The Emperor's New Clothes (song)

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"The Emperor's New Clothes"
The Emperor's New Clothes Sinéad.jpg
Single by Sinéad O'Connor
from the album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
B-side
Released5 June 1990
Format
Length
  • 5:16
Label
Songwriter(s)Sinéad O'Connor
Producer(s)Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor singles chronology
"Nothing Compares 2 U"
(1990)
"The Emperor's New Clothes"
(1990)
"Three Babies"
(1990)

"The Emperor's New Clothes" is a song recorded by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor for her second studio album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (1990). It was released as the album's second single on 5 June 1990 by Ensign and Chrysalis Records.

Composition[edit]

Lyrically, the song is about personal tribulations amid the oppression of the world around her, while she sings: "I will live by my own policies/I will sleep with a clear conscience".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The lyric "It seems like years since you held the baby/ While I wrecked the bedroom," according to Mark Richardson from Pitchfork, "is delivered with a muted lilt, O'Connor's voice bright and possibly a little hopeful, confident in her strength despite the weight of the past".[2]

Track listing[edit]

US CD single[3]
  1. "The Emperor's New Clothes" (LP Version) – 5:16
  2. "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Main Mix) – 4:37
  3. "What Do You Want?" – 2:58
  4. "Mandinka" (Jake's Remix) – 5:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Sinéad O'Connor – vocals, songwiter, producer, acoustic guitar
  • John Reynolds – drums
  • Andy Rourke – bass
  • Marco Pirroni – electric guitar
  • Chris Birkett – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 25
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 5
Italy (FIMI)[9] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 60
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (3 October 2003). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. ^ Richardson, Mark (24 April 2009). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Limited Edition)". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Sinéad O'Connor - The Emperor's New Clothes". Discogs.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sinéad O'Connor – The Emperor's New Clothes". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Sinéad O'Connor – The Emperor's New Clothes" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sinéad O'Connor – The Emperor's New Clothes" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sinéad O'Connor – The Emperor's New Clothes". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ "The Emperor's New Clothes by Sinéad O'Connor in Irish Chart". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/indici/per_interprete/ao.htm
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sinéad O'Connor – The Emperor's New Clothes" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Sinéad O'Connor – The Emperor's New Clothes". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sinéad O'Connor – The Emperor's New Clothes". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Sinéad O'Connor: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Sinead OConnor Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Sinead OConnor Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 December 2018.