In un breve comunicato via Facebook l’artista irlandese annuncia che non canterà più la celebre canzone del 1985 scritta da Prince per il progetto The Family. Sinead O’Connor aveva quindi registrato la sua versione come tributo alla madre scomparsa proprio in quell’anno. Il brano fu poi inserito nel secondo album ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’ (1990) e l’anno seguente vinse il Grammy Award come “Best Alternative Music Performance” che però la cantante non accettò di ritirare.
“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”.