Westlife (album)

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Studio album by Westlife
Released1 November 1999
Rokstone Studios
(London, England),
Cheiron Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
CaVa Studios
(Glasgow, Scotland)
Length65:32 (International)
50:59 United States
ProducerSimon Cowell (exec.), Steve Mac (also exec.), Wayne Hector (exec.), Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Rami Yacoub, TTW, David Foster, Pete Waterman, Jake Schulze, David Frank, Steve Kipner, Cutfather & Joe, Jaime Ikeda, Rovi
Westlife chronology
Coast to Coast
Alternative cover
North American cover
North American cover
Singles from Westlife
  1. "Swear It Again"
    Released: 12 April 1999
  2. "If I Let You Go"
    Released: 9 August 1999
  3. "Flying Without Wings"
    Released: 18 October 1999
  4. "I Have a Dream/Seasons in the Sun"
    Released: 6 December 1999
  5. "Fool Again"
    Released: 27 March 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllRovi3/5 stars[1]
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The Tribune (Chandigarh)5/5 stars[3]

Westlife is the self-titled debut studio album by Irish boy band Westlife. The album was released on 1 November 1999 through RCA. The album spawned the five UK number-one hit singles "Swear It Again", "If I Let You Go", "Flying Without Wings", the double A-side "I Have a Dream"/"Seasons in the Sun", and "Fool Again". This album broke records like "Most Entries at Number 1 by a Debuting Act", "Only music act to have four number one in UK Singles Chart in only a year", "The first and only artist so far to have every single from their album reach number-one on the singles chart, "Only male group with most original songs in an album went straight to number one in UK Singles Chart with four singles", "Biggest-selling single in a week one by a debut artist", "The first pop band and boy band to hit the #1 with its first two singles", and "Biggest selling international, foreign album act in the Philippine and Indonesian music records history".


Westlife signed to Arista Records for the North American territory after auditioning for the label's founder, Clive Davis.[4] Westlife released "Swear It Again" as their debut single in the United States. The singles was serviced to radio in February and released commercially on 7 March 2000. The album was released on 4 April 2000 with an altered track listing that included the new song, "My Private Movie".[4]

In 2005, the album was released in a compilation box collection with Westlife's fourth studio album, Turnaround.

Commercial performance[edit]

Due to all five singles from the album peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart in less than a year, Westlife created a chart history record that remains unbroken to date. Despite this, however, the album entered and peaked at number two, being beaten only by an extra 1,000 copies of Steptacular by Steps.[5] The album was the biggest chart dropper on the top 40 in UK music history when, in its 58th week on the charts it leapt from No. 79 to No. 3 before falling to No. 37 the following week.[6] Despite the history, the album successfully managed to peak at No. 1 in Scotland in the year 2001 after premiering at No. 6 at the Scottish Charts in 1999.[7]

IThe album became the eighth best-selling album of 1999 in the United Kingdom, and ended up being certified 4× Platinum.[8] The album went on to spend seventy-four weeks in the UK Top 100.[9] A video album related to the release, entitled "The Westlife Story", was released in October 2000, peaking at number 15 on the UK Visual Chart. The release was available on both VHS and DVD. The DVD was later made available in a five disc set entitled "Westlife: The Complete Story".

In 2000, the album was released in the United States and peaked at number 129 on the Billboard 200.

The album also peaked at number 1 in Ireland[10] and 15 in Australia. Westlife also remains the best-selling international album ever in Indonesia and Philippines, receiving 20× platinum certifications for over 1 million copies sold in Indonesia and 25× Platinum certifications for over 500,000 units sold in the Philippines.[11][12] Overall, the album has sold more than five million copies worldwide.[13]

Track listing[edit]

The album's standard edition featured 17 tracks. While the band said they recorded 22 songs for the debut album,[14] standard and all other versions have a total of 26 tracks overall.

Standard edition
1."Swear It Again[a]"Steve Mac, Wayne HectorMac4:07
2."If I Let You Go"David Kreuger, Jörgen Elofsson, Per MagnussonKreuger, Magnusson3:41
3."Flying Without Wings"Mac, HectorMac3:36
4."Fool Again"Kreuger, Elofsson, MagnussonKreuger, Magnusson3:53
5."No No[b]"Andreas Carlsson, RamiRami3:15
6."I Don't Wanna Fight[c]"Mac, Hector, Peter Cetera, David FosterMac5:03
7."Change the World"Lance Ellington, Topham, TwiggTTW3:10
8."Moments"Steve Mac, Wayne HectorMac4:17
9."Seasons in the Sun"Jacques Brel, Rod McKuenTTW4:09
10."I Need You"Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin, RamiRami3:48
11."Miss You[d]"Jake Schulze, RamiJake, Rami3:53
12."More Than Words"Gary Cherone, Nuno BettencourtMac3:53
13."Open Your Heart"Andreas Carlsson, JakeJake3:40
14."Try Again"Kreuger, Elofsson, MagnussonKreuger, Magnusson3:34
15."What I Want Is What I've Got"Alexandra Talomaa, RamiRami3:34
16."We Are One"Alexandre Desplat, Mac, HectorMac3:44
17."Can't Lose What You Never Had[e]"David Frank, Steve KipnerFrank, Kipner4:26
  • ^[a] "Swear It Again" has an alternate title which is "Swear It All Over Again" according to music repertoires.[19]
  • ^[b] "No No" has an alternate titles which is "No No I Don't Need Nobody" or "No No (I Don't Need Nobody)" according to music repertoires.[20]
  • ^[c] "I Don't Wanna Fight" has an alternate title which is "I Don't Want to Fight" according to music repertoires.[21]
  • ^[d] "Miss You" has an alternate title which is "I Miss You" according to music repertoires.[22]
  • ^[e] "Can't Lose What You Never Had" has an alternate title which is "Can't Lose What U Never Had" according to music repertoires.[23]


Westlife Era[edit]

The following is a complete list of album tracks, singles, remixes and b-sides released during the Westlife era:


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[45] Gold 35,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[46] 2× Platinum 40,000^
Indonesia (ASIRI)[13] 20× Platinum 1,000,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 15× Platinum 225,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[47] Gold 75,000^
Malaysia (RIM)[13] 8× Platinum 400,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[48] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[49] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Philippines (PARI)[13] 5× Platinum 500,000[11]
Sweden (GLF)[50] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
Europe (IFPI)[52] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide 5,000,000[13]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Formats
United Kingdom 1 November 1999 Standard (17 Tracks)
Japan 4 April 2000 Standard (18 Tracks)
Philippines 18 April 2000 Deluxe (2xCD)
United States 7 May 2000 Standard (13 Tracks)
Australia 15 May 2000 Standard (18 Tracks)
Philippines 31 July 2000 Platinum (2xCD, CD+DVD)
United Kingdom 15 October 2000 Video (The Westlife Story)
Japan 19 December 2000 Standard (No.1 Hits & Rare Tracks)


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