Westlife have released a new video for their comeback single “Hello My Love”, which marks the band’s first new track in eight years. Shot in Los Angeles, the video sees Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan singing against a desert backdrop, while also taking cover under a hot air balloon. “Hello My Love” was written and produced by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac. Feehily told the Metro: “Ed is now one of the biggest stars in the world but also when I first met him, he was just doing gigs in bars and he was not very widely known. When I met him that time, he was a huge Westlife fan and learnt to play the guitar to one of our greatest hits.”
The group reunited late last year, six years after splitting up, and announced they would embark on their Twenty Twenty Tour, on the 20th anniversary of their formation. During the announcement Nicky revealed that he had had a conversation with Kian two years ago about reforming and his concerns about “where Westlife’s music fits into the current market” and not wanting to be simply a “nostalgia” act. “[I said] we need Ed Sheeran or someone of that ilk. Little did we know Ed was in the background saying, “I want to write a Westlife tune’,” he said. With that “Hello My Love” was born.