- 13 Dec 01
Soul-searching at the end of a poignant year with the girl from the north country. The Andrea Corr interview: Niall Stokes
It’s been a strange and interesting year for The Corrs. At the end of 2000, they were ensconced in the upper regions of charts all over the world with their fourth album In Blue. The record went on to sell close to six million copies – but its mightily impressive success in some 15-plus territories notwithstanding, it didn’t quite make the breakthrough in the US that the band and their organisation had been hoping for.
No one can put their finger on precisely why. The United States is a huge and difficult market – but then anyone releasing a record there is faced with that reality. Black music – what the Americans call R’n’B, and rap music in particular – has a stronger presence in the States than anywhere else in the world and that militates against bands like The Corrs, when it comes to high profile radio and TV exposure.
And then there’s the influence of MTV, videos, and the obsession which that has tended to engender with what can be crudely labelled T’n’A. Destiny’s Child may be a great vocal act – but would they have been half as successful if they hadn’t been prepared to flaunt it? Almost certainly not.