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Thursday 31 July 2014

Ronan charges fans €368 to meet him as new album fails to set charts on Fire

RONAN Keating's latest album, Fires, isn't exactly flying off the shelves -- but the singer still has plenty of self worth.

The ambitious star is cashing in on his fame by charging a staggering £300 (€368) for a 'meet and greet' at his UK concerts next month.

The chance to get up-close-and-personal with the Boyzone member will certainly cost fans more than a song -- and the high price of the VIP meeting doesn't even include an entry ticket.

The package is not available at all his concert dates in the UK but there's also the offer of a 'hot ticket' package at some of his venues when he starts performing there next month.

The controversial issue of stars charging their fans to meet them has come to the forefront in recent years, given the high prices that some celebrities can command.

Pop princess Cheryl Cole raised eyebrows for charging her fans €433, to meet her in the flesh while Britney Spears charged nearly €600 for a brief meeting when she performed at the O2 Dublin in October 2011.



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Ronan will take to the road to promote his latest release next month after announcing a string of dates around UK including Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Joining him on his tour will be former Westlife star Brian McFadden.

However, the two singers have not announced any date for Dublin when they begin their tour next month -- the closest they'll come is a performance in Belfast on February 13.

Fires was Keating's first solo album in six years, having spent the past few years touring with Boyzone and working on his TV projects.

It sold just 181 copies during its first few days in stores last September.

The separated star, who's a judge on the Australian X Factor, has also been concentrating on his personal life after finding love again with new lady Storm Uechtritz.

He has been dating the blonde producer for the past five months, since his split from wife Yvonne Keating.

The pair, who have three children together named Jack (14), Missy (12) and Ali (7), parted in May 2010.

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