Sinéad O'Connor has announced that she is to retire from the music business this summer.

On her website, the Irish singer wrote: "as of July 2003 I shall be retiring from the music business. In order to pursue a different career."

O'Connor, 36, recently had to cancel scheduled performances with Massive Attack because of health problems.

In her statement, she said that she will make her last recordings in May - a track for a Dolly Parton tribute album and a song with Irish accordion player Sharon Shannon.

O'Connor will release a live show and documentary DVD entitled 'Goodnight, Thank You. You've Been a Lovely Audience' in July featuring older songs together with selections from last year's album 'Sean Nos Nua'.

She also requested that she be treated as a "normal" person after her retirement.