WITH a new album and biopic in the pipeline, you would have thought Robbie Williams had his hands full.
But it turns out the former Take That singer is adding another string to his bow — by breaking into the health and beauty market with a skincare range called Hopeium.
A source close to the star said: “Robbie is open to everything and anything — and Hopeium is his brainchild.
“It means having an irrational sense of optimism, which is very Robbie.
“He has trademarked the name in the UK and US and it covers a range of skincare products, including cleansers, serums and moisturisers. There are scents included as well.
“Robbie has always had a ‘reach for the sky’ mentality and he is willing to give everything and anything a go.
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“He likes being busy and this new project is something he can really get his teeth into.
A film about Robbie’s life, Better Man, is currently being filmed in Australia, with The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey overseeing the biopic.
Rob’s new album XXV is also out on September 9.
The new body of work includes 18 of his biggest songs which he re-recorded with the Metropole Orkest — the world’s leading pop and jazz orchestra.
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His new song, Lost, features on the album.
Fans who buy the deluxe version of XXV can hear three new tracks: Disco Symphony, More Than This and The World And Her Mother.
Robbie revealed earlier this year that he would also be hitting the road but was trying to work out how to make it work with his wife Ayda Field and their four kids in tow.
Rob said: “There is a tour planned but I am trying to figure out how to go on tour and be a dad.
“I was watching an interview with an actor and he said he didn’t see his kids grow up.
“Coming out of Covid — where I spent two and a half years with them and now I am going to do my job again — it’s like a Rubik’s Cube that brings up new things you have to figure out.”
At least you can slap on a fancy new face mask from your own brand and put your feet up while you do it, Rob.
New Billie songs for shock ep
BILLIE EILISH shocked fans yesterday by dropping surprise EP Guitar Songs, featuring two new tracks called TV and The 30th.
But the singer doesn’t want it to be long until she has more music out – and hopes to get back in the studio with her songwriter brother Finneas.
She told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1: “We’re going to hopefully make another album in the next year. I mean, it’s crazy.
“I hate to say this because I know it’s a disappointment to people that think, ‘Oh my God, they’re making an album. It’s going to come out soon’. TV and The 30th are the only songs that we have.
“These songs are really current for me. They’re songs I want to have said right now.
“I was talking to Finneas and I was like, ‘You know what, man? I don’t want to wait until the next album cycle to put these songs on an album’. And then it’s like, ‘Wow, we have these two guitar songs that are two years old’.”
Megan has a canny idea
MEGAN THEE STALLION is no fuel when it comes to grabbing our attention in photoshoots.
She posed in underwear and heels while pouring the contents of a petrol can over her, to promote latest single Pressurelicious which features rapper Future.
Megan has become known for X-rated verses after the success of her Cardi B collaboration WAP in 2020. But this new track takes the biscuit and there are practically no lyrics clean enough to be printed in a family newspaper, apart from the fact she brags about “knocking the bed off the hinges”.
I’m not entirely sure why she has hinges on her bed in the first place, but Megan had better hope the bloke she’s getting frisky with is a dab hand at DIY.
TICKETS for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s 2023 shows have sold out at lightning speed.
They shifted 220,000 in less than eight hours.
The rockers will perform in Edinburgh and Birmingham, along with two nights at London’s Hyde Park next summer.
All of the tickets were snapped up after going on sale yesterday.
Taylor’s Haim on target
She appeared on Thursday at London’s O2 Arena making it her first performance at a gig since 2019.
Taylor wore a black outfit to match those worn by the Haim sisters Este, Danielle and Alana, to sing a mash-up of her song Love Story and their 2020 collaboration, Gasoline.
Taylor told the crowd: “When I heard my girls were playing in London at the O2, I thought, ‘I’m going to have to see that’.
“And it looks like there’s about 20,000 other people who also thought that.”
Halsey made up after her chart entry
HALSEY’s music career is going from strength to strength – and she will soon be raking even more in thanks to her beauty range.
She posed in this outfit for the launch in the States of AF94, which she describes as a “made-to-play make-up brand”.
It is called Stay With Me, and is new at No 29.
That’s surely another reason to celebrate.
The pair plan to release the new tune, called History, in about a fortnight after teasing it during some of their recent gigs.
But I’m surprised they want to work together after what has been said between them in the past.
Bey has announced that the Jamaican musician will feature on a song called Move on her seventh album Renaissance next week – seven years after Grace accused her of copying.
In her 2015 book I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, Grace said she would not follow other artists because most of them were “being like me” anyway.
She wrote: “Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend.’
There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce (Beyonce).
“Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them, except to the extent that they are already being like me.”
She went on to say artists like them had profited more than her from her creativity, because she thinks about “art over money”.
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The singer added: “I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary.”
Hopefully she gets a few quid out of featuring on what will certainly be a massively successful album.