Foreign Affair

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Foreign Affair
Foreign Affair.jpg
Studio album by Tina Turner
Released September 13, 1989
Length 52:16
Label Capitol
Tina Turner chronology
Tina Live in Europe
Foreign Affair
Simply the Best
Singles from Foreign Affair
  1. "The Best"
    Released: September 2, 1989
  2. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
    Released: November 18, 1989
  3. "Steamy Windows"
    Released: February 17, 1990
  4. "Foreign Affair"
    Released: May 5, 1990
  5. "Look Me in the Heart"
    Released: August 11, 1990
  6. "Be Tender With Me Baby"
    Released: October 13, 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Foreign Affair is the seventh solo album by Tina Turner, released on Capitol Records in 1989. It was Turner's third album release after her hugely successful comeback six years earlier and although the album was not a major success in Turner's native US, it did reach number 1 in the UK Albums Chart, her first number 1 album there. The album includes the single "The Best" which has gone on to become one of Turner's best-known songs.

Commercial success[edit]

While Foreign Affair didn't perform as well as Turner's previous albums Private Dancer and Break Every Rule in the US, where it failed to crack the Top 30 in the Billboard 200, it was a worldwide hit, selling over 6 million copies.[2] It entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 (Turner's first album to do so there) and went on to sell over 1.5 million copies in the UK. The album also reached number one in numerous countries including Germany and Sweden and topped the overall European Chart for 4 weeks.[citation needed]

Single releases[edit]

In Europe, six of the album's tracks became hit singles; "The Best" (UK #5), "Steamy Windows" (UK #13), "I Don't Wanna Lose You" (UK #8), "Foreign Affair" (Poland #7), "Look Me In The Heart" (U.S. AC #4 & UK #31) and "Be Tender With Me Baby" (UK #28).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Steamy Windows"   Tony Joe White 4:03
2. "The Best"   Mike Chapman, Holly Knight Tina Turner* 5:30
3. "You Know Who (Is Doing You Know What)"   White 3:45
4. "Undercover Agent for the Blues"   White, Leann White 5:20
5. "Look Me in the Heart"   Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg 3:46
6. "Be Tender With Me Baby"   Albert Hammond, Knight 4:18
7. "You Can't Stop Me Loving You"   Hammond, Knight 4:00
8. "Ask Me How I Feel"   Hammond, Knight 4:46
9. "Falling Like Rain"   David Munday, Sandy Stewart 4:03
10. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"   Hammond, Graham Lyle 4:20
11. "Not Enough Romance"   Dan Hartman 4:04
12. "Foreign Affair"   White 4:27


Title Single(s)
"Bold and Reckless" "The Best"
"Stronger Than the Wind" "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
"Steel Claw" (Live) "Look Me in the Heart"



  • Dan Hartman - record producer all tracks unless otherwise noted
  • Roger Davies - executive producer, producer "I Don't Wanna Lose You" & "Foreign Affair"
  • Tina Turner - executive producer, producer "The Best" & "Ask Me How I Feel"
  • Rupert Hine - producer "Falling Like Rain"
  • Albert Hammond - producer "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
  • Graham Lyle - producer "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
  • Tony Joe White - producer "Foreign Affair"
  • Chris Lord-Alge - sound mix
  • Andrew Scarth - sound engineer
  • Mike Ging - sound engineer
  • Nick Froome - sound engineer
  • Darren Allison - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Tim Leitner - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Lee Curle - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Paul Logus - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
  • Overdubs at Ezee Studios (London), Mayfair Studios (Primrose Hill, London), and Swanyard Studios (London)

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (1989) Position
Australian Albums Chart 15
Austrian Albums Chart 1
Finnish Albums Chart 1
French Albums Chart 11
German Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Swedish Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
Dutch Albums Chart 6
New Zealand Albums Chart 7
US Billboard 200 Chart 31
US Billboard R&B Chart 83


Country Certification
Australia Platinum[3]
Austria 3× Platinum[4]
Canada Platinum[5]
France Double Gold[6]
Germany 2× Platinum[7]
Sweden Gold[8]
Switzerland 4× Platinum[9]
United Kingdom 5× Platinum[10]
United States Gold[11]


Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Steamy Windows" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 13
1989 "Steamy Windows" Billboard Hot 100 39
1989 "The Best" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1989 "The Best" Billboard Hot 100 15
1989 "Look Me In The Heart" Adult Contemporary 4
1989 "Foreign Affair" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 39
1990 "I Don't Wanna Lose You Adult Contemporary 8

European promotional-only single

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "You Can't Stop Me Loving You" Polish music chart 20


  1. ^ Bil Carpenter (1989-09-13). "Foreign Affair - Tina Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  2. ^ New York Times - 30 June 2007: Foreign Affairs sales of 6 million
  3. ^ Kent, David (2003). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "IFPI Austria - Gold & Platin: Online-Datenbank" (in German). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry - Austria. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Canadian certifications – Foreign Affair". Music Canada. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Disque en France" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  7. ^ "German certifications" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Guld & Platina–År 1987-1998". Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  9. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  10. ^ "BPI - Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - May 22, 2014". RIAA. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
Preceded by
We Too Are One by Eurythmics
UK number one album
September 30, 1989 – October 6, 1989
Succeeded by
The Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears