began with IOU, the band which comprised Shane, Mark and Kian.
Boyzone's manager, Louis Walsh, was overwhelmed by their performances
on the local TV channels and was keen on getting in touch with
them but didn't know how.
Shane's mum was looking for a manager for the band and phoned
him. Louis Walsh then asked them to perform in the first part
of the Backstreet Boys show in Dublin. Ronan Keating happened
to be there. He was immediately impressed by their talents so
he decided to become the co-manager.
Shane and Mark wanted to find other voices for the band so an
audition was held on July '98. That was how Bryan and Nicky got
involved in the band. From that moment on they had loads of offers.
Ronan asked them to sign with RCA and to change the name of the
band because he thought IOU wasn't a good name at all! They chose
Westside but they had to further amend it because there was already
another US band called Westside, so they eventually chose the
'98 saw them performing for the first part of the Boyzone's tour
and they soon won the Smash hits Best New Act award which Spice
Girls and Boyzone had won previously. On April '98 they released
their first single "Swear It Again" which went straight
to number 1 in the UK singles chart. They continued to rewrite
the record books by being the first band ever to have their first
seven singles all go to the No.1 spots on the UK charts. These
singles were "Swear It Again", "If I Let You Go",
"Flying Without Wings", "I Had A Dream / Seasons
In The Sun', 'Fool Again', 'Against All Odds' and 'My Love'. Their
next single was 'What Makes A Man' which went to No.2 in the UK
charts. Their most recent release was 'Uptown Girl' (a cover of
the Billy Joel hit) and gave Westlife their eighth No.1! Westlife
won 'Best Pop Act' at the 2000 Brit Awards.