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Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne has been secretly recording a solo album

The Dublin singer has already recorded about eight songs and plans to create a full album

Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne has secretly been following his bandmates lead and recording a solo album.

The Dublin singer has already recorded about eight songs and plans to create a full album.

But Strictly sensation Nicky – who is carving out a career as a TV presenter – is yet to be signed up by a record label.

However the 35-year-old is hoping to be able to get a big-money deal once he has an album ready to sell – like ex-bandmate Kian Egan.

A source said: “Nicky had no plans to get back in the studio for a long time after the split, but he was asked to record a track for a movie.

“Going in front of the microphone again spurred that love of music in him, and he’s been working on a number of his own songs.

“It’s a work in process but he has about eight tracks ready to go – and when it’s finished then he’d be looking for a label.

“He knows that people might not see him as one of Westlife’s lead singers, but he definitely can sing and this proves he can go solo exactly like Kian.”

But insiders insisted that Nicky won’t give up on his dream to become one of Ireland’s biggest TV hosts – after gigs on RTE’s The Hit and Football’s Next Star.

A source said: “Nicky has been pretty clear TV is where his life is mainly, but that only takes so many hours of his day.

“But he’s still looking for more TV presenting gigs – he’s been having a number of meetings in the UK and Ireland.”

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Nicky on a high note as he pens song in solo move

HE HAS just signed up to front a TV show but former Westlife star Nicky Byrne is harbouring secret plans to go solo.

The ex-popstar has spent several days penning a new music track in the UK, the Herald can reveal.

From covering for Ryan Tubridy on 2fm to co-hosting the summer’s big music show The Hit, Byrne is hot property right now.

But the 34-year-old, who will welcome his third child with wife Georgina later this year, has found time to put pen to paper on a potential future hit of his own.


“I was over in the UK for two days songwriting for a particular project, which went far greater than I could have imagined,” Nicky said.

“Even if it does nothing, it’s a song that somebody else could do for something else, it’s that good – I’m very happy with it.”

And Nicky could even be following in the footsteps of former band mate Shane Filan by adding his own vocals to the track.

“Depending on how it goes, if they’re into it, I’d say I’ll probably do it myself or duet.

“It would be a female duet, I would imagine, but it’s very early days,” he added.


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Greatest Hits Tracklisting & Artwork Revealed!

The wait is finally over… Westlife are excited to reveal the album artwork and track listing for their forthcoming Greatest Hits album! The album features 4 news tracks including the brand new single ‘Lighthouse’.

Check out the full tracklisting below!

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Lighthouse preview

You can now listen to an exclusive clip of the boys new single ‘Lighthouse’!

The track which was written by Gary Barlow, features on the forthcoming Greatest Hits album.

Keep checking back to find out when you can pre-order the new single. Let us know what you think about the clip of ‘Lighthouse’ in the comments section below.

Westlife- Lighthouse (90 sec clip) by WestlifeGreatestHits

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Westlife’s new single ‘Lighthouse’: First listen

Earlier today, your trusty Digital Spy music scribes were played the new Westlife single, ‘Lighthouse’, in full, three times over, and at a perfectly respectable volume.

So, how does the band’s 31st single shape up? Here’s what we jotted down.

    First things first, it was penned by Gary Barlow, produced by John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi) and clocks in at 3 minutes and 57 seconds.
  • The song is about how their partners have stuck by them through the difficult times and now they want to settle down with them for good.
  • It’s probably the most grown-up sounding single Westlife have ever released.
    • “This kind of love is more than a lifeline/ For a man as weak as me,” Shane Filan admits on the openings bars over a soul-funk piano riff, before asking: “How did the sea get so rough?/ I would have drowned/ If you hadn’t given me your love.”
  • Lyrics to the chorus include: “You’re the light in the dark/ You’re the seat in the park/ You’re the lighthouse that I need.”
  • The song’s highlight is easily the middle eight around the 2:55 mark, where a slew of thrashing drums clash together as they sing: “I owe it all to you/ Everything I have right now.”
  • Despite being their first release away from Syco, it would soundtrack a tearful X Factor moment rather nicely.
  • Better yet, listen to a 90-second clip of the track and judge for yourselves below:
  • Westlife- Lighthouse (90 sec clip) by WestlifeGreatestHits

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Do You Remember…

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 12 years since Westlife burst onto the music scene with their first single which was also their first No.1 record. In the years gone by, the band have gone on to have 14 number one singles, 10 multi-platinum albums, win dozens of awards and have dominated the charts selling over 44 million records worldwide, making them one of the top selling groups of the decade!

To celebrate their illustrious career so far, we’ll be taking you through some of the most memorable moments and highlights of their musical journey so far.

If you can cast your minds back to April 1999, to the track that was on every radio station, TV show, CD player and music channel across the country then you would remember that it was ‘Swear It Again’ – The band’s debut, No.1 single.

Check out the video to ‘Swear It Again’ below!

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Pre-order Westlife: The Greatest Hits now!

To date they’ve sold over 44 million records worldwide, had 10 multi platinum albums and 7 number 1 albums and now Westlife are excited to be releasing their Greatest Hits album.

‘Westlife: The Greatest Hits’ will feature hits from the boys’ career so far and is released on the 21st November.

The boys said: “It’s almost hard to believe that we’ve been doing this for as long as we have. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and are looking forward to releasing our Greatest Hits as a special thank you to our fans who have supported us throughout our career.”

There are two versions of the album available including a standard CD featuring the Greatest Hits plus brand new tracks as well as a 2CD/DVD deluxe version including the Greatest Hits, brand new tracks and video footage.

You can make sure you’re one of the first to get your hands on a copy by pre-ordering the album right now using the links below.

Stay tuned to find out the full track listing soon!

Pre-Order: – Standard

Pre-Order: – 2CD & DVD Deluxe Edition

Pre-Order: Amazon

Pre-Order: HMV – Standard, Exclusive Includes Postcards or Includes Dvd