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Sinead O’Connor retires Nothing Compares 2 U

By | Published on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O’Connor has announced that she is retiring her biggest hit, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, from live performances having found recently that she can no longer muster the necessary sincerity to sing the song.

Writing on Facebook, she said: “The time has come for me to cease singing ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. 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 25 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”.

She continued: “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”.