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Aug 11, 2004 >> Westlife newsletter
Dear Westlifer,
We wanted you to be the first to know that Westlife are set to release a special live version of their massive Number 1 single Flying Without Wings on 23rd August, 2004.
This special live stripped down version of Flying Without Wings was recorded in May of this year at The Globe, Stockholm on the massive sell-out Turnaround Arena tour. This is a unique opportunity for you to get an end of tour souvenir.
This release is important for the boys as not only will it be their first release without Bryan but itís also only available as a download and will be included in the first ever Official Download Chart. This chart will be compiled by the Official Chart Company, the same company that compile the official Top 40 each week.
How to Order
You will be able to legally download Flying Without Wings from www.westlife.com and all other legal download stores such as itunes.com, mycokemusic.com, msnmusicclub.com, freeserve.com, hmvonlinestore.com and napster.com.
You'll also be able to order your Westlife download straight from your phone. We'll send you instructions soon, so keep an eye on your inbox.
Westlife are currently working on their 5th studio album. We'll keep you posted on how it's going soon. In the meantime the boys have launched a nationwide talent search to find someone special to duet with on their forthcoming album and on a Westlife primetime TV special Youíre The One, which will air later this year. Please check www.westlife.com for further information.
Thanks for reading, we'll be in touch again soon.
Source: www.westlife.com

11 Aug, 2004 >> Bry's still one of the lads
Bryan McFadden has admitted he's missing his old Westlife chums. Going it alone isn't all it's cracked up to be - so much so that Bryan met up with Nicky Byrne, 25, Shane Filan, 25, Mark Feehily, 24 and Kian Egan, 24, last week for a lads' night out.
A source told me: "It was just like the good old days and a great night of Irish bonding."
The get-together was the first the pals have had since Bryan quit in March to spend more time with his wife Kerry, 23, and daughters, Molly and Lily-Sue.
But instead of living the life of a dutiful house-hubby, bored Bry was itching to get back into the charts and started working on a solo album with Robbie Williams' ex-songwriting partner Guy Chambers.
His first single, Real To Me, released on September 6, takes a blatant pop shot at Westlife but Bryan, 24, insists he's not bitter.
He said: "It's me talking about what I hated in the music biz at that time.
"Now I'm making the decisions it's a lot freer. The Westlife guys are my best friends. We were like a family."
My source said: "Bryan knows he wouldn't be where he is now if it wasn't for the band.
"It was the pressure being in one of the world's most successful boybands he disliked, not the boys.
"But he's so passionate about music he found it impossible to walk away entirely.
"He was really happy meeting the lads and he wishes them all the best.
He misses them but he made the right choice."
Bry's vocals are strong in Real To Me and I'm predicting a Top Five position.

11 Aug 2004 >> First Westlife official download chart release due August 23rd
Back in November of last year Nicky, Kian, Shane and Mark topped the first ever industry only digital download track with no promotion or marketing.

On August 23rd, they'll be going for the same spot on the official launch of the first ever singles download chart - also their first release as a 4-piece.

The band are releasing a special live version of their massive Number 1 single Flying Without Wings, recorded on the Turnaround tour live from The Globe Stockholm, on May 29th earlier this year. Click the video stream links found in the news section at westlife.com

The download chart will be compiled by the Official Chart Company, the same company that compile the official Top 40 each week. Fans and music buyers alike will be able to legally download Flying Without Wings from various websites (including westlife.com and all other legal download stores such as iTunes, mycokemusic.com, msnmusicclub.com, freeserve.com, hmvonlinestore.com and napster.com).

Flying Without Wings shot straight to the number one spot in October 1999 and has remained a firm favourite with fans ever since. This special live stripped down version of Flying Without Wings was recorded in May of this year at The Globe, Stockholm on the massive sell-out Turnaround Arena tour. The track was chosen due to the overwhelming demand from fans that wanted to get hold of this version, and is a unique opportunity for fans to get an end of tour souvenir...

The Turnaround Tour, the biggest UK Arena tour of 2004, has been getting rave reviews and by the time the tour ends on the 2nd of August Westlife will have performed an incredible 49 shows to over 500,000 people since March the 29th!

Source: www.westlife.com

August 9, 2004 >> Nicky and Georgina
Congratulations to Nicky and Georgina, who today celebrates their very first anniversary as a married couple. The fantastic wedding was held in France on this date last year. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Byrne - we wish you a great day!

3 Aug 2004 >> Reports of Kian and Jodi engagement rubbished
Patricia Egan, mum of Westlife star Kian, has rubbished reports that her son is engaged to his girlfriend, Hollyoaks actress, Jodi Albert.
"He is not engaged and I should know," said Patricia yesterday (Monday) when contacted at her home on the Strandhill Road.
The rumours surfaced after a report in a national newspaper said they had got engaged last month. (Read More ...)

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