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Sinéad O'Connor

AKA: Magda Davitt and Sinead O'connor

About Sinéad O'Connor

In 1985, Nigel Grainge of Ensign Records saw Sinead O'Connor’s band Ton Ton Macoute perform and thought ‘they were horrible’. But he found O'Connor ‘interesting’ and was impressed by her ‘amazing voice’, so he had her record four songs with Karl Wallinger (World Party) and signed her to his label.

O'Connor’s debut single “Troy” failed to chart except for in The Netherlands and Belgium, but her next one “Mandinka”, released in late 1987, cracked the top 20 in the UK and top 30 in three other European countries, helping her debut album chart well in Europe.

In 1990, the lead single from her sophomore album, a cover of the Prince-penned song “Nothing Compares 2 U” (originally peformed by The Family) became an international smash hit, topping the charts in eleven countries including the UK and the US, propelling her into worldwide stardom. The second single “The Emperor’s New Clothes” was a top 30 hit in several European countries, but only a modest one in the US.

Almost immediately, controversy brewed around O'Connor. A canceled Saturday Night Live performance was followed by ripping a photo of the Pope in half on the show two years later. She refused to allow the American National Anthem be sung before one of her concerts, leading to a local FM station banning her music and a senator calling for the boycotting of her shows. She refused to attend the 1990 Grammys despite receiving four nominations. And she claimed a meeting with Prince included a threat that he was going to beat her, which he denied.

Her subsequent releases through the 90s up to the year 2000 found moderate success overseas, and though album sales in the US were marginal, she had no further hits there. After 2000’s Faith And Courage, O'Connor’s success worldwide diminished, with her songs only charting modestly in Ireland.

In addition to a fading career, a suicide attempt in 1999, three short-lived marriages between 2001-2012, and losing custody to her son left her in a deteriorated mental state that culminated in a 12-minute profanity-laced video on her Facebook page in 2017 where she talks about wanting to kill herself. A month later she appeared on a talk show stating, “I’m very excited to be getting some proper help”. However, in 2018 she changed her name from Sinead O'Connor to Magda Davitt, then to Shuhada Davitt, converted to Islam and tweeted:

What I’m about to say is something so racist I never thought my soul could ever feel it. But truly I never wanna spend time with white people again (if that’s what non-muslims are called). Not for one moment, for any reason. They are disgusting … If its ‘Crazy’ to care. Then by all means, spank my ass and call me Fruity loops