It was the first time that Westlife had held both the top album and the top single position in the same week and the first Irish music act to have such feat. This tour marked the first time that Westlife travelled to mainland China for a concert. The band was mentioned as part of the names of male groups that peaked in the United Kingdom album sales in with 45 percent of the market. Their seventh album, The Love Album was a compilation concept album which consisted of popular love-song covers.
The album outsold other compilation albums by Oasis , The Beatles, and U2 in its first week of release and went straight to No. They also returned to the Miss World stage where billions saw the exclusive live performance of The Rose. On 5 November , Westlife released their eighth album, Back Home , which contained nine new original songs along with three cover songs.
The album debuted at No. On 15 December , they had a two-hour show called The Westlife Show where they performed 10 of their songs, some of which were voted online by fans and some from Back Home. It was hosted by Holly Willoughby. Before the release of the second single, they embarked on the Back Home Tour on 25 February This tour marked the first time that the group had travelled and performed in New Zealand , performing four sold-out shows in Auckland , Wellington , New Plymouth and Christchurch.
Meanwhile, " Something Right " was released as the second single and "Us Against the World" became the third single in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Both songs performed well on several music charts. From to , Music Week revealed on their website that Westlife was the official third top touring act within the years while they were the seventh top touring act of All four members were presented with a plaque cast of their hands, which can also be seen in the Wembley Square of Fame similar to Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The group announced that they would be on hiatus for a year after their Back Home Tour  and that there would not be an album release in as they would be spending more time on the production of their tenth album.
As the group ended another successful tour, Walsh announced in the show Xpose that 1 July would be the official start of the longest hiatus of the group. He said that it will be a one-year break, from that day up to 1 July In 27 February issue of Herald Ireland , Walsh revealed that Cowell had already picked three new songs which he believed would be instant hits.
The new single, " What About Now ", was released a few weeks earlier on 23 October , with digital downloads being available the day before. The said single peaked at number 2 on both Irish and UK Singles Chart and ranked number 85 in the year-end official sales chart. They were also part of the Haiti charity single in early with, " Everybody Hurts ", an R. The tour entered at number 50 of top concert tour for the third quarter of the year with , ticket sales. The eleventh album was recorded and processed with songwriter and producer John Shanks in London and Los Angeles and was entirely produced by Shanks.
The new album titled Gravity was released on 22 November As the s decade ends with singles reached the number-one position on the chart in the UK. Over this period, Westlife were the most successful group at reaching the top spot, with 11 number-one singles only from the said decade and second to most total number of weeks at number one with 14 weeks. Westlife is also the second biggest selling music act in the UK of the 21st century.
While in , half of the decade, they were the fifth. Westlife was named the fourth most hard-working music artist and third most hard-working band in the UK by PRS in This tour marked the first time the group travelled to Oman , Namibia , Guangzhou and Vietnam for concerts. As of , the group is the longest reigning band and second longest reigning number one music act in the 21st century in UK.
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On 14 March , Westlife confirmed that they had left Cowell after 13 years and his record label Syco Music after nine years. The group cited Syco's decision not to release a second single from Gravity as the reason Byrne felt it as another reason of being unloved,. We signed to Simon back in and he was brilliant, but then came the development of The X Factor and American Idol. Simon became famous himself and his interests went that way rather than on Westlife. We almost felt a little bit unloved with Simon Cowell, if I was to be honest. We had it full time support with Simon but he got so busy and would do it at the very last minute and we needed someone who was on it all the time.
On 23 April , Egan's Twitter account posted a series of tweets saying he was to walk away from the group. He later said his account was hacked and deny the announcement. It debuted at number 1 in Ireland and number 4 in the UK. The first and lead single, " Lighthouse " was released in November And a follow-up promotional single " Beautiful World " released later. In October , Egan ruled out speculation that McFadden would reunite with them for the new compilation album and its promotion for a television show. We have been a 4 piece for too long now.
We love Brian but it's not going to be. That includes any TV performances. They were scheduled to headline the ChildLine Concert in Dublin on 12 November and to have another exclusive concert on O2 Blueroom, also in Dublin on 24 November. They are 's seventh live act in most performances in major venues category in UK.
They were like little puppies in those days. It was all about the fans. In those days the band was so happy and so enthusiastic and just wanted to sing. After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, 10 sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.
The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures. We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time.
Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too. We never imagined when we started out in that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us. Kian, Mark, Nicky and Shane .
The most number ones with different albums by a music album act, group, pop group, and male group in UK Albums Chart in the s and the second most number ones, tied with Rod Stewart , with different albums by a music album act, group, pop group and male group in UK clustered per decade since The Beatles in the s. Third highest band, and highest pop band with most number ones and top tens in UK Singles Chart.
They have fourteen number-one singles in eight years and seven number-two singles in ten years and in seven consecutive years. Runner-up to Beatles with most number one hits with an individual credits by bands, and male bands.
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Most number one hits with an individual credits by non-British bands. Runner-up to Beatles with most top 3 hits by a group and a male group. Runner-up to Take That with most consecutive top 3 hits by a group and a male group. Most consecutive top 3 hits including debut single by a male group and tied with Spice Girls for the act, a group, and a pop act and pop group categories. Most consecutive top 5 hits of all-time in the UK by a debuting act and group and by an act, a group, a male group, a pop act and a pop group.
Runner-up to Madonna with most consecutive top 10 hits of all-time in UK. They have the most consecutive top 10, top 20, top 40, and top 75 hits by a debuting act and group, and by an act, a group, a male group, a pop act and a pop group in UK. A second statement was issued through their official site, saying the fans were continuing to be the best support system.
As part of it, ITV commissioned a one-off music event as they took to the stage to sing some of their greatest hits, it was entitled "Westlife: For the Last Time". This marks an amazing 49 performances at SECC where they entertained over , fans over the years selling more tickets than any other act. The 82, capacity show was sold out in 4 minutes. Due to this popular demand, an extra date was added at Croke Park on 22 June which was also a sold-out.
Combined, there was a total of , spectators on both nights, more than the capacity of the said stadium. The farewell tour consisted of eight dates in China and 33 in the UK and Ireland. They are also the top music artist in the list that didn't have a major break in the America. Cowell and some media predicted a possible reunion in the future,  but Westlife put an end to that speculation by vowing they would never reunite. But all good things come to an end and they are all keen to do their own thing. A more comprehensive story behind the split was discussed by the Daily Mail where it stated that they came up with their break-up final decision in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia on 7 October despite a new 5 million British pounds record album and tour offer deal of RCA Records.
Since the split the four lads have released albums and singles individually. Filan, with three studio albums and tours with support act dates for Lionel Richie released and a Top 5 hit album in UK. Feehily associated with an independent record label which he is the co-director and released albums and singles.
Byrne released one studio album where all tracks were co-written by him, joined Strictly Come Dancing UK, hosted several major Irish television and radio shows, and represented Ireland in Eurovision with the song which was also his debut solo single. In , Syco Music said to The Sun: It's now just a matter of sorting out all the details, Syco would love Brian to be part of the band again.
But the other lads will need to be convinced because they were always very clear that when Brian left it was for good. He wants to adopt an edgier side for their comeback. However, on —, four years following the split, Filan told Lorraine and other media outlets that while there are currently no plans for a Westlife reunion, he would not rule it out for the future. They were always my guilty pleasures. The laugh with the boys and travelling around and seeing all the fans again. It's nearly six years next summer since we've done it so who knows?
Maybe in ten years. There are no plans to reform. The time isn't now. We all have a lot more that we want to achieve first. It feels way too soon to be honest, a 20th anniversary tour could still happen one day as is 20 years since we released our first single, while is 20 years since our first world tour. So you never know".
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On 31 March , it was reported on Allkpop that all of them might guest on a popular Korean musical show Immortal Songs 2 but Filan was the only one who appeared on the show as a judge and a guest performer afterwards. On 23 September , several Irish news outlets started reporting that the group has been signed to Universal Music Group for a new five-year album and tour deal with Virgin EMI Records. On 3 October , Ken Sweeney of The Irish Sun reported that the band will officially announce their comeback online sometime that day. According to the reports, they had been preparing for their comeback for the past year of as Feehily had said on the same year that he hoped to get them all together for a proper catch-up.
I only met the guys when I joined the band and have no regrets about leaving. Walsh also said in separate interviews that the most important things now are the songs, it will be featured as an introduction to their new sound and added, "I was just waiting for them to decide when. There were record deals on the table, but the icing on the cake was Ed Sheeran writing these amazing songs for them, as well as having Steve Mac, who produced their early songs, on track too.
One will be a single co-written by Sheeran. Some had been composed since Mac revealed the band's signature sound will be back. On the evening of 17 October , the UK and Ireland dates of their latest tour were announced through Westlife's social networks and was called The Twenty Tour. A pre-order site of the forthcoming new Westlife album, for both unsigned and limited signed which was taken down minutes later from their official store was cited where fans will receive an exclusive pre-sale code for early access tickets to the tour.
The tour had twelve original dates and fourteen more dates added on places like Liverpool , Leeds , and Sheffield in less than seven hours due to phenomenal huge demand as per ticket promoters. Westlife's debut album and single coincided with the apogee of boy band popularity, and their success was most apparent in Ireland, the UK, and most of African, Asian, Australian and European continental countries. They had 12 worldwide concert tours over their year career and sold over 5 million tickets. On April , over one million fans wanted to chat with the lads from countries.
Their battle between Backstreet Boys garnered the highest rate of votes with more than one million. The total votes throughout the two-week competition got more than 12 million votes. They are Vietnam 's most viewed music artist in YouTube as of Three of their studio albums were part of the 50 fastest selling albums of all time in UK. In , "Flying Without Wings" was listed as seventh most popular song for wedding's first dances in UK.
Vinnie Jones who played as Juggernaut in X-Men: Fantastic in Fantastic Four and was featured as one of the high class customers in "Uptown Girl". Demo song " Beautiful in White " reached more than million views on a single video only on YouTube as of January , making it as the most successful original song from a pop act that was not released as an official single and never made any albums until Filan released a different version for his solo album, accompanied with an official music video.
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They were referenced as part of 90's pop culture on the British band Busted 's music video " Nineties ". Despite their success worldwide, Westlife was unable to break into the U. Billboard called the failure due to corporate politics. They didn't know it was Westlife and every single radio station in the States — all came back and said that this is an absolutely huge hit. They said it was great for radio and people are gonna love it, especially as there's just a slight bit of rock guitar to it.
But as soon as we revealed it was Westlife, the radio pluggers all went, 'Whoa, not Westlife — it's a boyband. The problem with America is that it's all radio and you've got to break into radio first. And currently radio doesn't want to play boy bands or pop music. If Bono wrote a song with us tomorrow and it was the biggest hit in the world, if Westlife's name is put to it, it won't be a hit in America because radio will not play us.
Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard recorded and released it as his debut single. In , Westlife went to Nashville to film a TV documentary. While they were there, they gave a live performance of the song " Daytime Friends ", originally by country music singer Kenny Rogers. Though Westlife didn't gain as much success in the States as they did elsewhere, their music was still appreciated. Kid David Corey, assistant PD and music director at top 40 WXKS Kiss radio station in Boston , Massachusetts was a Westlife supporter that was recorded saying "Bands like Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync are still climbing the charts, and radio is supporting them, so I don't think the boy band thing is going to hurt them.
Besides, this song ["Swear it Again"] is just too good for any of that to be a concern. I can't imagine anyone not playing this because it's another boy band, especially when it doesn't even sound like those other guys. Some of the following are original songs by Westlife that have been covered by other artists which includes professionally recorded or performed list only. Some were officially released as a single. Feehily revealed in See Westlife songlist for the compilation. Band members can also play at least one musical instrument and Egan can play up to five musical instruments and a grade eight pianist.
Before their success, the band served as supporting opening acts for the boy bands Backstreet Boys and Boyzone. These songs were also recorded and included on various albums. Westlife has performed live duets with many other music artists including: Some of the products that Westlife officially released, aside from their music releases, include video games, Cadbury chocolates, books, calendars, and tour merchandises such as T-shirts, jewellery, stationary, toiletries, dolls, watches, clocks, mugs, duvets, wallpaper, key chains, and posters.
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