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Watch Prince's rehearsal footage for the original version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'


BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

The original version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” is now available for fan consumption.

The song, which Sinéad O'Connor brought to the top of the charts in 1990, was recorded by Prince in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive “Warehouse” in Eden Prairie, Minn., with his long-time engineer, Susan Rogers.

Prince notably composed, arranged and performed the ballad in its entirety, with the aid of backing vocals from Susannah Melvoin and Paul “St. Paul” Peterson. Eric Leeds plays sax on the original track as well.

The song is being released to digital retailers and as 7” vinyl singles (in picture disc and standard black vinyl formats) through the Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records. The Prince Estate is bringing back the online pop-up store www.PrinceHitNRun.com, where the picture disc and other limited edition Prince merchandise will be sold. The black vinyl version will be released to physical retailers on May 25.

You can download or stream “Nothing Compares 2 U” here.

The track is accompanied by a video featuring Prince & The Revolution rehearsing their choreography in the same warehouse in the summer of 1984.

Prince fans can also check out the new site for fans to share their love of the iconic artist, who died on April 21, 2016, at www.Prince2Me.com.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.