Get Daily updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingSee our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Westlife and Boyzone are two bands that the nation fell completely in love with and they now hold a special place in our hearts. Here's a look at their defining moments throughout the year! Performing Westlife broke an unexpected record of the most consecutive number-one singles in the UK inhaving their first seven singles debut at the top.
The group, managed by choreographer Mary McDonagh and two other informal managers, released a single titled "Together Girl Forever".
Louis Walshthe manager of fellow Irish boy band Boyzonecame to know the group after he was contacted by Filan's mother, but the group failed to secure a BMG record deal with Simon Cowell.
They have great voices, but they are the ugliest band I have ever seen in my life. The new When westlife split, formed on 3 Julywas renamed Westside but that name was already in use by another band, so it was changed to Westlife.
In Westlife — Our Story, Byrne revealed that, unlike the others in the group, he was keen to change the name to West High. McFadden also changed the spelling of his name to Bryan to make it easier to sign autographs.
Boyzone singer Ronan Keating was brought in to co-manage the group with Walsh. Debut album Edit Westlife's first big break came in when they opened for Boyzone and Backstreet Boys ' concerts in Dublin.
In Aprilthe group released their first single, " Swear It Again " which immediately topped the charts in Ireland and in the UK for two weeks.
Their first album, simply titled Westlifewas released in November and went to No. The album was the biggest chart dropper on the top 40 in UK music history when, in its 58th week on the charts it leapt from No.
Coast to Coast was released a year later and was another No. It became the country's 4th biggest selling album of Both singles reached No. Their version won them their third Record of the Year award, in under five years.
On 9 Marchjust three weeks prior to embarking on their fourth world tour, Brian McFadden left the group to spend more time with his family and work on solo projects. McFadden's final public performance as part of Westlife was at Newcastle upon Tyne 's Powerhouse nightclub on 27 February Less than a month after McFadden's departure, the group kicked off their " Turnaround Tour ".
A live version, from the tour, of " Flying Without Wings " was released as an official UK download, earning them the title of the very first UK Downloads 1. They then released a Rat Pack -inspired album, Allow Us to Be Frankwhich peaked at No.
No singles from this album were released in the UK. Prior to the release of the Allow Us to Be Frank album, Westlife scouted for "the perfect fan" to help promote their album from their one-season special show She's the One, presented by Kate Thornton.
On 5 Novemberboth the album and the single were at No. It was the first time that Westlife had held both the top album and the top single position in the same week. This tour marked the first time that Westlife travelled to mainland China for a concert.
Their eighth album, The Love Albumwas a "love" concept album which consisted of popular love-song covers. The album outsold other compilation albums by OasisThe Beatles, and U2 in its first week of release and went straight to No.
On 5 NovemberWestlife released their ninth album, Back Homewhich contained nine new original songs along with three cover songs. The album debuted at No. 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 AucklandWellingtonNew 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. 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 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, Louis 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 Westlife comeback- huge reunion tour and new album confirmed six years after split. The Irish band, comprised of Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan, have recorded a new album and.
Amidst rumours of a split, Westlife released their first greatest hits album in November that same year titled Unbreakable - The Greatest Hits Vol. 1, which zoomed all the way to No. 1 in the UK. The release was followed by the double A-side single " Tonight/Miss Origin: Dublin, Ireland.
The label wanted to extend its relationship with Westlife – offering a £5m deal for a series of albums. Split: The line-up before they became a foursome Louis was ecstatic: but the band was not.
“The band had their final concert on 23 June at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. The 82, capacity show was sold out in 5 minutes. Due to this popular demand, an extra date was added at Croke Park on 22 June Their last concert w.
Westlife’s original members -- Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily -- have decided to get back together for the first time since they split in In , Westlife went on to their third world tour, The Greatest Hits Tour, shrugging off rumours of a split.
In September , Westlife released " Hey Whatever ", which peaked at #4 on the UK Charts.