Boyzone have just dropped the lead single from their upcoming final album, a catchy, country-tinged number co-written by hitmaker Ed Sheeran called Because.

As well as Sheeran, the emotive song features writing credits for Ronan Keating, Amy Wadge and John Shanks and will be released as part of their final record Thank You & Goodnight which will be released on November 16.

The song's singalong attraction is highlighted in the video, which sees Boyzone perform in all-white suits on a TV screen while Ronan, Keith, Mikey and Shane all belt along with the track at karaoke.

Boyzone in the video for Because

The video also features clips of Boyzone fans from all around the world singing the hook.

Even Mr Sheeran himself makes a few brief cameos.

Ed Sheeran in Boyzone's Because video

Check out the video below.

Thank You & Goodnight also sees the Irish boyband collaborate with another special guest songwriter in the shape of Take That's Gary Barlow on Love.

Boyzone recently announced details of the Thank You & Goodnight farewell tour that commences next January including a show at Dublin’s 3Arena on January 24.

While announcing the tour they said: "When we started out as five young Dublin Northsiders, eager to face the world, we never imagined that we’d still have an army of fans some twenty-five years later...

"If you’d seen our famous first TV appearance on The Late Late Show (skip to 6 minutes for that epic dance routine!), you’d probably be surprised too!"

Boyzone's first ever TV appearance on The Late Late Show in 1993. TV gold.

They continued: "But what followed was the stuff of dreams. We’ve played stadiums and arenas all over the world, released six albums, and had almost two dozen hits. We really can’t put into words just how much you, the fans, have supported us along the way. Without that support, we would have never achieved what we have, and for that we’re eternally grateful."

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