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Westlife have had 14 UK number one singles, with only The Beatles and Elvis Presley achieving more. Having also sold over 40 million records worlwide, they are regarded as the most successful pop group of the 21st century. Their Soundwave was signed during their UK Tour. It has been printed on paper in an edition OF 10 COPIES ONLY. Each Soundwave has been hand signed by: Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Mark Feehily. Westlife is an Irish pop band formed on 3 July 1998. The group's original lineup comprised Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden who left in 2004. Currently, Filan and Feehily serve as the band's lead vocalists. The band is the only act in UK history to have their first seven singles go straight to Number 1, and they have gone on to sell over 45 million records worldwide which includes their studio, single, video, and compilation albums.
They were signed by Simon Cowell and are currently managed by Steve Mac. In 2008, they were declared as Ireland's ninth-richest celebrities under 30 years old and 13th in general.They garnered 14 number one singles in the United Kingdom, the third-highest in UK history, tying with Cliff Richard and trailing behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. The band has also broken a few top records, including "Music artist with most consecutive number 1's in the UK" and the "Biggest selling arena act in the Wembley Arena". (See Westlife records)
Over years of their career, Westlife's music has evolved from teen pop to a pop sound, with an emphasis on ballads. All of the band members are songwriters, although most of their hits have been composed by external writers, most notably Steve Mac and Wayne Hector. (See Songs written)
On 1 June 2008, Westlife marked their 10th anniversary with a concert in Croke Park, Dublin which saw more than 83,000 fans attending the special occasion. Music Week revealed on their website that Westlife is the official third top touring act within the years 20052008, while they were 7th top touring act of 2008.