Many bands aspire to be timeless, or have a sound that transcends the whims of musical fashion. But The Cranberries are one of the few to have achieved that. Play one of the Irish rock group’s early anthems such as “Linger” or “Dreams”, and they sound as fresh - and deliver as much of an emotional sucker-punch - as when they captured a generation’s hearts in the 1990s.
In order to celebrate all that Dolores O’Riordan inspired and the joy that she has given on her 50th Birthday, September 6th 2021, her bandmates, friends and family, pulled together a brand new playlist called ‘Remembering Dolores’ which is available now on all streaming platforms.
Also, Hot Press Books have announced the publication of Why Can't We? – The Story Of The Cranberries and the Band’s Iconic Front-woman Dolores O’Riordan (As Told Through The Pages Of Hot Press). This unique and beautiful book is fully supported by The Cranberries and by the estate of Dolores O’Riordan.
Why Can’t We? documents the birth and extraordinary rise of a band that made a city – indeed the entire county of Limerick, in the southern part of Ireland – proud, and – through such instantly recognizable hits as ‘Linger’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Ode To My Family’ – helped to soundtrack the lives and loves of millions of people all over the world. Curated by Stuart Clark, and including brand new contributions from Michael Stipe of REM, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Olé Koretsky of D.A.R.K., acclaimed author Kevin Barry, and many more
Why Can’t We? will be published in two formats: the Deluxe Platinum Limited Edition, signed by band members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, and on behalf of Dolores O’Riordan, by her mother Eileen; and the Special Gold Edition.
O'Riordan had one of the most recognizable voices in rock in the 1990s. She was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, signature yodel, emphasized use of keening, and strong Limerick accent. With the Cranberries, she is regarded to have written "some of the most seminal songs in music history"
O'Riordan was born in Limerick, Ireland, to a Catholic working-class family. She began to perform as a soloist in her church choir before leaving secondary school to join the Cranberries in 1990. Recognized for her "unique voice" and uncompromising artistry, she achieved worldwide fame quickly. During her lifetime, she released seven studio albums with the Cranberries, including four number-one albums.
O'Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication in January 2018. The following year, the Cranberries released the Grammy-nominated album In the End (2019), featuring her final vocal recordings, and subsequently disbanded. With the Cranberries, O'Riordan sold more than 40 million albums worldwide during her life; that total increased to almost 50 million albums worldwide as of 2019, excluding her solo albums.
In the US, she was awarded fourteen Platinum album certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and in Canada, ten Platinum certifications. In the UK she received five Platinum certifications. She was honoured with the Ivor Novello International Achievement award, and in the months following her death, she was named "The Top Female Artist of All Time" on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.