Formed 3 July 1998. Disbanded June 2012.
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Shane Filan performs live for Sir Terry Wogan

Shane sings his new single Everything To Me and an exclusive cover.

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Westlife were an Irish boy band, 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 Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan. Brian McFadden was a member from 1998 until his departure in 2004. Filan and Feehily act as the lead singers of the band.

Westlife sold over 45 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. Westlife are the most frequent winner of The Record of the Year, winning four times, and in 2012, the Official Charts Company listed Westlife 34th amongst the biggest-selling singles 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".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits 2011

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    The curtain is finally closing for real – no more key changes, no more stools.
  2. Review of Gravity

    Gravity 2010

    Reviewed by Natalie Shaw
    Album 11 is the musical equivalent of greetings-card copy.
  3. Review of Where We Are

    Where We Are 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    The boyband’s seventh album of originals sets its sights on the US market.
  4. Review of Allow Us To Be Frank

    Allow Us To Be Frank 2004

    Reviewed by Roger Kerrison
    Westlife have been winning big in recent years and with this album they seem to be...
  5. Review of Turnaround

    Turnaround 2003

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    The title's lost on us because this seems like more of the same from the...
  6. Review of Unbreakable - Greatest Hits

    Unbreakable - Greatest Hits

    Reviewed by Jacqueline Hodges
    They know how to ham it up for the ladies and are masters of the sentimental power...
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