Westlife’s Kian Egan has blasted the pop industry’s top songwriters-and says a lack of good new material is why his boyband’s next album will be made up of other artists’ hits.
Revealing details of the group’s Love Songs exclusively to The Goss, Kian told us: “We decided to do an album of cover versions. When we sat down and listened to all the new songs available, we didn’t like any of them.” Hardest to find were “good uptempo tunes” for Westlife to sing. Kian said: ”They’re just not coming in anymore. Nobody is writing good uptempo songs these days, especially for pop bands like us. That’s why you don’t hear any in the charts.”
Faced with this musical black hole, the four-man group then decided the best thing to do would be to raid their record collections.
Kian said: “We each did a list of our favourite songs and then we put all our lists together. I can tell you we got a few surprises.”
Surprises which include Bonny Goldsboro’s 1968 classic Honey (I miss you), which westlife producer Steve Mac is currently re-recording with the group in a London studio.
Insiders claim if they pull it off, Honey could be Westlife’s biggest hit ever. Kian said: ”At one stage it was the biggest selling record of all time. So it’s definitely the kind of popular song we should be covering.”
We can reveal the tracks on the album, due out in November, are some smoochy classics.
They have done takes on Chicago’s ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’, Air Supply’s ‘All Out Of Love’ and Garth Brooks’ ‘The Dance’ aswell as tunes made famous by Celine Dion and Bryan Adams.
The lads got a boost this week when manager Louis Walsh revealed he had cancelled plans to launch a new Irish boyband.
Louis told The Goss: “It’s got nothing to do with Westlife. I just can’t be bothered. I’m enjoying life too much right now.” And asked for his take on why Westlife’s new album was all covers, he said: “To sell shaggin’ records. I am the manager you know?”
Fucking Louis Fucking Walsh! I'm absolutely seething!
Hey, here's an idea. Why don't they, i dunno, wait another year, write some decent fucking songs themselves, and release an all new album. Better late than bloody awful!
And Kian, love, stop putting the blame on everyone else. It's not becoming.