Shaun's Music Minute

The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Has Died              

The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died yesterday in a London hotel room. She was 46. No cause of death has been released, with the band only saying that she died “suddenly,” and that she “was in London for a short recording session.” The statement adds, “No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

O’Riordan, who was born in Limerick, Ireland, was previously diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, but at this time there’s no word on whether that played a role in her death, although friends tell TMZ she was "dreadfully depressed" in recent weeks. Just last year the band was forced to cancel a tour because of her health, blaming it on “medical reasons associated with a back problem.”

O’Riordan’s longtime friend and Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite tells People that he got a voicemail from the singer just hours before she died. “She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week,” he said. “The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”The Cranberries released their debut album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?” in 1993, which featured the hit songs "Dreams" and "Linger.” In 1994 they released the follow-up, “No Need to Argue,” which contained their huge hit “Zombie.” They went on a hiatus after their 2001 album “Wake Up and Smell the Roses,” but reunited in 2009 and released two more albums.

Ed Sheeran Lands More Number Ones              

Ed Sheeran continues to add to his tally of number ones. The singer’s latest track, “Perfect” (not the version with Beyoncé), tops the “Billboard” Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs radio airplay charts.

This is now Ed’s third Pop Songs number one, and his fourth Adult Pop Songs number one.

But that’s not all…

Ed also has his ninth Pop Songs Top Ten, now that “End Game,” his collaboration with Taylor Swift and Future, is at number ten.“Perfect” is number one on Australia’s singles chart for a sixth week, making it his 27th total week at number one in Australia. “Billboard” will reveal today whether Ed’s “Perfect” holds on to number one on the Hot 100 for a sixth week.

Lady Gaga’s Wine Plans Hit A Snag              

Lady Gaga is trying to get into the wine business, but apparently it’s hit a snag. Gaga recently filed legal documents to secure the names “Joanne Trattoria Vino Blanco” and “Joanne Trattoria Vino Rossa,” for a red and white wine, but her application has since been suspended. 

It seems officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have put a hold on the request because they feel her wine name will cause confusion with another company who already owns the rights to the term “Trattoria,” and their request for it came first.

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