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Irish boyband Westlife calls it quits

posted 20 Oct 2011, 08:11 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 20 Oct 2011, 08:12 ]

After 14 years it's all over for the boys from Ireland.

REUTERS/RCA RECORDS -It's the end of the road for Westlife.

After a successful career that spanned 14 years, the Irish boyband calls it quits.

Westlife announced their decision to split on Wednesday and said they will each go their own way after a final farewell tour next year.

During a career that had fans watch the quartet grow from teenagers to young men, Westfile scored a total of 14 British number one singles, sold over 44 million albums world-wide and had seven of their eleven albums hit the top spot in Britain.

The band which originally comprised five members was put together by pop impresario and X-Factor judge Louis Walsh. cc

One of its members, Bryan McFadden, left in 2004 but the band continued on as a foursome, releasing six more albums.

Westlife said on Wednesday their second greatest hits album, due out in November, would be their last.

They will play a nine-date farewell tour next year, due to end in Glasgow in May but there are currently no plans for a concert in their native Ireland.

Mirja Mey, Reuters