British boyband Blue have hit out at pop rivals Westlife, claiming they planned to record a rat pack-style album before the Irish group.

The MANDY band recently revealed their intention to release an LP based on the hits of singing greats Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin ready for Christmas (04).

But Blue are upset - because they had the idea first.

Singer DUNCAN JAMES says, "We actually had an idea to do that album before Westlife."

Blue are meanwhile rumoured to be splitting for good next year (05). Music mogul Louis Walsh revealed last week (ends 03SEP04), "I know for a fact Blue are going to break up.

"Lee will probably have a big solo career and the other three will probably end up as TV presenters."

06/09/2004 17:13