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RONAN KEATING CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SOLO SUCCESS WITH NEW ALBUM + NEW SINGLE FEAT. EMELI SANDÉ

Exactly 20 years after the release of his self-titled, debut solo (& No.1) album, one of the best-loved singers of our generation, Ronan Keating, returns with an album that encapsulates his many musical achievements since the millennium.

Entitled ‘Twenty Twenty’, and set for release on Decca Records on 1st May, Ronan describes his new record as “a greatest hits of brand new music”. To help him celebrate, Keating made two inspired choices: to dive into his back catalogue and revisit three of his biggest hits and, for some of the new tracks, call in some friends.

The first single, ‘One Of A Kind’, sees Ronan duet with none other than Emeli Sandé. The heartfelt, embracing glory of this song is classic Keating: “I guess I’ve been known for those first dance songs at weddings, and this has me written all over it. It’s all about the night before the wedding, the day of the wedding and spending the rest of your life together.”

The track demanded a duet partner and for Ronan there was only one choice: “I was completely honoured when Emeli Sandé said she’d love to do it. I was just blown away by her vocal. She’s obviously got a brilliant voice, and she’s a lovely, warm person, so the personality she’s brought to the song is just incredible.”

WATCH EMELI & RONAN IN THE STUDIO HERE

LISTEN TO ‘ONE OF A KIND’ HERE

And this is just the start. With production assistance from his longstanding wingman Steve Lipson (Annie Lennox, The Rolling Stones, Simple Minds, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney), as well as stand-out solo tracks, Ronan has collaborated with some of his closest musical (and chart-topping) friends for ‘Twenty Twenty’, the names of which are to be revealed in due course.

So to the classics: Ronan Keating has released some of the defining pop songs of the past two decades which simply had to be featured – cornerstone tracks, ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’‘Lovin’ Each Day’ and his debut solo single ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ (originally recorded for the soundtrack to the blockbuster film Notting Hill), are here brilliantly reworked, bringing back memories but with a celebratory 2020 twist.

Fans across the country will be thrilled to hear that the four-times Platinum-selling singer and songwriter will be taking his new album to some of the biggest stages in the UK for an extensive summer tour (5th-27th June), so he can celebrate with the people who have been on this journey with him so far, and more. See below for details. Before that, this weekend (16th February) Ronan is on the bill to perform at the ‘Fire Fight Australia’ Concert for National Bushfire Relief at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Over the past 12 months Ronan has been tirelessly working on an album that celebrates an incredible solo career spanning two decades. He wants to acknowledge that he certainly doesn’t take this for granted: “There’s not a lot of artists that have been lucky enough to do 20 years and still be here.” There are even fewer who have matched a successful band career with a successful solo career. He adds, “I’m very honoured to have had that, so I wanted to mark it with an album like this.”

So this is ‘Twenty Twenty’. The album eagerly awaited by Keating’s fans, who have grown up with him over the past 20 years. The album of Keating’s adult life.

LIVE DATES:

16 Feb                    ‘Fire Fight Australia’ Concert – ANZ Stadium, Sydney

‘TWENT TWENTY’ UK  & Ireland Tour:

5 June                    Live at Botanic Gardens – Belfast

6 June                    Vicar St – Dublin, Ireland

9 June                    Bridgewater Hall – Manchester

10 June                  SEC Armadillo – Glasgow

11 June                  Sage – Gateshead

13 June                  BIC – Bournemouth

14 June                  Motorpoint Arena – Cardiff

15 June                  Cliffs Pavilion – Southend

16 June                  Symphony Hall – Birmingham

18 June                  Royal Concert Hall – Nottingham

19 June                  Barbican – York

20 June                  Bonus Arena – Hull

22 June                  City Hall – Sheffield

23 June Empire – Liverpool

25 June                  Eventim Apollo – London

26 June                  Hippodrome – Bristol

27 June                  Brighton Centre – Brighton

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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