Irish singer Sinead O'Connor's first album, The Lion and The Cobra was released in 1987, and its popular and critical acclaim made her an instant star of pop music. She then produced her second album in 1990, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, a critical success that included her hit single "Nothing Compares 2 U" (a song written by Prince). Over the course of her career, O'Connor became as well-known for her political beliefs as for her music (she once shredded a photo of Pope John Paul II on U.S. television), earning a reputation as a controversial artist or, in some cases, an inadvertent argument for self-censorship. In 2003 she announced her retirement from the music business, but she returned with the 2007 album Theology. O'Connor proved a return to form in 2011, when she made headlines for her very blunt, public appeal for a sex partner. By the end of that year she had married and divorced her fourth husband, Barry Herridge (the marriage lasted 16 days), and completed a new album, What About I Be Me And You Be You.
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