“Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the band The Cranberries, has died suddenly at age 46,” reports NPR. “O’Riordan defined the sound of the Cranberries — with hit songs like ‘Linger,’ ‘Salvation’ and ‘Zombie.’ She brought a particularly Irish inflection to pop charts around the world.”
O’Riordan’s passing was confirmed by a publicist, who said in a statement that the singer died suddenly in London. No information on the cause of the O’Riordan’s death is currently available. According to the statement, family members “devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
O’Riordan “wrote lyrics and often music for the Cranberries’ 1990s hits, including ‘Linger’ (which remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks) and ‘Dreams,’ which proclaimed both vulnerability and steadfastness,” notes the New York Times. “She was the sole writer of the noisier, angrier ‘Zombie,’ a response to an Irish Republican Army terrorist bombing in 1993.”
Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.
Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time. Full Statement: https://t.co/L8K98BFpSM pic.twitter.com/ADEY51Xnwe
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.
— Hozier (@Hozier) January 15, 2018
So sad to hear of Dolores O’Riordan passing. I remember as a young girl, hearing The Cranberries for the first time and wanting to be just like her.
— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) January 15, 2018
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) January 15, 2018
Devastated for fans and her family- Dolores O’Riorden had such an exquisite voice, so distinctive and defining of an era. She would have continued to be a rare musical treasure late into a long life #gonetoosoon https://t.co/2QH2cPgRf6
— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) January 15, 2018
Justin Timberlake makes Paisley plans
Justin Timberlake will preview his forthcoming album Man of the Woods with a listening session at Paisley Park on Feb. 1 — the night before the album is released, and three days before the former N*SYNC member headlines halftime at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The sold-out listening party is sponsored by American Express, which surprised some cardholders with tickets.
As the Star Tribune notes, “not only is Timberlake well-known to be a Prince fanatic – he penned a terrific tribute upon his death – he also has hometown Memphis ties with Graceland Holdings. The overseers of Elvis’s estate also now run Paisley Park.”
BRIT Award nominations announced
Nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards — commonly regarded as the Grammys of the U.K. — have been announced. Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, and the xx are the nominees for British Group, while International Group nominees are Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Haim, the Killers, and LCD Soundsystem. The awards will be presented on Feb. 21 at the O2 Arena in London. (Pitchfork)
Moby says he was tapped by the CIA to fight Russian meddling
About this time last year, Moby claimed to have inside information verifying rumors that Russians were blackmailing Donald Trump. In a radio interview last week, the producer spoke at greater length about the “active and former CIA agents” who are among his friends. Not only are they feeding information to him, said Moby, they’ve asked him to use his social media presence to help spread the word that Trump is “essentially being run as a Russian agent.”
Although there is an ongoing Justice Department probe into Russian election meddling, at present there is no known proof that the president is actually being blackmailed. Moby says that we should buckle up, though.
“It’s really disturbing and it’s going to get quite a lot darker,” he said in the interview. “Like the depths of the Trump family in business and their involvement with organized crime, sponsored terrorism, Russian oligarchs, it’s really dark. I guess we should all, like, fasten our seat belts and hold on.” (Billboard)
Documentary to chronicle Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison concert
Johnny Cash’s 1968 concert album recorded at Folsom Prison is among the most famous and bestselling live albums ever released. A new documentary, currently in the works, will tell the story of that legendary performance. Cash’s estate is supporting the project, which will be directed by Thom Zimney; he’s known for helming documentaries about Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen.
“According to a statement from the filmmakers,” reports Rolling Stone, “the project explores Cash’s music and biography through the iconic Folsom Prison concert, which took place 50 years ago this week and formed the basis of the multi-million-selling Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison LP.”
Nas performs Illmatic with National Symphony Orchestra
Back in 2014, Nas joined the National Symphony Orchestra for a performance of his 1994 LP Illmatic — regarded by many to be the greatest hip-hop album ever made. On Feb. 2, PBS will air a film of that performance; a newly-released trailer features excerpts. (Rolling Stone)