Runaway (The Corrs song)

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"Runaway"
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Single by The Corrs
from the album Forgiven, Not Forgotten
B-side"Leave Me Alone"
Released1 September 1995
FormatCD single
RecordedNovember 1994
GenrePop rock, folk rock
Length4:24
Label143/Lava/Atlantic
Songwriter(s)The Corrs
Producer(s)David Foster
The Corrs singles chronology
"Runaway"
(1995)
"Forgiven, Not Forgotten"
(1996)

"Runaway" is the debut single by the Irish family band The Corrs. It was released in September 1995 and had middling chart success except in Ireland and Australia, peaking at number 10 in both counties. It was also a big adult contemporary hit in Canada, reaching number two on the RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. On the UK Singles Chart, it originally reached number 49, but a re-release in 1999 saw the single reach a new peak of number two on the same chart.

Background and composition[edit]

The song was written by Andrea Corr, Sharon Corr and Caroline Corr. Andrea has said the first time she sang it in front of her parents, she was embarrassed because of the line "make love to me through the night". She noted that she knew her mother would be thinking "where did she learn that?!"[1]

The song has a subtle key change. It is written in F major, but towards the end, the fourth (a B flat) gets augmented (becoming a B), so the key changes to lydian mode. Rhythmically, a similar change happens in the drums, which play a slow 6/8th at first. In the end, a snare drum is played on the 2-eh and 5-eh, which makes a double-time feel.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Runaway" was directed by Randee St. Nicholas, and was shot in Dublin, featuring locations such as Phoenix Park. The video is shot mostly in black-and-white with flashes of colour in certain scenes.

The video follows the band as they sing and perform on several locations, including a forest and train station platform. The video begins with Andrea on a train, looking out the window and singing, and ends with her getting off the train and running towards the camera.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Runaway" (radio edit)3:47
2."Runaway"4:24
3."Leave Me Alone"3:40

The US version contained short previews of the then-forthcoming album Forgiven, Not Forgotten.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Remix version[edit]

"Runaway (remix)"
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Single by The Corrs
from the album Talk on Corners Special Edition
B-side"What Can I Do"
Released15 February 1999
FormatCD single
Recorded1998
GenrePop rock
Length4:03
Label143/Lava/Atlantic
Songwriter(s)The Corrs
Producer(s)David Foster, Tin Tin Out
The Corrs singles chronology
"So Young"
(1998)
"Runaway (remix)"
(1999)
"I Know My Love"
(1999)

The song was re-released in 1999, remixed by Tin Tin Out, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart, held from the top by Britney Spears's debut single "...Baby One More Time".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Runaway" (Tin Tin Out remix) (radio edit)4:03
2."Runaway"4:25
3."What Can I Do?" (bonus track) (Mangini Mix)4:02

Music video[edit]

Dani Jacob's fourth Corrs video is, similar to "Love to Love You", compiled of backstage and concert footage; this time from one single gig at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 1 February 1999. It also includes a few scenes of the band in the recording studio with Tin Tin Out working on the remixed version of the song. Footage of the band walking through the corridor to the stage was later used for the intro for the rest of their concerts from 1999 to 2001.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
MTV Asia Hitlist[14] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2864." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2834." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Corrs – Runaway". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Runaway". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – The Corrs – Runaway". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  10. ^ "The Corrs Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  11. ^ "The Corrs Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  12. ^ a b "1996 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  13. ^ "RPM Year End Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Music Videos, MTV Playlists, Reality TV, Artist News, Contests, VJ Alan, VJ Hanli - MTV Asia". Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Corrs – Runaway". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 21 February 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Runaway in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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