Nicky Byrne joined Westlife in 1998. Managed by Louis Walsh and signed by Simon Cowell to BMG, Westlife were hugely successful right from the beginning. The band’s five members Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Brian McFadden and Nicky Byrne, all hailed from Sligo and Dublin respectively.
They burst onto the music scene in 1998 with their single ‘Swear it Again’, remaining in the charts for 13 weeks. Westlife’s next 7 releases shot straight to number one, making them one of the biggest boybands in the world.
Brian McFadden left Westlife in 2004, but this in no way slowed the band down. The release of ‘You Raise Me Up’ in 2005 catapulted them into even more success. Both the single and its album went straight to number 1, the first time ever the band had both a single and album at number one at the same time.
Throughout their 14 year career, Westlife have had 12 worldwide tours and also have recorded duets with the likes of Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and Delta Goodrem, to name just a few. They have sold over 40 million records worldwide; have had 14 number ones singles and 7 number one albums. They follow closely behind that of The Beatles and Elvis Presley for the most UK number one singles.
After spending most of their adult life together Westlife called time in 2012 on their hugely successful career. The played their final and emotional ‘Farewell’ tour to crowds all over the world. Their final concert was fittingly played to a packed crowd in Dublin’s Croke Park stadium. It was also streamed live in cinemas to many countries all over the world.