ContactMusic.com reports that Nicky Byrne is advising his former Westlife bandmate Brian McFadden to take a year off from music. “I spoke to Brian six weeks ago. He’s had the raw end of the stick,” Byrne said. “I told him to take a year off and bury his head in the sand. It was, Brian and Kerry overkill, which affected his career. It’s disappointing how things have gone, but he’ll fly when he comes back.” Read more.