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Westlife
1999-2000

So you've obviously heard the group Westlife. But, I know many of you from North America probably don't know much about the group. On the other hand, fans from Europe and Asia probably know everything written on this page.

Westlife is an Irish boy band group who got their claim to fame performing as the opening act to a 1998 Backstreet Boys show in Dublin, Ireland. They are managed by Louis Walsh and Ronan Keating. Who are these two people you ask? Ronan Keating is the lead singer of the Irish pop group "Boyzone" while Louis Walsh is the manager of Boyzone. Boyzone is a wildly popular pop group in Europe and Asia where they have scored numerous #1 hits. Sadly, the only Boyzone hit to make it to this side of the ocean (that is North America) was "No Matter What" on the "Notting Hill" Soundtrack.

But, I am digressing here so...

Westlife was originally composed of 6 friends from Sligo, Ireland. Three eventually left the group, and Nicky and Brian joined the group in their place. Westlife was originally called IOU. They later renamed themselves Westside, but they had to change the name once they found out that several groups had laid claim to the name Westside (especially in the United States).

Westlife soon shot to popularity with the release of their debut song "Swear It Again" in April 1999. The song hit #1 in the UK. It was followed by 4 more #1 songs...a record in itself within the UK. "If I Let You Go", "Flying Without Wings", "Seasons in the Sun/I Have a Dream", and "Fool Again" all shot to #1 in the UK.

After conquering Europe and Asia, the group set its sight on the United States, where they were virtually unknown. They released the song "Swear It Again" in April 2000 in the US. To coincide with the release, the group remade their video for the song. The UK video takes place in an auditorium while the US video takes place at a car wash. [I'm sure you can find a clip of the UK version somewhere on the net. A link to the US version is on this website.]

So is Westlife a success in North America? It remains to be seen, although I certainly hope so =) Swear It Again has been slowly climbing the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts, and at last count had risen to an impressive #21. However, the album itself has yet to breach the top 100.

2002

Bryan became the first married member of Westlife in January 2002. He married Kerry Katona, formerly of Atomic Kitten. They both have a daughter, Molly, who was born in September 2001.

Westlife scored their 10th UK #1 in February 2002 with World of Our Own (see the Charts section for detailed info on their hit songs). They embark on their 2nd major UK/Ireland in April 2002. This tour ends in June 2002.

 

Group members



Mark Michael Patrick Feehily

born: 5/28/1980
age: 20
height: 5' 11"
birthplace: Sligo, Ireland
color of eyes: blue

Bryan Nicholas McFadden

born: 4/12/1980
age: 20
height: 6' 1"
birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
color of eyes: blue

Shane Steven Filan

born: 7/5/1979
age: 20
height: 5' 9"
birthplace: Sligo, Ireland
color of eyes: Hazel green

Kian John Francis Egan

born: 4/29/1980
age: 20
height: 5' 10"
birthplace: Sligo, Ireland
color of eyes: blue

Nicholas Byrne

born: 10/9/1978
age: 21
height: 5' 10"
birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
color of eyes: blue