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STILL MORE UPDATES: The Latest News Roundup of News on the Death of Dolores O’Riordan

Details surrounding the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan still in short supply. I’ll keep updating this post for as long as it makes sense.

  • Dolores’ body was discovered in the bathroom of her room at the Park Lane Hotel. It appears she was found by a cleaner who thought the room was empty. There’s no indication of how they found the body or what condition it was in.
  • Police say her death is “not suspicious” and that the case has been turned over to the coroner.
  • A post-mortem report is due today (January 18) and toxicology results come in. An inquest into her death will begin tomorrow.
  • While no cause of death has been revealed, the family has described it as “sudden.”
  • The Daily Mail published some speculation from hotel workers who have been talking about the incident.
  • In a recent interview, Dolores said ‘I think I’ll probably come back as an angel and I’d like to guide people or guard people going through similar experiences in life, whisper in their ear and kind of give them ideas on how to deal with things.’ (Via Daily Mail again)
  • This will be her final resting place.

When we look at Cranberries-related music stats, the band has basically taken over charts worldwide.

  • Officially, the Cranberries sold 567,000 albums in Canada. However, because they started released albums before the institution of SoundScan in Canada in 1995, the actual number is much higher.
  • After the news of Dolores’ death came out on Monday, Canadian album sales went from 10(!) the day before to over 1,000.
  • Digital song downloads went from 80(!) on Sunday to 7,400 over the next 24 hours.
  • Streams–and this is a big one–went from 47,000 on Sunday to 1.6 million by the end of Monday.
  • As of this morning (January 16), “Zombie” was the #2 song on the Canadian iTunes sales chart with “Dreams” at #4 and “Linger” at #5.
  • On the iTunes Canada album charts, there are four Cranberries albums in the Top 10, seven in the Top 50 and both of Dolores’ solo albums were charting at #64 and #65 respectively.
  • In the US, Dolores-related music sales (Cranberries, her solo work) are up substantially over the last 24 hours. The most recent Cranberries record, Something Else from 2012, is up 913,350%. That’s a bit of a red herring since the album hadn’t been selling all that well, so the raw numbers involved in this spike may not be as dramatic as you might first think.
  • UPDATED January 18: US streams are up more than 2,900%.
  • Flipping to Amazon, “Linger” is was the third-most-listened-to song as of earlier today. “Dreams” was #5 and “Zombie” was #8.
  • “Ode to My Family,” the first song from the second album, No Need to Argue, is the first song back on the iTunes chart, showing up at #59. Also in the Top 200 as of this morning: “When You’re Gone” (100), “Linger” (138), “Dreams” (139) and “Salvation” (193).
  • On the Spotify Global Streaming Chart, “Zombie” is at #102 while “Linger” is #146 as of this morning.




Alan Cross

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