I'm Canadian, and, as in the USA, Robbie Williams in Canada was never a big star. In fact, he wasn't a star at all. At his commercial peak circa 2000 or whenever, he probably could have walked around downtown in Toronto or Chicago or Atlanta and never have been recognized. Same today. Back in about 1999 (I was newly arrived in Taiwan at the time), I bought Williams' The Ego Has Landed compilation, which sort-of put together his best tunes from his two solo albums. I think that album was mainly created for the American and Down-Under markets (it succeeded Down Under, and didn't in the USA). Anyway, I enjoyed that album by degrees, and my girlfriend then, and I, both enjoyed him and his funny, entertaining persona. We weren't exactly huge fans, but we thought he was very entertaining and that his best tunes were quite good. As the years went on, I completely lost touch with his music (I think that one CD was enough for me), and just lost interest. (I also got older, and after your mid-20s, straight pop music gets less interesting.) But to the point of this thread: Robbie Williams is, maybe, the best-selling 'solo' artist in UK history. Yet every British person I've ever 'met', in person or online, completely despises him to the point of pathology. So, I've always wondered why his countrymen loathe him so passionately? He struck me as fairly harmless. And if everyone hates him so much, who exactly was buying his records in such enormous numbers?