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Dolores O’Riordan, A Legacy That Lingers

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On January 15th, news that The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in a London hotel room shocked the world. While the cause of death is still unknown‒and likely will be until April, says a London coroner‒it is being described as sudden, but unsuspicious. The singer had been dealing with multiple health issues, including bipolar personality disorder and chronic back pain so intense that it led to the cancellation of the band’s 2017 reunion tour. Her death has left a silence in its wake‒one that lingers‒as fans, friends, and family alike struggle to find proper words to describe her monumental impact on alternative rock.

A feminist, fashion icon of the 1990s, O’Riordan’s influence is undeniable. When her Irish lilt first began cracking over the U.S. radio waves in the form of hit singles “Dreams” and “Linger,” it became clear that the zipper of popular culture had snagged on something unusual, but big. When they embarked on their first U.S. tour in 1993, O’Riordan was a 22-year-old firecracker with a pixie cut standing alongside her three ‘Cranboys,’ who L.A. Times called “unfailingly polite” at the time. Her life had not been easy up until that point‒with a younger brother who had died at birth, alleged sexual abuse, and strict rules that discouraged participation in an all-male rock band.

Yet, it was a classic adolescent heartbreak that inspired the band’s first big hit, “Linger,” the airy pop ballad that can still leave goosebumps on your arm over a decade after its initial release. This was the beauty of Dolores O’Riordan, especially in her earlier years. She was not afraid of honesty, even when it required putting her own emotions on the line. Even when other Irish acts were attempting to mask the accents in their voices (think Bono during the 80s.) The frontwoman, who bandmates described as initially shy, knew how important using her frenzied and fantastic voice was.

This is exactly what she did on “Zombie,” the croony and complicated breakout track that solidified The Cranberries in the alternative rock canon. The single, which came from sophomore album No Need To Argue, describes a terrorist attack that resulted in the death of multiple children in her native country. Perhaps one of the most groundbreaking moments of her career, the visceral tone that she takes in the chorus as she belts out the repetition of the word “zombie” is still being remembered and praised today; it was only recently that Eminem sampled the track on his newest album Revival.

Although the peak of The Cranberries’ commercial and critical success came to them early in their career, they recorded three more studio albums together before taking a break in 2003. While some of her more politically-charged lyrics failed to wow in the same way that “Zombie” did, her voice never wavered. She recorded two solo albums during the band’s break‒Are You Listening? and No Baggage, released in 2007 and 2009, respectively‒and had a brief stint as a judge on Ireland’s The Voice. She never stopped being the harsh, harrowing beauty queen that showed women they could be feminine and fatal in the same glance. Delicate and dangerous, in one breath. Throughout her career, O’Riordan fought for a woman’s right to express her anger‒at her government, at her partners, at herself.

When the band reunited in 2009, they tried to capture the same bolt of lightning that had ignited their career in 1993. O’Riordan’s vocals were still striking; this fact was inarguable, but life was still proving to not be so “lovey-dovey” for her. In 2014, she ended her 20 year marriage to former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. A year later, she was charged with “air rage,” for which she later apologized. It was only this year that she began publicly discussing her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which she said she had been diagnosed with two years prior.

According to her bandmate and lifelong friend Noel Hogan, she was disappointed about canceling the reunion tour and was looking to record new music. He told Rolling Stone that when he had spoken to her the Friday before her death, she seemed “great” and excited about the future. That Sunday, she had emailed him new tracks she had been working on. Hogan wrote, “Dolores’ legacy will be her music. She was so passionate about it.” Anyone who has heard her sing even just a few bars would agree; her’s is the type of legacy the lingers in the air for long after she’s gone.

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Remembering Prince, Music and Fashion Icon

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After it was announced Thursday afternoon that music icon Prince had passed away at 57, social media blew up and the world went into shock. There were tears. There were block parties hosted by Spike Lee. There was rage, and even disbelief. No matter what the emotion, the world agreed on one thing: the world has lost yet another legend.

 

The 7-time Grammy winner best known for his hits “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain” was adored for not only his music, but also his expressive fashion sense, and celebrities and fans around the world have since come together to share their favorite memories and moments of music’s genius megastar.

From Rolling Stone recapping 12 of Prince’s most controversial moments, to Prince telling Kim Kardashian to “get off [his] stage” and his recent cameo on New Girl (how unpredictable was that?), there has been a lot of reminiscing going on these past 24 hours—and we’re sure it will continue for a long, long time.

What are some of your favorite Prince moments and songs? Be sure to share them in the comments below!

One of our favorite Prince moments is definitely his Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2007. Watch it below.

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Remembering Prince, Music and Fashion Icon: Photograph courtesy of Columbia Records

‘Harry Potter’ Actor Alan Rickman Has Passed Away at 69

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Prolific British actor Alan Rickman, best known for his role as Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise and as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, has passed away in London aged 69. According to The Guardian, he was suffering from cancer.

Rickman was also known for his roles in Love, Actually; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (for which he won a Bafta Award); Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; and most recently, Gambit and The Butler. He also recently directed A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts.

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Although Rickman was most known for playing villains, he was adored by all his fans for portraying truly authentic, even charming (we’re looking at you, Snape) characters. He will truly be missed.

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Featured image courtesy of Grant Pollard/AP

Why We’re Going to Miss David Bowie

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The world was stunned to hear of the death of David Bowie. As for many, I myself was caught completely off guard, not even aware Bowie was ill. Over the course of the past two days, I have watched as people from all around the world have come together to honor his life and the beautiful contributions he made to music, art, fashion, and entertainment. This unification of such a multitude of people makes you wonder, “What was it about David Bowie that caused so many people to be so deeply affected by his death?”

David Bowie was one of a kind; there will never be anyone quite like him again. He was special. And as Paul Mccartney said, “His star will shine forever.”

Here are four of Bowie’s most monumental career moments that remind us why he will be so dearly missed.

  1.    Space Oddity

One of the most iconic songs of all time, Bowie told the story of Major Tom, an astronaut who gets stranded in space, in a hauntingly beautiful way. But, not only is it the song that makes “Space Oddity” such a pivotal moment in pop culture, but Bowie’s appearance in the music video. He is theatrical, flamboyant, and otherworldly.

  1.     Ziggy Stardust

Bowie brought androgyny to the forefront of pop culture through his alien persona during the Ziggy Stardust era. This androgyny changed the face of music, fashion, and brought in a new wave of youth culture. This era coined him as the “Starman” and seemingly transported everyone watching to outer space.

  1.     The Fashion

David Bowie was a fashion icon throughout the decades. He was a trailblazer, constantly pushing the boundaries of the fashion world. From glam to hippy, straight-laced to space suits, Bowie did it all. He changed the game and left his mark on the fashion world forever.

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  1.     Blackstar

The true genius of David Bowie lies in his final act. He let his art be his last word. Although he knew, he didn’t tell the world he was dying. Instead, he created a beautiful, frightening, and prophetic album as a farewell to his fans and the world. This final act sums up everything you need to know about Bowie. He always let his art do the talking, and we thank him for this final message.

“Oh, I’ll be free / Just like that bluebird / Oh, I’ll be free / Ain’t that just like me…”

Goodbye, Starman. The world will miss you.

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Featured image photographed by Greg Gorman

 

Read Lorde’s Touching Letter to David Bowie

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It has been two days since music and fashion icon David Bowie has passed, and tributes in the form of photos, artwork, and sentiments have been pouring in all over the web. However, it was Lorde’s extremely personal letter (written after shedding tears and gulping down whiskey) about the first time she met Bowie that touched our hearts more than others.

“It feels kind of garish to talk about oneself at a time like this, when the thing that has happened is so distinctly world-sized,” she wrote. “But everything I’ve read or seen since the news has been deeply intrinsic in tone, almost selfish, like therapy.”

Lorde then recounts the night she met him, when she was still new to the scene and adjusting to stardom. After performing at a Vogue benefit honoring Tilda Swinton, Lorde was approached by Anna Wintour, who said that David Bowie wanted to meet her.

“I’ve never met a hero of mine and liked it,” she wrote. “It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can’t enjoy it. David was different.”

That night, she wrote, something changed in her. “I felt a calmness grow, a sureness,” she wrote. “I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect grey suit.”

Read Lorde’s touching letter to David Bowie below:

When a hero dies, everyone wants a quote. I woke up this morning with a tender head from tears and that big red cup of…

Posted by Lorde on Monday, January 11, 2016

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

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Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died today, July 26. In her final moments, she was surrounded by her family at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She was only 22 years old.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” the Houston family said in statement to ET. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

After Bobbi Kristina learned about her mother’s death on February 11, 2012, she “suffered a hysterical breakdown and had to be sedated and hospitalized.” She was also treated for severe stress and anxiety, and it goes without saying that the past few years have been hard on her.

Nearly three years later, Bobbi Kristina was eerily found unresponsive in the same way her mother was found, and a source told ET that Bobbi Kristina suffered from an apparent drug overdose. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, but she fell into a medically induced coma and was placed on life support.

Our thoughts are with the Houston family during this difficult time.

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

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Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Has Passed Away

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away.

According to E! News, the 82-year-old fashion wonder had previously been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but in an interview with the International Business Times last year, De La Renta said he was “totally clean” of cancer.

When asked about retiring from fashion, De La Renta responded, “People ask me, ‘At your age, when are you going to retire?’ I think every singe day there is a learning process. For a long time…I wondered what would happen to the brand when I am no longer here. But I will be here for a very, very long time.”

Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Has Passed Away

De La Renta also stated, “The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.”

De La Renta has dressed numerous celebrities in his gorgeous dresses, including Jackie Kennedy, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Michelle Obama. De La Renta also designed Amal Clooney’s wedding gown this past summer.

Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Has Passed Away

The designer was a two-time winner of the American Fashion Critics’ Award and served as the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1973 until 1976 and from 1986 until 1988. Last year he received the CFDA’s Founders Award. 

De La Renta is survived by his second wife Annette Engelhard, their son Moises, and his stepchildren from both his marriage to Engelhard and his previous marriage to French Vogue editor-in-chief Françoise de Langlade, who passed away in 1983.

(Photographs courtesy of E! News and Vogue)

Remembering Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers and Giuliana Rancic

Legendary comedian and fashion pioneer Joan Rivers, most known for her raunchy jokes, hosting The Tonight Show, and co-hosting Fashion Police on E! News, passed away on September 4, 2014 after experiencing complications during a recent throat operation at a New York clinic. She was 81 years old.

“My heart goes out to Melissa and Cooper who have lost something that can never be replaced,” co-worker and good friend Giuliana Rancic said, in regards to Rivers’ surviving family. “Their bond was truly one-of-a-kind. They had the greatest mother and grandmother anyone could ever hope for.”

“My life is so much fuller and happier because I got to share it with this beautiful person, a true genius,” Rancic continued. “I woke up today unable to grasp what the world will be like without her and at the same time feel so privileged to have called her my friend.”

Celebs, comedians, and friends immediately took to Twitter to remember the hilarious woman in all her glory, and shared experiences, photographs, and her very best jokes. Below, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tweets from the people who knew and loved her best. She will be sincerely missed.

 

BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Remembering Joan Rivers: Photographs courtesy of Entertainment News