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.

Keith,
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.

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