Sinead O’Connor has signed with Nettwerk Music Group and will become part of its worldwide label roster. An album of brand-new recordings, The Vishnu Room will be released on August 12 via Nettwerk Records.
Indicative of where Sinead is these days, the label describes the album as “passionate and direct, yet with an overarching fragility; her voice is a weapon, as powerful as it is tender.”
Nettwerk Music Group UK managing director Blair McDonald says: “Having published Sinead as a songwriter for the last five years, it’s great to now broaden that relationship to the Nettwerk label, too. The new recordings are incredible and we’re all very excited to be working on this worldwide release for later this year.”
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 chart-topping version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” O’Connor has caused both controversy and acclamation for her fearless genre-crossing forays into Irish folk and roots reggae. She has collaborated with artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack and The Chieftains.
O’Connor won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, one of four nominations she received in 1991, including Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Nothing Compares 2 U.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 2011 for “Lay Your Head Down,” in the movie Albert Nobbs.
Her most recent album, 2012’s How About I Be Me (And You Be You), came out on U.K.’s One Little Indian and Ireland’s Shamrock Solutions label. O’Connor’s last U.S. release was 2007’s Theology on Koch Records.
In the U.S., O’Connor is probably best known for famously tearing up a photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live in October 1992, shortly before playing at a Bob Dylan 30th anniversary tribute concert at Madison Square Garden two weeks later, where her a cappella performance of Bob Marley’s “War” was cut short by an unruly crowd, which mercilessly booed her offstage into the comforting arms of Kris Kristofferson. It was the same song she played on SNL as a protest against child abuse in the Catholic church.
O’Connor is currently scheduled to perform at a variety of European music festivals this summer, including Westport Festival in Ireland (6/29); Jazz Fest in Wien, Austria (7/5); Le Cournouaille Festival in Quimper, France (7/26); and Camp Bestival in Dorset, U.K. (8/3).