News of Limerick star’s sudden tragic death sees Irish band dominate Amazon and Apple iTunes charts
The online sales of The Cranberries music has jumped by 900,000 percent since the band’s singer Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden death in London on Monday morning. The Irish band fronted by the tragic Limerick star saw the sales of their album “Something Else” surge to an increase in 913,350 percent in sales on Amazon.
O’Riordan’s tunes also occupy the top four slots for trending albums. This means a jump of 147,552 for "Are You Listening?", 93,781 percent for "To the Faithful Departed", and 77,096 percent "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee").
Similarly, on iTunes The Cranberries’ sales are skyrocketing. Their albums are in the 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th spots on Apple’s Top 10 Albums chart.
The Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan (46), had battled with mental health issues all her life. She was found death at the Hilton Hotel, in Park Lane, London on Monday morning at 9.05am. Friends who had heard from her the night before said she sounded “full of life” just after midnight on Monday.
The Limerick star was set to start recording with the Californian rock band, Bad Wolves, in London, on Tuesday (Jan 16).
The Cranberries was formed in Limerick in 1989 by lead singer Niall Quinn (later replaced by Dolores O'Riordan), guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler. The band shot to fame in the 1990s with their debut album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?”, which became a commercial success. They sold over 40 million records worldwide.
The band achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (“Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?”, “No Need to Argue”, “To the Faithful Departed”, and “Bury the Hatchet”) and eight top 20 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart ("Linger", "Dreams", "Zombie", "Ode to My Family", "Ridiculous Thoughts", "Salvation", "Free to Decide", and "Promises").
In early 2009, after a six-year hiatus, the Cranberries reunited and began a North American tour, followed by shows in Latin America and Europe. The band recorded their sixth album “Roses” in May 2011, and released it in February 2012. Something Else, an album covering earlier songs together with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, was released in April 2017.