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Sinead O'Connor Says Simon Cowell Has Contributed to the "Murder of Music"

Kevin Abosch/SineadOConnor.comWith Sinead O'Connor's feud with Miley Cyrus simmering down, the Irish singer is focusing her attention on a new target: Simon Cowell.

Appearing on Ireland's The Late Late Show on Friday, Sinead addressed her back-and-forth exchange with Miley, insisting that she was simply shedding light on what she feels is the exploitation of young artists.

Sinead said she believes in the power of music to change the world, but “the industry has taken over so much, the money-making side of it, all the sexualizing of extremely young people, for example, making records, and the kind of worship of money and bling and diamonds...Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, all that stuff, it all amounts to the murder of music and that’s what concerns me.”

Walsh, an entertainment manager, is a judge on Cowell's U.K. version of The X Factor, which Sinead argued has contributed to the "murder" of rock and roll by deciding which musicians should become famous.

Sinead pointed out that she thinks Miley has released some great records. However, she criticized the content of Miley's "Wrecking Ball" video, questioning "whether it’s appropriate for 20-year-old women to be asked to lick sledgehammers in videos for songs that have no lyrical reference to any such thing in them. It's what I would see as the exploitation of somebody who is possibly too young to understand the dangers of allowing themselves to be exploited.”

Sinead also felt Miley showed poor judgment last week by taking to Twitter to compare Sinead's past mental problems to the issues currently faced by Amanda Bynes. She said, "I thought it was a nasty thing to do to Amanda Bynes because she had nothing to do with the issue, the conversation. And also the poor girl is in the hospital at the moment receiving treatment."

Sinead added that she doesn't think Miley set out to intentionally hurt Bynes.

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