Sinéad O'Connor planned to retire from the music business in July 2003; her goodbye note to her fans can still be read through the Wayback Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20030602110731/www.sineadoconnor.com/news.php
In 2005, Sinéad re-entered the industry releasing Throw Down Your Arms
Legal name: Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor
Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor (/ʃɪˈneɪd oʊˈkɒnər/; born 8 December 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O’Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince’s song "Nothing Compares 2 U".
Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partly due to her statements and gestures—such as her ordination as a priest despite being a woman with a Roman Catholic background—and her strongly expressed views on organised religion, women's rights, war, and child abuse.
In addition to her ten solo albums her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists and appearances at charity fundraising concerts.