Robbie Williams' new single from Swing album dedicated to daughter Teddy

Published Thursday, Sep 12 2013, 13:59 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Robbie Williams has announced details of a new Swing-themed album, Swings Both Ways.

The Take That star's latest solo effort will feature a stellar line up of collaborations from the likes of Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson and Olly Murs.

Robbie Williams artwork for new album, Swings Both Ways.


Robbie's album artwork for Swings Both Ways.

His first single will be 'Go Gentle' - a song dedicated to his daughter Theodora Rose Williams, affectionately known as Teddy.

Taking to his official website, Robbie said: "'Go Gentle' is about my daughter, Teddy, effectively making a promise to her that I wasn't sure I could keep before she was born.

"It's a song that I want to live up to because it's actually the most important thing that I will do on the planet while I'm here, which is either be a good or a bad Dad."

Robbie, who welcomed Teddy on 18 September last year with wife Ayda Field, continued: "It's more important than four nights at Wembley, three nights at Knebworth – way more important. It scares me that I might not be able to live up to it.

Robbie Williams holds daughter Theodora Rose

© Twitter / Robbie Williams

Robbie shared the first photo of his daughter Teddy on 21 September

"I'm still learning to be a dad, I'm still learning what that means. All I know is that instantly somebody came into my life, that I would gladly die for - and that's pretty powerful. The song's a promise of protection – a bit of a song saying, 'watch out for boys like me'!"

Swings Both Ways, which will also feature Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright, will be a mix of new and old songs.

Robbie, who recently wrapped up his 'Take The Crown Stadium Tour', said of the new album: "First of all I wanted to do a Swing album, because I wanted to do a Swing album. I always knew I'd do another and I think now is the perfect time to do it."

The 39-year-old, who released his first Swing cover album, Swing When You're Winning in 2001, continued: "The album this time is a definite ode and a loving glance towards a period on the planet that I was never invited to 'coz I wasn't there...I wanted to be, which I feel still very strongly linked to.

He added: "Hopefully I'm off to romance the world!"

'Go Gentle' is released on 4 November. Swings Both Ways is released on 18 November.

Watch footage of Robbie recording his new album with the likes of Olly and Michael below: