’ at a concert in aid of charity Children in Need in November last year. Meanwhile, rap superstar Jay-Z is rumoured to be making an appearance at the show, and will possibly perform with ‘Viva La Vida’ hitmakers Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin. A source said: ‘As well as bringing Alicia Keys on stage to do a rendition of their hit ‘Empire State of Mind’, he’s thinking of getting Coldplay involved too. Chris Martin and Jay have been pals for years.’ Meanwhile, Lady Gaga will not be able to realise her plan of performing alongside reality TV sensation Susan Boyle at the awards show – as the latter has reportedly been snubbed from nominations because she is ‘not cool’ enough. Susan– who rose to fame after appearing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, one of media mogul Simon Cowell’s TV shows – is said to have missed out on a nod in any category, despite being the biggest selling female artist of 2009 in the UK. A source said: ‘She’s not even shortlisted for Best Female, even though that’s usually the weakest category. ‘And it’s not just an attack on Susan. It also shows how Simon Cowell is regarded by many in the record business.’ However, one collaboration which will definitely take place at the awards will be between Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine in a specially conceived track called ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’, a mash up of their tracks ‘You Got The Love’ and ‘Dirtee Cash’. ‘Beat Again’ hitmakers JLS have also been confirmed to sing at the ceremony, which takes place at London’s Earls Court on 16 February. The nominations for the BRIT Awards will be announced tonight (18.01.10).
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