August 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Here is a pop quiz question for all of our readers – can you give us the name of a group that has achieved the following records?
Fourth biggest selling pop band with 44 million records sold (only behind other groups like Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and ‘N Sync)
Album with most number 1 hits
Most successful debut boy band artist
Top artist with the most consecutive top 5 hits
To make it easier, here is a hint or two – the group is a boy band who used to be a group of five, but is now a group of four. They are also the biggest selling Irish band from 2000 till 2009.
If the answer that pops into one’s head is the group Westlife, then that is absolutely correct. This Irish pop group has been in the music industry for thirteen years. First formed on 3rd July 1998, the group has produced ten albums and recorded a total sales of 44 million records worldwide since then. The group’s original line-up consisted of Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Brian McFadden, who left the group in 2004. Their first big break came when the group’s first single, ‘Swear it Again’ topped the charts in Ireland and United Kingdom for two weeks. They enjoyed the same success with their second single, ‘If I Let You Go’ together with ‘Flying Without Wings’ in 1999.
The group has been enjoying continuous success with the release of their other albums. Their second album, ‘Coast to Coast’ became United Kingdom’s biggest fourth selling album of the year 2000 and still remains as Westlife’s biggest selling album till today. Other famous chart topping hits released by the group include ‘I Have a Dream / Seasons In The Sun’, ‘When You’re Looking Like That’, ‘I Lay My Love on You’, ‘Queen of My Heart’ and ‘World of Our Own’. The group, who was originally signed by Simon Cowell, announced their decision to leave Cowell’s Syco Music after 13 years. Their latest album, Gravity, was recorded and processed with songwriter/producer John Shanks and sees the group sailing into uncharted waters. Breaking from their usual form, the latest album will see these charming lads exploring music with a different beat.
Die hard fans of Westlife, be prepared to be mesmerised by this quartet’s charm and vocals as they will be performing in Kuala Lumpur in October! Westlife is scheduled to perform at the Putra Indoor Stadium at Bukit Jalil on 7th October 2011 at 8.30 pm. Tickets can now be purchased online at www.ticketpro.com.my . Alternatively, fans can also purchase the concert tickets at all Rock Corner, The Guitar Store and Victoria Music outlets. Tickets are priced at RM 98 and RM 158 (both are free seating), RM 258, RM358 and RM 558 (all of which are numbered seating). There is an Early Bird discount for those who purchases the tickets before 31st August 2011. For more information, please log on to Ticketpro‘s website or call the hotline at 03 7880 7999.