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Westlife at pre-split album signing

Published 21/11/2011 | 13:56

Shane Filan and his Westlife bandmates are splitting up next year
Shane Filan and his Westlife bandmates are splitting up next year

Westlife have given fans one of their last chances to meet them before the band split next year.

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Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan met hundreds of adoring fans at record signings in HMV stores in Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester.

The album, called Greatest Hits, and includes the singles Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, Unbreakable and Fool Again.

Westlife announced last month that they are to go their separate ways after next year's farewell tour.

The Irish group, who have been performing for 14 years, have chalked up 26 top 10 hits including 14 number ones.

In Glasgow, fans queued overnight for their chance to catch a glimpse of the boy band, and the first 400 through the door were lucky enough to see the singers up-close.

Mark said: "It's been a bit manic - it's a signing so everyone's kind of wheeled in and wheeled out but we try and speak to each person as much as we can, look them in the eye and say hello and thank you. It would be nicer to spend a bit more time with each person individually, but we have a lot of people to get through."

Shane added: "We've got such an amazing amount of fans in Scotland and we're looking forward to the tour next year - it's going to be unbelievable. Thank you very much to all our fans."

The group, for many years managed by Louis Walsh, formed in 1998 and in that time notched up 11 top five albums - seven of which have gone to number one - and they have sold 44 million records around the world.

Nicky said his favourite album over the years was Where We Are because it is "pretty cool", while Shane opted for the band's first album, Westlife.

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