Ronan Keating

Ronan Keating

Let's start it out with a quick look at the numbers - Pop Bingo, one might call it, or much more appropriate: "Ronan Keating: A Hitgarant in numbers ".

19: The number of years that have been going makes the singer-songwriter music.

35: His momentary age. (Exactly, he was only 16 when he with Boyzone has losgelegt. A lucky!)

13: Those are actually 13 million - the number of of Boyzone worldwide album sales.

10: And then would again 10 million - the number that Keating sold a total of his 11 solo albums.

42: 42 million, to be exact: Its single and album sales total.

68: This figure is expected to 68 million YouTube-Hits point, and where we're at it: 202,000 Facebook-Likes, Over 240,000 Twitter-Followers ... he happens to be a really great social social media superstar.

50: The number of countries where Keating has already occurred: In two of them (Holland, 1997 + Ireland, 1999) as a host of MTV Europe Awards; in a (Seychelles, 1998) as a moderator of Miss World award; in a (Australia, 2010, 2011, 2012) as a member of the jury The X Factor; and last but not least if it were one country (Germany, 2006), in which he Football World Cup musically Brandenburg Gate could open up ...

30: The record number of weeks, the Keatings Singles were represented at a time in the UK's top 10: Move to this entry in the Guinness Book he left in October 2007, even Elvis behind.

3,750,000: The sum (in £, Of course) in donations, the Keating fOr in his role as Ambassador Cancer Research UK has to get together to date. Its annual Emerald Ivy Fundraiser is the largest fundraising evening, CRUK Ever organize.

1: A Ivor Novello Award for his song Picture Of You (1997).

1: a BMI European Songwriting Award For Long Goodbye - A piece, with the Brooks Thin took first place the US country charts.

2004: The year in which he for UN ambassador for the Food Agriculture Organisation was appointed.

Thousands: The number of miles that Keating already for Marie Keating Foundation swam, climbed, hiked or ran; he called in honor of his deceased mother launched the Anti-Cancer Foundation.

That should be enough for us first: Finally Keating also not the type who constantly counts his money or is resting on a throne he has let himself customize specially from all his platinum awards. Those days in which he has his own success still measured by how many expensive carriages stood in his garage are long gone: "In the meantime I had 11 pieces!" He says and smiles sheepishly. "Among other things, a Corvette from 1963, a 66er Mustang, a '72 Dodge Charger, a Ford Bronco, two Range Rovers and a Porsche. That was pretty ridiculous, completely exaggerated and immoderate - only if you are still so young and suddenly earned too much money, such stupid things just happen ... "

It is true: Keating is quite proud of what he has already achieved everything. Only he's still not the type who looks back permanently; currently he is much more interested in the next chapter: It is Fires, because that is the title of his upcoming solo album. After three conceptual or duet albums, including its high-profile album with Burt Bacharach (When Ronan Met Burt), These are the first real solo recordings since beaten six years.

"I myself would compare this new album even with my solo debut - and I do not think it's me in the meantime succeeded in recording an album that was as good as my debut," says Keating and talks on how the so knows him, plain text. "Since 2000, I have almost tried to record this album here - no joke! I have used for 12 years and now it's finally in the box, "he laughs. "I am really happy about the result."

One must not give as much to his words, because the music speaks for itself: Already the first single, the title track of the record, makes immediately clear what a big hit Ronan Keating is here succeeded: The Song Fires is a massive, powerful, really stunning pop anthem that Keating together with the songwriter team Electric wrote, young choice London from Sweden.

"The idea was to report back me on the radio with a song that simply times sounds completely different than everything you know about me -. With a stark, quick, energetic track that feels to the here and now"

"The track has me just so much spoken of the soul. Everyone knows that I have behind me some rather turbulent years. And honestly, I see the song really as an announcement, as a statement that condemned me again fire to do under the butt - movement is called for, get out of this hole and get back on track! If you, like me, has done his problem itself, you have to correct his mistakes, get back on their feet and watch that one progresses - so I understand this song, and it is he. "

Keating So, matching the album title, really "On fire", and similar punchy-reckless act Incidentally, I've Got You, that powerful pop song, like maybe U2 accept him could, and Nineteen Again, a rock song to sing along to Rick Knowles and Gregg Alexander have written (ie those gentlemen with whom Ronan already the hit singles Life Is A Rollercoaster and Lovin 'Each Day wrote). Would have Keating now claims that the working title of this track originally Let's' Ave It! was, that would probably no one really surprised - because the youthful vibe and this absolute hilarity swing at every single note of the piece with, at the Electric have also contributed as co-authors.

"Absolutely even," he smiles, "Yes, it's true, it's a fine line - after all, I do not mean: 'Hey, I'm young, I'm free and single, let's go and us a little fun .. . 'I want to bring at any point and with any of these songs expressed. Then even more so À la: 'Okay, I'm 35, so I'm no longer a boy; I'm doing this now for almost 20 years, and I still love it as it was. 'I am very lucky and knows what it means that I can still account for Music. For that reason alone I will give only the best and just live the life that I envision as an ideal. I will not hide. "

has taken Ronan Keating be Fires-Album in London and Dublin, where he, among other things as a songwriter and producer Brian Rawlings and its Metrophonic team, Steve Lipson, Mathias Wollo and Paddy Dalton asked to be in the studio. In fact, he came the first ideas for the new album at the end of last year, while he was just in Australia and there for the third time as a jury member a season of The X Factor veered. "Something I had the kind never done, and for me it was a really great experience: Everything was it exciting, and especially the work with Mel B. I found very inspiring. Although I am now already 20 years in business, but only now do I feel capable of doing, because to sit up and the people to tell the truth in the face - the past I would not have had the necessary understanding. Today things are different: I can sit down and say completely convinced, 'That was good, but that was Not at all convincing ...' "

All to look at the whole performances and appearances in detail and evaluate it finally moved also to take their own new songs unlike previously in attack: "As a member of the jury The X Factor join has already meant that I can look at my own stuff with much more distance; Usually you have this distance yes rather not. "

That he was with completely new energy in the matter, and is reflected in the ballads on Fires are found: Laughing, he admits openly that he has taken more than a few slow pieces over the years. But if then such a great song like Easy Now My Dear arises in the sessions, one will probably have no choice but to put as your voice very cool and with an overdose of Soul over the beautiful piano melody.

"That was really one of those moments, 'We have the song written at home with me in Dublin in the hall on the piano Mathias and Paddy and I, and I can only say: Now that's a really simple, beautiful ballad! The world around freaks out and everything looks like a shambles, and then cometh as a song, in which you come automatically to rest ... "

"That's another thing that has become increasingly clear over the years to me. Previously, there were so many different fears and quite a lot of pressure in my life, things that do not bring one to rest. And with this piece I therefore address myself to myself and tell myself that I simply times something needs to be calm and relaxed. "

The empathetic Love You And Leave You, interspersed with pulsating electronic sounds and wind instruments recordings, then you have probably considered as sonic downside same coin: "Oh yes, that's a pretty wild, intense piece" was the comment of Keating About the of Cass Lowe written song. "If you listen to the text, it will automatically ask: 'What, what he's saying?' But I will therefore not express - one can namely also interpreted quite differently!"

With one foot in the third decade of his career as a pop superstar, the 35-year-old reports Ronan Keating These late summer so a thunderbolt back - which also means that he has to put the work on his golf handicap (14) for the time being on ice; also the desire to finally rejoin car racing is probably a little longer have to wait. The fundraisers and working for his Foundation course go further, eventually wants Keating make the people on the subject of cancer attentive and continue to send his seven precautionary trucks by Great Britain and Ireland - only in the Irish Sea it is not as quick to jump again, that's for sure: "56 miles were the" he calls and thus refers to the charity swim 2011 - "! what a incredibly stupid idea actually"

So the moment he focuses completely on the release of Fires and the big world tour that is planned for 2013. - In time for the 20-year anniversary on stage.

"I can not wait," says Keating and jumps up from his chair. "I want to finally hear my songs again on the radio - Six years without regular solo album had a pretty long time. Occasionally running somewhere times When You Say Nothing At All or Tomorrow Never Comes; Life Is A Rollercoaster dive maybe now and then on any playlist. But actually hearing new songs from me on the radio that no longer gave it far too long. "

"Well, the battery is full, and I am happy to finally going again. I can only say that we have everything out of ourselves for this album; more really was not in it. And of course I hope that I can continue to make those albums in the next 30 years. On one hand, it's kind of frustrating that all this took so long. But I guess, the last years were just so chaotic that it otherwise also not have been impossible. Now I am ready in any case. In these shots, I was really with heart, mind and soul into it. "

Spoken like one in which the Fires actually flicker and lick like the first day.

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