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Thursday 30 March 2017

Boyzone's saddest single hits the top of the charts

Boyzone are back on top of the Irish charts with their first release since the death of Stephen Gately (right).

Written by pop star Mika, the success of single 'Gave It All Away' is particularly poignant for Boyzone as it features a vocal from their departed friend who died suddenly last October while on holiday in Majorca.

They managed to topple Jedward from the No 1 spot.

Yesterday also saw the release of Boyzone's new album 'Brother' which is a tribute to Gately.

Manager Louis Walsh said: "It's great to be number one on home ground. The lads really deserve it."

Lead singer Ronan Keating, writing on Twitter, thanked all the fans "who bought the single and made it a No 1".

Mikey Graham said: "This is very special to all of us in the year we've had and everything that has happened."

However, despite strong sales in Britain since it was released last Monday, a UK No 1 looks unlikely.

From studying the midweek sales and general trend, Gennaro Castaldo of HMV said he expected Boyzone to be just outside the top five when the UK charts are released tomorrow.

"Given Boyzone haven't had that much out recently, this is still a fantastic result. It shows once again just how broad their appeal is and how loyal their fans are.

"In addition, it's also a great tribute to Stephen Gately. I'm sure many fans are also buying the single directly because of him and to demonstrate how much they still care for and miss him.

"I suppose it shows fans will never forget him and he will always be a member of Boyzone," said Castaldo.

Irish Independent

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