Westlife are back, with their first new single in eight years. ‘Hello My Love’ is released today, Thursday January 10.
The song has a very Ed Sheeran feel about it – it really sounds to our ears like Sheeran’s song ‘Photograph’ – but this is for good reason, as it’s been written and produced by Ed and his frequent collaborator, Steve Mac. It’s a definite pop anthem, paying heed to the band’s trademark vocals and harmonies.
Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Markus Feehily and Kian Egan annouced their reunion in October last year, amid a frenzy of coverage in both traditional and social media. The group has signed to Virgin EMI, and will release a new album this year.
Westlife are set to tour the UK and Ireland in May, June, and July, in ‘The Twenty Tour’, which commemorates their 20th anniversary. Kicking off the tour in Belfast on 25th of May, they’ll finish up at Dublin’s world famous Croke Park, on July 5. Croker is dear to the hearts of the group, as the venue for their – at that time – final two shows ever, on June 22 and 23, 2012, where they were supported by fellow Irish legends, Jedward, who themselves are releasing their fourth album this year.
‘The Twenty Tour’ is proving to be Westlife’s fastest selling tour of all time, with the group selling an incredible 400,000 tickets in only 48 hours. On the setlist for the tour are brand new songs, including ‘Hello My Love’ and other tracks from their upcoming album, as well all 14 of their UK No. 1 hit singles, songs such as ‘Swear It Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘You Raise Me Up’, and ‘Unbreakable’.
Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only act to have their first 7 singles enter the UK charts at No. 1. They also hold the record for the most singles of any artist to debut at No. 1 in the UK. With 14 number 1s, Westlife sit in the third spot behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles for most top selling UK singles.