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Wednesday, 13 June, 2001, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Robbie's big band plan
Robbie Williams
Robbie: Performed My Way as an encore last year
Pop singer Robbie Williams will record an album of Frank Sinatra-style big band cover versions for his next full-length release.

The star, who has recorded and performed several Sinatra songs in the past, will release the album before his next CD of new material comes out in 2003.

His version of Sinatra's Have You Met Miss Jones? appears of the Bridget Jones' Diary soundtrack, and he has previously recorded a version of Come Fly With Me.

Frank Sinatra
Robbie has said that Sinatra is an idol
Sinatra's classic My Way formed part of the singer's encore during live dates in 2000.

A spokesman confirmed the project will go ahead, but that information about the project is being kept under wraps.

"Yes, it is true, and more details will be released at a later date," he told BBC News Online.

His version of Queen's We Are The Champions - recorded with two members of Queen - is on the soundtrack of film A Knight's Tale, and will be released as a single in the US.

His cover of Sinatra's Come Fly With Me was used in an animated BBC television Christmas special, Robbie the Reindeer, which was shown in 1999 in aid of Comic Relief.

He has told interviewers in the past of his love of grand songs from the crooner's era.

"I love Sinatra," he told Eva magazine in 1998. "One day I'd like to do a big gig at the Albert Hall with a massive orchestra just singing Cole Porter songs or something like that."

Film

His next UK single release will be a double A-side featuring The Road To Mandalay - not a cover of Sinatra's song of the same name - and new song Eternity.

A 20-minute film directed by Vaughan Arnell, the man responsible for the controversial Rock DJ video, has been shot aboard a ferry in Hampshire to accompany the release.

"It's a film of two halves - Love Story meets The Sweeney head on," Mr Arnell said.

Robbie's summer tour, which begins in Dublin on 6 July, has been described as one of the fastest-selling stadium tours of all time.

He will be supported by Toploader and 80s stars ABC, with European and Australasian dates to follow later in the year.

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