Westlife heading for fourteenth Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart with Hello My Love

The boys are back, and aiming for the top spot.

Westlife's first single in eight years is heading for Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart.

In an Official Irish Chart Update today, we can reveal that Hello My Love is Number 1 based on this past weekend's downloads and streams. The Irish boyband have a battle on their hands if they want to keep the top spot for Friday's Official Chart - the Irish boyband are just 201 combined sales ahead of last week's Number 1, Sweet But Psycho from Ava Max.

Hello My Love would be Westlife's first Number 1 in their home country in over 12 years, since The Rose spent one week in the penthouse in November 2006.

If Westlife maintain their lead, they'll become the first Irish artist to scoop a Number 1 in Ireland since Hometown's Cry For Help led the Top 50 in April 2015.

Westlife are one of the most successful acts in the history of the Official Irish Singles Chart. Only U2 have had more chart-topping hits than them, and should they claim their 14th this Friday, they will surpass The Beatles, who also have 13 to their name.

Elsewhere in today's Chart Update, fellow Irish group Picture This are on the cusp of claiming their third Top 10 hit with new single If You Wanna Be Loved at Number 9.

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