Billboard posts up-to-date Cranberries sales

March 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on Billboard posts up-to-date Cranberries sales  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan’s upcoming single is the subject of one of the Q&A’s on the radio-tracking Billboard website.

Don’t worry about Billboard’s response about the radio single — a Sanctuary representative told Zombieguide that the reason U.S. radio stations haven’t started playing the song is because they haven’t gotten the advance CD yet. U.S. stations will start getting advance singles for the song this week.

More interestingly, Billboard has included all the up-to-date sales figures for The Cranberries’ releases in the U.S.

I just read that Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan will be releasing her first solo album on May 15 in North America. I heard the first single on her MySpace page and it is really great. I was wondering what you think her chances of having any success in North America are?

Also, how many albums have the Cranberries sold in the U.S.? Thanks so much!

Ryan Gibson Toronto

Hi Ryan,

Indeed, Dolores O’Riordan’s solo debut, “Are You Listening?,” will arrive in the U.S. on May 15 through Sanctuary Records. In Europe it streets on May 7 while Japan and Australia get the album on May 12.

The set was written and recorded over the past four years and is led by the first single, “Ordinary Day.” The song, written about the birth of her third child, has yet to impact U.S. radio. For the week ending March 19, no

monitored American stations had played the song. What are the album’s chances for success? Well, not having radio play your song is a bit worrisome. Though, there is still a sizable gap of time between now and when the album arrives, so things could brighten up for the single.

The Cranberries’ last studio album, 2001’s “Wake Up and Smell the Coee,” has sold 170,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2002, the band also released “Stars – The Best of 1992-2002.” It has sold 322,000 in America.

The group is best known for its numerous early and mid-’90s hits like “Dreams,” “Linger” and “Zombie.” Those three tunes all made the top 20 on Billboard’s Alternative/Modern Rock chart while the act also scored five more top 20 hits. The Cranberries’ best selling album is 1994’s “No Need To Argue,” which has sold 4.1 million in the U.S. The previous year’s set, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” has shifted 3.2 million. 1996’s “To The Faithful Departed” has sold 1.7 million while 1999’s “Bury The Hatchet” has moved 377,000.

“Daffodil Lament” used in Daffodil Day 2007 ad

March 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Daffodil Lament” used in Daffodil Day 2007 ad  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ “Daodil Lament” is once again being used in TV commercials to promoteDaodil Day 2007, which is tomorrow, March 23rd in Ireland. The Irish Cancer Society began the event to raise both funds and awareness for cancer research.

The Irish Cancer Society is asking Irish residents to wear or buy a daodil tomorrow in support of cancer research.

We have the TV commercial below, thanks to Stephen and courtesy of The Irish Cancer Society.


The Cranberries have supported Daodil Day in Ireland in the past bydonating an autographed lithograph for auction. “Daodil Lament” also appeared in Daodil Day TV adverts in Australia in 2003.

The Office’s “Andy Bernard” explains “Zombie”

March 21, 2007  |  Comments Off on The Office’s “Andy Bernard” explains “Zombie”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Actor Ed Helms, who plays the hilariously annoying Andy Bernard on NBC’s hit comedy “The Office,” explained in an interview for Creative Loafing how he ended up annoying the bejesus out of his co-workers by singing The Cranberries’ “Zombie” on the episode called “The Return” this season:

Some of the funniest moments happen when the characters sing, or try to sing. Are the songs decided in advance?

Mostly, but a few of them are improvised. There’s an episode when Andy’s singing at his desk, off in his own world and annoying Jim, and there was some song written in the script, but we thought, “There’s got to be a more annoying song than this one.” We talked for a while and ended up with the Cranberries’ “Zombie,” because it has that voice cracking on “In your he-ead.” Also, there was an earlier episode when Andy and Jim stay up late getting drunk in the Stamford office, and Andy was half-passed out on the floor singing songs from his a cappella group from college. We had one Indigo Girls song in the script, but Jim wanted to harmonize, so we did “Closer to Fine” instead.

Cranberries #8 on Ireland’s Top 10 richest stars

March 21, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cranberries #8 on Ireland’s Top 10 richest stars  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

This week’s Sunday Independent in Ireland published a list of the Top 10 Richest Entertainers in Ireland. The Cranberries are #8 on the list, worth an estimated €56 million. The Sunday Independent writes, “THE band’s 1993 album, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? remains Ireland’s best- selling album after U2’s The Joshua Tree. Their music continues to feature regularly in films, a big earner.”

In case you’re curious, here’s the full Top 10:

1. U2, €800m
4. ENYA, €127m
6. CHRIS de BURGH, €57m
10. WESTLIFE, €30m

Cranberries featured on iTunes St. Patrick’s playlist

March 15, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cranberries featured on iTunes St. Patrick’s playlist  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have not one, not two, but three songs on iTunes’ special “The List: 22 Songs by Irish Rockers” playlist in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. U2, Van Morrison, and Thin Lizzy also weigh in with three tracks each. The special playlist is currently featured on the front page of the iTunes Music Store with a jumbo button —click here to go straight to the compilation. Here’s the rundown:

1. Gloria, Van Morrison with Them
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live 1983), U2
3. The Boys Are Back in Town, Thin Lizzy
4. Dreams, The Cranberries
5. Dirty Old Town, Pogues
6. I Don’t Like Mondays, The Boomtown Rats
7. Mandinka, Sinead O’Connor
8. Still Got the Blues (Full Version), Gary Moore
9. Cowboy Song, Thin Lizzy
10. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
11. New Year’s Day, U2
12. Don’t Go, Hothouse Flowers
13. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor
14. Linger, The Cranberries
15. Bad Penny, Rory Gallagher
16. Wild Night, Van Morrison
17. Drunken Lullabies, Flogging Molly
18. Jailbreak, Thin Lizzy
19. Zombie, The Cranberries
20. Where the Streets Have No Name (New Edit U218), U2
21. Only Shallow, My Bloody Valentine
22. Suspect Device, Stiff Little Fingers

Universal reissues Cranberries Millennium Collection

March 15, 2007  |  Comments Off on Universal reissues Cranberries Millennium Collection  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

On April 3rd, Universal Music will be reissuing “The Cranberries: Millennium Collection” in the United States in a new biodegradable sleeve rather than the usual jewel case. The jewel case version is still “in print” in the catalog, but may be pulled soon. Click here to download a PDF sellsheet about the new campaign. Of course, that’s just fancy speak to say that you’ll be getting less for your money — the liner notes are now online only at


“Bury the Hatchet” goes out of print in US

March 15, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Bury the Hatchet” goes out of print in US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s a sad day for Bury the Hatchet fans in the US — all versions of the album have been pulled from Universal Music Distribution’s catalog of active items. In other words, no new copies of the album are being printed and stores will not be able to purchase new stock.

The Cranberries’ first three albums (Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, No Need to Argue, and To the Faithful Departed) are still in print in their Complete Sessions versions with extra B-sides. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is also still available.

Similarly, The Cranberries’ Treasure Box boxed set of the first four albums has also now gone out of print.

Marco Mendoza played uncredited on “Wake Up”

March 13, 2007  |  Comments Off on Marco Mendoza played uncredited on “Wake Up”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In an interview with bassist Marco Menodza in the El Universal (Mexico) newspaper, the Whitesnake bassist reveals that he played on parts of The Cranberries’ last album Wake Up and Smell The Coffee without being credited for it.

Mendoza filled in on an unspecified number of tracks for Mike Hogan, who was attending to a “severe crisis” during the recording sessions.

While Mendoza did not become the “5th” member of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan told him clearly at the time: “I want you with me in the future,” and thus recruited him as bassist for her solo album. According to the article, Mendoza recorded 22 songs with Dolores.

“Dolores has matured, now she is mother of three children, and that new stage is reflected in the compositions, much more critical, but still with that political line of The Cranberries,” he said.

He affirmed that Dolores has a strong affinity for Latin America, especially Mexico, and that she will try to include Mexico on her upcoming North American tour.

Mendoza was an old friend of Dolores O’Riordan’s husband, Don Burton.

Thanks to Juanberries for the news.

The Cranberries “Cent Pour Cent” special to reair

March 8, 2007  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries “Cent Pour Cent” special to reair  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The “Cent Pour Cent” special on The Cranberries will re-air on France’s M6 Music Rock on March 14th at 14h and 20h. This is a half-hour segment of The Cranberries’ music videos.

Dolores O’Riordan will record a new interview for the M6 Music Rock channel tomorrow — see the news below for more details.

Thanks to kaixo2222 for the news.

Happy Birthday Fergal!

March 4, 2007  |  Comments Off on Happy Birthday Fergal!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Happy birthday to Fergal Lawler — he turns 36 today!
Hope you have a good one, and best of luck with all your current personal pursuits.

The Cranberries Press