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Mary Cherry.
Oct 19th, 2011, 06:33 PM
So while every other band from the 90s is reforming, Westlife are going their own ways.

Tbh I forgot they were still around but I did love some of their songs from the early days. Maybe once everyone else is done with their reunions, Westlife will reform again :oh:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/3882167/Westlife-are-to-split.html

The Irish foursome one of the most successful boy bands of all time - are due to announce tonight their forthcoming tour and greatest hits album will be their last.

They will say farewell to fans on the already-announced Greatest Hits Tour, which kicks off in May next year.

The news will bring an end to a record-breaking career, which has seen the group Nicky Byrne, 33, Kian Egan, 31, Mark Feehily, 31, and Shane Filan, 32 - sell more than 44million records.

A source close to the band said: "This is it the greatest hits album and the tour are their way of giving thanks to their loyal fanbase and saying cheerio.

"There's no bad blood in the band, they're still great pals. But all good things come to an end and they are all keen to do their own thing.

"It's not something they have done lightly as they are still at the top of their game.

"They could carry on making albums into their old age the way their career has gone, but none of them want to do that.

"They're all loaded and don't need the money. It's quality time they're after and focus to do their own things."

The final tour will showcase the 14 number one hits, such as Flying Without Wings and they have clocked up since they launched as a five-piece in 1998.

After that the four, who are estimated to be worth 10 million each, will go their separate ways and have all planned new ventures to keep them busy.

Shane is planning to embark on a solo career and is already understood to have written some songs.

Mark is also planning to stay in the music business and wants to write songs.

Nicky has his heart set on being a radio DJ and Kian is planning to take on more TV opportunities.

He is already lined up as a judge for the Irish version of new singing talent show The Voice

The source added: "There is a huge amount of love for the Westlife boys especially in their homeland of Ireland so they won't be short of offers."

Signs that the end of the band were coming appeared in March when they split with label boss Simon Cowell after 13 years and signed a one year deal with RCA Records for their Greatest Hits album.

At the time, Nicky blamed Simon's obsession with the X Factor for their decision to leave his BMG label.

He said of the split: "We signed to Simon back in 1998 and he was brilliant, but then came the development of 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."

And only last week Nicky became misty-eyed when talking about the band's longevity, saying: "It's hard to imagine that we have been together for this long really.

"Having a Greatest Hits on the shelves is a proud moment for us and those songs bring back such great memories." Rumours abounded recently that former original member Brian Mcfadden was plotting a return to his old band for a TV special this Christmas, which will see them sing songs from their back catalogue.

But Kian denied this, saying: "All the rumours about Brian rejoining Westlife are untrue. We have been a four piece for too long now. We love Brian but it's not going to be. That includes any TV performances."

King Halep
Oct 19th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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King Halep
Oct 19th, 2011, 06:38 PM
You cant have a huge reunion tour if you have not split up yet...duh

ElusiveChanteuse
Oct 19th, 2011, 06:45 PM
Simon again.:o He gave hope to a number of artists but also ruined the career of theirs as well.:o

Mary Cherry.
Oct 19th, 2011, 06:52 PM
You cant have a huge reunion tour if you have not split up yet...duh

My Dad said the exact same thing :lol:

dybbuk
Oct 19th, 2011, 07:14 PM
:tears: I know they were crap and it's cool to hate on them, but I liked some of their songs in the beginning before McFatten left.

Certinfy
Oct 19th, 2011, 08:08 PM
:sad: Absolutely loved (and still love) their music to be honest. Most inspirational songs to ever be made. :worship:

Londoner
Oct 19th, 2011, 09:28 PM
I can understand the spilt. They got boring.

Julian.
Oct 20th, 2011, 12:25 AM
Westlife to split after 14 years

The Irish boyband are calling it a day after 20 top five hits, but are planning a farewell arena tour and album

Tim Jonze
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 19 October 2011 19.00 BST

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/10/19/1319047186860/Westlife-007.jpg
Westlife, who are splitting after 14 No 1 hits. Photograph: Myung Jung Kim/PA

Perhaps terrified at the prospect of having to compete for critical attention with the Stone Roses, Westlife have decided to call it a day.

The Irish boyband, which was formed in 1998 and has inflicted more than 20 top five hits on the general public since then, will no longer be releasing records as relentlessly creative, not to mention downright influential, as Unbreakable, Fool Again and Flying Without Wings. We must, however, keep our champagne corked for now the band are threatening a farewell arena tour and greatest hits album before they are finally on their way.

Westlife have sold more than 40m albums during their career and the tour will be a chance for their fans to hear some of those 14 No 1 hits nobody can quite recall the name of for one last time. After that, the foursome, which comprises Nicky Byrne, 33, Shane Filan, 32, Mark Feehily, 31, and Kian Egan, 31, have promised to explore "new ventures". Whether this means a sonic exploration along the fringes of underground electronica or just some charity work and crap solo albums remains to be seen.

Unfortunately for those of us trying to spin a news story out of this event, there are no reported fights, affairs or even creative differences to attribute the split to. Rather, it seems their parting is "amicable" and quite possibly based around the fact they can't believe they're still getting away with this rubbish after 14 years so best quit while they're ahead.

In a statement, the group said: "Over the years, Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family."

Signs that all was not well in the Westlife camp came when the band split with their label boss, Simon Cowell, earlier this year. Byrne said at the time: "We signed to Simon back in 1998 and he was brilliant, but then came the development of 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."

A band source reportedly told the Sun: "There's no bad blood in the band, they're still great pals. But all good things come to an end and they are all keen to do their own thing. It's not something they have done lightly as they are still at the top of their game. They could carry on making albums into their old age the way their career has gone, but none of them want to do that."

Let's be thankful for small mercies. Until the 2016 reunion tour, that is.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/oct/19/westlife-split-after-14-years?newsfeed=true

Ellery
Oct 20th, 2011, 12:34 AM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=447258

:oh:

Macomere
Oct 20th, 2011, 12:44 AM
who? :oh:

Mary Cherry.
Oct 20th, 2011, 12:46 AM
who? :oh:

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Macomere
Oct 20th, 2011, 01:04 AM
usually i hate boy bands, but i like the song :sobbing: ..oh well, there's always Nu Vibe :oh:

KournikovaFan91
Oct 20th, 2011, 02:43 AM
2022 - Ultimate Collection Album and Reunion Tour

Mark my words :p

Sean.
Oct 20th, 2011, 02:46 AM
They were still together? :unsure:

Lord Choc Ice
Oct 20th, 2011, 03:10 AM
Aw, I enjoyed their last couple of albums, and their earlier singles.

Interested how Mark's solo career will end up :yeah:.

dsanders06
Oct 20th, 2011, 03:17 AM
It's so depressing that they're one of the most successful acts in UK chart history :bigcry: I mean, 'Flying Without Wings' is pretty much their only song ever which could even be described as anything approaching a classic... maybe 'World Of Our Own' or 'Swear it Again' at a push. But I just looked through a list of all their 14(!!) #1s, and I don't even remember most of them! :lol:

Dani12
Oct 20th, 2011, 03:41 AM
I thought they split up in the 90s?

Beat
Oct 20th, 2011, 09:36 AM
truly one of the most hideous and disgusting musical groups that ever existed. the world will be a better place! :cheer:

Mistress of Evil
Oct 20th, 2011, 10:01 AM
They are not even hot so good riddance :yeah:

skanky~skanketta
Oct 20th, 2011, 10:27 AM
truly one of the most hideous and disgusting musical groups that ever existed. the world will be a better place! :cheer:I know right! about time this happened.

Laura_VeeFan
Oct 20th, 2011, 06:09 PM
:cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer:

I'm still at a loss of how they managed to get all those no. 1s :facepalm:

Szavay #1
Oct 20th, 2011, 07:05 PM
nicky's twin boys are adorable. :)

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/11/04/article-1225001-0711FD1F000005DC-61_468x657.jpg

Malkmus_
Oct 20th, 2011, 08:03 PM
:o I didn't even realise they were still around