And Finally

Westlife left Syco because they had to make decisions for themselves

By | Published on Monday 21 November 2011


Bands make all kinds of complaints about record companies, but an argument you don’t hear very often is that the band had too much control. However, that seemingly is partly why Westlife jumped ship from Syco to fellow Sony Music imprint RCA earlier this year.

The group’s Nicky Byrne told The Mirror: “We felt unloved because we were making albums with that particular label and we were having to make our own decisions. It makes you implode. So we thought, ‘Let’s get away to a new label and see what it’s like there’. But when we got to the new label we were still imploding. It felt like we had done it for long enough”.

“Imploding” is an interesting word to use to describe the subsequent Westlife split, which has otherwise been referred to as “amicable”. Though all four members of the group did seem to simultaneously feel their time together was at an end. Kian Egan added: “Over the years, we’ve tried to look at all the little things that were cracking and all the little things that were going wrong, thinking maybe we could change this or that. But none of them really had anything to do with it. I think it was just a case of wear and tear”.