«Nothing Compares 2 U» is a song originally written and composed by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family. It was later made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor, who covered the song and released it as the second single from her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. However, not until O’Connor recorded and produced the version along with Nellee Hooper did it become a worldwide hit in 1990. An iconic music video was shot and received heavy rotation on MTV. Its lyrics explore feelings of longing from an abandoned lover’s point of view.

In 1985, The Family, a funk band created as an outlet to release more of Prince‘s music released their first and only album, the self-titled The Family. «Nothing Compares 2 U» appeared on the album but it was not released as a single, and received little recognition.

Prince performed the song as a live duet with Rosie Gaines, subsequently released on his 1993 compilations The Hits/The B-Sides and The Hits 1. Prince also recorded a solo version of the song for his concert film, Rave Un2 the Year 2000, as well as for his 2002 live album, One Nite Alone… Live!

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