British singer Robbie Williams stood by his decision to release hit single Candy even when record bosses insisted he was "too old" to release a pop song and should stick to "safer" material.
The former Take That star is adamant his decision to release the up-tempo track has been vindicated after it soared to the top spot in U.K. charts at the weekend (03-04Nov12).
The singer scored his first number one for eight years despite the song being banned from BBC Radio 1's playlist when station bosses branded Williams irrelevant to their young listeners.
Williams says, "I've been sat on that song for a couple of years and, you know, there has been plenty of times we could have tried something else and gone with another song. (Record company bosses said) 'Maybe it's too poppy, maybe you're a bit too old to do that sort of stuff, why don't you release a more safe thing'.
"But I stuck by my guns and said, 'This sounds like a hit to me', and luckily, thankfully I've been proved right. There is a lot of vindication, happiness and relief."