The Cranberries confirm release of 'special anniversary edition' of debut album

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The Cranberries confirm release of 'special anniversary edition' of debut album

LIMERICK band The Cranberries have confirmed that a "very special 25th anniversary edition" of their debut album will be released later this year.

The group, who suffered the loss of frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan after her sudden death in January, confirmed this Wednesday that they have been working with Universal Music on the anniversary edition of Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We, released 25 years ago this month.

The anniversary edition of the seminal album will precede the release of a new record, which the band had been working with before Dolores' untimely death and will be likely released next year, they said.

"This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of our debut album “Everybody Else is doing it so why can’t we”. In recent weeks we have had a number of media enquiries asking if we were planning anything to commemorate this milestone," said the remaining members of The Cranberries - Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler - in a statement.

"We can confirm that that 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 re mastered 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.

"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," they added.