Sinéad O’Connor to stop performing “Nothing Compares 2 U” live

She can no longer "emotionally identify" with the song

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Sinéad O’Connor says she will no longer perform “Nothing Compares 2 U” in concert.

Writing on her official Facebook page, O’Connor, who had a No 1 hit with the song in 1990, said that she “has ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it” and that she can no longer “emotionally identify” with the song.

O’Connor added: “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.”

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Read the full statement below:

“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.”

The song was written by Prince in 1985.

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