Kian Egan: 'Westlife outsold One Direction' Instagram Thu-20-Mar-14 10:23 Share this Tell Us What You Think WTF 0 LOL 0 FAIL 0 OMG 0 HOT 0 CUTE 0 ] Irish pop star Kian Ega is convinced One Direction wouldn't have survived the music industry in the 1990s as their record sales would have been dwarfed by Westlife's. The Flying Without Wings hitmaker enjoyed huge success with the boyband in the 1990s and 2000s, and he claims the group's pop successors, One Direction, would have struggled to score a hit if they had emerged on the scene 15 years ago. He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I was told the other day that One Direction's album sold around 700,000 copies in the U.K. and was the biggest-selling album of the year. Back in the day with Westlife, that would have been fairly poor, we were selling more like 1.7 or 1.8 million. Times have changed." One Direction's third album Midnight Memories was released in November and sold 685,000 in the U.K. by the end of the year, making it the biggest selling record of 2013 in Britain.wenn.com You May Also Like 15 top celebrity Instagram moments of 2014 1D fans react to the news of Zayn's departure 1D get pranked by 'New Zealand' TV show 1D Named Most Popular X Factor Act On Social Chart Become a fan of The Edge on Facebook and on Twitter .