Music News: Cranberries plan final album featuring Dolores O'Riordan

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Singer Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries.
Dolores O'Riordan of the Irish group The Cranberries singing in Caracas in Venezuela on Oct. 6, 2010. (Miguel Gutierrez | AFP | Getty Images)

The Cranberries have announced that they plan to release a final original album featuring the late Dolores O'Riordan. The band were working on the album when O'Riordan died in January, they say in a Facebook post, and completed her vocals last year.

"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," they say. They are also preparing a 25th anniversary reissue of their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We, a project that was also well underway during O'Riordan's lifetime. Both releases are expected to be available by the end of 2018. (Rolling Stone)

Spotify will tell you how often you listen to women

A new Spotify feature, named the "Smirnoff Equalizer" in honor of its incongruous sponsor, will tell you what proportion of your listening is devoted to female artists. When you get your results, you also get a personalized "Equalizer" playlist with a gender balance that you can adjust by using a slider. The company says it created the tool in response to the paucity of female representation among last year's most-streamed artists. (Pitchfork)

Bon Jovi's back on top — thanks to bundling

After two weeks, the Black Panther soundtrack has been bumped out of the top spot on the Billboard 200. What's the new number one? Migos? Ed Sheeran? Nope, it's a Bon Jovi album from 2016. The reason for the sudden success of This House Is Not For Sale isn't that people have suddenly discovered what a jam the title track is: it's because copies of the album were bundled with tickets to the band's new tour. Get a seat, get a CD.

As the New York Times notes, the bundling strategy — pioneered by Prince in 2004 — "has been used by Kenny Chesney, Katy Perry, Pink, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem, and is a particular favorite of older rock bands." (New York Times)

Fred Durst directing film starring John Travolta as a stalker

Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is directing his third feature film. This one stars John Travolta as a stalker inspired by a man who once pursued Durst himself. The Durst-inspired character, an action star named Hunter Dunbar, is being played by Devon Sawa.

"There certainly is no shortage of amazing Fred Durst stories to tell," said one of the film's producers, "but this one in particular is unequivocally cinematic in how it plays out." (Billboard)

Paris Jackson makes acting debut

Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, makes her acting debut in an upcoming action-comedy called Gringo. Jackson appears in a new clip for the film, which is directed by Nash EdgertonBob Dylan’s go-to music video director in recent years.

Previously, the 19-year-old Jackson appeared alongside Millie Bobby Brown in the video for the xx’s "I Dare You." (Rolling Stone)


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