How did Boyzone get their band name - many recordsBoy band from Dublin that vigorously sold 20 million records in less than ten years time.

The band received unexpected and unwanted publicity when singer Stephen Gately died of a pulmonary oedema on Majorca, only 33 years old.

Rumour has it that it was Gately's preference for men that served as inspiration for the band name (Boyzone in this reading stands for 'boys only', possibly pointing to both the composition of the band and the nature of Stephen Gately).

A different explanation is more likely: the selected band name could very well have been the prize in a contest the outcome of which was made public in a television program.

For more information about the band: do not expect to find any on

Active: 1993-2000; 2007-present, IRL

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