Sinead O’Connor Names New Album After ‘Ban Bossy’ Campaign

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.02.14 in News

Sinead O’Connor has changed the name of her new album from The Vishnu Room to I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, a nod to the divisive “Ban Bossy” campaign of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

“A few months back — when I saw the phrase ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss’ and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign — I wished I could re-name the album,” the singer explained on her official site, “since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one. At the stage I became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign it was too late to change the album title because the sleeve was already in print. But last week when the record company received the promo shots, which included the cover shot you now see, they asked could they change the planned cover to the current one, and that allowed me the opportunity of changing the title. Very happy girl.”

As for the sudden disappearance of O’Connor’s trademark hairstyle — not having one in the first place — here’s what she had to say about why she started shaving her head, via a Wondering Sound interview a few years ago:

“When you have a shaved head you look striking whatever you wear, you don’t have to worry as much about make up and all that shit and I think that could be a terrible trap if you sell yourself on your sexuality. I feel sorry for people like Madonna because if you build your career a lot around how you look, when you’re in your 50s you’re running against time and trying to make yourself look 30. This way I get to be continue being me, but equally I can still get my tits out if I need to.”

O’Connor’s new label, Nettwerk Records, has set August 12 as the album’s release date. According to a press release, it’s “passionate and direct, yet with an overarching fragility; her voice and lyrics are as passionate as they are tender.” Watch a “Ban Bossy” promo featuring Beyoncé, Condoleezza Rice and more down below, right alongside the