Should Prince have kept “Nothing Compares 2 U” for himself? Listen to this live version, the only one ever made, to help you decide.
There’s no doubt that Sinéad O’Connor’s rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” written by Prince, will always be regarded as an iconic performance and will hold a special place in many music-lovers hearts but now, the only version of Prince himself singing the classic has been released and it’s hard to decide which one is greater.
“Nothing Compares 2 U” catapulted O’Connor to fame in 1990 but Prince first recorded his one take of the song in 1984, deciding not to release it himself and sending it to Paul "St. Paul" Peterson of The Family. While it appeared on their debut album, the track remained relatively unheard until it fell in the lap of O’Connor and she stunned the world.
On Thursday, however, the Prince estate finally released the “Nothing Compares 2 U” recording; written, arranged, performed, and produced by Prince.
According to Susan Rogers, who recorded the track for Prince that day, he hadn’t wanted to release the track under his own name as it was about a domestic life he did not have.
The recording is now to be released as two 7" vinyl singles in picture disc and black vinyl formats.
So we’ll let you decide, which “Nothing Compares 2 U” is better?
Or Sinéad O’Connor?