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This article is about the album. For the title track, see Rudebox (song).
Rudebox cover.jpg
Studio album by Robbie Williams
Released 23 October 2006 (2006-10-23)
Recorded 2006;
Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop, electropop, R&B, hip hop, dance
Length 73:31
Label Chrysalis
Producer Soul Mekanik, Mark Ronson, Pet Shop Boys, Brandon Christy & Craig Russo, William Orbit, Joey Negro, Jerry Meehan
Robbie Williams chronology
Intensive Care
Reality Killed the Video Star
Singles from Rudebox
  1. "Rudebox"
    Released: 4 September 2006
  2. "Lovelight"
    Released: 13 November 2006
  3. "She's Madonna"
    Released: 5 March 2007

Rudebox is the seventh studio album by English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, released on 23 October 2006 in the United Kingdom.


The album features collaborations with William Orbit, Mark Ronson, Soul Mekanik and two collaborations with Pet Shop Boys: "She's Madonna" and "We're the Pet Shop Boys". Lily Allen provides backing vocals on the songs "Bongo Bong and Je ne t'aime plus" and "Keep On". Williams covers five songs on the album: "Louise", a 1984 hit for The Human League, "Kiss Me", the biggest hit for Stephen Duffy, "Lovelight" by Lewis Taylor, "We're the Pet Shop Boys" by My Robot Friend, and "Bongo Bong and Je ne t'aime plus", by Manu Chao.

Williams himself spoke fondly of the album upon its release; "It has become something on which I've found myself. This is the right direction for me personally, this is what it is. I saw the whole Robbie thing coming to a close as it was, I couldn't make another album like the ones I'd made, and this has just opened up a thousand other doors. What I am excited about now is making more music. I love all the stuff on the album, I love Rudebox, it's a favourite song of mine. I don't know what's gonna happen now, I'm excited about getting it out there, but I'm more excited about making more."[1]

The album is a mixture of covers and new tracks, in addition to 'Summertime', a song originally written when Williams left Take That and which appeared in the credits of Mike Bassett: England Manager'. Receiving a mixed reception from critics, the album reached the top position in fourteen countries including United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Italy and Finland.


"She's Madonna" was the centre of a tabloid storm after Ashley Hamilton claimed that he came up with part of the song with Williams. Hamilton has claimed he wishes to take the matter to court as he is not credited as a co-writer on the album.[2]

Further controversy arose over the track "The 90s", part of which implies that Williams was ripped off by Take That's manager Nigel Martin-Smith after the band failed to make a profit from a European tour. The song raised the ire of Martin-Smith, who demanded that the song be removed from the album.[3] The omitted lyrics were rapped during the break before the second verse.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
BBC Music (positive)[5]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[6]
musicOMH 2/5 stars[7]
NME 8/10 stars[8]
NOW 3/5 stars[9]
The Observer 2/5 stars[10]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[11]
Yahoo! Music UK 7/10 stars[12]

According to review aggregator Metacritic, Rudebox received an average of 53 out of 100 indicating mixed to average reviews from music critics, based on twelve critiques.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the album sold 54,667[14] copies on the day of release, taking the number-one slot on the albums chart midweek. By Wednesday, the album had sold over 75,000 copies.[15] The album debuted at No. 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart, selling over 147,000 copies in its week of release.[16] Despite reaching the number one spot, sales were far below what was expected by his label EMI, and overall sales were overtaken by his former band Take That's Beautiful World. However, the album performed better than Beautiful World outside the UK. The fallout of the album's relative failure led to the firing of two music executives responsible for the album's development.[17] As of December 2013, the album had sold 514,457 copies in the UK.[18]

The album was released in the Netherlands on 20 October 2006, on the same day the album was certified platinum as a result of pre-order sales of over 70,000 copies.[19] In Belgium, the album sold 50,000 copies and went platinum. It was released on 23 October 2006 in Australia and debuted at number-one, achieving platinum status in its first week.[20] It has since been certified 2× Platinum. 220,000 copies of the album were sold in France on the week of release, as well as 600,000 in Germany. On 8 November 2006, IFPI certified the album 2× Platinum in Europe with sales of over 2 million copies, making it the fastest platinum selling album of 2006.[21] On 20 November 2006, the album reached number-one in Mexico, becoming Williams' first number-one album there. The album was certified platinum there, with sales of over 100,000 copies. Rudebox became the eighteenth best selling album of 2006 worldwide according to the IFPI.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Rudebox" R. Williams, D. Spencer, K. Andrews, B. Laswell, B. Collins, C. Aiken, R. Shakespeare, S. Dunbar Soul Mekanik 4:45
2. "Viva Life on Mars" R. Williams, D. Spencer, K. Andrews Soul Mekanik 4:51
3. "Lovelight" Lewis Taylor Mark Ronson 4:03
4. "Bongo Bong and Je ne t'aime plus" M. Chao Mark Ronson 4:48
5. "She's Madonna" (with Pet Shop Boys) R. Williams, N. Tennant, C. Lowe Pet Shop Boys 4:16
6. "Keep On" R. Williams, C. Heath, S. Duffy Mark Ronson 4:19
7. "Good Doctor" R. Williams, J. Meehan Mark Ronson 3:16
8. "The Actor" R. Williams, B. Christy, C. Russo Brandon Christy & Craig Russo 4:05
9. "Never Touch That Switch" K. Andrews, D. Spencer Soul Mekanik 2:47
10. "Louise" J. Callis, P. Wright, P. Oakey William Orbit 4:47
11. "We're the Pet Shop Boys" (with Pet Shop Boys) My Robot Friend Pet Shop Boys 4:55
12. "Burslem Normals" R. Williams, D. Spencer, K. Andrews Soul Mekanik 3:50
13. "Kiss Me" S. Duffy Joey Negro 3:15
14. "The 80's" R. Williams, J. Meehan Jerry Meehan 4:17
15. "The 90's" R. Williams, J. Meehan Jerry Meehan 5:33
16. "Summertime" R. Williams, A. Genn William Orbit 5:41
17. "Dickhead" (hidden track) R. Williams, J. Meehan Jerry Meehan 4:09

Certifications, peaks and sales[edit]


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  5. ^ Broadfoot, Julie (24 October 2006). "BBC - Music - Review of Robbie Williams - Rudebox". BBC Music. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Petridis, Alexis (20 October 2006). "CD: Robbie Williams, Rudebox". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Hubbard, Michael. "Robbie Williams - Rudebox". musicOMH. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Elan, Priya (23 October 2006). "Robbie Williams - Robbie Williams: Rudebox - Album Reviews". NME. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Davies, Evan. "NOW Magazine // Music // Disc Guide : Pop / Rock". NOW. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
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  13. ^ "Rudebox Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
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  19. ^ "Album already platinum in the Netherlands". 5 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  21. ^ "IFPI Certifications, November 2006". 1 September 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
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  23. ^ "ARIA". ARIA. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  24. ^ "IFPI Austria" (in (German)). Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  25. ^ "IFPI Belgium". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  26. ^ "IFPI Denmark". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  27. ^ "Robbie Williams Debuts Atop Euro Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  28. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards 2006". 1 September 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
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  31. ^ IFPI Germany
  32. ^ MAHASZ
  33. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - (1 October 1962). "IRMA". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  34. ^ AMPROFON
  35. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 23.10.2006 - 29.10.2006". OLiS. 
  36. ^ AFP – Week 49 Year 2006
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  38. ^ – 2006 Certifications
  39. ^ IFPI Sweden – 2006 Certifications
  40. ^ IFPI Switzerland
  41. ^ BPI
  42. ^ "Album Jahrescharts 2007" (in German). Berlin: MTV Networks Germany. 2007. Archived from the original on 6 May 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 

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