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Monday, 6 November, 2000, 16:35 GMT
Westlife gun for Spice Girls
Westlife embarked on a whirlwind promotional tour
Boy band Westlife, fresh from knocking the Spice Girls off the number one single spot, are now turning their attention to beating them to the top of the album charts.

The Irish boy band have equalled a record set by The Beatles, clocking up a seventh consecutive number one.

Spice Girls
Spice Girls: Forever is their third album release
But the boy band and girl band are now going head-to-head in the album charts, with LPs Coast to Coast and the Spice Girls' Forever both released on Monday.

Westlife's single My Love ousted the Spice Girls from the top slot on Sunday.

Singer Shane Filan, 21, said: "We're absolutely delighted, this is our seventh consecutive number one single and we're just delighted, what can you say?"

The band became an overnight sensation less than two years ago with their debut single Swear It Again.

Our album is better than theirs

Bryan McFadden

They made a whistle-stop tour of the UK visiting Manchester, Birmingham and London on Monday, to mark the release of the new album.

Bryan McFadden said: "Our album is better than theirs.

"Their first two albums, people loved them but now they're just trying to be Destiny's Child, or TLC or something. They just don't have it any more."

The Beatles had their amazing run of number ones, beginning in July 1964, when Beatlemania was in full flow and it took them two years to achieve the feat.

Westlife has achieved that distinction in just 19 months.

Every Westlife single has gone to number one
The boy band first entered the Guinness Book Of Records earlier this year when their fifth single, Fool Again, went straight in at number one.

They then made pop history when their recording of the Phil Collins 1984 song Against All Odds became their sixth consecutive number one.

Band member Mark Feehily said: "We're delighted by the success of the single and we hope our album will be just as successful."

He added: "We're tired, it's been a long morning already and the next 20 hours are going to get a lot longer, but it's been fantastic so far."

The new pretenders still have a long way to go to equal the success of the Spice Girls, who are veterans of the teen music market.

The girls have sold more than 30m albums and enjoyed nine number one singles.

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