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"Westlife" is an Irish boy group created in 1998. The group has proven extremely successful in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, and are also massively popular in Africa, Australia and Asia.

The group has had thirteen UK number ones singles between the years 1999 and 2005, the fourth-highest such total in UK history, behind Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Cliff Richard. Westlife are also the only band in UK chart history to have entered straight at number one with their first seven singles. They are also the only artiste/group to win 'Record Of The Year' in the UK four times (often attributed to their loyal fanbase). Westlife have sold almost 40 million albums worldwide and have seven multi-platinum albums.

Westlife was formed in July 1998, with the members Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, and Bryan McFadden.

The group's roots can be found in Sligo in Northwest Ireland, where Egan, Feehily, and Filan were in a six-member vocal group named IOU, which released a single called "Together Girl Forever". They were then discovered by Louis Walsh, (who was contacted by Filan's mother), the manager of 1990s boy band Boyzone, but did not meet Simon C...

Background group or band
Origin Sligo and Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Genre Pop music
Years active 1998–present
Current members Kian Egan (1998-)
Mark Feehily (1998-)
Shane Filan (1998-)
Nicky Byrne (1998-)
Past members Bryan McFadden (1998-2004)
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