Westlife performing live on their Gravity Tour in October 2011 in Hanoi, Vietnam
|Genres||Pop, blue eyed soul, pop rock, classical crossover, adult contemporary|
|Labels||RCA, Syco, Sony, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group|
|Associated acts||Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Lionel Richie, Backstreet Boys|
Westlife were an Irish pop vocal group, formed in Dublin in 1998 and disbanded in 2012. The band was viewed with total of over a billion views in Youtube. They are Guinness Book of World Records holders for having its first seven consecutive number one singles, most public appearances in 36 hours by a pop group, most singles to debut at number one on the UK chart and top selling album group in the 21st century in the United Kingdom. Originally signed by Simon Cowell in UK, Clive Davis in the United States and managed by Louis Walsh, the group's line-up consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden, who was a member until his departure in 2004.
Westlife sold over 40 million studio albums and 55 million records worldwide. 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-selling singles artists and 16th amongst the biggest selling groups in British music history. Westlife never managed to break into the U.S. market, achieving only one hit single in 2000, "Swear It Again". Despite being unsuccessful in the U.S. market so far, United States still ranked fifth in the countries that most viewed the band in YouTube as of June 2018.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Origin (1997–1998)
- 1.2 Debut album, Coast to Coast, World of Our Own (1998–2002)
- 1.3 Unbreakable, Turnaround, and McFadden's departure (2002–2004)
- 1.4 Face to Face, Back Home, and cover albums (2004–2008)
- 1.5 10th anniversary and hiatus (2008–2009)
- 1.6 Last two studio albums: Where We Are and Gravity (2009–2010)
- 1.7 Greatest Hits and split (2011–present)
- 2 Popularity
- 3 Collaboration
- 4 Products and endorsements
- 5 Charitable support
- 6 Members
- 7 Discography
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 Tours
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Kian Egan, Markus Feehily and Shane Filan, along with fellow Sligo men Derrick Lacey, Graham Keighron, and Michael Garrett, were part of a six-member pop vocal group called Six as One, changed in 1997 to IOYOU. The group, managed by choreographer Mary McDonagh and two other informal managers, released a single titled "Together Girl Forever".
Cowell told Walsh: "You are going to have to fire at least three of them. They have great voices, but they are the ugliest band I have ever seen in my life." Three members of the band (Lacey, Keighron and Garrett) were told they would not be part of the new group, and auditions were held in Dublin where Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden were recruited.
The new group, formed on 3 July 1998, was 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. The band then released an EP titled Swear It Again.
Debut album, Coast to Coast, World of Our Own (1998–2002)
Westlife's first big break came in 1998 when they opened for Boyzone and Backstreet Boys' concerts in Dublin. Later, they won a special Smash Hits Roadshow award at that year's 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. It became the biggest-selling single in a week one by a debut artist. Their second single, "If I Let You Go" was released in August 1999, which established them as the first boy band to hit the No. 1 with its first two singles. The third single was the highly acclaimed "Flying Without Wings" produced by Steve Mac and written by Mac and Wayne Hector (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. Despite the history, the album successfully managed to peak at No. 1 in Scotland in the year 2000 after premiering at No. 6 at the Scottish Charts in 1999.
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 had a promotional tour in the United States for their Swear It Again and peaked at No. 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. An Asian tour followed 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. The album was preceded by a duet with Mariah Carey singing the Phil Collins' classic "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" and the original song "My Love" (their second Record of the Year award). Both singles reached No. 1 on the UK charts. With this, Westlife broke an unexpected record of the most consecutive number-one singles in the UK, having their first seven singles debut at the top and became the fastest number one music act and second music act to have the longest string of number ones in UK history. However, in December 2000, their eighth single, the UK and Ireland exclusive "What Makes a Man", only debuted at number two. Outside the UK and Ireland, they gained chart success with "I Lay My Love on You" and "When You're Looking Like That". In 2001, they launched their first world tour, "Where Dreams Come True Tour". They survived the 2000 Mexico City major earthquake and lightning during this time. This time as well, they were included in the top ten earners list of all acts in UK and Ireland and sold over 2.5 million units in Asia Pacific region.
The single 'My Love' was controversially used as part of a Central Intelligence Agency torture program in Afghanistan. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, "the music pounded constantly as part of a scheme to assault prisoners’ senses". Westlife released World of Our Own, their third album, in November 2001. "Uptown Girl", "Queen of My Heart" and "World of Our Own" were released as singles, all of which peaked at No. 1 in the UK. "Bop Bop Baby" was also released as a single, but it peaked at No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2002, Westlife went on their second world tour, the World of Our Own Tour (In The Round). Overall in 2002, IRMA awarded the band plaque about their 1 million units sold in Ireland and ranked seventh as Irish's millionaires under age 30 with 18 million euros for all the five members. For every performance each band member will get 228000 euros, which means the 68 dates will rake in 1.55 million euros for them by June 2002. The cash will also be rolling in from sales of their merchandise, while a recent advertising deal with Adidas is worth 488,000 euros to each of them with a total of 3.33 million euros each at the end of the said tour.
Unbreakable, Turnaround, and McFadden's departure (2002–2004)
The group released their eleventh UK No. 1 single, "Unbreakable" in 2002. 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 You Nights", which debuted at No. 3 in the UK. At this time, Because Films Inspire made a TV documentary titled "Wild Westlife", directed by Iain MacDonald and starred the group, featuring their daily life as musicians and their tour experiences. In 2003, Westlife went on their third world tour, The Greatest Hits Tour and invited to play at the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, shrugging off rumours of a split.
In September 2003, Westlife released "Hey Whatever", which peaked at No. 4 on the UK Charts. Their fourth studio album, Turnaround, was then released in November, earning the group another UK No. 1 album. "Mandy", a cover of the Barry Manilow hit, was released in November 2003. Their version won them their third Record of the Year award, in under five years. Their version of "Mandy" is also considered the single with the longest leap to the top (from No. 200 to No. 1) in UK music history. "Obvious" was released as the final single from the album, charting at No. 3.
On 9 March 2004, just three weeks prior to embarking on their fourth world tour, McFadden left the group to spend more time with his family and work on solo projects. On that day, a press conference was held where all the group's members were present, each giving emotional individual speeches. McFadden's final public performance as part of Westlife was at Newcastle upon Tyne's Powerhouse nightclub on 27 February 2004. He subsequently began a solo career, and reverted the spelling of his first name back to its original 'Brian'. He released his first solo single, "Real To Me", which entered the UK chart at No. 1 and soon after, he released his first solo album Irish Son under Sony Music. McFadden later released more singles, but only with moderate success.
Less than a month after McFadden's departure, the group kicked off their "Turnaround Tour". A live version of "Flying Without Wings" was released as an official UK download, earning them the first official UK Downloads number 1.
Face to Face, Back Home, and cover albums (2004–2008)
In September 2004, they performed on the World Music Awards, where they were recognised as the Best Irish Act of that year. They then released a Rat Pack-inspired album and fifth album ...Allow Us to Be Frank, which peaked at No. 3. No singles from this album were released in the UK. "Ain't That a Kick in the Head", accompanied with a music video, was released as a physical single in other European countries. "Smile" and "Fly Me to the Moon", both with music videos as well, were released as digital downloads only.
Prior to the release of the ...Allow Us to Be Frank album, Westlife scouted for "the perfect fan" to help promote their album. After X Factor-style auditions, they found Joanne Hindley, who recorded "The Way You Look Tonight" with the group. To mark this special collaboration, a special programme was televised, showing auditions and live performances, called She's The One, presented by Kate Thornton. Westlife continued to tour Europe as part of their "The Number Ones Tour". In early 2005, they started their "Number Ones Tour" which ranked number 84 worldwide with top concert tour ticket sales with 191,361.
In October 2005, Westlife returned with their comeback single, "You Raise Me Up", which was taken from their sixth album Face to Face. On 5 November 2005, both the album and the single were at No. 1 in the UK, at the same time, during the second week of the single. 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. "You Raise Me Up" was awarded as their fourth Record of the Year in the UK, for 2005. In December of that year, the group released "When You Tell Me That You Love Me", a duet with Diana Ross, as the second single, and it debuted at its peak position of number 2. Westlife then released a third single, "Amazing", which debuted at No. 4. After that, Westlife embarked on the "Face to Face Tour", travelling extensively to the UK, Ireland, Australia and Asia. This tour marked the first time that Westlife travelled to mainland China for a concert. The tour ranked the band sixth for the year with number of performances with 32 shows and recorded 238,718 paid-for attendances.
In late 2006, Westlife signed a brand new five-album deal with Sony BMG. 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. 1. The first single from The Love Album was a cover version of Bette Midler's classic, "The Rose", which became their 14th UK No. 1 single.
This made Westlife the third act (along with Cliff Richard) in the UK to have the most No. 1 singles, tailing behind Elvis Presley (21) and The Beatles (17). They also returned to the Miss World stage where billions saw the exclusive live performance of The Rose. Westlife then kicked off their eighth world tour, "The Love Tour", in Perth, Australia. The group then went on to other Australian cities before moving on to South Africa, the UK and Ireland. The tour had a total of £1,031,033 secondary gross sales.
On 5 November 2007, Westlife released their eighth album, Back Home, which contained nine new original songs along with three cover songs. The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Music Charts and it was also 2007's fifth biggest selling album in the UK. The first single released from the album was a cover of Michael Bublé's "Home", which peaked at No. 3 in the UK. "I'm Already There", not released as a single, managed to chart in the UK based on downloads alone, following a performance on an episode of The X Factor.
On 15 December 2007, 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. Months later, "Us Against the World" was announced and released as their second single in UK and Ireland. Before the release of the second single, they embarked on the Back Home Tour on 25 February 2008. 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.
10th anniversary and hiatus (2008–2009)
From 2005 to 2008, 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 2008. On 28 March 2008, after 27 sell-out shows, in the space of 10 years and have sold 250,000 tickets. 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. Then to mark their tenth year in music, Westlife staged a special 10 Years of Westlife, a sold-out concert at the world's thirty-third biggest and Europe's fourth biggest stadium, Croke Park, on 1 June 2008. which Egan described to be a "pop extravaganza". It was only the second time for an Irish act to headline the stadium after U2. Filan confirmed that a corresponding live concert DVD would be released. 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 2008 as they would be spending more time on the production of their tenth album. As promised, the group's official website confirmed on 27 September 2008 the release of a DVD on 24 November 2008 entitled 10 Years of Westlife – Live at Croke Park Stadium which went straight to No. 1 on UK, Ireland, South African, Hong Kong and New Zealand Music DVD charts. As the group ended another successful tour, Walsh announced in the show Xpose that 1 July 2008 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 2009. On 13 December 2008, while on a break, Westlife made an unexpected appearance during that year's X Factor final where they performed "Flying Without Wings" with runners-up JLS. After the performance, Filan and Byrne were interviewed on The Xtra Factor with Ronan Keating and Stephen Gately of Boyzone. As JLS also performed, "I'm Already There", Westlife's version of the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 63 while a new entry on Ireland Singles Chart at No. 47 due to extensive downloads only. In the last week of January 2009, a DVD entitled The Karaoke Collection was released. It contained some of their music video hits. In 27 February 2009 issue of Herald Ireland, Louis Walsh revealed that Simon Cowell had already picked three new songs which he believed would be instant hits. On 18 March 2009, Westlife won the Best Irish Pop Act on the 2009 Meteor Awards for the ninth consecutive time.
Last two studio albums: Where We Are and Gravity (2009–2010)
Their tenth album, Where We Are, was released on 30 November 2009 in the UK and peaked at No. 2 on both Irish and UK Albums Charts. The new single, "What About Now", was released a few weeks earlier on 23 October 2009, 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. Daughtry's original version of the song gained exposure on the audition rounds of The X Factor prior to Westlife's release. They were also part of the Haiti charity single in early 2010 with, "Everybody Hurts", an R.E.M. cover which was organised by Cowell. The tour in support of this album was called, "The Where We Are Tour". The tour entered at number 50 of top concert tour for the third quarter of the year with 241,865 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.
As the 2000s decade ends with 275 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 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 decade, 21st century. And second from the list of artist from the past decade, 1990s, in UK Albums and Singles Charts. While in 2005 half of the decade, they were the fifth.
On 14 November 2010, the single "Safe" was released. It debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 21 November at No. 10, giving the group their 25th Top 10 single in the United Kingdom. It was also their lowest charting lead single to date in the country. The new album titled Gravity was released on 22 November 2010. It went to No. 1 in Ireland and No. 3 in the UK. In March 2011, they started their eleventh major concert tour, the Gravity Tour. This tour marked the first time the group travelled to Oman, Namibia, Guangzhou and Vietnam for concerts.
Westlife was named the fourth most hard-working music artist in the UK by PRS in 2010. In 2011, Cowell described the band as hard working and enthusiastic. He said: "I don't think I've met anyone who worked as hard as these guys. 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." In August 2011, it was reported in the Irish Examiner that the profits of the band's firm grew five-fold in 2010 with 35 million euros or 31 million British pounds for four of them in the band.
Also from the said year Billboard compiled the top international touring acts worldwide, the group ranked 14th with $5,104,109 estimated net take of tour grosses (assuming a typical 34% artist cut after commissions and expenses).
Greatest Hits and split (2011–present)
As of 2011, the group is the longest reigning band and second longest reigning number one music act in the 21st century in UK. 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,
We signed to Simon back in 1998 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.
After going back to RCA Records full-time for a one-year album contract, they announced their Greatest Hits album to be released on 21 November 2011. It debuted at number 1 in Ireland and number 4 in the UK. The first and lead single, "Lighthouse" was released in November 2011. And a follow-up promotional single Beautiful World released later. In October 2011, Egan ruled out speculation that McFadden would reunite with them for the new compilation album and its promotion for a television show. Egan said: "All the rumours about Brian re-joining Westlife are untrue. 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." With a new compilation album coming out, it was speculated Westlife would be doing a new greatest hits tour. They were scheduled to headline the ChildLine Concert in Dublin on 12 November 2011 and to have another exclusive concert on O2 Blueroom, also in Dublin on 24 November.
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. On 19 October 2011, Westlife officially announced they were splitting after an album and a 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 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 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
A second statement was issued through their official site, saying the fans were continuing to be the best support system. Some fans on social networks described themselves as feeling "devastated" following news of the split. People left their messages on Twitter by using #WestlifeForever and #Westlife, it trended on Ireland, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, New Zealand, and UK. A live stream Q&A happened on 28 October 2011 as a "thank you" to their fans. As part of it, ITV commissioned a one-off music event that would mark 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. Then they had a live guesting on The Late Late Show. They were honored at that time by Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre with four specially commissioned bar stools which will be a permanent fixture at the venue. This marks an amazing 49 performances at SECC where they entertained over 380,000 fans over the years selling more tickets than any other act. The band had their final concert on 23 June 2012 at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. The 82,300 capacity show was sold out in 4 minutes. Due to this popular demand, an extra date was added at Croke Park on 22 June 2012 which was also a sold-out. Combined, there was a total of 187,808 spectators on both nights. Their last concert was also screened live in more than 200 cinemas worldwide that include the UK and Ireland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark and had an additional screenings three days later due to popular demand and more countries in July and August 2012. It was the biggest live attendees in a last concert performance date by a music band and officially the 11th largest attendance at an outdoor stadium worldwide. They released a DVD which went to number 1 in both UK and Irish chart. It stayed for 30+ weeks in the charts so far. In that year too they were declared as 34th top grossing tour act of the year with earnings of $35.2 million (€27 million). The farewell tour consisted of eight dates in China and 33 in the UK and Ireland culminating in two nights at Croke Park in June. In total the band sold 489,694 tickets at an average price of $71.85 (€55) each. 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. Later reports from the Daily Record said there was an "irreparable rift" in the band, but was later denied by a source close to the band saying: "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." Later, the band also denied it and called the split a "united decision". However he confessed three months after the split, Byrne said that members of the group fought with one another more and more often in the latter years leading up to the split and he felt that it was the right time to end their time together. A more comprehensive story behind the split was discussed by the Daily Mail. A year after Westlife ended, they agreed to all voluntarily wind up Bluenet Ltd, their main entertainment firm, after going their own way and split €2.3million to €595,500 each except for Filan who missed out any of it as he declared bankruptcy at that time due to property crash problems.
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 signed with an independent record label (which he is the co-director) and released albums and singles. He also made it as a supporting act to Mariah Carey and Wet Wet Wet. Egan was voted King of the Jungle in ITV's I'm a Celebrity 2013 series and was a coach judge in The Voice of Ireland. Byrne joined Strictly Come Dancing UK and hosted several major Irish television and radio shows. They were also seen in public events by twos, Filan and Feehily, Byrne and Egan, Egan and Filan, Byrne and Filan, Feehily and Byrne, Egan and Feehily.
In 2014, Syco Music said to The Sun: "All the guys are up for it in principle. It's now just a matter of sorting out all the details, Syco would love Brian to be part of the band again. It’d create the same sort of buzz as when Robbie Williams returned to Take That. But the other lads will need to be convinced because they were always very clear that when Brian left it was for good." but Egan later twitted "Guys I'm sorry to say but I don't know where these rumours are coming from about a Westlife reunion but it's untrue. Sorry #westlifeforever." In 2015 2016 2017, Louis Walsh expressed that the four-piece band will reunite. He had been in contact with Ed Sheeran and James Arthur to create songs for the band. He wants to adopt an edgier side for their comeback.
However, on 2016–2017, four years following the split, Filan told Lorriane and other media outlets that while there are currently no plans for a Westlife reunion, he would not rule it out for the future. Byrne expressed in 2017 "Shame this Westlife news is not true. They were always my guilty pleasures." He also talked about touring with the group: "Who wouldn't want to do that again? 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. I've spoken to all the lads individually but we've never brought up a Westlife reunion, the thing about it is the four of us haven’t been in a room together since Jodi’s [Kian’s wife] mum's funeral,’ That was the last time we spoke properly as a band, if you want to call it that., I'm sure it will happen but I don't know when and I know know if even we know when the right time will be." Feehily added, "People have offered us blank cheques to get back together but it's not about money. 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 2019 is 20 years since we released our first single, while 2021 is 20 years since our first world tour. So you never know". On 31 March 2018, it was reported on Allkpop that all of them might guest on a Korean popular musical show Immortal Songs 2 but Filan was the only one who appeared on the show as a judge afterwards. As of 28 April 2018, Irish Sun published that the last four remaining members of the pop group was offered 11.4 million euros each by Cowell just to reunite with their former band mate McFadden with an album and a tour. A total of 50 million euros set and willing to invest 20–30 million euros more for the said reunion. Egan later said any of these reports were untrue.
Westlife's debut album and single coincided with the apogee of boy band popularity, and their success was most apparent in their homeland, the UK, and most of African, Asian, Australian and European countries. They had 12 worldwide concert tours over their 14-year career. On April 2001, over one million fans wanted to chat with the lads from 122 countries. Boy band One Direction was mistaken for Westlife in Ghana. Three of their studio albums were part of the 50 fastest selling albums of all time in UK. In 2000s, Swear It Again became a popular song for wedding and funerals in the British Isles. In 2009, Flying Without Wings was listed as seventh most popular song for wedding's first dances in UK. In 2016, three of their songs (I'll See You Again, Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up) made it on the top pop music choices for funerals in Ireland. They are Vietnam's most viewed music artist in YouTube as of 2015. In South Korea, their singles "My Love" and "You Raise Me Up" stayed in the top 60 of the Official International Karaoke Charts since the inception of the charts in December 2010 up to its recent chart released. They are the biggest selling international, foreign album act in Philippine and Indonesian music records history.
They were invited by Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney to sing on their wedding reception in Portofino, Abbey of Cervara, Italy and got paid £400,000, one of the highest amount paid acts for a wedding. They are Coleen's favorite pop band, invited to Coleen's 21st birthday but was unable to make it. The band also performed for the Sultan of Brunei, an occasion on which they were paid £2.5 million to play a private concert of seven songs. They also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2000, and in 2005 with the songs "World of Our Own" and "You Raise Me Up" with Rolf Løvland and Fionnuala Sherry, and in 2009 with "What About Now" and "You Raise Me Up" in front of former US President Barack Obama and met him afterwards. They also played for Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II in a live concert television show and shook hands with them. They were the first ever pop band to top the entertainment bill at the Vatican and a private concert for the Pope. They also personally met former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and picked autographs also for his daughter. The band was also mentioned in the book version of Me Before You, which was released in 2012.
Despite their success worldwide, Westlife was unable to break into the U.S. market. They had only one hit single in the United States, "Swear It Again", which peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000. The band made an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live and the U.S. edition of their debut album, Westlife was released, but it didn't meet with success. In 2002, with the two most prominent boy bands in the US, the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, going on hiatus that year, an attempt was made to promote and release a US version of World of Our Own, but was never successful.
"We sent over a CD of World of Our Own with no name on it. 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.' And we cannot break that down, no matter what song we come out with. 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."— Nicky Byrne
"Flying Without Wings" peaked at No.2 in the USA when American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard recorded and released it as his debut single. In 2003, 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 108) 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."
Celebrities including Chris Martin of Coldplay, Jamie Vardy, Elton John, Sharon Osbourne, Martine McCutcheon, Niall Horan, Daniel Bedingfield, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Stormzy, Matt Kilgallon, Shona McGarty, Alexandra Burke, Michael Devlin, Scott McKenna, Union J, Zhong Chenle and Robert Pattinson have recognized their love for Westlife's music. Some well-known music artists like Ronan Keating, Will Young, Shayne Ward and Ruben Studdard have also covered their songs. 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.
|Ai Yi Tian Duo Yi Tian (Open Your Heart)||Daniel Chan|
|Flying Without Wings||Ruben Studdard|
|Flying Without Wings||Gail Blanco|
|Flying Without Wings||Motif|
|Flying Without Wings (Instrumental)||The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra|
|Flying Without Wings||Ryan and Rachel O' Donnell|
|Hai You Meng (I Don't Wanna Fight)||Yummy|
|I Cry||Shayne Ward|
|I Lay My Love on You||Paran|
|If Your Heart's Not in It||All-4-One|
|Jag Tillhor Dig (I Promise You That)||Mathias Holmgren|
|Khairt Mini (My Love)||Dursamj|
|Miss You When I'm Dreaming||Anders Johansson (Fernette)|
|My Love||Amr Diab|
|Nguoi Ra Di (Soledad)||Nguyen Thang|
|Tinh Anh Trao Em (I Lay My Love on You)||Nhom GMC|
|To Be Loved||Ronan Keating|
|What Makes a Man||10,000 Promises|
|When You're Looking Like That||Topmodelz|
|Written in the Stars (Stay With Me)||DJ Ironik|
|Miss You (as "I Miss You")||Basshunter|
|World of Our Own||Resaid|
|If I Let You Go||Dianne Elise|
|I Wanna Grow Old With You||Lazard and Muzzy G.|
|Fool Again||Pale Yellow Light|
|Swear It Again||WoW|
|Bop Bop Baby||10,000 Promises|
|Flying Without Wings||Sam Mangubat|
|World of Our Own||Sam Mangubat|
|My Love||Sam Mangubat|
|Unbreakable||Luhan of EXO|
|Total Eclipse of the Heart||Sam Mangubat|
|What I Want is What I've Got||Northside|
|If I Let You Go||Northside|
|Swear It Again||Northside|
|Season in the Sun||Northside|
|Open Your Heart||Northside|
|I Need You||Northside|
|Flying Without Wings||Northside|
|I Don't Wanna Fight||Northside|
|More Than Words||Northside|
|You Raise Me Up||Raymond|
|You Raise Me Up||The Kingdom Tenors|
|If I Let You Go||Mark McKeown|
|Us Against the World||The Brooks|
|If I Let You Go||Crimson Ensemble|
|If I Let You Go||Priceless|
|If I Let You Go||Penelope Matanguihan|
|Fool Again||Penelope Matanguihan|
|Fool Again||Angelo Villegas|
|Flying Without Wings||Nicholas McDonald|
Despite their popularity, some artist have expressed their dislike to the group like Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Bob Geldof, Pierce Brosnan, Liam Gallagher, Melanie C, Victoria Beckham, Gary Barlow, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher. Some have also criticized the band for having lots of covers, having the same sound on every albums released and lack of songwriting skills. Westlife have proven to have more original songs, worked with many songwriters and music producers and co-written numerous songs throughout their 14-year career. (See Westlife songlist for the compilation.)
Before their success, the band served as supporting opening acts for the boy bands Backstreet Boys and Boyzone. Since then, the group has recorded studio and live performances with music acts including Mariah Carey ("Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"), Lulu ("Back at One"), Joanne Hindley ("The Way You Look Tonight"), Diana Ross ("When You Tell Me That You Love Me"), Donna Summer ("No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"), and Delta Goodrem ("All Out of Love"), "If I Had Words" with The Vard Sisters, "I Have A Dream" with Indonesian child-star Sherina. These songs were also recorded and included on various albums. In 2002, Westlife re-recorded their hit song "Flying Without Wings" with Mexican singer Cristian Castro and with Korean singer BoA as two separate duets.
Westlife has performed live duets with many other music artists including: Will Smith, Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith, Esperanza Spalding, Luis Fonsi, Alexander Rybak, Amadou and Mariam, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lang Lang, Natasha Bedingfield ("Man in the Mirror"), Wang Leehom ("You Raise Me Up"), Mary Black ("Walking in the Air"), Sinéad O'Connor ("Silent Night"), Dean Verbeeck ("Swear It Again"), Donny Osmond ("Crazy Horses"), Kevin Spacey ("Beyond the Sea"), Mariah Carey ("Never Too Far/Hero Medley"), Secret Garden ("You Raise Me Up"), Lionel Richie ("Easy"), Boyzone ("No Matter What"), Ronan Keating ("The Dance"), Ray Quinn ("That's Life"), JLS "Flying Without Wings", Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries ("Little Drummer Boy") and various artists for a charity single and live concert or television performances with music artists such as Steps, 5ive, S Club 7, Blazin' Squad, Gareth Gates, Liberty X, Girls Aloud, Busted, McFly, Emma Bunton, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Cheryl, Mika, Michael Bublé, Joe McElderry, Miley Cyrus, James Blunt, Blue, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jon Bon Jovi, James Morrison, Alexandra Burke, Jason Orange, Susan Boyle, Rachel Stevens, JLS, Jamie Cullum, Gloria Estefan, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, and V, where the former boyfriend of Feehily was a member named Kevin McDaid.
Products and endorsements
Some of the products that Westlife officially released, aside from their music releases, include video games, dolls, Cadbury chocolates (in 2001), books, calendars, and tour merchandise such as T-shirts, key chains, and fragrances. They also received sponsorship for their concert tours from Calvin Klein in 2001, Adidas in 2002 and Volkswagen in 2011. They have official and unofficial books released. One of them is the book written by the members of Westlife was released on 16 June 2008 by HarperCollins UK Publishing entitled, 'Westlife - Our Story', as part of their 10th year celebration. The band released a perfume gift set.
The group has supported various charitable causes. They were involved in the "Helping For Haiti" charity single that was released in February 2010 in the UK, as well as releasing a cover version of "Uptown Girl" for Comic Relief, one of their biggest selling singles to date.
They have participated in a Royal British Legion poppy appeal and did an advertisement for Galway's Irish Water Safety campaign. They also lent their support to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS). On 4 November 2005, they performed with other music artists at Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa for The "Unite of the Stars" Gala Banquet charity concert that supports four charities: the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Unite Against Hunger, St. Mary's Hospital and the Topsy Foundation. They also performed live for charity on Sports Relief, Macmillan Cancer Support, Croí, Western Alzheimer's, O’Dwyer Cheshire Home, Mayo Cancer Support Group, Marie Keating Foundation, Outward Bound Trust, ChildLine, Children in Need, Sheffield's Children Hospital. They had also helped for auctions on Meningitis Research Foundation, Carlton Celebrity Auction (for Centrepoint (for the homeless), the N.S.P.C.C., and The Samaritans), Zutto charity painting, Pushing The Envelope (for National Literacy Trust). They've visited also Great Ormond Street Hospital. They've been involved also with the following organizations: Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID), Cancer Research UK, United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), Muscle Help Foundation, Global Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and Real Man campaign. They are also included as ambassadors of The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC). As part of IPSCC, Feehily signed up for their anti-bullying campaign, "Join the Fight for Children's Rights". and Aware, Byrne for Heart Attack and asthma awareness campaigns, Daily Star's Reclaim Our Streets crusade, Byrne for Oxfam's East Africa famine appeal (by Celtic v Manchester United football match), and for Children's Hospice South West (by Truro charity football match).Filan, Byrne for Soccer Aid, JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am, One World Beat. Filan for Irish Red Cross (by Sligo Rover's Showgrounds football match), and Egan for Strandhill Indonesian Relief Fund (SIRF, in aid of the South Asian tsunami victims).
- Nicky Byrne (1998–2012)
- Kian Egan (1998–2012)
- Mark Feehily (1998–2012)
- Shane Filan (1998–2012)
- Brian McFadden (1998–2004)
- Westlife (1999)
- Coast to Coast (2000)
- World of Our Own (2001)
- Turnaround (2003)
- Allow Us to Be Frank (2004)
- Face to Face (2005)
- The Love Album (2006)
- Back Home (2007)
- Where We Are (2009)
- Gravity (2010)
Awards and nominations
- East Meets Westlife Tour
- Where Dreams Come True Tour
- World of Our Own Tour
- Unbreakable Tour as The Greatest Hits Tour
- Turnaround Tour
- Number Ones Tour
- Face To Face Tour
- The Love Tour
- Back Home Tour / 10th year anniversary
- Where We Are Tour
- Gravity Tour
- The Greatest Hits Tour as The Farewell Tour
- List of best-selling boy bands
- UK Singles Chart records and statistics
- List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
- List of best-selling music artists in the United Kingdom in singles sales
- List of artists by number of UK Singles Chart number ones
- List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 2000s
- List of UK Singles Downloads Chart number ones of the 2000s
- List of UK Albums Chart number ones of the 2000s
- List of artists who reached number one in Ireland
- List of songs that reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart
- List of best-selling albums in the Philippines
- Indonesian Idol (5 March 2018). "SHANE FILAN – HEAVEN – Spekta Show Top 7 – Indonesian Idol 2018" – via YouTube.
- Benett, Dave. "Westlife Party". Getty Images UK.
- "UK Irish Embassy honours Westlife". Irish Examiner.
- "Top-selling album act of the 21st century in the UK".
- "Westlife to perform at Logies". The Australian. April 18, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
- "Belfast goes crazy for Westlife". Belfast Telegraph. May 3, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
- "Gillian Filan, wife of Westlife's Shane, declared bankrupt - just SIX years after his own financial collapse". Daily Mirror. August 4, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
- "Official Singles Charts' biggest selling artists of all time revealed". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- "Westlife – Artist Insights – Youtube".
- "Certified Awards". Bpi.co.uk. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- "The Official Top 20 biggest selling groups of all time revealed!". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- Cowell, Simon (2003). I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But... Broadway Books. ISBN 0-7679-1741-3.
- Inc, Nielsen Business Media (5 February 2000). "Dublin Darling Westlife Wins Over Europe, Aims For Success in U.S." Billboard – via Google Books.
- "Westlife on GMTV". GMTV. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Inc, Nielsen Business Media (5 February 2000). "ACTUAL ARTICLE TITLE BELONGS HERE!". Billboard – via Google Books.
- "Record-Breakers and Trivia - Albums". everyhit.com.
- "Westlife, Shania Top UK.They also performed for billions in 1999 at the global Miss World telecast. Christmas Charts". Billboard. 20 December 1999. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (10 January 2000). "Westlife Tops UK Singles Chart For 4th Week". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (3 April 2000). "Westlife Go Five For Five on UK Singles Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Radio Concert Monitor | Professional Journal archives from". AllBusiness.com. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife Outlasts Spice Girls in UK Chart War". Billboard charts. 13 November 2000. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Platinum Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Westlife Defy The 'Odds' On UK Singles Chart". Billboard charts. 25 September 2000. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Westlife Continues UK Singles Chart Monopoly". Billboard charts. 6 November 2000. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Inc, Nielsen Business Media (18 November 2000). "ACTUAL ARTICLE TITLE BELONGS HERE!". Billboard – via Google Books.
- "Bob The Builder Ends Westlife's UK Chart Run". Billboard charts. 26 December 2000. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Senior, Raymond. "ShowBiz Ireland – Westlife survive earthquake in Mexico". showbiz.ie.
- "The Irishness of Irish Music".
- "Billboard 11 Aug 2001".
- "Out of the Darkness".
- Sexton, Paul (12 March 2001). "Westlife Return To Form on UK Singles Chart". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (12 November 2001). "Westlife, Steps Top UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (19 November 2001). "Boy Bands Crowd UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Westlife, 1,000,000 sales award". whytes.ie.
- "Westlife of luxury; POP STARS ARE NO7 ON YOUNG RICH LIST. – Free Online Library". thefreelibrary.com.
- Sexton, Paul (11 November 2002). "Westlife, Blue Top UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (31 March 2003). "Linkin Park, Room 5 Crash into UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "BFI | Film & TV Database | WILD WESTLIFE (2002)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife: The Greatest Hits Tour (2003)". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (22 September 2003). "Darkness, Black Eyed Peas Lead UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (1 December 2003). "Young, Westlife Top UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Record Breakers and Trivia: Singles: Individual Hits: Number 1s". EveryHit. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
- "WESTLIFE SPLIT – OFFICIAL – NME". 9 March 2004.
- "Boy-band Westlife become foursome". BBC News. 9 March 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Westlife – Greatest Hits Tour ". Amazon UK. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Real To Me by Brian McFadden". Yahoo! UK. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Study: U.K. Arena Attendance, Ticket Sales Up".
- "Westlife top first download chart". BBC. 1 September 2004.
- "Westlife She's the One (2004)". BFI. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife She's the One (2004)".
- "Pollstar – Welcome to the New Pollstar!" (PDF). pollstarpro.com.
- "Westlife celebrate chart double". BBC News. 7 November 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (31 October 2005). "Westlife, Robbie Williams Top UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (19 December 2005). "Obscure Duo Nizlopi Tops UK Singles Chart". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (27 February 2006). "Madonna, Jack Johnson Take Lead on UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "China youth prefer Westlife to politics". NineMSN. 17 July 2006. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
- "Live at Wembley: Face To Face Tour 2006". HMV. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (13 November 2006). "Westlife, Jamiroquai Assume Control of UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Love Westlife?". GMTV. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Sexton, Paul (12 November 2007). "Leona Lewis, Westlife Lead UK Charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "The UK Top 40 Singles". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Wemyss, Euan (12 November 2007). "Westlife: Pop's not dead!". STV. Retrieved 22 December 2007.[permanent dead link]
- "The Westlife Show Live – Saturday 15 December". Tvthrong.co.uk. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- Cardew, Ben. "Spice Girls top UK live league". Music Week. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "WEMBLEY ARENA – AMERICANA HOTEL LONDON UK – LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS – SPECIAL OFFERS – LONDON EVENTS – REGENTS PARK – DORSET SQUARE". americanahotel.co.uk.
- "Croke Park Stadium Venue Information". Croke Park Stadium. Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
- "10 Years of Westlife Concert". Westlife.com. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "60 SECONDS: Kian Egan". Metro (Associated Metro Limited). Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- Deegan, Gordon. "Cash pile of €3.4m is sweet music to The Script's ears and that's before next year's Croker date". herald.ie.
- "Westlife 'Back Home' Tour 2008". Metro Radio. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- Moss, Caz. "Exclusive Westlife Mark Feehily Interview". Female First. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Top 100 2009 – UK Music Charts". uk-charts.top-source.info.
- Dyke, Peter (21 January 2010). "Simon Cowell to record charity single for Haiti". Daily Star. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Pollstar – Welcome to the New Pollstar!" (PDF). pollstarpro.com.
- "Westlife announce new album release". Digital Spy. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife celebrate chart double". BBC. 7 November 2005.
- "Westlife New Album Announcement". Westlife.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
- "Andre named 'hardest working singer' – RTÉ Ten". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Simon Cowell opens up on Westlife". Pressparty.
- Deegan, Gordon (20 August 2011). "Cash at Westlife's firm grows five-fold in 2010". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife hit the top five in the Irish chart with €35m – Herald.ie".
- "Billboard Jan 8 – Mar 26, 2011".
- "Westlife Felt 'Unloved' By Cowell". Contactmusic. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife | Egan: 'Mcfadden's Not Rejoining Westlife'". Contactmusic. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "O2 Smart Sounds". O2online.ie. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "The Wanted, Westlife And Jedward Confirmed For Dublin's Cheerios Childline Concert 2011". Stereoboard.com. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife Tickets For May 2012 Farewell Tour Sell-Out After Hysterical Rush For Tickets". Stereoboard.com. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Westlife to split up" Archived 21 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. RTÉ Ten. 19 October 2011.
- "After 14 Years..." 19 October 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- "Official News (GLOBAL) – Statement From". Westlife. 25 October 2011. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Statement From Westlife". 25 October 2011. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- "Westlife announce that they are to split". Digitaljournal.com. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Lifelong fan Laura Butler on the day the music died as Westlife called it quits", herald.ie, 20 October 2011.
- "Westlife – For The Last Time (ITVl)". steveandersonproductions.com.
- "Official News (GLOBAL) – The Westlife Show: Live – ITV1". Westlife. 23 October 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Fans in shock as Westlife call it a day after 14 years at the top". Herald.ie. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Scottish tribute to Westlife's signature bar stool move".
- "Westlife sell out show in record breaking time and add date". Music-News.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "WESTLIFE – THE FAREWELL CONCERT: Saturday, June 23rd". Westlifecinema.com. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Westlife". facebook.com.[non-primary source needed]
- "BBC – Westlife farewell to be screened live in cinemas across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe – Media Centre". BBC.
- "MCD records 'strong' profits".
- "Pollstar – Welcome to the New Pollstar!" (PDF). pollstarpro.com.
- Jonze, Tim. "Westlife to split after 14 years". The Guardian (London). 19 October 2011.
- "Westlife rule out future comeback tour" Archived 6 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 4 November 2011.
- "Westlife blame 'irreparable rift' as they split after 14 years", Daily Record, 20 October 2011.
- "Westlife: It's over". Gulf News. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Westlife deny band rift rumours after split announcement". Digital Spy. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- Murphy, Eoin (23 October 2011). "The feuding, fights and fatigue that split Westlife after 14 years at the top". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Ruined Shane misses out on €600,000 pay day".
- O'Neill, Kara (24 January 2015). "Westlife: Where are they now? From Mark's catering van to Shane's bankruptcy".
- "'We don't hang out' Shane Filan talks being neighbours with Kian Egan – EVOKE.ie". 5 November 2015.
- "Westlife Fans, Nicky Just Interviewed Mark on His Radio Show & It's Perfect". 23 November 2017.
- "Try To Remain Calm... Westlife Are Reforming!". 4 December 2014.
- "Kian Egan denies Westlife reunion rumours". 4 December 2014.
- "Westlife's Kian Egan denies reports the band will reform".
- "Louis Walsh predicts Westlife comeback". 2 June 2015.
- "Louis Walsh Plotting Westlife REUNION". 11 August 2016.
- "Legendary 90s boyband set to reunite – but one member will be missing". 13 December 2017.
- "Ed Sheeran asked to write songs for Westlife comeback, says Louis Walsh". 21 December 2017.
- Agius, Nicola (22 July 2016). "Shane Filan opens up about Westlife reunion addresses X Factor rumours".
- "Westlife fans go crazy over rumoured reunion".
- "Nicky Byrne Addresses Westlife Reunion Rumours". 17 November 2017.
- IANS (18 December 2017). "Westlife reunion not happening, says Mark Feehily".
- "Irish pop group Westlife might guest on 'Immortal Song'?".
- "Westlife reject €50m to reunite as ex-bandmate 'can't forgive' Brian McFadden". 28 April 2018.
- "Over One Million Westlife Fans from 122 Countries Wanted to Chat with the Band". GlobalNewsWire.
- "One Direction mistaken for Westlife in Africa". 31 January 2013.
- "50 fastest selling albums ever – NME". 27 April 2011.
- "Lonestar's Amazed voted most popular song for wedding first dances". The Daily Telegraph. 29 July 2009.
- "Westlife Revealed as Popular Music Choice for Funerals".
- Savage, Mark (5 June 2015). "YouTube tool reveals music secrets". BBC.
- "Official International Karaoke Charts". Gaon.
- "Coleen loves Westlife". 28 May 2008.
- "Westlife – Shane Filan talks about getting paid £500,000". Daily Mirror. London. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
- pommivabrik (15 March 2010). "Westlife and Secret Garden – You Raise Me Up (Nobel Peace Price Concert 2005) HD" – via YouTube.
- 2011, BST 20 May (20 May 2011). "The Queen watches Riverdance, Westlife and The Chieftains at Irish music concert".
- "Westlife – Biography". Ticketmaster.co.uk.
- "PM gets Westlife autographs". BBC. 20 February 2001.
- "Westlife 'Blacklisted' In America". Contactmusic.com. 8 July 2003. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Taylor, Chuck (5 February 2000). "Dublin's darling Westlife wins over Europe, aims for success in U.S." ProQuest. 112 (6): 110. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- "Westlife confirm split after final Glasgow gig". Entertainment.stv.tv. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Chris Martin 'dreams' about favourite band Westlife".
- "Robert Pattinson: The Lone English Bloke Who Doesn't Know a One Direction Song". Popdust.com. 27 November 2012.
- "Elton John Backs Westlife Over Oasis in Album Chart Race". popdirt.com.
- Horan, Niall. "@ellaappleyard I'm a westlife and take that fan".[non-primary source needed]
- J, Union. "@dannyb234 Robbie Williams and Westlife #UnionJAliveMidnight JJx".[non-primary source needed]
- WestlifeCrew, WestlifeCrew. "Ed Sheeran just mentioned Westlife in his speech on itunes festival! He told the crowd to put their arm around the person next to them and sway as if you were listening to Westlife".[non-primary source needed]
- "AberdeenFC". Twitter.
- "Is the new Calvin Harris song weirdly similar to an old Westlife song?". dailyedge.ie. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- "In conversation – 10 things you might not know about Leicester City player Jamie Vardy". Penguin UK. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- "Player Playlists: Bradford City defender Matt Kilgallon". Sport Playlist. 19 October 2017.
- "Guest Playlist: NCT". Apple Music. 19 October 2017.
- "EastEnders star Shona McGarty reveals Lee Ryan's reaction when she told him she preferred Westlife to Blue". Metro. UK. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
- "Westlife scale new heights with double celebration". The Irish Independent. 19 October 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2003.
- "Daniel Bedingfield". The Guardian. 19 October 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2003.
- "Best of Daniel Chan – Daniel Chan – Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
- "Westlife – Close Lyrics". Muzikum.eu.
- "World records with "Evergreen"". jorgenelofsson.com.
- "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra :: Flying Without Wings [ROYALPHO_SRA-07]". cs.ubc.ca.
- "Generic submission: I Cry [Westlife] cover by Shayne Ward – SecondHandSongs". secondhandsongs.com.
- "No Regrets – All-4-One – Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
- "Cover 2 Cover:". Toluna – Opinions for all.
- "Stay With Me – EP by Ironik on iTunes". 13 June 2008.
- Hung, Steffen. "Resaid – World of Our Own – hitparade.ch". hitparade.ch.
- "Original versions of Unbreakable by Mary Byrne – SecondHandSongs". secondhandsongs.com.
- News, ABS-CBN. "Manila's 'Combo Tita' ends Youtuber's 'Tawag' reign".
- News, ABS-CBN. "Cover artist keeps 'Tawag' win streak alive".
- "PressReader.com – Connecting People Through News". pressreader.com.
- "'I don't really know what Westlife look like': X Factor wannabe Raymond sings boy band's hit but doesn't know who they are when he meets them".
- "Can Mark McKeown impress with his Westlife cover- – Auditions Week 3 – The X Factor 2017 – Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion. 23 September 2017.
- "Eminem Slams Westlife After Woopin' Them in the Charts". rapdirt.com.
- "Christina Aguilera snubs Westlife – The Mariah Carey Archives". mcarchives.com.
- "Westlife: I'm with the brand". 31 May 2004.
- "Westlife Attack Pierce Brosnan".
- Chu, Jeff (7 May 2001). "Go West, Young Men". Time.
- "IT'S ALL TOO MUCH FOR POSH". NME. 19 October 2000.
- "MEL GIVES WESTLIFE HELL!". NME. 19 October 2000.
- "Westlife's magic lost on Barlow". The Guardian. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2006.
- "Look back in anger". The Sun. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
- "Liam lashes outh at Westlife hunk". Contact Music. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- "Meeting Barack Obama was a 'dream come true' for Westlife boys".
- "In Boston, Chinese Pop Star Connects East and West Culture – Massachusetts It's All Here". 29 November 2016.
- "REM's Everybody Hurts to be Simon Cowell's charity Haiti single... as stars line up to take part".
- "Westlife – Our Story". Amazon UK. ISBN 0007288123.
- "Westlife Perfume 3 piece perfume Gift Set". FactorMe.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "WestLife aid poppy appeal". BBC News. 30 October 1999. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Westlife support IWS". Galway Independent. 16 April 2008. Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "1 in 4 will need a blood transfusion – Westlife lends support as IBTS launches Blood for Life Week 19–25 September 2004". Giveblood.ie. 25 September 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Celebs jet into SA".
- pommivabrik (21 December 2009). "Westlife – Us Against The World (Sport Relief 2008) HQ" – via YouTube.
- "Media centre". 1 January 1900.
- "Castlebar – County Mayo – Westlife Charity Weekend". castlebar.ie.
- "Exclusive event with Westlife in aid of The Outward Bound Trust". Eventful.
- "Charity auction – VIP Westlife tickets". 3 September 2012. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012.
- "Carlton Celebrity Auction". compleatseanbean.com.
- "Westlife launch Samaritans' new Sligo text service – Independent.ie".
- "Westlife lead stars supporting Christmas appeal at Great Ormond Street". 20 December 2010.
- "Jade, 13, gets to meet her Westlife heroes ... thanks to The Star". thestar.co.uk.
- "Actor Will Smith and family auction art to help UN feed hungry in Haiti". 8 January 2010.
- "Muscle Help Foundation Awarded £10,000 By Big Lottery Fund". ablemagazine.co.uk.
- "Shire Health International: First Ever Global Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Unites Independent Charities from around the World. – Free Online Library". thefreelibrary.com.
- "Hot celebs show they're 'Real Men'". 8 August 2011.
- "Feehily launches anti-bullying week". 23 April 2012.
- "Mark Feehily and Sligo Rovers support Aware". foot.ie.
- "GET YOUR MITS ON WESTLIFE KIT!". yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.
- Henderson, Mark. "Charity the winner as Paradise rocks to Larsson's treble".
- "Bryan Robson and Paul Merson to play in charity match at Truro". Falmouth Packet.
- Lyons, Beverley (25 May 2010). "Westlife stars Shane Filan and Nicky Byrne enjoy training session with Celtic".
- "Soccer Aid stars Nicky Byrne and Louis Tomlinson line up for parts in Jamie Vardy movie". 12 June 2016.
- "JP McManus hosts lavish star-studded send-off for AP McCoy". The Belfast Telegraph.
- "Westlife's Shane will line out against Sligo Rovers". Sligo Today.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Westlife.|