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Dolores O’Riordan was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland and was the youngest of seven children. It was in 1990 that O’Riordan auditioned for a band called The Cranberry Saw Us after she saw an advertisement for a female singer for a band. O’Riordan was hired by the group after she wrote lyrics and melodies to the bands existing demos, which would later become the song “Linger”. After the band changed their name to The Cranberries, they began to send out hundreds of demo tapes all around the UK which earned them the attention of many record labels. The band decided to sign with Island Records after a couple of falling outs with producers, the band released their first single, “Dreams,” in 1992.
The Cranberries released their first album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, in March of 1993. The album initially received little commercial success it was not until MTV started putting their videos in high rotation that some buzz started. In 1993, “Linger” was released in the UK and peaked at 74 on the charts, but it was later re-issued in February in 1994 where it made it to the 14 spot. The Cranberries second album, No Need to Argue, showed a darker and more mature performance from Dolores O’Riordan. No Need to Argue went on to become the band’s most successful album, selling 17 million copies, and featured hits like “Ode to My Family,” “I Can’t Be With You,” and “Zombie.” The band continued to perform and came out with three more albums until they broke up in 2003, only to reunite in 2009 and come out with a new album, Roses, in 2012.
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