Jack Quann
Jack Quann

14.48 29 Jun 2020


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Singer Ronan Keating says he feels like he and his Boyzone bandmates were 'cheating' due to the fact that they were manufactured pop.

He told Pat Kenny: "I think that maybe because of musically being in a boyband - it's manufactured pop, we were put together - we weren't a band that were jamming in a garage for years trying to break it.

"We got a huge opportunity, and you kind of feel like you're cheating a little bit I guess.

"Especially when you turn up at events or 'Top of the Pops' or whatever it may be, and there's these bands that have these stories, this history.

"But we worked probably harder than most of them and we established ourselves globally as the band - people know Boyzone - I think we shook off all of that, and earned respect individually as well as a band.

"I'm alright with it now, it's OK: 26 years of doing it and solo since 2000.

"I feel confident to be able to walk into any room, I know what I've achieved, I know what I've done - but you try and take that with a pinch of salt, too".

"The 90s was all about pop music and the bands that came out of it - from the Spice Girls, Take That, Boyzone and Backstreet Boys and so on - it was a magic time a, a great time.

"But it goes in cycles all the time: it goes from boybands to girlbands, from pop music to rock music, it's all about that and it's change and it's important.

"At the moment, the Adele and the Ed Sheerhan - big solo artists, global solo stars - that's the era that we're in.

"But still there's great music coming out of Ireland all the time.

"Power of Dreams - a band that I was a big fan of as a kid - they're back with new music.

"I think it's a 20/30 year celebration since 'Immigrants, Emigrants and Me' came out.

"I'm a big fan of Irish music and I love to promote that too

On being with his family as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said: "It's the longest I've been at home since I was 16 years of age.

"I'm nearly four months now at home in London.

"And it's been lovely - we had a gorgeous baby girl born [at the] end of March.

"And to have this quality time at home has been phenomenal".

'You kind of feel like you're cheating' - Ronan Keating on being manufactured pop

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His new album '2020', which includes duets with several artists, is being released on July 24th.

While a tour has been postponed to January next year.

Main image: Ronan Keating attending a Cirque du Soleil red carpet premiere at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Picture by: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

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