First, a huge apology to everyone who is awake when I'm not and has to suffer through the horribly slow website performance nearly every day. After over a month of harassing them, the web hosts think it has something to do with our DNS settings (what ties the name to the IP address). They are going to take over control of that, which will lead to some time on Sunday when the website will not be available to anyone. They've told me they'll make a change after midnight US Eastern time (30 minutes from now) and then I should change the name servers with the registrar after 7:30am. It usually takes 6-8 hours before the site comes back up. If this fixes the problems for good, then I'm sure you'll all be happy to have the site unavailable for a few hours.
If this does not fix the slowness, then it will be Wednesday night when I get home from a business trip before I can harass them again to properly diagnose the problem. I have my fingers crossed that this is really it... I don't understand why we were fine with our current DNS configuration for 6 months before the slow periods started, but they won't look for any other problems until we prove whether or not their current diagnosis is correct.
After my business trip, I will be on vacation until October 30. I know this is bad timing with promotion season getting into full swing. New videos will be uploaded FIRST in the Forums by whoever encodes them. Yaara has volunteered to babysit the website and get the files uploaded by members onto the server and up in the Downloads for all of you while I am away.
A STATEMENT FROM KIAN
Kian has asked us to pass on the following message in response to rumours in the press about the band splitting up:
âThis was a quote taken totally out of context and we are definitely not splitting, as we have said all along, we are going to spend next year recording another album to be released the following yearâ.
NEW WESTLIFE MUSIC
We're getting closer to the release of the "Home" single on October 29th in the UK and the new album "Back Home" a week later.
Here are the tracklistings for the new single:
Maxi-CD 1. Home 2. Mega Eclipse Of The Heart (Jim Steinman Remix) 3. Home (Soul Seekerz Radio Edit)
2-Track 1. Home 2. Hard To Say Iâm Sorry
You can hear a snippet of "Hard To Say Iâm Sorry" in Downloads/Music. :)
Here is the tracklisting for the new album:
1. Home 2. Us Against The World 3. Something Right 4. I'm Already There 5. When I'm With You 6. Have You Ever 7. It's You 8. Catch My Breath 9. The Easy Way 10. I Do 11. Pictures in My Head 12. You Must Have Had A Broken Heart
Check out Downloads/Music for snippets of the new songs, which were posted on a couple of websites where you can buy the album from online.
Remember that it is our policy to NOT upload album tracks for everyone. There are a number of websites where you can buy the album online, with free shipping to any country, so use them! I bought "The Love Album" from music-wow.com last year. They have the new album available for just Â£5.99 via the following link:
It is our mission to support and promote Westlife, not to hurt their sales. If anyone posts links to download the new album in our Forums, those links will be deleted. Please do NOT ask for full songs to be uploaded. Repeat offenders may be banned.
WESTLIFE OUT AND ABOUT
Westlife (minus Nicky) and their partners attended the Pink Ice Ball on October 5th. All 4 members attended the Pride of Britain Awards last Tuesday. The program aired Wednesday on ITV1. The guys did not perform or give out any awards but there were a few shots of them in the audience.
There are TONS of photos from both of these events. Check out the "Westlife in Pictures!" section to see them. Huge thanks to Yaara, Pia, alfee, Lucy and everyone else who gets these photos for us.
Please see this link for the list of radio stations that Westlife will be visiting on October 17 and 18:
Note that most of these are pre-recorded interviews. If we can find out when the interviews will be on the radio, I'm sure members will be recording them and uploading the files for everyone!
Arenas in the UK are now telling people who call that dates for the tour are set and tickets go on sale this week. Tickermaster still shows nothing, but keeping checking it or westlife.com for the official info!
Here are the rumored dates:
29/02/08 - Liverpool Arena 01/03/08 - O2, London 04/03/08 - Newcastle 05/03/08 - Newcastle 08/03/08 - Cardiff CIA 09/03/08 - Cardiff CIA 10/03/08 - Cardiff CIA 12/03/08 - Birmingham NEC 18/03/08 - Aberdeen 19/03/08 - Aberdeen 24/03/08 - Nottingham 25/03/08 - Sheffield (Hallam) 28/03/08 - Wembley Arena 29/03/08 - Wembley Arena
In our last Poll, we asked what you think of Westlife's new single "Home". Here is what you thought:
It's awesome, what a great song!: 257 (51.3%) Westlife can make anything sound good.: 150 (29.9%) Big yawn...: 70 (13.10%) Don't like it at all.: 24 (4.8%)
Our current Poll asks for your opinion on the best Westlife music video, so please go and vote if you haven't yet! The new "Home" video is currently winning!
I apologize for the trouble some people have been having with recent videos. They all play fine on my PC, so I'm not aware that there are problems until uploading them. Having so many members helping out with recording or saving files from online inevitably means many different video formats. If you play a video and have no sound or no picture, you are missing a codec. Because my PC is almost 4 years old, I installed the codecs ages ago and have no clue what exactly any memeber may be missing. Try these websites for the main codecs:
Westlife - Clips - ITN Showbiz News [05-10-2007].mpg Westlife - Clips - ITN Showbiz News [10-10-2007].mpg Westlife - Clips - Report on Pride of Britain Awards [GMTV 10-10-2007].mpg Westlife - Clips from Pride of Britain Awards [10-10-2007].mpg Westlife - Clips - Kian on XtraFactor Pt 2 [05-10-2007].mpg Westlife - Clips - Interview about Pride of Britain [ShowBuzz Mirror.co.uk 10-10-2007].mpg Westlife - Interview - MTV News [MTV Overdrive UK 08-10-2007].mpg
Thanks to Lou for the links:
WestLife - Interview - New Woman Celebrity Gossip [nwdaily.co.uk 10-2007].wmv Westlife - Clips - Interview About X Factor [Whatsontv.co.uk 12-10-2007].wmv Westlife - Clips - Interview About Spice Girls [Whatsontv.co.uk 11-10-2007].wmv
Thanks to alfee:
Westlife - Interview - Kian on X-Factor [itn.co.uk 05-10-2007].wmv
Also big thanks to alfee for help in converting other videos!!
Thanks to ann11082001 for saving from youtube:
Westlife - Interview - Backstage at Bitts Park [08-2007].wmv
We also got a number of older videos that surfaced from old video tapes.
Thanks to Anna & Mirjam:
WESTLIFE - WESTLIFE vs FIVE.mpg WESTLIFE - WESTLIFE vs FIVE [PART 2].mpg WESTLIFE - INTERVIEW [TOPPEN 1999].mpg WESTLIFE - INTERVIEW [MTV 2000].mpg WESTLIFE - INTERVIEW [TV HUSET PART 1 2000].mpg WESTLIFE - INTERVIEW [TV HUSET 2000 PART 2].mpg WESTLIFE - INTERVIEW [TV HUSET 2000 PART 3].mpg WESTLIFE - INTERVIEW [TV HUSET 2000 PART4].mpg
These were recorded by a fan in Copenhagen back in 2002. Anna bought a tape of the show and sent it to Mirjam for encoding. There will be more when Mirjam returns from her holiday and is able to encode the rest of the show.
WESTLIFE - 01 - WORLD OF OUR OWN [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM- DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 02 - BOP BOP BABY [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 03 - WHY DO I LOVE YOU [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 04 - BAD GIRLS [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 05 - UPTOWN GIRL [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 06 -SWEAR IT AGAIN&WHAT MAKES A MAN [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 07 - IF I LET YOU GO [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 08 - ANGEL [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 09 - IMAGINARY DIVA [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 10 - IF YOUR HEART'S NOT IN IT [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 11 - JAILHOUSE ROCK&BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mpg WESTLIFE - 12 - BROWN EYED GIRL&WANNA BE STARTING SOMETHING [IN THE ROUND 2002 - FORUM - DENMARK].mp
The official website has been very good about TV updates this year! There is a topic in the Forums where we post all dates. This is what we know so far that's coming up:
Sunday 14th October â performance on Strictly Come Dancing (results show) Monday 15th October â GMTV performance and chat and Sky News interview Tuesday 16th October â It Takes Two interview and video play Saturday 20th October - T4 Monday 22nd October â Paul OâGrady chat and video play Thursday 25th October - E4 Westlife Take it Home. Monday 29th October â Loose Women Friday 2nd November - Late Late Show (mentioned by Louis this week)
Westlife - Live - Radio 2 40th Anniversary Bash [28.09.07].mp3
Small Snippets from "Back Home" album! Small Snippets from "Back Home" album! (#2) Hard To Say I'm Sorry [Home B-side] (snippet)
Thanks to all who helped with saving these!!!
Thanks to Katrin (and Em for editing):
Westlife - Interview - Nicky & Rocco [2fm breakfast with Colm & Jim Jim 25.09.07].mp3
A reminder for the many newbies: If you click the "Broken Downloads" button and do not tell me what is wrong, I will delete your message and not reply. I can't read minds!!! It's unbelievable how many people still sign up and do this. Most of the time the "problems" are just members not using the recommended download managers and not getting full files or members trying to download the password-protected Video Requests without donating. Read the Help or FAQ FIRST!
Also for recent newbies: If you have a credit card, or know someone who does, you can donate an annual fee of $5 via PayPal (or send US$ or euro cash via snail mail) to access all of my older videos on a by-request basis. The money goes to reimburse my server costs. I will not be able to respond to anyone who donates while I am away, sorry.