Boyzone is Ireland's contribution to the proliferating number of cute-guy singing groups on the pop scene right now, but with their own unique twist, as the group is able to write and produce their own material, and have been scoring hits in Europe for the past three years.The vocal quintet is hoping for a U.S. breakthrough with its latest album, "Where We Belong," but Boyzone can also be seen with fellow Dubliners U2 on the video for that group's remix single, "The Sweetest Thing" [28.8 RealVideo], which is featured on the new "Best of U2" compilation. It turns out that U2 originally offered the song to Boyzone, but the group declined to use it on its record, even though they did cut their own version of "The Sweetest Thing." "We recorded the song and matched it up with the other songs on the album," Boyzone's Ronan Keating told MTV News' John Norris, "and
it just didn't flow, sadly enough, because we would've loved to do it.""But you did end up in their video anyway?" Norris asked. "They just approached us," answered Stephen Gately. "Tell the truth, Steven," prodded Keith Duffy, "we were just walking around town one day and we happened to be wearing white suits, the whole lot of us. And we saw Bono in a carriage going up the street and we ran after him, scooted on the back of the truck and went, 'Oh ho oh.'" [28.8 RealVideo] As we previously reported (see "Boyzone, B*Witched, Billie And 5ive Hailed, Amid All Saints Split Rumors"), Boyzone were the big winners at this past weekend's "Smash Hits" awards, picking up six nods during ceremonies held in London.