The Video for The Cranberries’ “Zombie” Hits 1 Billion Views on YouTube

The Cranberries have long been synonymous with their biggest hit, 1993’s single ‘Zombie’ has now hit 1 Billion views on YouTube. They are the first Irish band ever to hit this milestone. The bands original label UMe/Island Records, ‘Zombie’ joins a small club of iconic artists to reach this landmark and the video is the fifth most viewed rock video of all time globally according to Louder Sound. From their album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, and written by Dolores O’Riordan as a protest song after IRA bombings in Warrington killed two children and injured 56 others in March 1993, “Zombie” was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin and was produced by long time Cranberries collaborator Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). The official video directed by Samuel Bayer – who now notches his second billion viewed clip following Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. O’Riordan passed away in 2018. ‘Zombie’ went on to top the singles charts in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland and was #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US. In 1995 it was awarded ‘Best Song’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and was voted #1 on Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 chart in 1994. On January 16th, 2018, Colin Parry – father of Tim Parry, the twelve-year-old victim of the Warrington bomb – thanked Dolores O’Riordan for the ‘majestic and (also) very real lyrics” in the track. Continue reading

Allen Kovac of Eleven Seven Music Group Wins an AIM Award

Music industry legend and Eleven Seven Music and 10th Street Entertainment CEO Allen Kovac (Mötley Crüe, Duran Duran, The Cranberries, Bad Wolves) has been honored at the AIM Independent Music Awards with the “Innovator Award”. The ceremony in London saw Sir Richard Branson congratulate Allen via a special video message. Presented by Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, a special video was sent by Sir Richard Branson, congratulating Allen and recognizing his role as an influential figure in the global music industry. Continue reading

Woodstock 94 – Twenty-Five Years Later

It started with an old-fashioned idea. The optimism of the hippies met wit the activism of the more rebellious factions of society to create a powderkeg of activism and art in the late 1960s to create Woodstock. The fest could have been an unmitigated disaster that would have made Fyre festival look good. However, it would have a lasting cultural impact even the future decades rode on. With an eye on capturing that spirit again, and raking in a lot of money, the original founders of Woodstock create Woodstock `94: 2 More Days of Peace and Music, but officially it was three days. Continue reading

The Cranberries Release New Single From Final Album – “All Over Now”:

One year ago today the light went out of the world just a little, as The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died in London. She was just 46 years old, and by all accounts had a lot of music left in her. One year after her passing, the band has released a new single from their upcoming final album In The End (BMG). You can now purchase and stream the single ‘All Over Now’ and pre-order the album below. Continue reading

October 19th 2018 New Music Releases

 

Check out all of today’s new releases in the music world! Continue reading

Dolores O’Riordan Of The Cranberries Cause Of Death Revealed

According to a report released by BBC News today, The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication. In what the coroner termed “a tragic accident” the west London coroner’s court heard during an inquest that she had been drinking heavily before she was found dead in room 2005 of the Park Lane Hilton hotel in Park Lane, London in the morning of January 15. She was found by a maid the morning after she checked into the hotel. She was submerged face up in the bath, wearing a long-sleeved vest and pyjama bottoms. When paramedics arrived, police were performing CPR on her in the bathroom. At 9:16 a.m., she was declared dead. Continue reading

Bad Wolves Joined By Singer’s Mom At Hometown Show

There is likely no better feeling than a hometown show for a band. Bad Wolves knows this as they played New Jersey this past weekend, home state to several members of the band. They were joined by Singer Tommy Vext’s mom, and guest shred guitarist Angel Vivaldi for their mega-hit cover of “Zombie”. Watch the performance below. Continue reading

Bad Wolves Receive Platinum Record For “Zombie”

Chart-topping metal band Bad Wolves have received a Platinum record in the USA for their runaway hit “Zombie”, a cover of The Cranberries 1993 classic. Notably, the band is the first rock band to reach platinum for a 2018 release and the first since Imagine Dragons in 2017. The plaque was presented to Bad Wolves by their co-manager, Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch), Eleven Seven Label Group CEO Allen Kovac, and promoters Larry and Fred Frank of Frank Productions/Live Nation prior to their set at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. Normally at Ghost Cult, we don’t pay attention to charts, popularity or what a band sells, but this is a momentous moment for a metal band, and all the proceeds (over #$250,000 USD) from the single have gone to the children of singer Dolores O’Riordan, for whom the track is dedicated.  Continue reading

Bad Wolves Announce Their First Ever European Tour With Three Days Grace

Riding high on a wave of successful hits and tours, Bad Wolves has announced their first ever European tour, alongside of active rock band Three Days Grace. Tickets are on sale now from See Tickets. Watch a trailer for the tour below. Continue reading

SOS Festival- Part I: Manchester, UK

Now in its 11th year, Manchester’s SOS Fest is going from strength to strength and firmly establishing itself as one of the very best small festivals going. The key to the festival is family, the whole thing is family run, and has the kids firmly at its heart. For every parent wondering if it’s time to start their kids at a festival then this is the one for you. There are kids everywhere, from playing happily in the kids’ area, performing sets on the acoustic stage, doing press, and generally rocking out it’s clear from the atmosphere that SOS really is THE family festival. Continue reading