Millennium (song)

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"Millennium"
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album I've Been Expecting You
Released 7 September 1998
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop, soul
Length 4:07 (album version)
3:46 (radio edit)
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers, John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
Producer(s) Guy Chambers, Steve Power
Certification Gold (BPI)
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Let Me Entertain You"
(1998)
"Millennium"
(1998)
"No Regrets"
(1998)

"Millennium" is a song by English singer Robbie Williams from his 1998 album I've Been Expecting You. In September 1998, it was released as the album's first track which became Williams' first single to top the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song also received extensive airplay in the United States and Canada, where it was the lead single from Williams' 1999 compilation album, The Ego Has Landed.

The song borrows heavily from the musical arrangement of John Barry's "You Only Live Twice", the title track of the 1967 James Bond film of the same name, said to be one of Williams' favourite Bond movies.

Music video[edit]

The tongue-in-cheek video for "Millennium" features Williams parodying James Bond, complete with tuxedo and references to Bond films like Thunderball and From Russia with Love. The song includes a sample of "You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra.[2] The video was filmed at Pinewood Studios, home to most Bond productions. During the end of the video, Williams drives away in an economy car, a fittingly chosen Bond Bug, instead of 007's Aston Martin DB5, which later drives past him while he's having car trouble. Future celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale made an appearance in the video as one of the 'Bond Girls'.[3]

At the 1999 BRIT Awards, "Millennium" won the award for Best British Video.

Reception[edit]

The song became Williams' first number-one single in the United Kingdom, shipping over 400,000 copies and being certified gold by the BPI.[4] The song also became an international success; it managed to break into the Top 40 around the world. It also became Williams' first song to chart inside the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 1999. However, neither "Millennium" nor "Angels" (the song chosen as his second single in the United States) charted in the US Top 40.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Millennium".

UK CD1
(Released 7 September 1998)

  1. "Millennium" – 4:07
  2. "Love Cheat" (demo version) – 3:46
  3. "Rome Munich Rome" (demo version) – 3:05

UK CD2
(Released 7 September 1998)

  1. "Millennium" – 4:07
  2. "Lazy Days" (original version) – 4:29
  3. "Angels" (live version) – 5:38

European CD Maxi
(Released 7 September 1998)

  1. "Millennium" – 4:07
  2. "Love Cheat" (demo version) – 3:46
  3. "Rome Munich Rome" (demo version) – 3:05
  4. "Angels" (live version) – 5:38

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Bootie Call" by All Saints
UK Singles Chart number-one single
13 September 1998 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"I Want You Back" by Melanie B featuring Missy Elliott

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: W". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Robbie Williams search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
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  19. ^ "Robbie Williams – Millennium – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.