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This final performance was an all-out assault on the emotions

Former Westlife star Shane Filan who has signed a solo record deal, just months after being declared bankrupt.

Westlife star Shane Filan launches solo career after bankruptcy

Former Westlife star Shane Filan has signed a solo record deal, just months after being declared bankrupt.

The music mogul sued The Sun over a story in the paper last year, that was based on a false allegation that he had sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin night-spot.

Louis Walsh wins £400,000 from Sun over claim he groped man in club toilets

Music mogul successful in defamation fight

TV presenter Richard Arnold waltzes off Strictly Come Dancing

Television presenter Richard Arnold became the latest contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing on the week the show swapped the Strictly ballroom for Wembley Arena.

Kimberley Walsh

Strictly star Kimberley Walsh having treatment for knee injury

Kimberley Walsh is undergoing physio to get her in shape for this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing after damaging her knee.

Why do people listen to such terrible music at funerals?

Robbie Williams, 'Angels'? Really? That's really the last song you'd want your friends and family to remember you by? The song you'd want to sum up everything you've every thought and everything you've ever done?

Westlife's Shane Filan declared bankrupt

Westlife star Shane Filan has been declared bankrupt just days before the hugely successful Irish group play their farewell show.

One Direction have a Hot 100 hit

Boy band invasion! how The Wanted became America's most wanted

For all their scream-inducing skills, British boy bands such as Take That consistently failed to colonise the bedroom walls of America's teenage girls.

Man in court over Louis Walsh grope claim

An unemployed man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of groping him in a nightclub has appeared in court charged with inventing the story.

Westlife part ways with Simon Cowell

Westlife have left Simon Cowell's record label Syco.

Album: The Wanted, The Album (Geffen Records)

This stage-schooled quintet have already justified their existence by inspiring the immortal headline "the Wanted attacked by window-licker".

Hurts, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

“Well, well, well,” vocalist Theo Hutchcraft purrs darkly. He’s clad in a sharp suit and white shirt buttoned up to the collar, his scraped-back hair emphasising his strikingly pale skin and angular jaw. “There are lots of people here,” he muses, smiling seductively and gesturing to the jostling crowd with all the new-wave charm of a man who’s just stepped out of 1981.

Festivals begin to feel the pinch

When the opera star Bryn Terfel appealed to his Faenol Festival audience to dig deep in order to keep the event afloat, it was a sure sign of a wider struggle. Simon Tait and Elisa Bray report

Album: Boyzone, Brother (Polydor)

It's like they've never been away. Which, given the continuing existence of Westlife, they arguably haven't.

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