Sinéad O'Connor Billboard Cover Story; North American Tour Dates Announced

"Sinead's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising...Its first single, "Take Me to Church," looks back on a lifetime of battles and broken loves, only to find pathways to peace, redemption, forgiveness and wonder…the song provides a stirring and frequently beautiful glimpse into the mind of a singer who searches constantly for improvements in herself." - NPR

Out today, Sinéad O’Connor releases her 10th studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (available HERE via Nettwerk Records). In a career that spans nearly 30 years, O’Connor sat down with Billboard Magazine to discuss past and present controversies that have reared their heads during her 30-year career – marriage, divorce, Saturday Night Live, illness, religion, abuse and twitter wars with other pop stars. Unequivocally raw and searingly honest O’Connor doesn’t flinch from matters that have made her one of the most polarizing and fascinating personalities in music today.

In advance of the album’s release O’Connor also sat down with Linda Wertheimer of NPR’s Weekend Edition to discuss the revamped look, the music industry and the inspiration behind tracks like “James Brown” feat. Seun Kuti (son of Fela Kuti) on saxophone, the autobiographical “8 Good Reasons” and lead single “Take Me To Church.” In addition O’Connor met up with Mantra Magazine for their cover story to talk about what her career has meant to her, looking back at almost thirty years in the music industry.

Shot in London, the official music video for lead single “Take Me To Church” features an incendiary performance by O’Connor and her band in a plot that alludes to her past and takes her right up to the present.

Watch The Video For ‘Take Me To Church’:

From her breakthrough hit, 1987’s Mandinka, to the multi-platinum international success of 1990’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got with its number one version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” from her fearless genre-crossing forays into Irish folk, and roots reggae to her collaborations with artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack and The Chieftains, O’Connor has trodden a unique path to become the one of the most iconic female artist of the past three decades.

Tour Dates:

Sunday, October 19 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Monday, October 20 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Wednesday, October 22 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Friday, October 24 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Monday, October 27 – New York, NY @ City Winery
Tuesday, October 28 – New York, NY @ City Winery
Thursday, October 30 – New York, NY @ City Winery
Saturday, November 1 – Alexandria, VA (DC) @ The Birchmere

Critical Quotes:

"On a pop landscape littered with self-promoting provocateurs and faux eccentrics, Sinead O'Connor remains the genuine article: an artist whose passion and candor have never been in question."
USA Today

"Other stars may come and go, but nothing compares to Sinead" - Entertainment Weekly

“Well into her fifth decade, the obstinate star has created the most lustful, loud and, dare I say, commercial album of her career. It rocks in a way Sinead never has…” – (4-stars) NY Daily News

“Her most upbeat (and best) album in years” – Billboard Magazine

"While O’Connor never really went anywhere, this self-assured and confident release feels like a comeback. It has elements of what made her so strong and startling back on her still dynamic 1987 debut but tempered and matured with the wisdom of a quarter century of experience."
American Songwriter

“Be it personal or observational, O’Connor is definitely in charge on “Bossy.” – Boston Globe

"'I Am Not Bossy' strips bare the public persona of the angered rebel, but not entirely. It strategically traverses the tightrope of irreverent brashness and tender yearning on 12 compelling numbers ranging from seductive ballads to confessional angst." – Huffington Post

“Sinead remains incomparable” – San Francisco Chronicle

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