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Prince’s Recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Is Released as Sinead O’Connor Calls Him an Abusive Drug Addict

A little over 30 years ago, Prince wrote a song called “Nothing Compares 2” for a band called The Family. The Family had one album and only performed one concert, and the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” didn’t become a hit until Sinead O’Connor released a cover of the song, which Prince hated, years later. You can listen to it here.

Just yesterday, however, Prince’s estate released the late star’s original recording of the song, made in 1984 with his band The Revolution. It’s much better.

The vocal style and tempo are basically unchanged from the version he went on to record with The Family, but the droning synthesizer is punctuated with electric guitar riffs and a steady drumbeat, giving the song a sound that’s a little more raw and a little less produced. Oh, and Prince is singing it, and he sings it much better, no offense to Paul Peterson.

Meanwhile, as part of the investigation into his death, Sinead O’Connor, who had a hit with this song, has claimed Prince was a hard drug addict his entire life and beat the shit out of her and other women, claims that no one else has ever made over the course of Prince’s entire life.

I’m sorry, but I’m going to need to hear this from someone less crazy than Sinead O’Connor. Can someone get Margot Kidder or Jared Leto to substantiate this? Fight the real enemy.

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