Brian McFadden not relishing chart battle with former Westlife band mate Shane Filan18/09/2013 23:52
He enjoyed world wide fame and high flying chart success when he sang with Westlife. But singer Brian McFadden was struck with horror as he made plans to release his first single in eight years. It turns out his fellow former Westlife band mate, Shane Filan, is releasing his first solo tracks a week later. Brian revealed it is a battle he never wanted to have to the Sunday Mercury ahead of his latest appearance on ITV dance show Stepping Out last night.
His new single, Time To Save Our Love, is being released on September 29, to coincide with final of the show. The 33-year-old said: “I got a fright when I realised Shane was putting stuff out too. I didn’t realise our records were going to be released so close. I wish it was further apart because I don’t want people to compare us. Our sound is completely different and we’re at different places in our careers. This is his first solo venture – and it’s brilliant, I’m very proud of him – whereas I’ve made four solo albums already.”
Brian has been working in Australia and admits coming back to Britain feels like starting again.
“I’m facing the unknown and starting from scratch,” he confides. “I don’t know if I still have a fan base. When I left Westlife and released my first solo material, people were waiting for it. Nobody is waiting to hear my music now. My sound has matured but the music industry has completely changed from our Westlife days. Then your video was on MTV and you went on Top of the Pops. That’s gone now, it’s all about Twitter and YouTube and people don’t buy music any more. ”
Brian’s new album, released early next year, is called The Pursuit Of Happiness and reflects his state of mind – “I’m happier now than I’ve ever been,” he insists.
Brian is on friendlier terms with his ex-wife Kerry Katona and married Vogue, an Irish model, a year ago. Last night they impressed on Stepping Out with their hip hop routine, even though Brian says: “The choreographer told us we have to find our inner black soul, but you can’t get any more white than two people from Ireland!”
The show has shown the pair arguing a lot, but Brian insists: “Actually it’s brought us closer together. We have one row in a week, when we’re hungover on a Sunday morning, and that’s what they show. We’re laughing much more and are really enjoying spending time together. It’s why I agreed to do it. I’ve turned down Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice because I didn’t fancy doing it on my own.
“We’ve been practising everywhere we go. Even just walking to the shop, Vogue will be doing the arm movements. I think Oritse from JLS and his girlfriend AJ will win as they are just incredible. But we are in the race to come second.”
Brian last performed in Birmingham at the O2 Academy in May and is planning to return early next year.
“Birmingham is my favourite place to play because of the golf,” he confides. “I remember playing the NEC for about eight shows with Westlife. We stayed at the Belfry for two weeks and played golf every day.
“I doubt I’ll be playing the NEC again, but I don’t mind where I perform as long as I can stay at the Belfry.”
Credit/Source : Birmingham Mail