Robbie Williams signs with Universal

Robbie Williams will be able to afford a few more football pitches and pools for his LA mansion today after inking a new solo recording deal.

He has signed with the world’s biggest record label Universal Music – home to everyone from Lady GaGa and Jay-Z to Jessie J, Justin Bieber, U2 and his mates from Take That.

It’s a huge coup for Universal but there are bound to be a few red faces at other labels.

Rob left long-term label EMI after his contract ended. He also turned down advances from Sony, who were desperate to have him join their roster.

Details of Robbie’s new deal have been kept secret, although it’s been confirmed he will release a new album in autumn next year.

The Robster said: “I’m really thrilled to be joining the Universal family at what I think is the most exciting time in my career.”

The contract is unlikely to equal the £80million paid to him by EMI in 2002, before downloading damaged the music industry. A Universal source admitted: “It’s a different kind of deal in a different landscape.”

But given Robbie’s CV, it definitely won’t be small change.

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