The Heavy Entertainment Show

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The Heavy Entertainment Show
Heavy Entertainment Show cover.png
Studio album by Robbie Williams
Released 4 November 2016 (2016-11-04)
Recorded June 2015 – June 2016
Genre
Length 40:03 (Standard edition)
61:12 (Deluxe edition)
Label Columbia
Producer
Robbie Williams chronology
Under the Radar Volume 1
(2014)Under the Radar Volume 12014
The Heavy Entertainment Show
(2016)
Under the Radar Volume 2
(2017)Under the Radar Volume 22017
Singles from The Heavy Entertainment Show
  1. "The Heavy Entertainment Show"
    Released: 25 September 2017[1]
  2. "Party Like a Russian"
    Released: 30 September 2016
  3. "Love My Life"
    Released: 20 October 2016
  4. "Mixed Signals"
    Released: 28 February 2017[2]

The Heavy Entertainment Show is the eleventh studio album by English recording artist Robbie Williams. It was released on 4 November 2016 through Columbia Records.

Background[edit]

In May 2016, it was announced that Robbie Williams had signed a recording contract with Sony Music. Robbie Williams said in statement: "They're [Sony Music] inspired, I'm inspired. 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."[3] The track "Mixed Signals" features all four members of the American alternative rock band the Killers performing all the instruments, as well as writing the song.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was announced on 25 September 2016, and the same day the album's title track "Heavy Entertainment Show" was released on Spotify and as an "instant grat" through iTunes Store.[4] The album's first official single, "Party Like a Russian", was released on 30 September 2016.[5] The second single, "Love My Life", was released on 20 October 2016.[6]

On 7 November, Williams announced a concert tour titled The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour to promote the album. It began on 2 June 2017 in Manchester, England and is set to end in November 2018 in Mexico City.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(59/100) [8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
NME4/5 stars[11]
The Independent2/5 stars[12]
Evening Standard4/5 stars[13]
Daily Mail3/5 stars[14]

The Heavy Entertainment Show received a Metacritic score of 59 based on 9 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic was highly positive in his 4-star review, saying "Aptly titled, Williams is entertaining as ever, a consummate showman until the end. The album is a grab bag of ideas, darting here and there in its pursuit of a hit. However, this isn't too much of a distraction, Mr Entertainment and his bombast do not disappoint. The Heavy Entertainment Show is his most invigorated album in years, a truer return to the pop realm than Take the Crown. Here, Williams dresses up his antics in expert production with plenty of cheekiness to spare."[15] Kitty Empire from The Observer gave a mixed three-star review stating, "Cheek, swagger and schmaltz, the tunes that could only come from Williams make this record entertaining, if a little groan worthy. The could-be-anybody songs just don’t stick in the memory."[16] Tim Jonze from The Guardian gave a negative two-star review and said, "A lurching mess of styles, it lurches from one thing to the next, be that MOR balladry, glam rock or orchestral show tunes."[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

Two days before the album was released in the Netherlands, Williams received a gold edition of the album during his appearance on RTL Late Night on 2 November 2016 for over 20,000 pre-orders of the album in the country. It debuted at number 1 on the UK album's chart with combined first week sales of 67,000 copies sold.[18]

Track listing[edit]

The Heavy Entertainment Show – Standard edition[19]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Heavy Entertainment Show"
  • Chambers
  • Richard Flack
3:22
2."Party Like a Russian"
  • Chambers
  • Flack
3:02
3."Mixed Signals"Stuart Price3:58
4."Love My Life"
3:28
5."Motherfucker"
  • Williams
  • Flynn Francis
  • Tim Metcalfe
  • Heath
  • Chambers
  • Flack
4:17
6."Bruce Lee"
  • Williams
  • Price
Price3:13
7."Sensitive"
Price3:16
8."David's Song"
  • Chambers
  • Flack
4:14
9."Pretty Woman"Robson2:55
10."Hotel Crazy" (feat. Rufus Wainwright)
  • Williams
  • Chambers
  • Wainwright
  • Chambers
  • Flack
4:25
11."Sensational"
  • Mike Curb
  • Mack David
  • Williams
  • Chambers
  • Wainwright
  • Heath
  • Chambers
  • Flack
3:47
Notes
  • ^a signifies an additional producer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[54] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[55] Gold 7,500*
Germany (BVMI)[56] Gold 100,000^
Italy (FIMI)[57] Gold 25,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[58] Gold 30,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[59] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] Platinum 300,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 700,000+[61]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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