Sinead O’Connor’s label asks Donald Trump to stop using her music

LONDON – Late Irish singer and activist Sinead O’Connor’s label demanded that former United States president Donald Trump stop using her music in political rallies, adding her to a list of artistes from American singer Taylor Swift to Barbadian singer Rihanna who have denounced him.

The Dublin native, who was known for her outspoken views on religion, sex, feminism and war, would have been “disgusted, hurt and insulted” to have her work misrepresented in this way by someone who she herself referred to as a “biblical devil”, the statement said.

Her long-time label Chrysalis Records and estate expressed “outrage” in a joint statement that Trump – the US Republican front runner – had been playing her 1990 chart-topping hit Nothing Compares 2 U at his rallies.

“Throughout her life, it is well known that Sinead O’Connor lived by a fierce moral code defined by honesty, kindness, fairness and decency towards her fellow human beings,” they said on behalf of the singer, who died in July 2023 at the age of 56.

“As the guardians of her legacy, we demand that Donald Trump and his associates desist from using her music immediately.”

The statement comes as Trump scored wins in the Michigan, Missouri and Idaho Republican caucuses on March 2, moving him closer to becoming his party’s White House standard-bearer and a likely general election rematch with US President Joe Biden.

Many artistes, or their representatives, have voiced similar objection to their compositions being played at Trump events over the years, including late American singer-guitarist Tom Petty, British singer-songwriter Adele and rock band R.E.M. REUTERS

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