Song:Nothing Compares 2 U
These days Irish singer Sinead O'Connor is known mainly for her controversial behaviour. So we tend to forget that she scored a huge worldwide hit with Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990. To date it is her only big hit single. She was born Dec. 8, 1966 in Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland. Her parents separated when she was 8 years old. Sinead lived with her mother and she has claimed that the children were abused. She lived with her dad as a teen and Sinead got into trouble for shoplifting. She was sent to a couple of boarding schools and this is where she got interested in music. She was in the band Ton Ton Macoute. Record companies were interested in her and she signed with EMI's Ensign label in 1987. For her debut album The Lion and the Cobra, she was assigned a producer but they didn't get along and Sinead wrote and produced the album. The album did well in England and the single Mandinka got some airplay but it was not a hit. For her next album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, Sinead was paired with Nellee Hooper who was a hot producer in England at the time. She again wrote most of the songs except Nothing Compares 2 U which was written by Prince for one of his side projects The Family. Sinead made the song her own and of course everyone remembers her appearance in the video which was played endlessly on MTV. The record was a worldwide chart topper. It is to date her only big hit and you can get it on this comp. She continued to have minor hits in England. And of course she is known for ripping up The Pope's picture on Saturday Night Live in 1992. That got her plenty of attention and she continues to do things like that. She was recently in the news for threatening suicide on Facebook over a family dispute. I don't think it helps her music much. Most folks just think she's weird. She still records. Her latest CD I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss was released last year on Nettwerk. And she became a grandmother earlier this year. That should make you feel old. here's the video for Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor.