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Robbie Williams – “take that” in Rehab

February 15, 2007

Hi Grit

Yet another celebrity, this time one of the most successful on the UK music scene Robbie Williams, has scuttled off to rehab to address prescription drug, smoking and drinking addictions. Estimated to be worth around £100 million ($200 million), apparently the singer’s success, or in the case of the US market, leads to periods of deep depression. Apparently, the medical addressing of this depression has led to his drug addiction.

ROOT CAUSES

In my view, all this running off to spend £2,000 a night in a high profile clinic does not do a lot of good. This is obvious by the fact that, to stars such as Robbie, even the clinic visits become an addiction. This is not the first time he has checked into such a place. It is true that, for a while, they might be able to reduce the addictive habits, but historical statistics on celebrities proves that it does not last. Why is this, people may ask? The reason for this failure is that the therapists do not address the root cause of the problem.

The crux of the problem in Robbie Williams case can be found in ego, greed, arrogance and fear. He originally started out as a member of a highly successful boy band called “take that,” However, his ego did not like the fact that he was not being noticed in his own right, so he left to follow a solo career. To be fair to the man, this was a successful step and he soon became the UK’s number one performer. But his ego did not allow him to just accept the applause. In an effort to ensure that his foundation in the band was not a part of his new-found fame, he embarked upon a series of attacks on other band members.  The difference in character is shown by the fact that the rest of the band did not retaliate. They just bided their time.

Last year Take That reformed after a gap of over ten years. The result of this was that they became an overnight sensation. Their first new album has outsold Robbie Williams latest one by three to one as fans return to the original concept. This shows that Williams was right to fear the band that kick-started his career. However, there is more than enough room for both. It is also strange that the latest visit to the clinic follows the exceptional success that the reformed “Take That” band are enjoying. It is almost as if Williams, in a desperate bid to prove he is more popular than them, is attempting to steal the limelight away.

With regard to arrogance, Robbie Williams has this in abundance. In the UK, to keep himself in the headlines he has, as well as the above mentioned attacks on “Take That” launched scathing attacks on others who were involved in the early stages of building his career, including ex-managers and girlfriends. This has gained him few friends outside of his fan base.

His arrogance was also in evidence in his approach to the US market. Unlike other UK music celebrities, like Tom Jones, who allowed their work to filter into the US market in a gentle manner, therefore creating an environment where the US public embraced their talents, Robbie Williams decided that this was not sufficient for him. He had to storm the US, standing up and saying that he was better than what you had. If you want to offend anyone, this was a classic way to do it. Where other music legends such as The Who have treated the US consumer with respect and gained a fan base, Williams has not. Because of this attitude he has found little success in America, despite moving there.

Rehab will not solve Robbie Williams problems unless those who are counselling him start to address these deep-rooted personality problems that he has.

PROBLEMS OF A HUMAN BRAND 

Robbie Williams record company EMI, who paid £80 million ($160 million) to sign for them, are also suffering as a result of the stars actions. The expected revenue that they hoped to receive as a result of this contract is not materialising. This shows that the corporation’s management team were seriously lacking in strategy when they entered into the contract.

The biggest problem with signing a “human” brand is the organisations ability to a) monitor and control its performance; b) accurately access the value; c) evaluate the stability of the brand; and d) link the contract to performance. In all of these areas EMI management failed. In terms of a) the monitoring of performance has been proven to be lacking, and there certainly been a lack of control. With b) the value was identifable then and now as excessive, particularly bearing in mind that this was a person they were dealing with.  Similarly, the evaluation of the Robbie Williams stability factor (c) was in error, bearing in mind his previous addiction problems, and in respect of d) the performance linked element was omitted. Is it any wonder that the company is now struggling?

The final nail in the Robbie Williams saga of course, is his belief in his own publicity. The media, as we know, will dramatise anything a celebrity does and, in the case of Robbie Williams, his visits on the front pages of the media was frequent. However, he also needs to recognise that the media are just as adept at destroying reputations if it helps them sell papers.

The man needs to take a step back, value his own life, cease worrying about being better, more successful and wealthier than others, and begin to enjoy being Robbie Williams.

the Brit

David Beckham in demand

February 15, 2007

Hi Grit

I know that football (soccer) is not the most popular sport over there, but I doubt if many have missed the fact that one of the greatest English football players, David Beckham, has moved across the pond to play for a Los Angeles club. Well, despite the fact that, for some, this seemed like a move to cover the twilight of his career, the opposite is happening.

In the US he has wasted no time in raising his and the game’s profile. In an attempt to wow the ladies and increase his exposure Beckham has launched a fragrance brand. No doubt the promoters are relying on the ladies to persuade their menfolk to change sport allegiance.

Here, in the UK, Beckham has not been forgotten. Despite being dumped by the new English manager, who indicated that Beckham would never play for his country again, this has not gone down well with the fans. The recent run of abysmal English national football results has re-lit the Beckham flame. In a recent poll for a national newspaper  88% of those who took part wants him to return to the International line-up. He could yet achieve his ambition of reaching 100 international appearances for his country.

Whatever else is said about Beckham, one has to admire the way he has managed his “brand” image and, despite any setbacks has always managed to come out on top. In addition, unlike a number of celebrities, there have been few incidents that have tarnished his “nice guy” image. Some feat in a world of temptation.

the Brit

Kylie and a mini affair

January 31, 2007

Hi Grit

I have this question to ask. What is a mini affair? The reason I ask is because I have read today that Jean Claude Van Damme claims that he had one of these in 1994 with Kylie Minogue.

I am sure that he cannot be referring to the small car that is often and, therefore, I assume that he is talking about some romantic interlude. If this is the case then I would have thought it would be classed as an “affair”, because either one is physically involved or not. Surely there is no half-way house in these matters? On the other hand I suppose there is a chance that there little “affair” took place in the small car he is referring to, but it would seem a bit un-celebrity like.

the Brit

Barbie in tears after taking a bashing

January 29, 2007

barbie.jpgHi Grit

Like me, I doubt that when a child, you came into contact with the “Barbie” doll, but my sister certainly had one, as did most of the girls in the area. Barbie was more than an icon, she was every child dream. Every girl had to have one and every boy wanted “a doll like that when I grow up.” Hence why, up until recently, she enjoyed 75% of the global fashion doll market.

But now the cute little Barbie is being bashed. A new doll called Bratz is giving Barbie a bashing. Yet another example of bullying, this time in the commercial marketplace. Barbie’s market share has already dropped to 60%? Is this any way to allow the doll idol of millions of children for nearly half a century to be treated? Surely not!

I think we should start a triple B campaign (Bring Back Barbie). Let’s spread the word through the Internet, with a double triple B campaign – BRING BACK BARBIE and BANISH BULLY BRATZ.

the Brit

Why Hillary is running for President

January 28, 2007

Hi Brit,

Just for a tiny bit of amusement, I thought you might be interested in knowing why Hillary Clinton is running for President.  It’s because she had no chance on American Idol, Hillary Clinton Sings National Anthem 😉  Sorry, I’m weak and couldn’t resist.

the Grit

Simon Cowell, long term drug addict?!?

January 12, 2007

Hi Brit,

 While I’m not sure if anyone over there has heard of Simon Cowell, he’s modestly famous over here as a critic on the reality show, American Idol, which I must admit I’ve never managed to watch all the way through, mostly because Mr. Cowell repulses me far too much to for the mental pain to be worth the effort of struggling through an entire show.  However, the basis of the show is to allow armature singers a chance to perform, then allow the overly critical Mr. Cowell to make fun of them.  However, the sharp tongued one has finally given us evidence of why he’s such an ass, Bob Dylan bores me to tears — Simon Cowell.  The only rational reason for Simon’s deteriorating brain is long term abuse of seriously damaging drugs, most likely sniffing glue.  Well, I suppose it could be that Cowell may just be naturally stupid, or so poorly educated that he is incapable of appreciating the complex lyrics written by Bob Dylan (he does use some big words after all,) but, considering the abusive nature that Simon demonstrates (over and over again) with seeming personal pleasure, long term drug abuse resulting in considerable brain damage is, probably, a better explanation. 

the Grit