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Westlife to take a final bow

Boyband giants Westlife are going to split after being together for 14 years in the music industry. Louis Walsh, the manager for the Irish boyband, announced that they will go their separate ways following a farewell tour, Greatest Hits Tour, next May. Also, they’ll be releasing an album of their biggest songs, this Christmas.

music Updated: Oct 22, 2011 02:47 IST

Boyband giants Westlife are going to split after being together for 14 years in the music industry.

Louis Walsh, the manager for the Irish boyband, announced that they will go their separate ways following a farewell tour, Greatest Hits Tour, next May. Also, they’ll be releasing an album of their biggest songs, this Christmas, the Sun reported.

"After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top five albums, seven of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, ten sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we Westlifeannounce our plan to go our separate ways," the band wrote in a statement.

“The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures. Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. We are a family... When we started out, we never imagined that 14 years later we’d still be recording, touring and having hits together. It’s been a dream come true for all of us,” they added.

The band was originally formed in July 1998 with five members, until Brian McFadden decided to go solo later, and were signed to Simon Cowell’s label.