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Keith Duffy has mentioned he would really like Boyzlife’s newest single to change into an “anthem” for the aged throughout the pandemic.

The pop supergroup, shaped of Duffy and Westlife’s Brian McFadden, are donating the earnings from their single You Wanted Me to the charity Age UK.

The tune, initially recorded by Boyzone in 1999, options the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and seems on their forthcoming debut album, Strings Connected.

Duffy, 45, mentioned he needed to let the aged and weak know they might discover assist amid the lockdown.

He instructed the PA information company: “We wish to let folks know that the aged are there, and that individuals care, and that Age UK can combat your nook for you if you’re aged, and assist you out if you’re unwell.

“If this tune turns into an anthem for Age UK, and folks hearken to it, the notice is created.

“The lyrics lend themselves very effectively to reaching out and serving to different folks – selecting anyone up when they’re down, letting folks know there may be anyone on the market who cares.

“That’s the message we’re placing on the market, that’s what this tune does.”

Duffy mentioned recording the album had been a “very lengthy however very worthwhile” course of, one they solely completed weeks earlier than the lockdown.

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Keith Duffy from Boyzone and Brian McFadden from Westlife (Ian West/PA)

McFadden, 39, who’s working as an NHS volunteer responder throughout the outbreak, mentioned many Westlife followers have been among the many aged left remoted.

“Proper now the people who find themselves being affected probably the most are the aged,” he instructed PA.

“Age UK is a implausible charity that helps them, getting meals and medication to folks, simply even easy issues like speaking to folks on the cellphone which might be lonely.

“Boyzone goes again 26 years, so lot of our followers who have been perhaps of their 40s after we began, they’re now seen as aged.

“We needed to do one thing for them.

“The only was already popping out so we determined, ‘Why not simply give all of the earnings from this tune to Age UK to attempt to assist the aged?’

“If we are able to make some cash for Age UK, that’s nice. However even when we simply create consciousness of the charity and remind folks of the aged.

“It’s not all the time concerning the cash. Typically it’s about getting the message on the market too.”

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Corridor (Matt Crossick/PA)

Strings Connected, due for launch on Might 29, options orchestral reimaginings of 9 UK primary songs from the Boyzone and Westlife catalogues.

Age UK’s fundraising director Laurie Boult mentioned: “We’re extremely grateful to Boyzlife for his or her assist by You Wanted Me.

“Music is so essential throughout this exceptionally difficult time as it may well actually carry our spirits, so why not share this tune with somebody you like and present that you simply care about older folks on the identical time.

“This can be a interval of nice nervousness for everybody, however particularly for older folks and their family members.

“Age UK is decided to be there for older individuals who want our assist and particularly for individuals who have nobody else to show to on this time of disaster.

“Thanks for ensuring we are able to reply to the rising wants and unprecedented demand we’re seeing.”

You Wanted Me is out on Friday. Tickets to the second leg of Boyzlife’s UK are on sale now at

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