Official Updated Album Sales Figures

November 19, 2002  |  Comments Off on Official Updated Album Sales Figures  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

For the first time in approximately two years, the Official Cranberries Website has updated the “Album Sales” page on in its “Stats” section. The band’s earlier albums have accumulated a few hundred thousand sales each since the last update. The band’s (approximate) sales stand currently as follows:

Everybody Else Is Doing It  7,600,000

No Need To Argue  16,700,000

To The Faithful Departed  6,200,000

Bury The Hatchet  3,300,000

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee  1,300,000

Stars – Best Of 1992-2002  1,100,000

Miscellaneous combinations / limited edition  1,800,000 approx

(These stats as of November 2002)

The updated statistics certainly clear up a bit of speculation. The Irish magazine Hot Press reported in April of 2000 that “Bury the Hatchet” had already sold 5 million, which apparently by these stats, makes it an erranous report.

Source: Official Cranberries Website

New Commercial Bootleg, Spanish Sampler

November 19, 2002  |  Comments Off on New Commercial Bootleg, Spanish Sampler  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Collectors on the lookout for the latest and greatest have two new items to look for to add to their collections.

The first is a new commercially-pressed bootleg titled simply “Live at Olympia”. The bootleg is an “excellent sound quality” recording of the October 16th Olympia Music Hall concert in Paris, France. No word yet under what label the bootleg is being manufactured, although it appears to have been crafted by the same group that released both “French Dreams” and “Les Printemps de Bourges”. (“Printemps” was released under the pseudo-label “France Inter Records.”) And, once again it seems, is listed on the back for “other info on internet.” Tracklisting is:

1. Analyse
2. New New York
3. Ode to My Family
4. Linger
5. Animal Instinct
6. Just My Imagination
7. Free to Decide
8. Hollywood
9. Desperate Andy (Long)
10. I Can’t Be With You
11. When You’re Gone
12. Stars
13. Salvation
14. Zombie
15. Ridiculous Thoughts
16. This Is The Day
17. Promises
18. Dreams

In related news, Universal Spain has sent out 5-track samplers for “Stars” to media outlets on the Iberian Peninsula. A small scan of the cover image can be seen below.

“Stars” DVD Menu Captures

November 18, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” DVD Menu Captures  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

While the “Stars” DVD was released in many regions of the world a week ago, those in North America are still waiting on the November 26th release, while those in the UK and Ireland have to wait until early December.

Nevertheless, Matteo (aka Melkain) was kind enough to make some screencaptures of the menu layout on the DVD, so take a look below.

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Rolling Stone Interview Translation

November 14, 2002  |  Comments Off on Rolling Stone Interview Translation  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Just a few days ago, you’ll no doubt recall that we posted a new interview with Dolores from the French version of Rolling Stone in the Magazines section of the site. Ever since, the discussion forums have been ablaze with speculation on what Dolores had to say…

So what is it that Dolores is talking about that has everyone running in circles? The sixth album. Here’s a human translation, done by Guillaume:

“For me, this Best Of is the end of an era and the beginning of another one. I’m not quite sure yet what the new era is going to be like, but it definately is going to be very different. The next album may not even be a Cranberries album, it could be released through another identity, be a soundtrack for a movie, what do I know? I could decide to take a new direction and try to be an actress for a year. It’s like being with someone for years and doing the same thing over and over again; there are all these things that you would like to try. So we are going to start to do it right now. You know, stretch our wings and go where we never went before.”

Huge thanks to Guillaume (aka Insider27) for the translation.

Source: Rolling Stone France

Dolores on MTV2’s “EMAs Come to Barcelona”

November 14, 2002  |  Comments Off on Dolores on MTV2’s “EMAs Come to Barcelona”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MTV’s annual European Music Awards take place tonight in Barcelona, Spain, and to celebrate, MTV2 has put together a special called “2002 EMAs Come to Barcelona”, which has been airing all week. The show highlights the sights and sounds around Barcelona’s cityscape and music scene. One segment includes several artists talking abut the city, which includes The Cranberries’ own Dolores O’Riordan in the mesh in an interview which looks to have been recorded earlier in the year.

“It’s a great gig,” Dolores said about the city, where the band has played numerous times in recent years. “They have some great wines!” she added in a segment where artists commented on Spain’s exceptional cuisine.

For those that missed the painfully short interview, we’ve made some large videocaptures which are for your viewing pleasure below.

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“Stars” DVD Scans and Screencaps

November 12, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” DVD Scans and Screencaps  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The DVD “Stars: The Best of Videos 1992-2002” has already been released in a few select European countries. Below we have several scans of the new release, including the outer art and the inner booklet (which looks to be more comprehensive than the “Beneath the Skin” sheet). As can be seen, the art is heavily borrowed from the “Stars” album release, with a few alterations as needed.

In addition, you can check out over 100 DVD image captures here, mostly taken from the “Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll” documentary and the “Stars” video.

Big thanks to Patrick for both the scans and the captures.

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Dolores to Sing for the Pope Again!

November 10, 2002  |  Comments Off on Dolores to Sing for the Pope Again!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Several reports on newswires out of Italy like this one are all reporting that Dolores O’Riordan is on schedule to sing for Pope John Paul II yet again this year at the 10th Annual Vatican Christmas Concert. This year’s concert will take place at the Paolo VI concert hall on December 14th, 2002. Other invitees this year (and possible duet partners!) include Alexia, Francesco Renga, Pooh, Mariella Nava, Elisa, Gigi D’Alessio, Anna Tatangelo, The Corrs, Lisa Stanfield, Bryan Ferry, Lionel Richie, Josh Groban, the ScottishPower Pipe Band, and many more.

Last year, Dolores was personally picked by the Holy Father to perform at the 9th Annual Christmas Concert. She performed “Analyse” and “Panis Angelicus” alone, “Little Drummer Boy” with Westlife, and “Silent Night” with all of the invited artists. She noted that she was incredibly honored by last year’s invitation, and a second invitation should be twice the pleasure. The concert will be broadcasted by Canal 5 in Italy, and will probably be picked up by a few other channels throughout the globe (UK Satellite channel Tara was one of the few other channels that broadcasted last year’s concert).

Thanks to several people for the tip!

Source: TgCom

Vicar St. Is Complete After All

November 9, 2002  |  Comments Off on Vicar St. Is Complete After All  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Reports that the “Stars” DVD would not include the full Vicar Street gig, which seem to have stemmed from a listing on Universal Germany have been proven to be false. Fans in some European regions where the DVD has already been released report that the full Vicar Street is included on the DVD, not just one track as Universal Germany has listed.

No word yet on the other bonuses that Universal Germany has listed — namely, an alternate version of “Just My Imagination,” and a few more live tracks. Perhaps this is the sign of multiple versions of the DVD, but that is only speculation at this point.

Thanks to cranascom for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

“Pavarotti and Friends Collection” to release on DVD

November 8, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Pavarotti and Friends Collection” to release on DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan’s 1995 performance in Modena, Italy for “Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Bosnia” will be included as part of an upcoming release of the deluxe “Pavarotti and Friends Collection” on DVD. The boxed set will contain 4 DVDs, which will include all seven historic “Pavarotti and Friends” concerts from 1992 until 2000, plus a bonus “My Heart’s Delight” concert.

The four DVDs will be housed in a slipcase, with a booklet containing the tracklisting for each DVD, and the menus will also support multiple languages. Dolores’ performance for Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Bosnia will be contained on Disc 2, which includes her “Linger” duet with Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon and the “Ave Maria” duet with Pavarotti (which was recently included in “To the Faithful Departed: The Complete Sessions 1996-1997”). The list of other artists that appear in the set is huge, including U2, Ricky Martin, Bon Jovie, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John, just to name a few.

The luxorious set will be released on November 12th in the United States with a retail price of US $79.95, no small change for sure. But you may be heartened to know that much of the proceeds from the sale of the set will go to benefit War Child’s Mostar Music Centre. War Child is a charity that Dolores has supported several times in her career, and doing so was no doubt a strong influence in the “To the Faithful Departed” ballad of the same name.

“Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Bosnia” was released last year separately on DVD in Asia only. However, with limited numbers of NTSC printings and its import status, it was an extremely hard (and expensive) item to locate, with some importers wanting upwards of $60 for the single release.

Official Site Wants Italian Fans to Make Stars

November 8, 2002  |  Comments Off on Official Site Wants Italian Fans to Make Stars  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

CranberriesItalia, The Cranberries’ Official Italian website, is asking for fans who are attending the upcoming Italian tour dates to construct stars out of posterboard to wave in the arena in order to “warmly welcome the band.” The cutouts will be held up in the audience during the song “Stars” — and any other time during the concert that fans get the urge to wave something ecstatically. The site adds, “We recommend that we all actively participate in this project in order to leave a memorable impression in the minds of our favorite artists!”

Detailed step-by-step instructions (in Italian) for making posterboard stars can be found here with several illustations — the site recommends a metallic, reflective gold paper. (As if you actually needed instructions.)

Source: CranberriesItalia

Limerick Anniversary Gig Plans in Doubt

November 3, 2002  |  Comments Off on Limerick Anniversary Gig Plans in Doubt  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A concert planned as a “Tenth Anniversary” event next summer in The Cranberries’ hometown of Limerick, Ireland may not even occur at all, according to a spokesperson for the band.

“I’m really sorry but nothing has happened with that gig,” the representative said this weekend. “We have not confirmed anything or we’re not sure if it’s going ahead even.”

The event was originally scheduled to be held in August of this year. The local Limerick Leader even reported this past March that plans for a summer event were nearly finalized to take place at the newly-built Limerick Racecourse. However, the event was later postponed to summer of 2003 by the band to adjust for the “Stars” promotional tour. The band hasn’t played in their hometown since their performance at the The Theatre Royal in December 1993.

We’ll have more on this subject (if there is any more) as it unfolds.

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

New UK 1-Track “Stars” Promo, New Art

November 3, 2002  |  Comments Off on New UK 1-Track “Stars” Promo, New Art  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Records in the UK has released a new 1-track promo for “Stars.” Unlike some of the previous promo releases in Europe, this new disc includes brand new custom “Stars” artwork in the same vein as the previous album and single art. The disc art, too, is different, rather than continuing the green “star” design which has been seen on both the album and single releases.

Fergal Hints at North American Tour

November 1, 2002  |  Comments Off on Fergal Hints at North American Tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a letter posted today on the Cranberries Official Website, drummer Fergal Lawler strongly hints at the possibilty of a North American tour for “early next year.”

“I managed to locate a nice winter hat for myself,” he writes, “complete with ear-flaps! It doesn’t really get that cold at home in Ireland, but I hope to get to use it in the colder climates abroad early next year!”

Now that they’ve nearly exhausted the European continent, there aren’t many “colder climates” left in the Nothern Hemisphere during the months early in the year, save for Russia, which is unlikely; after all, it will be summer during those months in the Southern Hemisphere (Sorry, Australia and South America). Not to mention the word “abroad” (i.e. across the ocean) sounds very promising!

Fergal wrote in his last letter that “We were planning our new schedule yesterday for 2003 and we are going to be touring until the beginning of April and then we will be doing some shows with some other artists in June and July to wrap up a great 2 years on the road.” The band has yet to reveal any specifics of these plans, but it sounds like we may know more about them now than we did previously.

Source: Cranberries Official Website

Universal Taiwan Releases Mousepad Bundles

October 30, 2002  |  Comments Off on Universal Taiwan Releases Mousepad Bundles  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As if their limited edition metallic CD wallets weren’t enough, Universal Taiwan has shipped yet another piece of promotional “Stars” swag to retailers. In an attempt to help boost sales, those who purchase “Stars” at select Taiwanese retailers will receive a limited promo-only “Stars” mousepad as a bonus. (Bear in mind that this comes in addition to the extra mini-book that comes standard with the Taiwanese version of “Stars.”)

For those that already have the album, the promo mousepad is available separately through Asian import specialty site for $9.99 US


Changes in “Stars” DVD Contents

October 30, 2002  |  Comments Off on Changes in “Stars” DVD Contents  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It seems that some fairly substantial changes have been made in the special features to be included in next month’s DVD release of “Stars: The Best of Videos 1992-2002.”

It seems that the full Vicar Street concert from November 2000, which was listed in several pieces of pre-release promotion (American sales sheet,French sales sheet) has been removed from the upcoming release. However, it hasn’t been removed entirely — the DVD will now contain only “Shattered” from Vicar Street (arguably the best song from that performance anyway).

In its place, the production crew has inserted a few new extra features into the DVD, which were not reported on the earlier sales sheet. The current list of extra features is listed below, with newly-announced additions highlighted in bold:

Alternate Videos:
1. Dreams(Director: Nico Soultanakis)
2. Ridiculous Thoughts (Director’s Cut: Samuel Bayer)
3. When You’re Gone (Director’s Cut: Jake Scott)
4. Just My Imagination(Performance Only)
5. Analyse (Director’s Cut – Original version)

Live Tracks:
1. Daffodil Lament 1994 Astoria
2. No Need to Argue 1995 MTV Unplugged
3. Empty 1994 Astoria
4. Sunday 1996 Tour
5. Shattered 2000 Vicar Street

– Documentary: LOVE LIFE & ROCK N’ ROLL (1999) *

DVD-Rom Functions:
– Interactive slideshow
– Calender
– Wallpapers

* Note: Also previously titled “Love & Rock ‘n’ Roll”

As you can see, an alternate version of “Just My Imagination” (just the band’s performance footage), the unforgettable MTV Unplugged version of “No Need to Argue,” and “Shattered” from Vicar Street are all new additions to the DVD.

It’s unknown if the late changes are due to video problems found in late production, but it is a strong possibility.

Sources: Cranberries of Prat

“Stars” Sells One Million Worldwide

October 23, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” Sells One Million Worldwide  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have now sold over one million copies of their greatest hits compilation “Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992-2002,” only a little over a month after its worldwide release in September.

The band members were awarded with plaques backstage at the Olympia in Paris last Wednesday to congratulate the disc’s success. Each member was awarded an individual small plaque while the group was collectively given an almost comically humongous wall plaque, which included all of the band’s albums to date. Dolores even popped open a bottle of vino to celebrate!

For reference, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” which was released a year ago today in the United States, sold 1.4 million copies worldwide in the timespan between October and December of last year, almost double the amount of time. Those were the last official worldwide sales figures of “Wake Up” that we have received, and those numbers have likely risen since then, in no small part due to the Wake Up and Smell the Coffee World Tour 2002.

Its likely that the strong majority of “Stars” sales have come from Europe, since promotion elsewhere is virtually nonexistant. With all of this in consideration, the album seems to be doing rather well.

Check out photos from the private event backstage at the Olympia below. Huge thanks to Lou for the scoop and the photos.

Source: Exclusive

Online and Print Interviews Galore!

October 22, 2002  |  Comments Off on Online and Print Interviews Galore!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As a result of the band’s extensive promo work in Europe for the recent release of “Stars,” several interviews have sprung up all over the place. But as a result of them being in Europe, few of them are in English.

Below you can check out several new write-ups from the October issues of “Telepiù” (Italian, 3 pages), “40 Magazine” (Spanish, 1 page), and “Top Music” (Spanish, 2 pages).

In addition to the above print material, French channel MCM has posted some extensive streaming video interviews of the band, recorded on October 18th. On the down side, the video is dubbed over in French, but on the upside, the dub is not overbearing (you can still understand most of the dialogue), and the quality is fantastic on a fast connection.

Thanks once again to Lorenzo for the “Telepiù” scans.

Sources: Cranstar, Official Cranberries Fanclub (Spain), MCM

“New New York” Live Video Clip

October 21, 2002  |  Comments Off on “New New York” Live Video Clip  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

On October 16th, The Cranberries played “New New York” live for the first time ever to a massive audience at Paris’s Olympia.

“We played ‘New New York’ for the first time ever. It felt good but we need to play it a few more times to get really confident,” Fergal wrote on the latest update on the official page.

And we now have a clip of one of these performances available thanks to an ameteur audience video recording by Hyperboy. Click below to download the clip:

Live in Berlin Video Clips 10-19-2002 (Windows Media, 6.7mb)

Be sure to visit the Cranberries section of the Hyperboy site for more still shots of the concert. (Special thanks for permission to link directly to the video.) Be sure to download the video soon, as it will be taken offline within the next few weeks.

Other new “surprises” to the “Stars” tour setlist include “Hollywood”,”Empty”, “Put Me Down”, and “Dying in the Sun”. Even more surprising is that the classic show-ender “Dreams” is now the first song of the show, whereas “Zombie” is now the last! (Which, as you may recall, is a complete reversal of the order from the “Wake Up” tour.) “Dreams” has ended nearly every Cranberries concert in the past eight years unitl now.

Source: Hyperboy

“Stars” 2-track CD Single Scans

October 18, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” 2-track CD Single Scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Earlier this month, Universal in Europe released a 2-track version of “Stars” alongside the 4-track maxi CD. The 2-track version contains the following tracks:

1. Stars
2. Dreaming My Dreams

The CD art differs slightly from the 4-track version, while the cover and back are nearly identical.

“The Story” Mystery Solved!

October 17, 2002  |  Comments Off on “The Story” Mystery Solved!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

You know, we really didn’t expect the mystery of “The Story” to be solved so quickly — much less by these means!

Lou, an avid Cranberries fan and freelance writer working in France had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Dolores O’Riordan yesterday via phone in Paris for an upcoming print interview. She writes:

“Yesterday, I interviewed Dolores for a French magazine. And I asked her about “The Story” … Do you wanna know? It’s a song called “The Same Old Story” that has only been played twice and never been recorded. Also, I’ve got some pictures of the Golden Record they have received, but I’ll upload them tonight, and they’ll be on midnight… I’ve also got pics of Dolores.

“It’s for a French magazine, but as I’m in freelance for the moment, I can’t say the name. The interview was by phone around 12 o’clock, and lasted 20 minutes. I did the interview, and then I spoke a little with her, asking her if she remembered me… She did, wow! (I told her about Monaco.)

“So, trust me, my information is true! You can’t imagine how happy I was when Dolores remembered the name of the song… She didn’t even have it in mind, she took five minutes to remember the name!”

So there you have it! It looks like the book is closed on yet another mystery song title. New information on “The Same Old Story” will be added to theComplete Songlist.

Source: Exclusive

“Stars” DVD Delayed, Original “Zombie” Confirmed

October 16, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” DVD Delayed, Original “Zombie” Confirmed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A message on the Cranberries’ official mailing list brings word that next month’s release of “Stars: The Best of Videos 1992-2002” has been delayed by one week, due to an error found on the master disc. The message explains:

The “Stars – Best of Videos 1992-2002” DVD will be delayed by at least a week due to a production error caught in the final approval phase, just prior to manufacturing. One “Live performance” video had an error, so it is being replaced with a new master of the same song. Everything else remains the same. Sorry for the inconvenience, but the wait will be worth it.

The new release dates will be posted on the website as soon as Universal give out the date(s). The delay is expected to be one week later.

The final running time is over 2 hrs, so be prepared for a true retrospective. There is something new for everyone. Plenty of memories captured. Enjoy!

According to Universal, the DVD is now on track for a release on November 26th in the US.

In other news, the band’s management has confirmed that the original version of the “Zombie” video will appear on the “Stars” DVD, not the edited version that appears on the UK bonus disc for “Stars.” You may now breathe a sigh of relief.

We’ll have more on the new DVD as we know it right here!

Source: Official Site Mailing List

Final “Stars” DVD Cover Art

October 15, 2002  |  Comments Off on Final “Stars” DVD Cover Art  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music France has issued some industry-only trade ads for the upcoming release of “Stars: The Best of Videos 1992-2002,” which will release there in France on November 12th (same day as the US release). The ad contains what is likely the final art for the release (same as the mock-up art, only with some text added). The sheet also lists some French magazines where the new DVD will be promoted, so French fans should take note of the titles and keep an eye open for ads very soon.

Many thanks to Uriel for the scan!

Source: Exclusive

Italian Interview in “Rock Star”

October 15, 2002  |  Comments Off on Italian Interview in “Rock Star”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Last night on MTV Italy aired the special “A Night with The Cranberries” whose special guest was Dolores O’Riordan. She touched on deep subjects like her childhood and on superficial ones too, like her hair and “Don” tattoo.

Matteo (aka MelKain) sent us these nice shots below, which are subtitled in English for your reading convenience.

Source: Exclusive

Italian Interview in “Rock Star”

October 10, 2002  |  Comments Off on Italian Interview in “Rock Star”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The newest edition edition of the Italian magazine “Rock Star” has a 3-page interview with The Cranberries’ own Dolores O’Riordan, yet another fruit of the band’s recent Euro promo tour.

Perhaps the most universally interesting thing in the article is Dolores’ hand- written timeline on the band’s emotional outlook during the span of their career. It seems that their happiest times prior to “Bury the Hatchet” came around 1993, the time when “Linger” propelled them into the spotlight in the United States. Afterwards, however, the line plummets to immeasurable depths around the “To the Faithful Departed” era. Then, Dolores boxes off the peroid shortly after the breakdown, perhaps to symbolized a closed and finalized past before the line reaches the aptly-titled “Bury the Hatchet.” “We’ve finished an ‘era’ of our story, now we want go forward,” she says elsewhere in the article, “… In 1997, the group went into standby.” From there, it shows that their current state of mind with “Stars” is the best they’ve experienced yet.

Thanks to Luca Vignola for sending us the exclusive scans. You can visit Luca’s website, The Concept of Cranberries, here (link no longer available!!)

“Stars” Maxi Single Scans

October 8, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” Maxi Single Scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The CD single for “Stars” was released in several territories today, including Italy. Our diligent contributor Lorenzo has sent us a scan of the cover and inner art from the 4-track maxi single, which you can see below. As reported previously, the single contains only album tracks from the band’s career in addition to the new single — Stars, Dreaming My Dreams, Sunday, Hollywood, to be exact.

Once again, thanks to Lorenzo for the lovely scans.

Source: Exclusive!

The Cranberries Press