Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your trilbies - Robbie's got a new album coming your way! Swings Both Ways will be released on 18th November and is available to pre-order now.
Following in the rhythmic footsteps of Robbie's most successful album to date, 2001's Swing When You're Winning, the new record features a mix of classic covers and new material as well as duets with some of pop's biggest names, including Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs and Rufus Wainwright.
You don't have to wait until November to get your first taste of Swings Both Ways - pre-order your copy on iTunes and you'll be able to download the album's rip-roaring opening track, Shine My Shoes, instantly.
The album comes in two editions - standard and deluxe, which features three extra tracks and some very special bonus studio footage.
"First of all I wanted to do a Swing album, because I wanted to do a Swing album," said Robbie about the new release. "I always knew I’d do another and I think now is the perfect time to do it." Read the rest of Robbie's thoughts on the album below.
If you can't wait to hear more, as well as downloading Shine My Shoes you can enjoy this little snippet of what's to come, starring Robbie and friends:
Swings Both Ways is available on CD and as a digital download. Take a look at the tracklisting below and use the links that follow to pre-order your copy now.
|1. Shine My Shoes
2. Go Gentle
3. I Wan'na Be Like You (feat. Olly Murs)
4. Swing Supreme
5. Swings Both Ways (feat. Rufus Wainwright)
6. Dream A Little Dream (feat. Lily Allen)
7. Soda Pop (feat. Michael Bublé)
9. Puttin' On The Ritz
10. Little Green Apples (feat. Kelly Clarkson)
11. Minnie The Moocher
12. If I Only Had a Brain
13. No One Likes a Fat Pop Star
1. Shine My Shoes
Dream a Little Dream (feat. Lily Allen)
Soda Pop (feat. Michael Bublé)
I Wan'na Be Like You (feat. Olly Murs)
Swings Both Ways (feat. Rufus Wainwright)
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The first single to be released from Swings Both Ways will be Go Gentle, which lands on 4th November. The first new song written with Guy Chambers, stay tuned for more news on the track over the coming weeks.
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. I’m enjoying show-biz and I’m enjoying my life and my understanding of where I am now is that there needs to be an event every time I bring out a record. 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.
Going in I planned it to be very similar to the last one, and then I realized – that’s actually not what I wanted. It’s different – it’s not all covers, I had some songs that I wanted the world to hear and check out and maybe become part of the fabric of their lives, if I’m lucky enough, that I’ve had a hand in writing. So it’s very very similar to the last one, and very different – and hopefully I’m off to romance the world!
‘Dream A Little Dream’ is one of my favourite songs of all time so I didn’t hesitate when Robbie asked me if I’d like to duet with him on it. I was a bit nervous when we recorded it, especially when I asked him what he wanted me to do and he said something like ‘just be you’. But I’m really happy with it and think we do justice to a classic song.
Working with Robbie is a dream come true. I’m once again the envy of both sexes. Robbie is the real deal, full package, a total mensch and if I could come up with any more paired descriptive sayings I would use them as well.
I absolutely loved working with Rob on this album. After touring Europe with him this year it seemed only right that we record something together, and “I Wan’na Be Like You” is such a classic sing-a-long tune. It’s always brilliant when you get to work with your mates!