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BIRTHDAY: December 8, 1967
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Nothing Compares 2 U" (1990)
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BIGGEST LP: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (1990)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1
button.gif (123 bytes) "Fame is a curse... it was the worst phase of my life, which I thank God I'll never have to go through again. I think we all have to go through that dark night of the soul, and I'm just grateful I got mine over with when I was young." - Sinéad O'Connor, 1997

 
TIMELINE

Sinéad O'Connorbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad O'Connor was born on December 8, 1967, in Dublin, Ireland. Since 1990, the music scene has witnessed a young woman from Ireland rise to the top of commercial success and critical praise, and fall just as quickly. Throughout it all, Sinéad never wavered from her politics, nor did she abandon her love for music to make a quick buck. Sinéad continues to tour occasionally and seems to release music when she feels the quality allows.

1987...

October
Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion And The Cobrabutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad became known in the music world with the release of her debut LP, The Lion And The Cobra. The LP was successful with alternative and college radio, and Sinéad's unique combination of strength and vulnerability was a hit with critics and audiences. The track "Mandinka" showcased Sinéad's powerful voice and her art for becoming a part of the song. The LP was praised as an impressive debut as other tracks were played on the radio and became staples in her concerts, such as "I Want Your (Hands On Me)," "Jerusalem," "Just Like U Said It Would B," and the melodic, "Troy."

button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad's politics were often equally powerful and her opinions were often misunderstood or taken out of context. Sinéad would often find herself gaining notoriety explaining her comments or actions while her music would be over-shadowed. This "political unrest" continued and grew for Sinéad throughout the 80s. Between LPs, Sinéad contributed a track to the Married To The Mob soundtrack, "Jump In The River," which heightened the anticipation for her second LP.

1989...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female (The Lion And The Cobra).

November
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The Lion And The Cobra was certified gold.

1990...# 23 Singles Artist of the Year

March
Sinéad O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Gotbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got . The LP became one of the top-selling LPs that year all over the world, largely due to the first single, the Prince-penned, "Nothing Compares 2 U." The song spent 4 weeks at #1 and became the #1 singles of 1990. The LP also contained other tracks that were modest hits on alternative and pop stations including "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Three Babies," and "The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance."
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad hit the Top 40 with "
Nothing Compares 2 U."

April
Sinead O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Nothing Compares 2 U" was certified platinum.
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Top 10 and #1 for 4 weeks with "Nothing Compares 2 U."

May
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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got was certified 2x platinum.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad hit the Top 40 with "
The Emperor's New Clothes."

August
Roger Waters - The Wall: Live In Berlinbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad created controversy when she refused to perform a show in New Jersey if the U.S. National Anthem was played before the show (which is traditional for that arena).
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad could be heard on Roger Water's live LP of T
he Wall: Live In Berlin with "Mother."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad found additional success on the road with sold-out shows, and eventually was awarded with numerous
MTV Music Video Awards including Video of the Year, Best Post Modern Video, and Best Female Video ("Nothing Compares 2 U"). The video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" was also nominated for Breakthrough Video and Viewer's Choice.

1991...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance (I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got) and was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Nothing Compares 2 U").

1992...

February
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Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form (Year Of The Horse).

September
Sinéad O'Connor - Am I Not Your Girlbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released an LP of cover tunes, Am I Not Your Girl? Although the LP showcased Sinéad's vocals and gave a new style to older songs, the LP was commercially disappointing and not many critics new what to think of it.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad found herself in controversy when she ripped up a picture of the Pope while saying "fight the real enemy" on Saturday Night Live after performing. The action was scene as a slap in the face to religion. Sinéad later stated that she was only protesting the Catholic church's insistence on not allowing women to have more power in the church.
button.gif (123 bytes) She was later booed of the stage at a Bob Dylan tribute concert (which many people found very ironic considering Dylan was viewed as the classic political protesting musician). Sinéad later said of the event: "It was a symbol of tearing down of the church's secrets and lies. In Ireland, it was coming out (that) there had been child abuse within the church and it had been shut up. It wasn't an attack on the man."

1993...

October
Sinéad O'Connorbutton.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: "The 100 Top Music Videos" includes "Nothing Compares 2 U" at # 5 and "I Want Your (Hands On Me)" at # 70.

1994...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) For a few years, the only music Sinéad released was for soundtracks or charity ("My Special Child"). Sinéad's reminiscent early alternative sound was evident for the track "You Made Me The Thief Of your Heart" she recorded for the movie
In The Name Of The Father.

September
Sinead O'Connor - Universal Motherbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released Universal Mother and had some success with alternative audiences with the track "Fire In Babylon."
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.

1996...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form ("Famine").

1997...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad decided to remove herself from a peace festival in Jerusalem due to death threats against her by a pro-Israeli group, Ideological Front. Sinéad issued a letter to Jerusalem newspapers and the Associated Press this week directed at the group, stating "...I have always had the most passionate love for the Jewish people, and sorrow for what they have suffered throughout the centuries but how can there be peace anywhere on Earth if there is not peace in Jerusalem?...God does not reward those who bring terror to the children of the world. So you have succeeded in nothing but your soul's failure." Sinéad's last LP was dedicated to the people of Israel, Rwanda and Northern Ireland.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released the EP,
Gospel Oak.

November
Sinéad O'Connor - So Far... The Very Best Of Sinéad O'Connor button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released a hits compilation - So Far.. The Very Best Of Sinéad O'Connor.

1998...

August
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Spin, O'Connor talked about her past actions and the consequences of speaking her mind: "No one's perfect... I mean, I didn't kill anyone... which is a miracle... I'm changing in that I no longer desire to have the **** kick out of me... what I've always liked about my records is there's been a schizophrenic diversity in them. I think Alanis (Morissette) is Sinéad O'Connor with hair... Alanis and The Cranberries, they're kind of well-behaved Sinéad O'Connors. I suppose it bothers me that people like them have sold a lot more records than I ever sold... they don't cause trouble and they play a game... they're not controversial in any way."
You Got Mail soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad could be heard on the soundtrack for the film You Got Mail with "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City."

1999...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad ranked # 35 on VH1: 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.

November
The Talented Mr. Ripley soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad could be heart on the soundtrack for The Talented Mr. Ripley with "Lullaby For Cain."

button.gif (123 bytes) MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "Nothing Compares 2 U" at # 34.

2000... # 115 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Sinead O'Connor - Faith & Couragebutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released her next LP, Faith & Courage with the first single "No Man's Woman" which hit the Top 40.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad proclaimed herself a lesbian in an issue of
Curve: "I'm a lesbian. Although I haven't been very open about that, and throughout most of my life I've gone out with blokes because I haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian." She also stated on The View that she is uncomfortable with labels regarding sexuality and is now celibate. Sinéad told the Associated Press: "I think age kind of mellows you. I was 20 when my first record came out, 25 when everything hit the fan. I'm 33 now, and having expressed a lot of stuff helped mellow me. The fact I did a lot of screaming and shouting was quite healthy and helpful. Now my reasons for writing songs are wanting to perhaps supply some nurturing, soothing or healing through music... provide little droplets of faith and courage through music." Sinéad said she would also not be touring in support of her latest LP.

September
Sinead O'Connor - "No Man's Woman" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "No Man's Woman" was nominated for a Billboard Music Video Award for Jazz/Adult Contemporary Clip of the Year.

November
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Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs includes "Nothing Compares 2 U" at # 16.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad could be heard on the soundtrack for
Rugrats In Paris - The Movie with a track ("When You Love") produced by Wyclef Jean.

2001...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Videos includes: # 56 - "Nothing Compares 2 U."
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad had to back out of performing this summer as part of the gay-themed Wotapalava tour due to family commitments.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad got married in Dublin.

2002...

October
Sinead O'Connor - Sean-Nos Nuabutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released Sean-Nos Nua - a collection of traditional Irish songs.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: 50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums includes I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got at # 22.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad hit the dance charts with the remixes of
"Troy" (The Phoenix From The Flame Remixes).

2003...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad announced she was retiring from the music business in July "... to pursue a different career."

June
Sinéad O'Connor - Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience DVDbutton.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years includes "Nothing Compares 2 U" at # 14.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The live DVD, Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience was released. The video includes the tracks "Molly Malone," "Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile," "The Singing Bird," "My Lagan Love," "I Am Stretched On Your Grave," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "John I Love You," "The Moorlough Shore," "You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart," "Paddy's Lament," "Thank You For Hearing Me," "Fire On Babylon," and "The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance" and bonus videos.

September
Sinead O'Connor - She Who Dwells In The Secret Place Of The Most High Shall Abide Under The Shadow Of The Almightybutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released She Who Dwells In The Secret Place Of The Most High Shall Abide Under The Shadow Of The Almighty - a collection of cover tunes, unrealesed tracks, and live material.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad could be heard on the compilation tribute to
Dolly Parton LP, Just Because I'm A Woman, with "Dagger Through The Heart."

December
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 406: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 477 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

June
Sinead O'Connor - Throw Down Your Armsbutton.gif (123 bytes) The compilation Collaborations was released.

October
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Throw Down Your Arms.

2007..

June
Sinéad O'Connor - Theologybutton.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released Theology (Rolling Stone: 1 star from Rolling Stone).

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Nothing Compares 2 U" at # 10.

2012..

February
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How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?

2014.....

August
Sinead O'Connor - 'I'm Not Boss I'm The Boss'button.gif (123 bytes) Sinéad released I'm Not Bussy I'm The Boss.










LPs
Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion And The Cobra The Lion And The Cobra
Released: October, 1987
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 36
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Jackie" - "Mandinka" - "Jerusalem" - "Just Like U Said It Would B" - "Never Get Old" - "Troy" - "I Want Your Hands On Me" - "Drink Before The War" - "Just Call Me Joe"
Sinéad O'Connor - 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got'
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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: March, 1990
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 6 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Feels So Different" - "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" - "Three Babies" - "The Emperor's New Clothes" - "Black Boys On Mopeds" - "Nothing Compares 2 U" - "Jump In The River" - "You Cause As Much Sorrow" - "The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance" - "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got"
Sinéad O'Connor - Am I Not Your Girl Am I Not Your Girl?
Released: September, 1992
Billboard peak: # 27
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Why Don't You Do Right?" - "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" - "Secret Love" - "Black Coffee" - "Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home" - "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" - "I Want To Be Loved By You" - "Gloomy Sunday" - "Love Letters" - "How Insensitive" - " Scarlet Ribbons" - "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (Instrumental)
Sinead O'Connor - Universal Mother Universal Mother
Released: September, 1994
Billboard peak: # 36
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Germaine" - "Fire On Babylon" - "John, I Love" - "My Darling Child" - "Am I Human?" - "Red Football" - "All Apologies" - "A Perfect Indian" - "Scorn Not His Simplicity" - "All Babies" - "In This Heart" - "Tiny Grief Song" - "Famine" - "Thank You For Hearing Me"
Sinead O'Connor - Gospel Oak (EP) Gospel Oak (EP)
Released: August, 1997
Billboard peak: # 128
Tracks: "This Is To Mother You" - "I Am Enough For Myself" - "Petit Poulet" - "My Love" - "This Is A Rebel Song" - "He Moved Through The Fair" (live)
Sinéad O'Connor - So Far... The Very Best Of Sinéad O'Connor So Far.. The Very Best Of Sinéad O'Connor
Released: November, 1997
Tracks: "Nothing Compares 2 U" - "Mandinka" - "The Emperor's New Clothes" - "The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance" - "Fire On Babylon" - "Troy" - "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" - "Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home" - "John, I Love You" - "Empire - Bomb The Bass" - "I Want Your Hands On Me" - "Heroine" - "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" - "You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart" - "Just Like You Said It Would B"
Sinead O'Connor - Faith & Courage Faith & Courage
Released: June, 2000
Billboard peak: # 55
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The Healing Room" - "No Man's Woman" - "Jealous" - "Dancing Lessons" - "Daddy I'm Fine" - "'Til I Whisper U Something" - "Hold Back The Night" - "What Doesn't Belong To Me" - "The State I'm In" - "The Lamb's Book Of Life" - "If U Ever" - "Emma's Song" - "Kyrie Eleison"
Sinead O'Connor - Sean-Nos Nua Sean-Nos Nua
Released: October, 2002
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Peggy Gordon" - "Her Mantle So Green" - "Lord Franklin" - "The Singing Bird" - "Oro, Se Do Bheatha 'Bhaile" - "Molly Malone" - "Paddy's Lament" - "The Moorlough Shore" - "The Parting Glass" - "Baidin Fheilimi" - "My Lagan Love" - "Lord Baker" (with Christy Moore) - "I'll Tell Me Ma"
Sinead O'Connor - She Who Dwells In The Secret Place Of The Most High Shall Abide Under The Shadow Of The Almighty She Who Dwells In The Secret Place Of The Most High Shall Abide Under The Shadow Of The Almighty
Released: September, 2003
Tracks: "Regina Caeli" - "O Filii Et Filiae" - "My Love I Bring" - "Do Right Woman" - "Love Hurts" - "Ain't It A Shame" - "Chiquitita" - "Brigidine Diana" - "It's All Good" - "Love Is Ours" - "A Hundred Thousand Angels" - "You Put Your Arms Around Me" - "Emma's Song" - "No Matter How Hard I Try" - "Dense Water, Deeper Down" - "This Is A Rebel Song" - "1000 Mirrors Asian Dub Foundation" - "Big Bunch Of Junkie Lied" - "Song Of Jerusalem" - Live Tracks: "Molly Malone" - "Oro, Se Do Bneatha 'Bnaile" - "The Singing Bird" - "My Lagan Love" - "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" - "Nothing Compares 2 U" - "John I Love You" - "The Moorlough Shore" - "You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart" - "Paddy's Lament" - "Thank You For Hearing Me" - "Fire On Babylon" - "The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance"
Sinéad O'Connor - Collaborations Collaborations
Released: June, 2005
Tracks: "Special Cases" (Radio Edit with Massive Attack) - "1000 Mirrors" (with Asian Dub Foundation) - "Empire" (with Bomb The Bass) - "Guide Me God" (with Ghostland) - "Visions Of You" (with Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart) - "Release" (with Afro Celt Sound System) - "Wake Up & Make Love With Me" (with Ian Dury's Blockheads) - "Kingdom Of Rain" (with The The) - "I'm Not Your Baby" (with U2) - "Tears From The Moon" (with Conjure One) - "Blood Of Eden" (Radio Edit with Peter Gabriel) - "Harbour" (with Moby) - "Up In Arms" (with Asian) - "It's All Good" (with Damien Dempsey) - "Heroine" (with The Edge) - "All Kinds Of Everything" (with Terry Hall)
Sinead O'Connor - Throw Down Your Arms Throw Down Your Arms
Released: October, 2005
Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Jah Nuh Dead" - "Marcus Garvey" - "Door Peep" - "He Prayed" - "Y Mas Gan" - "Curly Locks" - "Vampire" - "Prophet Has Arise" - "Downpressor Man" - "Throw Down Your Arms" - "Untold Stories" - "War"
Sinéad O'Connor - Theology Theology
Released: June, 2007
Billboard peak: # 168
Tracks: "Something Beautiful" - "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" - "Out Of The Depths" - "Dark I Am Yet Lovely" - "If You Had A Vineyard" - "Watcher Of Men" - "53" - "The Glory Of Jah" - "Womesover Dwells" - "Rivers Of Babylon" - "Hosanna Filio David"
Sinead O'Connor - 'How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?' How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
Released: February, 2012
Tracks: "4th And Vine" - "Reason With Me" - "Old Lady" - "Take Off Your Shoes" - "Back Where You Belong" - "The Wolf Is Getting Married" - "Queen Of Denark" - "Very Far From Home" - "I Had A Baby" - "V.I.P."
Sinead O'Connor - 'I'm Not Boss I'm The Boss' I'm Not Bussy I'm The Boss
Released: August 12, 2014
Tracks: "How About I Be Me" - "Dense Water Deeper Down" - "Kisses Like Mine" - "Your Green Jacket" - "The Vishnu Room" - "The Voice Of My Doctor" - "Harbour" - "James Brown" - "8 Good Reasons" - "Take Me To Church" - "Where Have You Been" - "Streetcars"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Nothing Compares 2 U

from the LP
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
ARC chart run: 30 - 13 - 9 - 4 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 6 - 8 - 10 - 15 - 22 - 33 - off
1(4) 15 1990 Sinead O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Single)
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2 No Man's Woman

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Faith & Courage
ARC chart run: 37 - 31 - 28 - 23 - 20 - 19 - 27 - off
19 7 2000 Sinead O'Connor - "No Man's Woman" (Single)
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3 The Emperor's New Clothes
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
38 2 1990 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home
Am I Not Your Girl?
** ** 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart
In The Name Of The Father soundtrack
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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