- 14 Oct 22
"We have the best job in the world, so thank you to whoever has listened to the album," The Coronas said in a statement today of the good news.
This makes it a hat trick for the current Hot Press cover stars. The Coronas are the first and only self-released Irish band in history to have a third consecutive No. 1. Their two previous albums Trust The Wire (2017) and True Love Waits (2020) also went straight into the pole position on their own record label, So Far So Good Records.
Since their debut release Heroes or Ghosts (2007), the band have sold in excess of 150K albums – which equates to 15-times platinum sales!
"There’s a caring sense of decency in Danny O’Reilly’s voice; a sense of conviction in the songs and it all hangs beautifully and positively together. A winner,” Jackie Hayden said in a 9 out of 10 review in Hot Press.
The Irish Times also praised the record, describing it in a 4-star review as “A mature, reflective record from a band that deserves a closer look”.
Time Stopped was preceded by three singles, 'Write Our Own Soundtrack', ‘Strive' and 'If You Let Me', all of which have been well-received by radio and fans alike.
Recorded in Camden Studios Dublin and Eastcote Studios in London and produced by George Murphy (Mumford & Sons, The Specials, Ellie Goulding) and mixed by Grammy award-winning Peter Katis (The National), Time Stopped also features many of The Coronas’ long-time collaborators and friends including Lar Kaye, Róisín O, Cian MacSweeney, and John Broe.
“We are blown away with the reaction to our new album ‘Time Stopped’. It’s so special when something you’ve worked on for so long, is so nicely received,” the three band members – Danny, Knoxy and Conor – said in a statement. "The news that it’s gone straight in at number 1, has really floored us, especially with fact that’s it’s with our own independent record label, So Far So Good. In a changing time for the industry we feel so honoured to be able to continue to do what we love to do. We have the best job in the world, so thank you to whoever has listened to the album and has plans to see us live, hope to see ya’s soon.”
Not a band to rest on their laurels, The Coronas are heading to Europe later this month, before embarking on their US and Australian tour. They return home before Christmas to play Ulster Hall Belfast and then five sold-out dates at the 3Olympia Theatre from December 14-18, plus the INEC Killarney.
The Coronas have also just announced their biggest show of 2023 in Fairview Park next summer, on Saturday, 17 June which went on sale this morning. Tickets available from here.
The long-standing Irish band launched Time Stopped at the Hot Press Windmill Live show last Thursday night in Windmill Quarter, followed by an album signing session with fans. Revisit the stunning 22-track set here.
Read the brand new interview with cover stars The Coronas in our new issue, out now.