Dolores ORiordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s bandmates are planning to release a final The Cranberries album featuring the late singer next year (19).

The tragic singer recorded tracks with guitarist Noel Hogan for what would have been the band’s first album in six years last year (17) and they had planned to release the project in 2018.

Dolores’ sudden death in January (18) forced the group to put the release on hold, but now Hogan and his fellow The Cranberries co-founders have announced plans to put the album out as a finale next year.

And the bandmates will be marking the 25th anniversary of the release of their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We, later this year (18) by offering fans an upgrade.

A statement from the remaining trio reads: “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.

“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.”

The statement continues: “We will also 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. We will keep you all up to date as things progress.”