As we all know, Westlife makes an impact to our lives, especially to those who are living on 90’s era. As a fan, we could believe that every song of that Irish boy band reflects our situation on our daily lives. Especially, when you think about Westlife, you always think the songs like, Like a rose, Swear it again, Flying without wings, and even much more than that. And some songs are actually still rising even now. But the sad part of that is, we are no longer hear the voice of Westlife because they’ve decided to split and some turns into solo career. Here are some reasons behind that.
Formed in July 1998 and disbanded in June 2012. Originally signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh, the group’s final line-up consisted of Nicholas Bernard James Adam, Byrne, Kian John Francis Egan, Markus Michael Patrick Feehily, and Shane Steven Filan. Brian Nicholas McFadden was a member from July 1998 until his departure in March 2004.
Westlife sold over 50 million records worldwide, a total that included studio albums,singles, video releases, and compilation albums. The group accumulated 14 number-one singles in the United Kingdom. They achieved a total of 26 UK top ten singles over their 14-year career.
In 2012, the Official Charts Company listed Westlife 34th amongst the biggest-sellingsingles artists in British music history. Despite their success worldwide, Westlife never managed to break into the U.S. market, achieving only one hit single in 2000, “Swear It Again”.
Westlife’s first big break came in 1998 when they opened for Boyzone and Backstreet Boys’ concerts in Dublin and later Act award at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.
In April 1999, the group released their first single, “Swear It Again” which immediately topped the charts in Ireland and in the UK for two weeks.
Their second single, “If I Let You Go” was released in August 1999, along with the highly acclaimed “Flying Without Wings” (their first ‘Record of the Year’), released in October the same year, also followed suit. “Flying Without Wings” was also included on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers film, Pokémon: The Movie 2000.
Their first album, simply titled Westlife, was released in November 1999 and went to No. 2 in the UK. 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. 79 to No. 3 before falling to No. 37 the following week.
In December 1999, a fourth, double-side, single was released, “I Have A Dream”/”Seasons in the Sun”. It knocked Cliff Richard’s “The Millennium Prayer” off the top spot and earned them the 1999 UK Christmas number-one single.
The fifth and last single from the album, “Fool Again”, also peaked at number 1. Then the group went on a short UK, US and Asian tour in support of their debut album before releasing a second album.
“Coast to Coast” was released a year later and was another No. 1 UK album, beating the Spice Girls’ Forever album. It became the country’s 4th biggest selling album of 2000.
But despite of their achievements and domination in music industry, it comes to the point that the very strong and popular band having a misunderstanding and resulting to split that everyone couldn’t imagine. Especially to those who are the avid fan of Westlife.
On 14 March 2011, 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.
A UK Tour was first officially announced on 18 October 2011, with dates confirmed for May 2012 and it was titled, The Greatest Hits Tour or The Farewell Tour. Stereoboard.com reported that the tour was sold-out in minutes. As part of it, Westlife’s final TV appearance as they took to the stage to sing some of their greatest hits, it was entitled “Westlife: For the Last Time”.Another show entitled, “The Westlife Show: Live”, was broadcast from Studio One of London Studios on the same channel on 1 November 2011.
On 19 October 2011, Westlife officially announced they were splitting after a Greatest Hits album and a farewell tour.
“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”.
“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 1998 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.
Westlife’s début album and single coincided with the apogee of boy band popularity, and their success was most apparent in their homeland and the UK. They had 12 worldwide concert tours over their 14-year career.
On 20 October 2011, Westlife announced and decided to split and go separate ways until the end of their 2012 Farewell Tour.
After the splitting of the group, each member turns into solo career.
Mark Freehily, He released his debut solo studio album “Fire ” on October 2015.
Kian Egan, It was announced in January 2014 that Egan had signed to Rhino Records of Warner Music Group and his debut album “Home” was released on 14 of March in Ireland and 17 of March in the UK. His debut single “Home“, a cover of the track by band Daughtry, had its first exclusive play on BBC Radio 2 on lunch time with Terry Wogan’s show.
Shane Filan, after Westlife disbanded, Filan released his debut solo album, “You and Me”, in 2013.
Brian McFadden, In March 2004, McFadden left the group to spend more time with his family and work on solo projects. He subsequently began a solo career and decided to revert the spelling of his first name back to its original, “Brian”. Before launching his solo career he co-wrote the song “If My World Stopped Turning”, which was sung by Ireland’s entry Chris Doran in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Nick Byrne, before his music career, he played professional football, representing Republic of Ireland at several junior levels. Since then he has had a successful TV presenting career. Byrne also had a number one single in Ireland in 2002, alongside the Republic of Ireland national football team and Dustin the Turkey with the Irish 2002 FIFA World Cup anthem, “Here Come The Good Times (Ireland)”
Though, Westlife plays a huge part of every people around the world. Touching hearts of every people around the world and making their songs as their medium to express their love of every each one.
Even Westlife broke up, still the love of the fans are still there, hoping that one day, Kian, Shane, Brian, Nick, and Mark comes into one stage and reunite as one to fulfill the wishes of their fans to perform on stage and sing their greatest hits as WESTLIFE.