Personalities | Westlife | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocal group, 1998–present)

Fourteen UK No. 1s and albums sales of over 45 million perhaps say more about the obsessive (and young) nature of Westlife’s fan base than their actual music. A clean-cut Irish boy band – Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and (originally) Brian McFadden – formed in the image of Boyzone and Take That before them, they produce radio-friendly, often ballad-driven pop that does little to trouble critics. Their appeal lies in a canny and highly choreographed knowledge of what will sell to the young pop fan.

Styles & Forms | Twenty-First Century | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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