Almost two months after the sudden death of Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries has announced that they continue as a band and will release their final album with the singer-songwriter.
25 Years Of Good Music
This month, the 90s rock band will be celebrating 25 years of Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We, their first studio album. It was kept a secret, but the band has been working on a special anniversary edition of their debut record prior to O'Riordan's passing earlier this year.
They stopped working on the project when she passed away.
"We can confirm that since last summer the band has been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly re-mastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album," the band said on their website. "We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary."
After much consideration, the remaining members of The Cranberries has decided to continue working on the project with the aim to release the special 25th-anniversary edition this year. They also announced that a new album with new material will be out in the near future.
The band has been recording a new studio album since last year and O'Riordan already recorded the vocals. If everything goes according to plan, there will be a new The Cranberries album by early next year.
Dolores O'Riordan's Death
The singer-songwriter was found dead inside her hotel room in London on Jan. 15, 2018. Authorities ruled her death as nonsuspicious, but the cause of death will not be determined until next month as per the attending coroner.
On the day of her death, the singer was scheduled to record vocals for a cover of The Cranberries song "Zombie" with the Bad Wolves. To honor her memory, the band decided to release their rendition and offer part of the proceeds to O'Riordan's children.
Bad Wolves also released an accompanying video to their rendition of "Zombie" which now has almost 5 million views. In the music video, they reference the original version of The Cranberries by adding a woman covered in gold paint. Watch the music videos below for comparison.
The Irish Examiner also reported that the song continues to dominate the charts globally weeks after its release. The track has already reached the number 1 spot on iTunes Rock Single, iTunes Metal Single, and Spotify Rock Hard Playlist.