Robbie ‘To Sign Massive New Solo Deal’
Sparking rumours he'll leave Take That once the tour is complete…
It’s thought the Rock DJ star will go with Universal, who look after Take That, after being impressed by the way they’ve handled the boyband’s comeback.
An insider told News of the World that Rob had never intended to rejoin Take That for good: “Robbie has been very committed to this Take That project and can't wait to tour with the guys but he never said he wouldn't record his own music again.
“It's important for him to have his own solo deal because he is one of the most successful British recording artists.”
The 37-year-old is unlikely to renew his solo deal with EMI, who signed him in 2002 for a record-breaking £80m. “He has every major record company chasing him to sign a new solo contract,” the source added. “But there is no need to rush because he is fully committed to Take That until the end of this album campaign.”
Despite the relatively lukewarm reception for his last two solo albums, Rob can obviously still shift large numbers of units – Take That’s Progress became the fastest selling album of the century when it sold 235,000 on its day of release last November.