The Wanted criticised for charging £100 fanclub fee

Fans are not so 'glad they came' after boy band The Wanted set up a fan club that'll set you back £100 if you want to become a member.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

How do you get up from an all time low? We’re not assuming The Wanted are running out of cash, but don’t ask them how to make a few extra quid on the side. Their fans are rather miffed after the chart-topping group of schmaltzy heartthrobs launched a new online fan club called Wantedworld. That’s all well and good, except they want to charge fans a massive £100 to join. The strategy has drawn the ire of fans from across the land, many of whom have tweeted angrily that it is just a way of ripping off loyal supporters.

You might think these mildly untalented lads are simply ‘Chasing The Sun’ by trying to charge that much, but look a little closer, and you’ll discover that tweeting fans don’t have that much to complain about. There are three types of membership: one of them is £100, granted; but another is £40, and the third is free. Yes, completely free of charge. So the angsty teenagers can still pledge their support without forking out all their pocket money.

The site gives members access to VIP tickets for live concerts, web chats with the boys (or operators posing as them, more likely), and some of the band’s new music will go up there for download before it is played anywhere else. It’s not clear yet how the privileges will be split up between the different types of membership, but we’ll wager that the VIP tickets are in the £100 section…

Still, who can blame another cheesy five-piece boy band for trying to cash in before the public sends them trundling off back into obscurity? Like any business, they’re obviously trying to get the best result they can from their success to date. In a recession, tightening up your operation and maximising revenues is obviously key. Annoying as they are, let’s hope Wantedworld sets those lads up for good… 

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