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Chart bands leave Corrs so breathless.

Byline: EAMONN O'HANLDON

POP sensations The Corrs have slammed "manufactured" groups such as Boyzone and Westlife, claiming they are not even in their league.

Andrea Corr fired the broadside before the Dundalk family group's headlining gig at the Goodwill Games in Australia.

She said groups that were specially assembled to cash in on the pop charts had their place, but could not be described as "bands".

"It's like a different genre almost and I think it has to be appreciated for what it is," lead singer Andrea said.

"It's not a band, it's a group, a manufactured thing, and they can sing."

The Corrs' 45-minute set at the opening of the Goodwill Games in Brisbane on Tuesday was broadcast to an incredible one billion TV viewers across South East Asia.

Another 8,000 fans watched live, as the Irish four-piece opened with two of their best-known tunes - "Breathless" and "So Young" - before a rip-roaring selection of their most up-tempo songs.

The Corrs are due to return to Dublin later this month after further sell-out concerts in Melbourne and Sydney to continue work on their Best Of album, due for release in October.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2001
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