Westlife to release Gary Barlow track

Westlife loved Gary Barlow's 'Lighthouse' so much they ditched one of their own songs to release it as a single.

Westlife had originally planned to use their own song Beautiful World as the lead single to their upcoming Greatest Hits album.

However, they decided to ditch the song at the last minute in favour of one penned by Gary Barlow and his Patience co-writer John Shanks.

Westlife member Mark Feehily wrote Beautiful World and revealed how the decision was made:

"It was literally up until a day ago that we were deciding between Lighthouse and Beautiful World for the first single but they went with Lighthouse in the end."

"I wasn't too gutted though. Once I write the song I've written it. You can't get too attached and just have to hand it over and forget the fact that you've written it."

The group insist there is no rivalry between themselves and Take That and they think it is "cool" to have Gary write songs for them.

Mark told the Daily Star: "I love the idea of Gary writing for us and throwing all the rules out the window."

Nicky Byrne added: "Some people might think Gary would be seen as the competition but we don't at all. It's kind of cool he's written for us."

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