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One is a one-time hitmaker who tore up a picture of the pope and watched her career fritter away in the process. The other is a twerking teen idol who likes to lick inanimate objects and ride wrecking balls in the buff. Clearly Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus have nothing in common, but their war of words has, for the moment, inextricably linked the two artists.
Cue ’Nothing Compares 2 Wrecking Ball’. It’s Robin Skouteris’s mash-up of O’Connor’s timeless hit ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ ballad – a song that would probably have enjoyed limited success were it not for the naked ambition Cyrus displayed in the accompanying music video. By Wednesday afternoon it had received over 500 000 views.
The mash-up is proving to be an online hit, showing that while the ladies might not see eye to eye in the near future, a love of music may just conquer all.
Ironically, the feud began when Cyrus claimed that ‘Wrecking Ball’ was inspired by ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The statement catapulted O’ Connor back into the limelight after years in a musical wilderness, and the outspoken singer used her new platform as an opportunity to warn Miley about the dangers of the industry. She told the starlet not to allow herself to be “prostituted” by the music business and to think of the “dangerous” message her behaviour was sending to young fans.
In hindsight, her open letter to the former Hannah Montana was a little condescending. Cyrus subsequently let O’Connor have it, taunting her about her mental health problems and the pope incident. Cyrus’ ignorance was staggering, but O’Connor has since devalued the impact of her first open letter by furiously penning three more – which suggests that Miley wasn’t too far off the mark with her jibes.
The mash-up has received a positive response across video sharing sites Vimeo and YouTube.
“Wow. I actually like this,” admitted ‘feral’. “Beautiful! “ wrote Robin Tobin, with Vidar Freyr Gudmunsson declaring it a “match made in heaven.”
Others took the opportunity to pledge their allegiance to one star over the other.
“Sounds good.. Except what an insult to sinead,” said Joy Park, while Jacqueline Mueller was clearly on team Miley, insisting: “Sinead O'Conner should be thankful someone of such a young age in the business looks up to her! Period! I almost forget Sinead's music existed until I listened to this today.”
Narm67 said it “could be released as a single as a way to make peace with the whole situation, just a thought.” - Tonight Reporter