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The 10 Best Cranberries Songs: Critic’s Picks

Upon learning of the tragic news that the Cranberries’ frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan died earlier today of not-yet-known causes at the age of 46 — “suddenly,” according to reports — let’s revisit her band’s immense capacity for beauty. Songs like “Linger” and “Zombie” briefly swallowed the alt-rock world in the early ‘90s, with a sound entirely this band’s own. They shared elements of their fellow Irish icons Sinéad O’Connor and U2 in their gigantic sound and bell-clear voicings, which O’Riordan would often stack on top of each other to create a whole congregation of herself, and somehow they managed to grab substantial radio time away from Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots. Before Alanis Morissette or the Lilith Fair boom, O’Riordan had one of the most recognizable female...

Edwin Hawkins, ‘Oh Happy Day’ Gospel Star, Dies at 74

Grammy winner Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day,” has died. Hawkins died early Monday (Jan. 15) at his home in Pleasanton, California. He was 74 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, publicist Bill Carpenter told The Associated Press. The Edwin Hawkins Singers reached the top 10 on the pop charts with “Oh Happy Day,” a call and response hymn that began as a local favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area and became an international hit in 1969. The following year the Hawkins singers backed Melanie on her top 10 hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for “Oh Happy Day.” [embedded content]

Lead singer of The Cranberries dead at 46

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BET Unveils ‘Death Row Chronicles’ Docuseries, Premiering in February

Death Row Records rose to prominence during the golden era of hip-hop back in the ’90s. Two decades later, BET reveals the Death Row Chronicles, which premieres with part one and two on Tuesday, February 20 at 10 p.m. ET. BET dives deep into the notorious label’s vault with never-before-seen footage and a first-hand interview from someone who witnessed the murder of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996.  Death Row came through with a brash mentality led by their hostile CEO, Suge Knight. He managed to assemble a legendary roster that released multi-platinum albums from Dr. Dre, Tupac and Snoop Dogg, to name a few. Suge wasn’t a businessman, but his forceful manner led to the label raking in an estimated $100 million at its peak.  No matter your thoughts on their style, the l...

Chris Pratt Makes a Run For It On Movie Set

Chris Pratt Bet On Me, Of Course … Not the Horse!!! 1/15/2018 12:31 PM PST In a race against a horse, who’d win — the horse or Chris Pratt? If you guessed the horse and not the guy who plays Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” then you’re probably right — but that didn’t stop Pratt from sizing up a horse while filming an extensive workout scene Sunday in LA. Unclear what movie he’s shooting, or if he’s actually racing the horse — but Chris is focusing on work after the split from Anna Faris. Seems to be paying off, because he’s in great shape.

SXSW’s Annual K-Pop Showcase Rebrands as ‘Korea Spotlight’ With Crush, Lee Hi, KARD & More

Hyukoh, DPR LIVE, Cifika and more will perform in Austin. After five years as K-Pop Night Out, SXSW’s annual showcase for Korean and K-pop talent returns as Korea Spotlight with a vibrant, exciting lineup of talent highlighting talent across the country’s music industry. Korea Spotlight will be headlined by chart-topping R&B wunderkind Crush (who recently dropped the smooth “Be by My Side” as a special thank-you song to fans), K-pop’s soulful solo star Lee Hi (whose 2016 Seoulite album hit Top 5 of Billboard‘s World Albums chart track centered around its stunning single “Breathe”), and co-ed quartet KARD (that has been extensively touring around the world with their of-the-moment tropical sound). [embedded content] As always, independent ...

LaMelo Ball Crushing 3rd Lithuanian Pro Game (LIVE STREAM)

LaMelo Ball Crushing 3rd Lithuanian Pro Game (LIVE STREAM) 1/15/2018 11:21 AM PST LIVE STREAM The Ball boys are back out in Lithuania for their 3rd pro game with Vytautas — and LaMelo‘s already putting on a show.  This time, they’re playing BC Liettuvos Rytas — and at halftime, 16-year-old Melo already racked up 13 points and 3 rebounds.  His 19-year-old big bro LiAngelo has 9 points.  Not bad after being held scoreless in their 2nd pro game (which went down over the weekend).  Melo is hitting trick shots — and even sank a buzzer beater in the 1st half. 

Jozy Altidore Claps Back at Trump: This ‘Shithole’s’ Living the Dream!

Jozy Altidore Claps Back at Trump: This Shithole’s Living the Dream 1/15/2018 11:37 AM PST Exclusive Details “Three shithole dudes just living the dream.”  That’s how Team U.S.A. soccer stud Jozy Altidore captioned his Instagram pic with Usain Bolt and P.K. Subban this weekend in the wake of Donald Trump‘s comments.  The 3 superstars all have ties to the Caribbean — Usain’s obviously Jamaican, Jozy’s parents are Haitian and P.K.’s parents are from the islands, too. So, when they got together at Rockwell nightclub in Miami — Jozy used the opportunity to send a message to President Trump. Then they proceeded to party their faces off. In response to Jozy’s post, Rockwell said it was a “pleasure having three class acts jo...

NFL’s Jeremy Lane: I Wasn’t Drunk, DUI Arrest Is B.S.

NFL’s Jeremy Lane I Wasn’t Drunk … DUI Arrest Is B.S. 1/15/2018 11:50 AM PST Breaking News Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane says he only blew a .03 before he was arrested for DUI in Washington this weekend — and is now questioning why he was taken into custody in the first place.  “A fail is a 0.08 right? I blew 0.03,” Lane tweeted (and then deleted) … “Why was still arrest? I’ll leave it at that.” He included an emoji of a dark-skinned person possibly alleging race was a factor.  He continued to engage with fans who wanted to know more.  One person asked why he agreed to take a breathalyzer at all — he replied, “Either way you go you still to jail that makes you look guilty. I had nothing to hide so I did it.&#...

SZA, Bruno Mars Among Early winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards

Early winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, as announced a pre-telecast gala dinner Sunday (Jan. 14) in Pasadena, California: FILM Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Idris Elba, THOR: Ragnarok Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip Independent Motion Picture: Detroit Documentary: STEP Writing: Jordan Peele, Get Out Directing in a Motion Picture: Jordan Peele, Get Out MUSIC New Artist: SZA Male Artist: Bruno Mars Female Artist: Mary J. Blige Duo, Group or Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna Jazz Album: Petite Afrique, Somi Gospel/Christian Album: Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2, Greenleaf Soundtrack Music Video/Visual Album: That’s What I Like, Bruno Mars Song – Traditional: “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars Album: DAMN., Kendrick Lamar Song R...

10 Reasons Why The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams’ Is One of the Greatest Songs of All Time

The rock world suffered yet another tragic loss today with the death of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan, one of the genre’s truly inimitable — though thousands have undoubtedly tried, over countless ill-advised karaoke sessions — voices of the last 30 years. O’Riordan was capable of articulating seemingly inexpressible emotions, both through her towering cry and her intimate songwriting, resulting in some of the most indelible pop/rock hits of her generation.  The best example of O’Riordan’s gift for blending stunning strength with exquisite fragility was likely “Dreams,” a strikingly lush love song that served as the group’s 1992 debut single. Though not as big a U.S. chart hit as its follow-up “Linger” ̵...

The Cranberries’ Biggest Billboard Chart Hits: ‘Zombie,’ ‘Linger,’ ‘Dreams’ & More

A look back following the passing of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. Fronted by lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries added a rare and standout female perspective, along with trademark socially conscious lyrics, to Billboard‘s Alternative Songs airplay chart in the 1990s. The Irish band also soared to notable heights on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums ranking. As previously reported, O’Riordan died Jan. 15 at age 46. The Cranberries first appeared on a Billboard chart nearly 25 years ago, when “Dreams” entered the Alternative Songs airplay survey dated May 29, 1993. The melodic, uptempo, pop-leaning track marked the group’s first of eight Alternative Songs hits, reaching No. 15 that summer. “Li...