CHART SPOTLIGHT. As previously reported, Westlife will split up. Headlining Westlife’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album in November as one of the new tracks, ‘Lighthouse’ is written by Gary Barlow and John Shanks. The track will become the group’s final single before disbanding. Barlow/Shanks also wrote Take That’s hit ‘Patience’ and it’s described as a typical Westlife ballad.
It has already been sent to radio for airplay, and #westlifelighthouse became a trending topic on Twitter after it was played on LincsFM with Eddie Shaw. John Shanks has produced all new tracks on the ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
The English singer-songwriter Olly Murs will lift a second single off his self-titled debut album. The set was preceded by the UK No.1 “Please Don’t Let Me Go,” which was released in August this year. The second single will be “Thinking of Me,” which will be out on Nov.22. Murs finished second on X-Factor last year and on the album, he has collaborated with veteran producers John Shanks, Wayne Hector and Mark Taylor. On a private note, the singer’s career has cost him the relationship with his brother. They fell out following Olly’s missing his twin brothers wedding in order to perform for the judges.
(Update 13/3): This week, Olly Murs bows at No.20 with “Heart on My Sleeve.” It’s the second single off the Olly Murs album. The track is written by singer-songwriter James Morrison and prolific producer John Shanks. The original version was recorded by the American Idol contestant Michael Johns for his post-Idol album Hold Back My Heart. The track made the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, finally peaking at No.22.