With the untimely, tragic passing of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan in January, we weren’t sure what would happen to the album that the band were working on at the time.

The band have posted to their website that the planned album will go ahead, with hopes of an early 2019 release.

“We will be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals. All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year.”

Plans were also afoot for a 25th anniversary release of The Cranberries’ smash debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?. Having delayed work on it, they have now decided to continue with the project, in which Dolores was involved.

“We can confirm that since last summer the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly remastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album,” the band’s official statement reads. “We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary. However, given Dolores’ passing in January we put the entire project on hold. In recent weeks we revisited this. After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started. We thought about it and decided that as this is something that we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it. So that’s the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year.”

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