Westlife Splits After 14 Years

Westlife to split after 14 years
Westlife splits after 14 years

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Westlife has decided to split up, following a successful career selling 44 million records, ten sold-out tours and 26 top ten hits. The tale started in 1998 when their debut hit ‘Swear It Again’ managed to top the UK and Irish singles charts. The group has sold a phenomenal 700,000 copies in Sweden alone during their career.

The group will go separate ways after the release of a ‘Greatest Hits’ album this Christmas. The set will also include four new tracks. They will also embark on a UK-nationwide tour in May 2012.

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Swedes Take Nicole Scherzinger to UK No.1 Spot

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The two Swedish producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk take ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger to the top of the UK singles chart this week. “Don’t Hold Your Breath” is Scherzinger’s 16th hit. According to Music Week, all of them were Top 20 hits.

A demo of the track was recorded by Keri Hilson and Timbaland, but it wasn’t officially released.

Pussycat Dolls managed to place two hits at No.1 – “Don’t Cha” and “StickWitU.” Yesterday saw the release of Scherzinger’s debut album Killer Love, which had already rendered two singles.  The Enrique Iglesias collaboration “Heartbeat” peaked at No.8, while “Poison” reached No.3.

Back to the Swedes. Rami Yacoub is no stranger to chart success. In 1998, he co-wrote “…Baby One More Time” with Max Martin. Rami has produced artists such as Backstreet Boys, Céline Dion and Enrique Iglesias. Carl Falk has worked with artists such as The Wanted, Jennifer Rush, Nick Carter and Westlife.

The Wanted Lost Their Minds in 2010

2010 CHART REWIND. It all looked very promising as WelcheMusic cheered The Wanted’s chart career. “All Time Low” crushed all competition and landed the No.1 spot in a beat, while “Heart Vacancy” bowed at No.2. The UK welcomed the latest boy band with open arms. Something  happened, however, when the third single was released. Despite performing their last hit single “Lose My Mind” on The X Factor, the song entered at No.29 – an all time low for the band. This week it moves 29-19. In Ireland, the single peaked at No.43.


WelcheMusic is still impressed with the lineup of producers for this track. Rami’s discography includes Backstreet Boys’ “Shape of My Heart,” Britney Spears’s “…Baby One More Time” and *NSync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Carl Falk has worked with Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Westlife while The Wideboys remixed tracks for Enrique Iglesias, Cheryl Cole and Katy Perry.

WelcheMusic still thinks that The Wanted makes excellent poppy tunes and knows that there are plenty of tracks off the debut album deserving to become pop singles.

UPDATE 02-05: The Wanted will launch the 2011 Comic Relief single – bound for a No.1 position.

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JLS Dethrones Rihanna

British boyband JLS manage to do what Take That couldn’t. Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” falls to No.4 in the UK as “Love You More” with JLS goes straight to No.1. The group releases the new album Outta This World tomorrow, which includes their former UK No.1 “The Club Is Alive.” Built on “The Sound of Music” from the Julie Andrews 1965 film, JLS topped the charts in July with their rendition.

We’ve covered boy bands before, and this fall sets some sort of record. Take That is back, Westlife returns with new material, but it seems as if the latest acts like The Wanted and JLS sit firm atop the charts. Outta This World contains new songs produced by well-known boy band producers such as Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Stargate.  At least, there is no change in terms of production teams.

The new No.1 – “Love You More” – also serves as the 2010 official Children in Need charity. JLS lost to Alexandra Burke in the 2008 X-Factor series.  Apart from “One Shot” in February 2010, the group’s four hit singles have all the No.1 spot in the UK. In addition, they’ve appeared on two additional chart toppers – The X Factor Finalists 2008’s rendition of Mariah Carey’s Hero and the Helping Haiti charity cover “Everybody Hurts,” that WelcheMusic covered in a previous post.

Coincidentally, JLS performed Rihanna’s “Umbrella” on X-Factor. The very same artist they dethrone this week. This September, the guys even launched their own condom range via Durex encouraging their fans to conduct safe sex.

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