Sinead O'Connor is ready to rock. After sporting a short black bob in promo pictures for her upcoming album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, the "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer unveiled a different but equally fierce makeover on the art for her new single, "Take Me to Church."
The photo that accompanies the song shows the Irish chanteuse, 47, looking noticeably slim and wearing a long auburn wig and a maroon leather jacket. She's playing her guitar in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse, and looking up while singing.
"Take Me to Church"—streaming now through SoundCloud—is the first track off O'Connor's 10th studio album, which drops on Aug. 12. In a press release about the song, the famed vocalist explained her inspiration.
"The protagonist I'm writing about has had a profoundly distressing experience from which she is ultimately able to not only salvage herself but give birth to herself, coming to the conclusion, 'I am only one I should adore,'" she said of the tune, which includes lyrics like "I'm gonna sing songs of loving and forgiving / Songs of eating and of drinking, songs of living."
Rising above things seems to be a theme on O'Connor's new record. As she shared in a blog about the LP, she came up with the current title after reading about Sheryl Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign, which aims to empower young girls to be leaders by changing the way we talk about them.