Verified Purchase. This was such a gift coming at the two year anniversary of his death. It reminds again of the endless well of creativity and talent that existed in him and how with an apparent creative sneeze check out Susan Rogers' story about how the song came to be he could create something as timeless and beautiful as this song.
This mans voice. I've always enjoyed the family version, and the boot of the family with Eric Leeds and Prince guitar which this version is with Prince vocals. This IS the version 4ever. So love this version, it makes me so happy to hear it after all of these years and seeing the video on Youtube from the rehearsal in with The Revolution is priceless!
Thank you to the family estate for releasing it for all to hear! Amazing version of an amazing song. This is vintage Prince at his best. The sound is excellent. A young raw Prince. His version makes it sound brand new and his alone. Great song by one of the greatest artist to have ever lived. The cover became very popular throughout the world and quickly conquered the charts in many countries. It was also part of the "Chrysalis" label and it has been released as 12" single, CD single as well as 7" single.
The free Nothing Compares 2 You piano sheets were shortly available as well. Director John Maybury shot a lot of footage around Paris for the video, but ended up using just a simple tight shot of O'Connor singing. It was the first time most people saw what she looked like and were surprised that she was bald.
She shaved her head when she first started recording because she wanted to make a statement and not be known for her beauty. In the Rolling Stone Top songs issue, she said, "I didn't intend for that moment to happen, but when it did, I thought, 'I should let this happen. Prince wrote this during a very creative period when he was coming up with a song just about every day.
According to his sound engineer, Susan Rogers, he wrote it at his rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he vanished for an hour and emerged with the lyrics on a notebook. He recorded the song on the spot, playing the instruments himself with St. Paul and Susannah Melvoin of The Family on backing vocals. Eric Leeds added the saxophone part later. I just sat there with tears in my eyes. This was O'Connor's last big hit. She turned off a lot of people with her political statements, which included refusing to let the National Anthem be played before a concert in New Jersey and tearing up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live.
Although this was a mainstream hit, O'Connor was considered an "Alternative" artist at the time, as evidenced by her Grammy win for Best Alternative Music Performance. The "2 U" in the title is a Prince thing. That one was written by Babyface and L. This was produced by Beresford Romeo Jazzie B. Why didn't Prince record the song himself? Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. March 2, Retrieved October 15, Retrieved 10 December IFPI Austria.
Retrieved 10 October Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 12 November IFPI Sweden. British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Recording Industry Association of America.
Prince singles. I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss. So Far Gospel Oak. Awards for "Nothing Compares 2 U". The Cars — " You Might Think ". Don Henley — " The Boys of Summer ". Dire Straits — " Money for Nothing ". Peter Gabriel — " Sledgehammer ". Neil Young — " This Note's for You ". Van Halen — " Right Now ". Pearl Jam — " Jeremy ". Aerosmith — " Cryin' ". TLC — " Waterfalls ". The Smashing Pumpkins — " Tonight, Tonight ". Jamiroquai — " Virtual Insanity ". Madonna — " Ray of Light ".
Eminem — " The Real Slim Shady ". Eminem — " Without Me ". Missy Elliott — " Work It ". Outkast — " Hey Ya! Green Day — " Boulevard of Broken Dreams ". Rihanna featuring Jay-Z — " Umbrella ".
Britney Spears — " Piece of Me ". Lady Gaga — " Bad Romance ". Katy Perry — " Firework ". Justin Timberlake — " Mirrors ". Miley Cyrus — " Wrecking Ball ". Kendrick Lamar — " Humble ". Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug — " Havana ". Complete list s s s s. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.Apr 19, · • Nothing Compares 2 U is available as a stream and digital single. A 7in picture disc is exclusively available via the Prince official store. A black vinyl 7in is out on 25 May.