Westlife have announced that they will be embarking on their "biggest ever" world tour and hinted that they will release a new album this year. 

The band, which features Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Kian Egan, also revealed that they have left their label EMI Records by "mutual consent". 

In a social media post, the fourpiece announced a "very exciting chapter" ahead, and also said they plan to play shows in America for the first time. 

"Hi everyone. We hope you are all safe and well. We have some big news we'd like to share with you." the band said. 

"Due to a change of leadership and breakdown of contractual negotiations, we have parted company with EMI Records by mutual consent." 

"We enjoyed our time with the label and are very proud of the huge success we achieved together, including our No.1 album 'Spectrum’ and were humbled to be the label’s biggest selling UK signed artist of that year." 

"This change now allows us to embark on a very exciting new chapter. The next 18 months is shaping up to be our biggest year, including a groundbreaking global partnership which we will be announcing imminently." 

"We can also reveal we have started work on our brand-new album due for release later this year. Lastly, and the most exciting part of all, is that we get to see all of you again and it’s been a long time coming, as embark on our biggest ever world tour." 

"This will take us across 5 continents including a sold-out Wembley Stadium and for the first time ever, we will be bringing our live shows to America." 

"In the meantime, everyone stay safe and we’ll see you all very soon. Love Nicky, Shane, Kian and Mark." 

Westlife last played Ireland in the summer of 2019, when they performed two comeback shows in Croke Park.

They band reformed in 2018 after a six-year break and released a new album entitled Spectrum.