Prince's Original Version of Nothing Compares 2 U Released


The Purple One keeps on giving-today, Prince's estate has shared a never-before-heard 1984 studio version of his all-time classic composition "Nothing Compares 2 U", which became a number one hit in the hands of Sinead O'Connor six years later.

"Now available on limited edition 7" vinyl, digital purchase and streaming services, the song has been set to unseen rehearsal footage in a new music video. Rogers felt the finished song was "exceptional, in his Top 10", but has a compelling theory about why Prince didn't release the song under his own name (a live duet with Rosie Gaines appeared years later, on the 1993 compilation, The Hits/The B-Sides).

JUST THIS WEEK, for no reason in particular, I was listening to YouTube covers of "Nothing Compares 2 U", a song written by Prince and reimagined most famously in 1990 by Sinéad O'Connor.

Watch the music video to the Prince's original version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" below, followed by the video of the Purple One's performance in 1982 via the Paste Cloud.

"After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analyzed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192", Prince archivist Michael Howe said in a statement. "So hearing the song in its original context performed in its entirety by the author makes it particularly noteworthy". Meanwhile PrinceEstate acts as "an immersive annotated discography website highlighting the incomparable breadth and depth of Prince's recorded catalogue". "He kept asking, 'When's Sandy coming back?'" It's not a pained "Help me, baby" track. "He released his material based on what he wanted us to know about him and, wonderful as it is, he didn't want it to represent him".

Today the Carver County Attorney in Minnesota announced they can not file any charges involving the death of Prince, who died of an accidental fentanyl overdose two years ago.

"Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him", Metz said at the press conference. Investigators say that Prince took counterfeit pills that contained fentanyl before he died.