Robbie Williams has revealed his new album will be released on Bonfire Night, 5 November, though it is unclear whether the album’s title – Take the Crown – is a reference to Guy Fawkes’s attempt to overthrow the government in 1605.

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Williams – who rejoined Take That last year for their Progress Live tour – said: “After the Take That reunion – a busman’s holiday, a break from my career which re-energised me in many, many ways – I wanted to come back with a massive solo album.

“My main priority was to write what I consider, and hopefully what the world would consider, to be hits. I’m very excited.”

The album’s first single, Candy, will be released on 29 October and Robbie wrote the track with his Take That bandmate Gary Barlow.

He said of the song: “It’s a summer song, very much in a similar vein to Rock DJ, about a girl who thinks she’s great. And she might be, but she’s a bit nefarious with her ways.

“Some songs take an age to write and some songs just fall out of your mouth completely formed, and you don’t have to think about it. I don’t know why that fell out of my mouth and out of my brain at that particular time – it just did.”