Talk on Corners is the second studio album by Irish pop rock band The Corrs. It was released on October 24, 1997. Preceded by lead single “Only When I Sleep”, which became a top ten hit internationally, the album was an immediate commercial success in several territories, including Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Its commercial performance elsewhere was initially modest, however.
The Corrs’ entire concert from the Royal Albert Hall was broadcast live on BBC One on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1998, where they were joined during their performance of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood. This event did much to raise the band’s international profile. A remixed version of “Dreams” went on to become their first top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart. The record was reissued the following month to include the song as a bonus track. This would be the first of several different editions of Talk on Corners to be released over the album’s two year-long promotional cycle.
Over this period, the band released a string of increasingly successful hit singles, culminating with a Tin Tin Out remix of “Runaway” peaking at number two in the UK. The Corrs also toured extensively to promote the record: the “Talk on Corners World Tour” saw them perform almost 160 concerts across twelve separate legs. The album spent ten weeks at number one in the UK. On one of these weeks, previous album Forgiven, Not Forgotten reached a new peak of number two, making The Corrs the first act since The Beatles to simultaneously occupy the top two positions of the UK Albums Chart. It ended 1998 as the highest-selling album of the year, and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time there, as well as the highest-selling album ever by an Irish act.
The album was No 1 on the following chart dates:
- June 27, 1998 (1 week)
- July 11, 1998 (1 week)
- August 15, 1998 (3 weeks)
- September 19, 1988 (1 week)
- February 27, 1999 (3 weeks)
- April 10, 1999 (1 week)
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