Listen to Prince's Original Recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U"

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Prince fans got a little taste of the artist's royal badness just a few days before the two-year anniversary of his death. When her recording became a worldwide number one hit, Prince began to perform his version during live shows.

Not two nights ago, my friend who likes to ask me impossible questions asked whether, if I had the power to bestow an additional 10 years of life to either Prince or David Bowie, which one would I pick.

In September 2017, the courts voided Universal Music Group's $31 million deal with Prince's estate which, according to Billboard, was due to the ambiguous nature of his existing deal with Warner Brothers Records. Now, the Prince estate, via Pitchfork, have uncovered and released a true gem - the only known studio recording of one his most famous songs, "Nothing Compares 2 U". 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.

This is a big deal for Prince fans. Prince was fantastic at making ballads that feel cinematic and take the listener on an emotional voyage, and the original "Nothing Compares 2 U" exhibits this perfectly. In summer 1984, Prince was working in the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse - his huge rehearsal space before creating Paisley Park - and was on "a creative roll, cranking out a song a day". Even our "faders up" rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.

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The new version of the song is now available to stream, and comes with an official video featuring never-before-seen footage of Prince & The Revolution practicing choreography during 1984 in that same warehouse. Eric Leeds' saxophone solo and backup vocals by the Family's co-lead singers St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin were added later.

The song, written and recorded by Prince in 1984, went on to be a giant hit after being reimagined by Sinead O'Connor in 1990.

The musician's estate has also launched a new website, Prince2Me. He was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park, his Minnesota home and recording studio.

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