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BROWN'S UNLIKELY PARTNER
2007-01-31 09:04:17 -

British rocker IAN BROWN has unveiled an unlikely collaborator on his forthcoming solo album - Irish singer SINEAD O'CONNOR.
The pair have formed a firm friendship and are working together on a track for the former STONE ROSES star's next LP.
The disc will be a massive departure from Brown's more familiar indie sound.
As well as the duet with O'Connor he has already revealed he's enlisted the help of an orchestra.
Brown recently said, "I recorded with a 30-piece orchestra last week. It's going to sound amazing."

http://www.pr-inside.com/brown-s-unlikely-partner-r46149.htm
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October 9, 2006
A new album called Theology is on the way. No official release date yet.

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December 2, 2005
Sinead has a new album out and her tour has started so keep an eye out!! If you don't have this masterpiece order now!
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August 25, 2005

SINEAD IS BACK in FULL FORCE!! :-)
Her new album Throw Down Your Arms will be released this October 4th. She is embarking upon a UK AND US tour. Don't miss this Goddess live and in person.
Sinead also has a Brand New website! Check it out!


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February 23, 2005
Spiritualized: Sinead Goes Reggae Controversial singer comes out of retirement with multiple albums Sinead O'Connor, who announced her retirement from the music industry in 2003 after a controversial career, has signed a management contract with Sanctuary and begun work on at least two albums for release in 2005. The records -- including one reggae effort -- will be followed with a tour that will include U.S. dates. According to her new manager, Danny Heaps, O'Connor will likely team with Jamaican producers Sly and Robbie for the reggae album, while the second album will be "more of a Sinead record." O'Connor has said that at least some of the new material will combine her punk roots with her more newfound spirituality. "I want to at least aim my records at a more spiritualized market," the thirty-eight-year-old singer told Irish music magazine Hotpress, blasting mainstream music as having "all the sincerity of a whore's kiss." While a record deal has yet to be finalized, Heaps is confident that this "will be resolved imminently." O'Connor is best known for her moving cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" off of her blockbuster 1990 album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, which hit Number One on the charts and went on to win a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance. (The record was recently included in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.) Soon after, the Irish singer became a magnet for controversy: in 1991, she drew criticism from Frank Sinatra, among others, when she refused to have the national anthem played before one of her concerts in New Jersey, and the following year she concluded her Saturday Night Live performance by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II. Two weeks later, at a Bob Dylan tribute in New York, O'Connor rushed off the stage after being showered with boos. She's continued to make headlines over the past decade -- for declaring herself a lesbian and then marrying a man, and for being ordained a priest in a Catholic splinter group. After six studio albums -- the most recent being 2002's collection of traditional Irish ballads, Sean Nos Nua -- O'Connor announced her retirement from music in 2003. "I seek no longer to be a 'famous' person, and instead I wish to live a 'normal' life," she wrote in a post on her Web site. "My advice to anyone who ever admires a so-called 'celebrity,' if you see them in the street, don't even look at them." Last September, six months after giving birth to her third child, O'Connor took out a full-page ad in the Irish Examiner to demand privacy and declare her sanity. She posed the question, "If ye think I am so ridiculous, why do ye give me any attention?" O'Connor plans to return to the stage April 3rd in Belfast. ALEX MAR

Sinead O'Connor, Hardly Retiring
Sinead O'Connor, the outspoken Irish singer best known for her 1990 version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," has stepped back into the public arena just two years after she last announced her retirement. In an expletive-laden interview with the Dublin-based music magazine Hot Press, Ms O'Connor said that she suffered from fibromyalgia, a type of chronic pain and fatigue, and would avoid the "spiritually bereft" mainstream music industry, since it has "all the sincerity of a whore's kiss." She said she intended to focus instead on genres like roots, gospel and chant. Last year, despite her retiree's status, she contributed to an album of chants recorded by monks at an abbey in Limerick. Mr. O'Connor's comeback gig will take place in Belfast on April 3.
- BRIAN LAVERY

Nude portrait of Sinead O'Conner sold
1.54PM, Wed Feb 23 2005
A nude portrait of Sinead O'Connor has been sold for £10,300 at an auction in Dublin.
The portrait of O'Connor was originally destined to hang in a Dublin nightclub but was bought by the singer and then put up for sale.
A spokesman for Whyte's Auctioneers said that the price rose from £7,600 to £10,300 after the intervention of several bidders.
The picture, called Strange Days, shows her as a reclining nude on a purple sheet, wearing only a necklace and stockings, with her face reflected in a mirror.
In the background is the Pigeon House area of Dublin, which was included at O'Connor's request.
The painting's creator is the well-known Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick - responsible for the iconic monochrome picture of the revolutionary Che Guevara.
It is signed by Fitzpatrick and by Sinead O'Connor on the reverse.
Fitzpatrick is a friend of the controversial music star - who recently announced her comeback - and first painted her for the cover of her album Faith and Courage in 2000.

Sinéad O'Connor nude portrait fetches €15,000

22/02/2005 - 23:06:34

A naked portrait of Sinéad O’Connor was sold for €15,000 tonight at an auction in Dublin.

The portrait of O’Connor was originally destined to hang in a Dublin nightclub but was bought by the singer and then put up for sale.

A spokesman for Whyte’s Auctioneers said that the price rose from €11,000 to €15,000 after the intervention of several bidders.

The picture, called Strange Days, shows her as a reclining nude on a purple sheet, wearing only a necklace and stockings, with her face reflected in a mirror.

In the background is the Pigeon House area of Dublin, which was included at O’Connor’s request.

The painting’s creator is the well-known Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick. It is signed by Fitzpatrick and, on the reverse, by Sinéad O’Connor.

Fitzpatrick is a friend of the controversial music star – who recently announced her comeback – and first painted her for the cover of her album Faith and Courage in 2000.

The Dublin-born artist and graphic designer has also worked with rock group Thin Lizzy.

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February 14, 2005
Sinead is out of retirement! Thank God!
NOTHING COMPARES 2 A COMEBACK: Sinéad O'Connor announcing that she plans to return to the spiritual music scene, and that she's working on material for three different records. The Irish singer quit making music two years ago to raise her three children and battle a chronic illness called fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia
By Mayo Clinic staff
Overview
You hurt all over, and you frequently feel exhausted. Even after numerous tests, your doctor can't seem to find anything specifically wrong with you. If this sounds familiar, you may have fibromyalgia, a condition that affects an estimated 3 million to 6 million people in the United States. Approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of affected people are women.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by fatigue, widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Previously, the condition was known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.
Although the intensity of your symptoms may vary, they'll probably never disappear completely. It may be reassuring to know, however, that fibromyalgia isn't progressive, crippling or life-threatening. Treatments and self-care steps can improve symptoms and your general health.




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September 28, 2004

Full text of Sinead O'Connor's advertisement: (September 24, 2004)

I am exercising my right ...

which is the same as any other person's, to reply when someone has
written about them the type of article which Anna Coogan was made to
write about myself and my brother Joseph yesterday in the Evening
Herald. On foot of my
having set out to do something fun and helpful.

I believe that more so called "celebrities" should stand up for
themselves when subjected to this type of dismissive abuse which I have
been the butt of in this country for twenty years now, without really
ever standing up for myself. In an intelligent manner. To me, this
issue is not about me, but about the freedom God gave all of us, in
fact the DUTY we have, to be ourselves. And we all have the right to be
who we are, without being ridiculed and abused every time we set foot
out the door to go to work.

I have been the whipping post of Ireland's media for twenty years. I
don't think there can be any person male or female from this country
who has been as consistently lashed as I have been and always am no
matter what I set out to do. And what have I done to deserve these
lashings? I have not behaved the way a woman is supposed to behave. I
have refused before God to take no for an answer whenever it is because
I am a woman. And if I complain about being abused by the media ye
blame me for it. And say the abuse is my fault. I do not accept that.

If ye all think I am such a crazy person why do ye use me to sell your
papers? Why do you bother writing about me at all? It doesn't make
sense.

And because having been raised in the era of Gay Byrne and Marian
Finucane, in an Ireland which was allowed to voice its true self before
the age of tabloid news. Our hands have always been encouraged in this
country, to be raised and what I adore about my country is that very
thing, that we voice our selves and we do so because we were given that
gift by RTE telifis Eireann, in an era when nobody else would give it.
I grew up in that age, where old men fired off letters to newspapers
and one would think nothing of finding one's father exercising HIS
right to speak. I am proud of being my father's and my country's
daughter.

I feel I have as much right as any person on this earth to express my
opinion because I believe that we all can change the world. If ye think
I am so ridiculous why do ye give me any attention? And the world is so
full of agony at the moment for so many people, and it's because of
hatred. All kinds of hatred. And the media have done more than any
religion has ever done, to spread unlovingness in this world but there
comes a time when really it has to stop. Because ye are causing an
awful lot of real pain to a lot of real people whom you think of as
mere pieces of paper. Because ye
have not met these people and ever sat with them. Nor walked a mile in
their shoes. Yet ye are happy to lash women. When a man can say and do
what he pleases and everyone thinks that's great.

I also grew up in an Ireland where people protested openly about
whatever they needed to and were given that freedom, which is gone now.
Replaced by fear. And no wonder people are afraid. If what ye have done
to Sinead
O'Connor over the years is anything to go by, they'd have dead good
reason to play the game and laugh along and be very afraid indeed.

I am guilty of being real. In an arena which is nothing BUT a lie,
never mind full of lies. If any of ye knew where I came from, believe
me, ye would weep, if ye knew the half of what created Sinead O'Connor.
Contrary to what your article stated, my brother Joseph himself, in
Magill magazine some twelve years ago, stated that what was done to us
by our mother was to the extent that if you did it to an adult you
would be put behind bars. There has never been a dispute between me and
my brother over what happened to us.

Only we deal with our experiences differently in ways which are right
for us as individuals. I needed to sing it out. I needed permission to
be crazy. Why should crazy be a term of abuse? If ye knew even the
half, which you will never know, of what we went through in our
mother's house in the Ireland of the late sixties and seventies which
covered up so much child abuse. And people were made ashamed to speak
and afraid of so called madness, or worse, the fear that nasty people
would treat you as if you were crazy. A child of violence and abuse is
not allowed a voice. I needed to
really use singing and songwriting to express my broken spirit having
arrived as I did on the music scene at 17 years of age. I talked about
what my songs were about. Without discussing the personal experiences
of my brothers or sister.

I needed to do that, so that I might recover my soul somehow and I had
never found any other way. And yes at the time I talked, child abuse
was a hot potato. Before I spoke as an Irish 19 year old, about my
experience of horrific and evil terror. People wanted to make me out to
be a liar. And they have wrongly repeatedly suggested that I am not
speaking the truth. Before God let me swear to you that if I or any of
us were to tell you what we went through this country would cry for a
month.

To know what I and my brothers and sister survived, makes me proud of
us all. And we will never any of us tell ye. For it is only between us
four. And let me state that while my hero, my brother Joseph, may have
been upset
that I spoke, he never said I was not telling truth.

To me, I had to voice my self. And before me, anyone who talked about
abuse was blacked out as if there was something to be ashamed of. But I
was never ashamed. I didn't do what was done. Why should I hide it?
These things need out and I outed.

Which was unheard of. And since I did the media have been after me and
it is them as well as me who have created controversy. I was being me.
They made that a controversy, not me. But to bring my brother and I
into a piece like
yesterday's on foot of me trying to do something fun and good, is just
abuse. And I really need to tell you all here, that twenty years of
being ridiculed, lashed, called mad, by people who don't even know me,
who don't even think for a second how that affects my life or the other
lives they play games with, has taken a severe toll on my health and
has had consequences for my life which have resulted in me really being
fair game apparently for really an awful lot of people to really crush
and sh*te on. And I know that I am unconventional and have been a
little sh*t stirrer.

But for good and loving reasons, and I don't see that what I have done
deserves the type of horrific treatment of me by the media every time I
set foot out to do anything. Could it be because I am an unconventional
woman. Yes. For ye know if ye wrote about Bono like you do about me
he'd kick your asses.

Mind you, I know he, not knowing me, thinks I'm just a crazy bitch too,
and I feel so sore when every time I meet Harry Crosbie he tells me
something horrible someone in the scene has to say about me. What did I
do to deserve such pillioring? Was I not entitled, to grow up in
public, and make all my mistakes out of an honest heart.

Not a bad one. And I came from such low self esteem in the first place,
but twenty years of ye being so horrible to me has truly truly smashed
my spirit and my heart. So I may have brought some of it on myself, but
for what reason did I bring it?

Because I was real. In an arena of liars who lie to themselves. And are
petrified by their own madnesses and have not the courage to go there
in full view of the world as I do. For I don't believe in shame or
fear. That's why Ye keep hurting me too. To shut me up because I am a
good thing. But I will never let bullying and false cruelty make me
afraid, after coming from where I came from.

I deserve life. And I have to be honest with ye from the bottom of my
heart now. I know that being unusual, I am responsible for this mess
too. But Ye are too, and it aint fair to always blame it on me.

Whatever I have done in the past, while I had a chance before god to
speak for justice even though I might be mocked, I deserve to be able
to sing and work and try to just do some good in this world and I can't
do it because it's such a national pastime now, box Sinead O'Connor. I
tell ye no one could live under such pressure. I have never hurt anyone
by what I said or did as an artist. Why do ye want to hurt me so much?
I tell you from the bottom of
my heart, I can't live with it any more.

I beg ye please. Could I just be redeemed? Whatever I have done or not
done, I am a good and loving women who did what she did out of
passionate love for God, and for truth at any cost.

Please, I just want to be a little old lady now, and not be all
controversial and not be bashed and called crazy and laughed at when I
open my mouth to sing or speak. Why are the media so cruel to people?
Don't ye see we are not bits of paper/ My heart is not a bit of paper.

And I beg ye, I can't live with the pain of being this nation's
whipping post any longer. Untie me please an wash me down I ask ye. An
let me just get up off the floor and try to sing some good into this
world and I'll be happy never to open my mouth to speak again if ye
will only call a ceasefire on Sinead because she getting old and weak
an she just can't take it.

None of ye actually take the time to get to know who I really am. An ye
think nothing of being so cruel. And if I say anything I am blamed and
told I bring it on myself? How? By being real? Because I wasn't in it
for the money.

Please. Can we bury the frigging history of Sinead O'Connor and not
have all this same abusive cruelty barfed out every time I try to live.

I have three children to mind. I am a full time mother. Not what ye
imagine I am. I have not had some "frenetic" life. Yeah, I been crazy
with pain, as ye would be too if ye had come from where I truly came
from. And if ye were on the receiving end of what I have been given by
ye since I was nineteen years of age. And if ye knew ye would be proud
of me, that I didn't shut up. Please folks, can we come to some
arrangement here because it ain't that ye can't see I am a good thing
too. Why ye want to hurt me so much? I have not complained from my
heart before. And there doesn't seem to be a press complaints
commission here. But since it's become a national pastime treating
Sinead O'Connor like a crazy bitch, if there was one, they probably
would not give a damn.

Please, I just want to sing religious stuff from now on, I am thirty
eight. I want to head into middle age with some peace in my soul,
surely ye can say she deserves peace at least. I never set out to do
any harm as an artist. And I don't believe I have done any harm, or
anything to deserve such abuse and ridicule and disrespect as I get. My
kids need me to be happy and strong. Not afraid to live.

I'll be honest here from the bottom of my heart, if ye want me to be
someone who can be of use to this world, can't ye give me support?
After years of mocking me?

I beg ye. Let me leave Sinead O'Connor behind and step out to do my
singing without having to battle walls of prejudice and pain. I will
behave. Can ye?

We are all entitled to redemption.

I believe I am a person with a very large and passionate heart who can
do a lot of loving good for this country which I passionately adore. If
I am loved and given space to grow and not have my spirit smashed in
the ways me and ye have smashed it. I really love life and my kids and
God and my singing. But I tell ye I cant cope as a vulnerable woman in
this world, when I am still being bashed around as a national pastime
everytime I try to do anything even good.

I need support. A lot of gentle loving support. And forgiveness. I grew
up in public. Please let me live. And instead of spreading hatred in
this desperately spiritually lost world, can ye not try to give a bit
of love so someone might not have to feel that they are so awful they
don't even deserve to exist. That's the real Sinead.

Being real. In the words of Eliza Doolittle, with whom I identify
hugely, "I'm a good girl I am". Please stop hurting me and help me to
be even better instead.

I realise I risk ye all taking the piss again. But I'm into being real.
And not letting that kind of thing make me afraid to be who I am.

I am sorry for any hurt I have ever done anyone in this world by
anything I ever did or said or didn't do or say. Please let me have a
second chance at just singing and bringing some love into people's
lives with singing, instead of bringing pain into my own. I ask you
this before God and in God's name.

Please stop hurting me and maybe I could start being more bloody
useful. Ye know if I were really as crazy as ye make out I am I would
deserve compassion, not bashing.

Sinead O'Connor
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May 12
Sinead has announced her retirement starting this July. Sad news for fans all over the world.
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March 16
Sinead is set to tour with Massive Attack. She also appears on their latest album 100th Window.
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January 29th
I have finally re-done this site after being unable to since November 2002! Enjoy! Thank you to the faithful visitors and to you new visitors. ;)
Sinead is currently touring, but not in the US sadly. Keep a look out!
Sinead has an official website now. Check it out! The links can be found on this site.
Tour dates:
January 2003
29 - Elizabethzaal, Antwerp
30 - MCV, Utrecht
31 - Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Theatre

February 2003
1 - Arena, Berlin

March 2003
14 - London, Hammersmith Apollo
15 - Paris, Nuit Celtique Festival