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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 16:36 GMT
Bye Bye Spices, say Westlife

Westlife say their album Coast to Coast is better than the Spices' Forever
Westlife manager Louis Walsh has weighed into the current album sales fight between his act and the Spice Girls by claiming the girl group are finished.

"It's over for the Spice Girls, they've had their day," he told BBC One's Live & Kicking programme at the launch party for Westlife's new album, Coast to Coast.

"They were fantastic, they were pop icons. But it's old. It's like the Bay City Rollers," Mr Walsh added.

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh took over Westlife's management from Ronan Keating
Fresh from knocking the Spice Girls off the number one single spot, the boy band are now hoping to beating the girls' new album Forever to the top of the album charts.

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

"Our album is better than theirs," said Bryan McFadden, buoyed by media reports which suggest the Westlife album has outsold the Spice Girls by two to one.

"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."

Spice Girls
Spice Girls: Forever is their third album release

Westlife's new single My Love ousted the Spice Girls from the top chart slot on Sunday to become their seventh number one, equalling a record set by the Beatles.

But 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.

Mr Walsh is one of Ireland's most successful pop managers. Before Westlife, he guided Boyzone to fame, and he is also responsible for the career of pop singer Samantha Mumba.

The full report on Westlife's album launch can be seen on BBC One's Live and Kicking on Saturday.

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