Westlife announce their return to music: relive the chart-topping Irish group's chart history

Get ready for the return of the stool and key change combination.

Westlife have announced their return to music.

Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne confirmed that they will release new music as a quartet, their first new material for seven years.

Since their hiatus began, co-lead vocalist Shane has released three UK Top 20 albums, the first of which spawned the Top 20 single Everything To Me. Mark Feehily has also released solo music; his debut album under his full real name Markus Feehily titled Fire peaked at Number 25 in October 2015. Meanwhile, Kian won the 2013 series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Here, and Nicky represented Ireland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Original member Brian McFadden - part of the group until 2003 - is not part of the group's revival. He is appearing on the upcoming 2019 season of Dancing On Ice.

While the name of a new album or single from Westlife has not yet been confirmed, new music was teased as "coming soon", while a tour is also in the works.

Westlife have scored the third-most Number 1s on the UK's Official Singles Chart, with 14, the same amount as Cliff Richard. Only Elvis Presley and The Beatles can claim more UK chart toppers. Westlife have also scored 7 UK Number 1 albums. View Westlife's full Official UK Chart history.

Over in Ireland, Westlife are tied with The Beatles on 13 Number 1 hits, behind U2 who have scored an incredible 18 chart toppers in their home country. View the acts that secured the most Number 1s on the Official Irish Singles Chart.