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
‘Greatest Hits’ to be released on 21st November
New Single ‘Lighthouse’ to be released 13th November
Pre-order your copy of Westlife – Greatest Hits directly from Westlife’s official store and get special access to buy Westlife tickets for their May 2012 UK tour!
The album/ticket bundle presale starts today and ends at 9am on Friday October 21st (when tickets go on general sale) so be quick! Once your album purchase has gone through on the store, you’ll receive a code to access the Ticketmaster tour presale and buy your tickets.
The album isn’t out until 21st November, but you’ll be sent an email around that time with instructions of how to download it, so please keep checking your inbox for details on 21st November as this is very important. Your CD, CD/DVD or boxset will be despatched to you on or around release date.
For customer support regarding your Westlife – Greatest Hits purchase, please contact MyPlay Direct’s customer service team here.
Enquiries related to the ticket purchase only can be directed to Ticketmaster customer services here.
Kian, Shane, Mark and Nicky are excited to announce that they will be heading back on the road in 2012!
The tour entitled ‘The Greatest Hits Tour’ will see the boys perform their 14 number one singles and more, in one spectacular live show!
Westlife Fan Club Ticket pre-sale begins at 9AM on Tuesday 18th October (today) and are available through Ticketmaster here.
Tickets go on general sale Friday (21st October) at 9AM and will be available from the Live Nation website here.
Westlife will play the following dates:
Newcastle – Monday 14th May – Metro Radio ArenaX Liverpool – Tuesday 15th May – Echo Arena Cardiff – Thursday 17th May – Motorpoint Arena Sheffield – Saturday 19th May – Motorpoint Arena Birmingham – Sunday 20th May – LG Arena Nottingham – Tuesday 22nd May – Capital FM Arena London – Wednesday 23rd May – O2 Arena Manchester – Saturday 26th May – Evening News Arena Glasgow – Sunday 27th May – SECC
1999 was the year that saw the first of Westlife’s studio albums released. Unbeknown to anyone, the band would go on to release 9 more in the years following.
The boys’ first album, the self-titled ‘Westlife’ contained early hits including ‘Swear It Again’ and the unforgettable ‘Flying Without Wings’.
The band’s debut album spent an incredible 74 weeks inside the top 100 of the UK album chart and features the singles: ‘Swear It Again’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘I Have A Dream’ and ‘Seasons In The Sun’, each of these peaked at No. 1 in the official UK singles chart. This amazing run set the UK record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles taken from a debut album, a record which still remains intact today!
Check out some of the videos from the band’s first album below!
Westlife are preparing to release their new Greatest Hits collection and to celebrate, we’re asking you to vote for your favourite ever Westlife single.
Westlife have just flown out to South Aftrica to film the music video for their lead single from their upcoming Greatest Hits album. It’s a really exciting time for the boys as this is the first single since moving to RCA.
The name of the first single is being kept under wraps for now, but it is going to be a really fitting lead into the Greatest Hits. The boys are also going to be doing a very special photo shoot when they are over there.
The pictures are going to be featured in a special fan Box Set of their Greatest Hits, the first 500 of which will be signed by the boys. The box set is also going to include an amazing retrospective photobook showing their 14 years together + some specially selected fan pictures.
Between now and 31st October we want you to vote for your favourite ever Westlife single. Vote by using the form on the right as many times as you like. Everyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of the album.
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’.