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Nicky Byrne: Making solo album was “more fun” than working with Westlife

The 2FM presenter looks set to release his debut solo effort next summer.

Nicky Byrne has revealed making his upcoming solo album was “more fun” than working with Westlife.

It’s been four years since the famous boyband split up and now 2FM presenter Nicky, 37, looks set to release his debut solo album next summer.

The Dubliner described the upcoming record as “cheeky pop” and admitted he was happy to have songs written to suit his voice -unlike his days in Westlife.

Nicky told the Irish Daily Mirror: “When I started writing and recording it, it was more fun than the Westlife years because there was no timeline or pressure.

“We’re writing songs around me – it’s not songwriters from a different side of the world writing around Shane [Filan’s] voice or Mark [Feehily’s] voice.

“I was in the studio with songwriters and producers and we made, in my opinion, a cheeky pop album. I’m taking it in a bit of a different direction, but it’s still pop music. It’s just me and my personality,” he added.

While Nicky is excited to get back on the music scene, he’s in rush as he puts the finishing touches to his album as he admitted that his broadcasting career is still his top priority.

“I’m just finishing the album in my spare time because radio and TV are my priorities at the minute, but it’s what keeps me going,” he said.

He added that while he was happy to take a break from music when Westlife called it quits, he misses the “buzz” of performing.

“Music is in my blood. My dad was lead singer in a cabaret band for all my life so it’s not as though Westlife was a mistake,” he said.

“When you walk away from something that was so big, that you’ve been doing at the highest level for so long, it’s nice to get away from it and be a dad and husband but you’ll never lose the buzz for it.”

Source: irishmirror.ie

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Nicky Byrne admits surprise at radio success: ‘I never thought it could be as strong as it is’

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FORMER Westlife star Nicky Byrne has revealed that he was surprised at how successful his Rte 2fm radio show is, admitting he never thought it was going to be so successful.

The singer, who hosts the Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene, has gone from strength to strength as the latest radio listenership figures reveal the show has a total of 163,000 listeners.

Speaking at the launch of Rte 2fm’s Christmas appeal for the ISPCC yesterday (MON), he said+ “It’s going really well. I never thought it could be as strong as it is right up to this point.

“But it is fun. People stop us in the street and say things like ‘It’s just a bit of a laugh.’

“But every now and again, especially moving to 10am, you deal with some serious issues when they arise but predominantly we’re having fun.

“People who have said to us, people who drive for a living or who work in an office, say to us that they are giggling and laughing and it passes the time and I’m learning things about random stuff.

“But mainly if you can go to work and have fun, then that’s half the battle, which I genuinely have every day. We do. There hasn’t been a day yet where I have come in thinking that it is a drag.”

The Dubliner also ruled out any reunion with Westlife in the near future, claiming “it’s not for me right now.”

“I always love performing. I still do. I was in the 3Arena last week with U2 playing and that’s what you miss – You miss those big nights and we had a conversation afterwards with Larry Mullen. He asked me the same question.

“I personally would’ve classed them (the big nights) as the best because I really came alive on stage during those moments.

“But as far as a reunion is concerned, I mean, there is no plans, there hasn’t been one conversation about it. It’s not for me right now.

“I see things all the time, every other day, one of us is denying it, one of us is saying different. You know we all say, ‘Never say never’ because we didn’t fall out and I’m sure one day we might consider it.

“The stuff with Boyzone (Westlife and Boyzone forming a supergroup) I can’t see why that would be on any interest to anybody. I don’t think that will happen.

“You see things every so often about a reunion but until you hear from us, there are no reunion plans and right now, even for me, if the three lads said to me ‘right now we’d love to do it.’, it wouldn’t be the right time.

“I have my own album coming out next year, Mark’s album has just come out recently, Shane’s about to go on tour and Kian has just had a brand new baby, I’m sure he’s going to do some TV work and probably music stuff planned for next year so for all of us, we’re all thriving.

“So no, it is not around the corner anytime soon.”

Source: thestar.ie

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Nicky Byrne reveals Westlife trauma: ‘Louis Walsh mocking my teeth gave me low self-esteem’

The pop star became obsessed with his appearance.

Nicky Byrne has revealed he suffered from cripplingly low self-esteem in his boyband days due to Louis Walsh mocking his teeth.
The former Westlife star admitted the pop guru’s jibes got to him and eventually made him get braces to improve his appearance.
While the 36-year-old tried not to care about his appearance – being in the public eye forced him to be self-conscious.

It’s a very blokey thing to not be concerned about your appearance, but I think we all care deep down,” he said.
“You’re in a boyband, you’re going to be vain. But I remember the early days…my teeth were all over the place.”
“Louis used to always say to me, ‘You’ve got to get your teeth done, you’ve got to get your teeth done,’” he told Good Morning Britain.

“I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace.”
Nicky divulged that seeing himself on TV and on the covers of magazines didn’t help in improving his self-image.
“In those kind of crazy Westlife years, it is something that you can’t avoid,” he said.

“You see yourself everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think, ‘I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit.”
While he may have found the pressure to look good in Westlife difficult, Nicky previously told Goss.ie he would “never say never” to a reunion.

Source: goss.ie

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Nicky Byrne: ‘I was insecure with my teeth during Westlife days’

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Nicky Byrne has admitted he had self-esteem issues during Westlife’s heyday – and that Tom Cruise inspired him to get his teeth fixed.

The ‘Flying Without Wings’ singer spoke about anxieties over appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain as part of its #SelfieEsteem campaign that aims to boost confidence.

Nicky said self-esteem can affect males just as much as females, pointing out his own experience as part of Westlife.

“In those kind of crazy Westlife years it is something that you can’t avoid, you see yourselves everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think, ‘I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit’,” he recalled.

“It’s kind of unavoidable and I think people probably see it as a female thing predominantly and it’s not really, I think guys do have those insecurities as well.”

Nicky went on to say his teeth caused him self-esteem issues, particularly when manager Louis Walsh suggested he have them fixed.

“I remember the early days it was my teeth that were all over the place. It’s lads banter amongst yourselves when people are saying ‘ah your teeth are this’… it’s a bit of banter. But Louis used to always say to me ‘you’ve got to get your teeth done, you’ve got to get your teeth done’ and I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace.

“In the midst of the Westlife fame I saw Tom Cruise on one of the red carpets wearing the white train track braces and I thought, you know what? If the biggest star in the world can go and do that then why not. A lot of the Westlife earlier years I would have smiled with my mouth closed while the rest of the boys were blinging teeth.

Source: reveal.co.uk

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Westlife’s Nicky Byrne reveals Louis Walsh bullied him over his bad teeth

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Nicky Byrne has revealed he used to get grief for his wonky teeth – with Louis Walsh urging him to get his gnashers fixed.

The former Westlife star admitted his teeth ‘were all over the place’ when the band started out, with Walsh’s nagging ultimately persuading him to get a brace.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said it was a ‘very blokey thing’ to not be concerned about your appearance, but said that he thought ‘we all care deep down’.

He explained: ‘You’re in a boyband you’re going to be vain. But I remember the early days it was … that my teeth were all over the place…

‘Louis used to always say to me “You’ve got to get your teeth done, you’ve got to get your teeth done” and I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace.

‘In those kind of crazy Westlife years, it is something that you can’t avoid – you see yourselves everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think “I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit”.’

Byrne was talking to Good Morning Britain as part of the show’s selfie campaign, which urges viewers to share the first selfie they take, unfiltered, on social media with the hashtag #SelfieEsteem.

Source: metro.co.uk

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Nicky Byrne: ‘Other presenters thought my 2FM show would be a DISASTER – now we’re celebrating one year on air’

The radio host has hit back at radio stars that said his show would never work.

Nicky Byrne has revealed other radio presenters thought his 2fm show would be a disaster.
The former Westlife star has said he has finally proved his critics wrong – as he is set to celebrate one year on air next week with co-host Jenny Greene.
After winning the ratings battles in the last few JNLR figure releases, Nicky is quickly becoming radio’s biggest stars.
“Some other presenters on other stations who have less listeners than us said this would be a disaster,” Nicky admitted.

Unfortunately, the Dubliner didn’t name names, but hinted that a male DJ had tried to put him down.
“Can I say it? I don’t care. What was his name again? I actually can’t even remember his name,” he said.
“Someone from another radio station said something bad about us? That can’t be true,” co-host Jenny laughed.
It isn’t the first time the ex-boybander has been faced with criticism since he made the transition from music to radio.

Nicky felt pressure from listeners over his presenting skills in the shows early days but insisted the digs didn’t bother him.
“You can’t keep everybody happy – when you do a job in public life people have their opinions and you are going to get a bit of stick here and there.”

Source: goss.ie

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“I was caught up in Lansdowne Road riot”

RTE presenter Nicky Byrne has recalled how he got caught up in the riot at Landsdowne Road 20 years ago.

The former Westlife singer (36) revealed fighting broke out on the day he was attending his first international match on his own – a friendly game between Ireland and England.

“I had always gone with my dad to see Ireland play and here I was out for the first time on my own and I walked into this,” he remembered.

“The thing I remember straight away going into Landsdowne road that night was the atmosphere.

“There was such hatred. You couldn’t hear the national anthems.”

Luckily, Nicky was with his friends in the south terrace which was away from the English hooligans who were in the upper West Stand.

However, he says he can still remember “all hell breaking loose” when Ireland scored.

“It was like an explosion because it drove the English fans crazy and immediately they started ripping up their seats.”

Nicky, who was just 16 at the time, later made his way to Ringsend to call his parents to let them know he was safe.

Source: hnews@herald.ie

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Nicky Byrne: Invite me and I’ll be there!

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Westlife star Nicky Byrne has thanked his East Antrim fans for their continued support and revealed details of his forthcoming album.

The singer spoke as he prepared to open the Dale Farm Milk Cup 2014 in Coleraine, a football tournament which he himself played in with Home Farm and Leeds United.

Nicky told The Times: “My first Milk Cup was when I was 13 years of age, I came up as a young goalkeeper in the under 14 team for Home Farm, that was my first experience. I didn’t get to play as I was a reserve in case the main keeper, the first choice, got stuck.
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Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne teams up with Ireland’s oldest boy band

The 2FM star was hanging out with the Bolton Street Band to launch Specsavers Sound Check Ireland Roadshow 2014.

Nicky Byrne and Ireland’s oldest boy band in town, the Bolton Street Band, joined forces to launch Specsavers 2014 sound check Ireland roadshow.

Nicky and his band from the Friends of the Elderly were on hand at the launch to talk about the importance of hearing health.

As a former member of Westlife and now a Broadcaster on 2FM Nicky knows the importance of good hearing.

Speaking about his involvement with the campaign pitch perfect Nicky said: “My hearing has always been of utmost importance to me given my choice of career in music and now broadcasting.

“Good hearing health is imperative to living a healthy, happy and active life yet it’s not something we give much thought to.

“It’s great to see Specsavers provide a free platform for people to get their hearing checked and to raise awareness about the importance of hearing.

“I really hope that people take the opportunity to have a free hearing screening at the booth.”

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Nicky Byrne: ‘Being a radio presenter is MORE pressure than playing stadiums with Westlife’

The former boyband star told Goss.ie that he needs to prove himself on 2FM.

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He played to hundreds and thousands of fans all over the world, but Nicky Byrne has said being on radio is more pressure.
The 2FM host who presents The Nicky Byrne Show admitted that he is more anxious about being on the airwaves.
“There is probably more pressure (then being in Westlife). When you leave Westlife you’re one of four.

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