Sinead O’Connor: “The Time Has Come For Me To Cease Singing ‘Nothing Compares 2 U'”

“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 be emotionally available. I’d be lying. You’d be getting a lie. 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.”

Sinead O’Connor is many things: remarkably talented, audacious, righteous, at times a little bit unhinged, and most of all, seriously devoted to doing right by her craft. I have a shit ton of respect for her decision to no longer perform her most famous song, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” even though this means that I will never get a chance to hear her perform it live. Given the bounty of soulless manufactured hits currently topping the charts, it’s refreshing to see that there are still artists out there who, you know, care about the emotional authenticity of their work. [ABC News]