ANNOUNCER: Still to
come, the artist currently known
as Prince parties with fans in Minneapolis, and Sinead
O'Connor, who became famous singing Prince's
song, "Nothing Compares to You," is making music
MORET: Prince is partying
like it's, well, no longer
1999. He jammed for hours in his hometown of
Minneapolis Tuesday in celebration of his decision to
reclaim his name. As part of a week of festivities, he
even opened his recording studio to the public. Prince
says he went back to his old name because he now
feels fully emancipated from the record labels.
SYDNEY: Jim, Prince
wrote the song "Nothing Compares
to You." It's that song you often sing to me, but it
was a young Irish woman who made that song a hit.
MORET: Nothing compares to you.
Sinead O'Connor, meanwhile,
found success with that
song in 1990 and went on to become one of the more
controversial pop stars of the decade.
Mark Scheerer spoke to O'Connor and has more.
SCHEERER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's a
familiar voice, a familiar face. It's Sinead O'Connor,
and she's familiar with controversy. While she told a
magazine recently she's a lesbian, she says this new song
"No Man's Woman" is not anti-male, as some people think.
O'CONNOR, MUSICIAN: I think anyone listening to
the song or even reading the words of the song could
not fail to see that it's not anti-man at all. It's
maybe anti-marriage, you know what I mean?
Now 33 with two children, the Irish
singer-songwriter comes across as much more
When I was younger, I did find doing
interviews and stuff like that quite difficult, and
people would ask you questions that you could only
answer yes or no to, and accidentally, then you come
across quite rude, and then I had no hair and the whole
thing anyway, and you know, I don't think I had a hope in
hell, do you know what I mean?
In 1990, during the buildup to the Gulf War,
she pulled out of a concert where the American
national anthem was to be sung. At a later date, she
watched in disguise as more protesters unloaded on
her. In 1992, she tore up a photograph of the pope on
"Saturday Night Live." Protesters destroyed her
albums. Supporters came to her defense. And she tried to
explain to SHOWBIZ TODAY.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, OCTOBER 1992)
What I did was say what I feel, which was
that the church must be brought down, they must be
(END VIDEO CLIP)
She was nearly booed off the stage at a
tribute concert for Bob Dylan. In recent years, her
public profile diminished, with exceptions, like last
year, when she was ordained as a priest by a breakaway
French order of the Catholic Church.
Yes, but I don't really want to talk about
that, actually, in connection with my album. I don't
think it would be right to associate the two, because
I didn't do it for publicity. I was 20 when I put out my
first record out. I was 23 when all the stuff was
going on, you know. I think being out of it for six
years was probably quite a good thing. And I don't wish to
suggest at all that I am anything but very proud of
that young woman, you know, who was extremely brave,
in my opinion, to try for everything that she did try for
and be challenging. I think art should always be
The new album is "Faith and Courage." The
new Sinead O'Connor? Call it "The Mature Remix."
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