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Westlife leave Syco for RCA

By | Published on Tuesday 15 March 2011


Westlife have announced that they have left Simon Cowell’s Syco Music and signed a new deal with another Sony division, RCA.

The band were originally signed by Cowell to his S Records label, also a division of Sony Music, in 1998 and moved with him to Syco Music when he launched his new entertainment company in 2002. The split is apparently amicable, though reports have claimed the band were disappointed that Syco decided not to release their favoured single from latest album ‘Gravity’.

Westlife’s Nicky Byrne confirmed the news to fans via Twitter on Sunday, saying: “Truth is yes we have moved on from Syco after a fantastic thirteen years. But it is time for a change and it’s very exciting”.

Mark Feehily added: “Yes, ‘Gravity’ is the last album for us to make with Simon Cowell and his label. We love and respect him and thank him for his part in Westlife. Time for a new chapter. We are still very young and have lots of energy left in us so here’s to the future! New label, new lease of ‘life’! Bring. It. Bloody well. On!”

Meanwhile Westlife manager Louis Walsh told The Sun: “The move was a natural progression. There was no bad feeling”.