Sinead O’Connor has decided to retire her biggest hit.
The often controversial Irish singer has posted a note on her Facebook page declaring that she no longer plans to perform the Prince-written “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which O’Connor released in 1990 and which won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance in 1991 (though O’Connor did not show up to accept it).
In her posting O’Connor writes that, “OK, the time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U. The first principle of the manner in which I’m trained as a singer (Bel Canto) is we never sing a song we don’t emotionally identify with. After twenty-five years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it.
I don’t want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won’t. If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn’t be doing my job right, because my job is to…give you honesty. I’m trained in honesty. I can’t act. It just isn’t in my training. I have ceased singing other songs over the years for the same reason.”
Prince originally wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U” for the 1985 album by The Family, one of his side projects. O’Connor released her latest album, “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” in August.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.