In June 2009, it was announced that Gates was joining the cast of the International 25th Anniversary World Tour production of Les Misérables in the role of Marius. [12] Gates had been working with writers such as Sacha Skarbek (who has worked with James Blunt), Ricky Ross (of Deacon Blue), Gary Clark and Pete Gordeno, and new the album was produced by Martin Terefe, Jon Hall and Nick Whitecross.[13]. [94] 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. After eight years, the quartet group released their eleventh studio album, Spectrum, in 2019. Voted by the public four times as The Record of the Year and twice as Best Pop Act on Brit Awards in the UK where they also have the most awards and nominations on the said category's history. This is their ninth No. After his first performance, Mo guessed it was Bruno Mars behind the mask. "[145] In November 2018, Byrne expressed 2019 will be "one hell of a year"[146] On 19 December 2018, Egan and Feehily posted a picture of the group's first rehearsals together in six years and Egan added that "2019 will be nothing but epic". And we cannot break that down, no matter what song we come out with. 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. (See Westlife songlist for the compilation.) "[129] Feehily added, "People have offered us blank cheques to get back together but it's not about money. Their first tour and first promotional tour in general and for a single release together outside UK and Ireland in seven years was on Singapore on 29 January 2019 to 1 February 2019. The third single, "Dynamite", was released on 5 July 2019 and was released in three different mixes. ", "Acts with the most Number 1 albums on the Official UK Chart", "Official Singles Charts' biggest selling artists of all time revealed",, "Top-selling album act of the 21st century in the UK", "Dublin Darling Westlife Wins Over Europe, Aims For Success in U.S.", "Westlife, Shania Top UK. Davina thought boxer Barry McGuigan, but changed her mind as soon as he started singing to Amir Khan. By 2004, they sold over 30 million albums already, the biggest live act in UK, and making around £4m each as reported in 2005. 1 on the UK, their seventh No. 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. [77] On 28 March 2008, after 27 sell-out shows, in the space of 10 years and have sold 250,000 tickets. The group sold more than 12 million records in a span of three years during this time. He was the runner-up in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol in 2002. "[186], "Flying Without Wings" peaked at number-two in the US when American Idol: Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard recorded and released it as his debut single. On 1 July 2000, they were honored as Freemen of the Borough of Sligo.[30]. 1999 Pokémon the Movie 2000 (performer: "Flying Without Wings") 1999 Le château des singes (performer: "We Are One" (English version)) Hide Show Actor (53 credits) 19 out their 29 singles as lead artist and as featured artist received UK certifications from 1999 to 2019, 17 out of 29 singles from 1999 to 2009 reached the top 2 on the UK Singles Chart. [109] The band had their final concert on 23 June 2012 at Croke Park Stadium in Ireland. [18], 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. Six were certified in 2019, one in 2018, and two in 2020. 79 to No. It is in different formats like the CD, digital download, vinyl, and a limited box set edition. [263] They are also included as ambassadors of The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC). 6 at the Scottish Albums Chart in 1999. 1 single music act in the 2000s decade of UK Singles Chart and also the last official No. In early 2013 he toured in the musical Boogie Nights,[21] with members of The Osmonds, Louise Lytton, Shane Ritchie, Chico & Andy Abraham. [181] They also personally met former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and picked autographs also for his daughter. [69] By this time, they already sold over 36 million records worldwide. [20][21] On the week of its release and its chart achievement announcement, Cowell's father died. [8] They are the biggest selling album group of the 2000s decade in the UK as well. McFadden's final public performance as part of Westlife was at Newcastle upon Tyne's Powerhouse nightclub on 27 February 2004. 3. Celebrities including Dominic Thiem, Elton John, Sharon Osbourne, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Jamie Vardy, Mike Tyson, Martine McCutcheon, Niall Horan, Neil Murillo, Leona Lewis, C. J. Stander, Daniel Bedingfield, Ed Sheeran, Rebecca Ryan, John Newman, Emily Atack, Calvin Harris, Sam Mangubat, Stormzy, Greg O'Shea, Sofie Hagen, Gemma Collins, Matt Kilgallon, Shona McGarty, Alexandra Burke, Harry Styles, Michael Devlin, Scott McKenna, Ed Drewett, Dominic Ball, Dan Osborne, Union J, James Arthur, Zhong Chenle and Robert Pattinson have recognized their love for Westlife's music. Further pantomime roles followed, including the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Woking in 2010–11 and Aladdin in Milton Keynes in 2011–12. The fourth single from the album, "My Blood", was released on 25 October 2019. Less than a month after McFadden's departure, the group kicked off their "Turnaround Tour". The very latest chart stats about flying without wings - peak chart position, weeks on chart, week-by-week chart run, catalogue number [102][103] Some fans on social networks described themselves as feeling "devastated" following news of the split. – Free Online Library", "Unbreakable: A fitting title for the Westlife", "Linkin Park, Room 5 Crash into UK Charts", "BFI | Film & TV Database | WILD WESTLIFE (2002)", "Westlife: The Greatest Hits Tour (2003)", "Darkness, Black Eyed Peas Lead UK Charts", "Record Breakers and Trivia: Singles: Individual Hits: Number 1s", "Study: U.K. So did Westlife cover the song from Ruben or vice … As JLS also performed, "I'm Already There", Westlife's version of the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at No. "[122] but Egan later tweeted, "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. The tour play dates were moved from 2020 to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too. It was followed by Coast to Coast (2000), World of Our Own (2001), Unbreakable – The Greatest Hits Vol. [89] It went to No. Combined, there was a total of 187,808 spectators on both nights, exceeding the capacity of the stadium. 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. On the evening of 17 October 2018, the UK and Ireland dates of their latest tour were announced through Westlife's social networks and was called The Twenty Tour. [88] On 14 November 2010, the single "Safe" was released. [158] Pre-sale tickets were all sold out before the general sale and the event had been described as a "big one"[159] making the original tour dates sold out at the very time of its general sales opening. [138] He went on to say, "While we were away, we realised what Westlife really meant to the fans – and to us. [114], Cowell and some media predicted a possible reunion in the future,[115] but Westlife put an end to that speculation by vowing they would never reunite. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, "the music pounded constantly as part of a scheme to assault prisoners’ senses". Westlife's first big break came in 1998 when they opened for Boyzone and Backstreet Boys' concerts in Dublin. The new album titled Gravity was released on 22 November 2010. 2019 will be nothing but Epic! Those singles are also their eighth, ninth, and tenth number ones respectively. Before the start of their Turnaround Tour in 2004, one of the original members, Brian McFadden, departed from the band. (Like Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" or Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven") Ruben's song was "Flying Without Wings" but I'm pretty sure that was sung by Westlife also. 1. [241], Some of the products that Westlife officially released, aside from their music releases, include video games, Cadbury chocolates, books, calendars, and tour merchandises such as T-shirts, jewellery, stationary, toiletries, dolls, watches, clocks, mugs, duvets, wallpaper, key chains, and posters. [14] Their fourteenth, and latest concert tour is called Stadiums in the Summer Tour.[15]. The reason I ask is because all the American Idol winners had their own "winning" song and it was an original piece made just for them. 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. While they were there, they gave a live performance of the song "Daytime Friends", originally by country music singer Kenny Rogers. 47 due to extensive downloads only. While "When You're Looking Like That" after twenty years and "The Rose" after thirteen years achieved their Silver certifications since its releases respectively in the same country. But as soon as we revealed it was Westlife, the radio pluggers all went, 'Whoa, not Westlife – it's a boyband.' Egan was voted King of the Jungle on the 2013 series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity series, released one studio album with singles, was a coach judge on The Voice of Ireland, and was a support act for Boyzone. It was first premiered live by Gates in 2004 in Bradford, and Tzuke recorded the song with pianist Haim Cotton. [78] 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,[79] Croke Park, on 1 June 2008. Gates spoke to MPs including David Amess, Robert Buckland, and Steve Brine at the Palace of Westminster as part of a briefing on communication disability hosted by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Centre for Social Justice. Simon became famous himself and his interests went that way rather than on Westlife. [65] This single marked its fourteenth year since the original Diana Ross version was released and peaked at No. He said that it will be a one-year break, from that day up to 1 July 2009. [76] Months later, "Us Against the World" was announced and released as their second single in UK and Ireland. Westlife are one of the most successful musical groups of all time, among the highest profile acts in 2000s popular culture in most territories worldwide, and one of the few boy bands to have continued success after their commercial peak. Ten out of their fourteen No. Their first UK, worldwide television and recorded professional appearance, performance in seven years and of the single was on The Graham Norton Show on 11 January 2019 where it was tagged as "one of the most highly-anticipated TV comebacks of the decade". [6] Gates achieved Grade 8 in piano, classical guitar and singing. 1, 92 Weeks in Top 10, 189 Weeks in Top 40, and 299 Weeks in Top 75 in the UK Albums Chart. As a live act, Westlife have sold 5.5 million concert tickets worldwide from their fourteen concert tours so far. No singles from this album were released in the UK but "Ain't That a Kick in the Head? 56), and Unchained Melody (no. Despite not winning the competition, he was soon signed up by Simon Cowell to the BMG label. [18] In Westlife – Our Story, Byrne revealed that, unlike the others in the group, he was keen to change the name to West High. It’d create the same sort of buzz as when Robbie Williams returned to Take That. In 2009–2011, Gates completed an eighteen-month stint as Marius, initially in the touring production and then in the West End production of Les Misérables. In 2009, it was reported that Gates has made an estimated £6.5 million during his career to date. 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. [17] A live cast recording, Les Misérables Live, was recorded in Manchester and released as a double album in September 2010 on the label First Night Records. Egan said: "All the rumours about Brian re-joining Westlife are untrue. [173] The only Irish act, pop band, boy band to have two of previous Marvel Hollywood Actors had been cast in two of the lads' music videos. 4 and as a physical single in other European countries. In 2016, Gates starred as Willard in a national tour of Footloose. [59] After X Factor-style auditions, they found Joanne Hindley, who recorded "The Way You Look Tonight" with the group. [108] They were honored at that time by Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) with four specially commissioned bar stools to mark 49 performances at the venue for over 380,000 fans, selling more tickets than any other act. Their version won them their third Record of the Year award, in under five years. [22], Gates lived in Chiswick, West London, with wife Suzanne Gates (née Mole) until their split in 2012. He had been in contact with Ed Sheeran and James Arthur to create songs for the band. Westlife are a family. Career 2003–2004: Soulful Studdard released his first single, a cover of Westlife's " "[95] With a new compilation album coming out, it was speculated Westlife would be doing a new greatest hits tour. "[123] In 2015,[124] 2016 (On this year, Walsh posted on the band's social accounts that they will not regroup as of the moment),[125] 2017,[126] Walsh expressed that the four-piece band would reunite. On 27 December 2013, it was announced that Gates, along with Dane Bowers (from Another Level), Kenzie (from Blazin' Squad), Adam Rickitt, and Kavana would be forming a "supergroup" called 5th Story for the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion. Since their comeback in 2018, their previous singles "What About Now", "World of Our Own", "Queen of My Heart", "If I Let You Go", and "My Love" reached the higher Gold certifications in the United Kingdom after ten, seventeen, eighteen, and twenty years of its releases respectively. 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Gates used the McGuire Programme to manage his stutter and is now a speech coach … [91] 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). 1 with individual credits and second to most total number of weeks at No. While 7 No. "You Raise Me Up" was awarded as their fourth Record of the Year in the UK, for 2005. Another song "Everlasting Love" included in the single was written by Feehily, Keighron, Meehan, and Connolly. [110] Their last concert was also screened live in more than 300 cinemas in the United Kingdom,[111] and 200 cinemas worldwide. In January 2014, Gates again took part in Dancing on Ice for the final series, partnered this time by Brianne Delcourt. It also peaked at number forty-six in the Irish Singles Chart. The time isn't now. Music: Studdard scored a chart-topping No. He took part in the 2009 Cosmo Everyman campaign to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. The lead single, "What About Now", was released a few weeks earlier on 23 October 2009, with digital downloads being available the day before. The tone of the song is somewhat gospel-tinged, which really suits Ruben's rich voice. A second statement was issued through their official site, saying the fans were continuing to be the best support system. Filan, with three studio albums and with singles and tours (with support act dates for Lionel Richie) released and a Top 5 hit album in UK. The single was a UK number-one for two weeks. In Ireland, it has a 2x Platinum certification. Three of their studio albums were part of the 50 fastest selling albums of all time in the UK. On the best-selling boy bands of all time list, they are currently eighth worldwide along with the biggest selling boy band from Ireland in history globally. 1 on both Irish and UK Singles Chart. [165] Voted worldwide as the best boy band on MTV Battle of the Boybands with thirty-two bands in the choices in 2012. On both songs, Ruben sounds terrific, although his voice is a touch raspy (no doubt he was overtaxed from all the … ", "Westlife respond to claims that Simon Cowell wanted them to reunite with Brian McFadden", "Westlife reunion 'definitely going ahead' – WITHOUT Brian McFadden –", "Here's when Westlife are going to bring their reunion tour to Ireland", "Westlife Official Instagram of Westlife", "Westlife star Mark says the band is set for a reunion... down at the pub", "CONFIRMED: Westlife are officially getting back together and going on tour", "Brian McFadden has no reason to keep in touch with Westlife bandmates", "WORLD EXCLUSIVE! Byrne released one studio album, joined Strictly Come Dancing, hosted several major Irish television and radio shows, and represented Ireland in Eurovision, which was also his debut solo single. [63][64] This is their fifth No. The first single released from the album was "Home", which peaked at No. Taking over the role from Lee Mead, Gates began the role on 7 February 2009 and continued to play the part until the final performance on 30 May 2009. Working with Jonathan Wilkes, his wife Suzanne and Wilkes' wife Nikki, Gates set up the Gates and Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts for young people from ages 5–18, in his home town of Bradford. Gates' first single, a cover of "Unchained Melody", entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. There is also an unreleased song called "Good Thing". On 23 September 2018, several Irish news outlets started reporting that the group has been signed to Universal Music Group for a new five-year album and tour deal with Virgin EMI Records.[133][134]. The documentary was screened in December 2006, and confirmed a new record deal with UMTV (part of Universal) and a new album as well as showcasing snippets of the new material. The tour had twelve original dates and fourteen more dates added on places like Liverpool, Leeds, and Sheffield in less than seven hours due to high demand. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Top 100 singles of the decade (2000–2009), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Entertainment | Pop singer Gareth Gates to marry", "Entertainment | Gareth Gates becomes speech coach", "BBC - Bradford and West Yorkshire - Making a fresh start", "Mirror Online: The intelligent tabloid. [238] Westlife have proven to have more original songs, worked with many songwriters and music producers and co-written numerous songs throughout their career. [3] The group currently consists of Shane Filan, Markus Feehily, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne. 1 album in Ireland. [25][26] It was the first official No. Gates auditioned with Flying Without Wings and was put through to the next round of the show. 1 with 14 weeks. 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. It's the little things that only I know Those are the things that make you … Westlife are an Irish boy band, which was formed 1998 in Sligo, Ireland. [5][6] They are also currently ranked 19th with the most number-one albums of all time and sixth highest band in the list. The cash rolled in from sales of their merchandise, while a recent advertising deal with Adidas was worth 488,000 euros to each of them with a total of 3.33 million euros each at the end of the said tour.[21][45]. We see the Greatest Hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. So impossible as they may seem You've got to fight for every dream 'Cause who's to know which one you let go Would have made you complete. The 82,300 capacity show was sold out in 4 minutes. 1 million-selling album with his debut “Soulful” (2003) and is known for singles such as “Flying Without Wings… Other notable events and charity concerts, Personal life, charitable work and other activities. [86] The said single peaked at No. [144] Feehily and Filan added, "We’re not trying to change Westlife's sound, we’re trying to evolve", "We need to be a Westlife 2.0, a better version of ourselves. Gates is a patron of the HIV/AIDS charity Body and Soul and of The Bobby Moore Fund,[35] which supports research into bowel cancer. Gates was the runner-up to Will Young on the first series of Pop Idol in February 2002. On 27 February 2009 issue of Herald Ireland, Walsh revealed that Cowell had already picked three new songs which he believed would be instant hits. Some were officially released as a single. [268] Filan, Byrne for Soccer Aid,[269] J.P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am, One World Beat. On 5 November 2005, both the album and the single were at No. 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."[187]. 1 single. It was also released in orchestral and acoustic versions. Origin: Byrne, Egan, Feehily, Filan, and McFadden's beginnings, Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, 10 Years of Westlife – Live at Croke Park Stadium, singles reached the No. as a solo and "The Last Night of the World" as a duet with Ima Castro. 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. It is their eleventh studio album, their first major album to be released in eight years and first studio album in nine years. Their first live television performance as a group in Ireland and worldwide was on the Irish TV series and the world's second longest-running late-night talk show, The Late Late Show that had its broadcast on 13 November 1998. Before this, Egan was part of a punk-rock band called Skrod. He took several breaks during the tour and during his absences his part was played by Lee Brennan, During spring 2017, Gates appeared in Robin Hood Easter Panto at various locations within the United Kingdom. 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. On 14 March 2011, Westlife confirmed that they had left Cowell after 13 years and his record label Syco Music after nine years. That time, bring on 2019 Gates day 9 April 2007 Platinum years... 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