The Cranberries sales surge following death of singer Dolores O’Riordan

News of Irish singer's death was announced on Monday (January 15)

The Cranberries‘ music has experienced a big increase in sales following news of singer Dolores O’Riordan‘s death.

The Irish singer fronted the band from 1990 to 2003, when they went on hiatus. She was a part of their later reunion in 2009.

O’Riordan’s death was announced on Monday (January 15), with a statement reading: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”


The Cranberries were one of the most successful alternative acts of the 1990s, selling over 40 million albums worldwide – with their most popular record, 1994’s ‘No Need to Argue’, shifting 17 million copies alone.

Now, according to reports, O’Riordan’s passing has sparked renewed interest. Overnight, the band’s albums flooded the Amazon chart – with the band’s final album with O’Riordan, last year’s ‘Something Else, seeing a boost of 913,350 percent.

Meanwhile, the Irish band’s biggest hits – including ‘Linger’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Dreams’ – all ranked in the top 10 of the iTunes songs chart.

NME has approached representatives of both Apple Music and Spotify for data of any streaming increase.

Dolores O'Riordan session
Dolores O’Riordan performing with The Cranberries

On Monday, O’Riordan’s bandmates paid tribute to the Irish singer on Twitter, writing: “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today. Noel, Mike and Fergal.”