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One Hit Wonders - Sinead O'Connor (1990)
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"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor - 

Prince wrote this song. He did a live version with Rosie Gaines on his album Hits.
Prince originally wrote this for The Family, a band that was signed to his Paisley Park record label. The song was inspired by a member who had just broken up with his girlfriend. The Family was made up of former members of The Time, and they released only one album.
This was a #1 hit in 17 countries. In the US, it was the #1 song of 1990, topping the charts for 4 weeks.
O'Connor released her first album 3 years earlier. It got a lot of play on College Radio, but this brought her widespread fame.
The director shot a lot of footage around Paris for the video, but ended up using just a simple tight shot of O'Connor singing. It was the first time most people saw what she looked like and were surprised that she was bald. She shaved her head when she first started recording because she wanted to make a statement and not be known for her beauty.
When Sinead cried In the video it was a real tear. In the Rolling Stone Top 500 songs issue, she said of the tear she shed in the video, "I didn't intend for that moment to happen, but when it did, I thought, 'I should let this happen.'" (thanks, Jade - London, England)
O'Connor claimed she hated the fame this brought her, and struggled with the commercialization of her music. This song earned her a Grammy for Best Alternative Performance, but she refused to appear on the awards show in protest.
This was O'Connor's last big hit. She turned off a lot of people with her political statements, which included refusing to let the National Anthem be played before a concert in New Jersey and tearing up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live.
In 1998, MTV named this #34 on their list of the greatest videos ever made.
Although this was a mainstream hit, O'Connor was considered an "Alternative" artist at the time. The album won the 1990 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance. She boycotted the awards show to protest materialism in the music industry.
The "2 U" in the title is a Prince thing. He has songs called "I would die 4 U" and "If I Love U 2 Nite."
This was produced by Beresford Romeo (Jazzie B.) and Nellee Hooper, 2 members of the group Soul II Soul.
It was Sinead O'Connor's manager, Fachtna O'Kelly, who came up with the idea for the Irish singer to cover the Prince song.
Chris Hill, the co-director of O'Connor's label Ensign, recalled to Mojo magazine January 2009 the first time he heard this song: "Fachtna O'Kelly, Sinead's manager, brought in a cassette and when I heard it I actually started crying. I just sat there with tears in my eyes."
Then O'Kelly rang up Sinead OConnor and went, 'Chris is crying.' 'Was it that bad?' Sinead asked.

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1990

1 Wilson Phillips Hold On
2 Roxette It Must Have Been Love
3 Sinead O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U
4 Bell Biv Devoe Poison
5 Madonna Vogue
6 Mariah Carey Vision Of Love
7 Phil Collins Another Day In Paradise
8 En Vogue Hold On
9 Billy Idol Cradle Of Love
10 Jon Bon Jovi Blaze Of Glory

| Closed on 10/26/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
5 Fans 
20%a. 10 (Great song)
40%b. 7-9 (Like this song)
20%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?

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