This Article is From Apr 22, 2016

The Prince Song That Made Sinead O'Connor so Famous

The Prince Song That Made Sinead O'Connor so Famous

Sinead O'Connor (left) performs Nothing Compares to U at a concert. Prince (right) at a concert in Paris in 1990. (Image courtesy: AFP)

Highlights

  • Sinead's song released five years after Prince's rendition
  • Things got ugly between them, Sinead claimed
  • In 1993, Prince reclaimed his song, recording it as a duet
New Delhi: In 1990, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor was turbo-propelled to stardom by her rendition of a song titled Nothing Compares To U. It is still her most famous hit and the song many people think about when they think about Ms O'Connor - but it really belonged to Prince, the iconic musician who died at 57 on Thursday.

Prince wrote and composed Nothing Compares To U for The Family, a band that he formed in 1985 and which released just a single album. Nothing Compares To U appears on the album but the only track that was released as a single was another one titled The Screams of Passion.

Five years later, Sinead O'Connor's version rocked the world.

In 1993, Prince reclaimed his song, recording it as a duet with vocalist Rosie Gaines. It featured on his box set The Hits/The B-Sides.

Several of Prince's own rendition of the song are available - here's one he performed live at Oakland just last month.
 


Sinead O'Connor has gone on record to say that she and Prince never got along when she recorded her version - in fact, things got ugly between them, she claimed. Here she is singing Nothing Compares To U:
 
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