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The Cranberries' U.S. Music Sales Increase 11,094% After Dolores O'Riordan's Death

The Cranberries
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The Cranberries photographed at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, Netherlands on Sept. 24, 2001.

The group will likely see some of its songs and albums return on next week’s charts (dated Jan. 27).

In less than a full day of tracking after the death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan on Monday, the group experienced an enormous surge in album and digital song sales.

According to Nielsen Music, based on initial U.S. sales reports for Jan. 15, The Cranberries’ total music sales grew 11,094 percent, as compared to the previous day (Jan. 14).

On Jan. 14, The Cranberries’ catalog of albums sold an negligible amount of copies, but after news circulated of O’Riordan’s death on Jan. 15, their catalog sold 9,000 copies, a 14,991 percent increase from the day before.

In terms of songs, The Cranberries also sold a negligible amount of digital downloads on Jan. 14, but their songs sold 35,000 copies the day after, a 10,462 percent increase.

The Cranberries’ top-selling albums on Jan. 15, following O’Riordan’s passing were their greatest-hits set Stars: The Best of 1992-2002 (3,000), No Need to Argue (1,000), Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We (1,000), and Something Else (1,000).

The group’s top-five-selling songs on Jan. 15 were: “Linger” (10,000), “Zombie” (9,000), “Dreams” (8,000), “Ode to My Family” (2,000) and “When You’re Gone” (1,000).

“Linger” is the group’s highest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song reached No. 8 in 1994. It also reached No. 4 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, where the act also racked up two No. 1s with "Zombie" and "Salvation."

If one day of tracking The Cranberries’ sales is any indication, several of the songs and albums mentioned above will likely return to Billboard’s charts next week (charts darted Jan. 27).