Prince’s Estate Blocked Sinead O’Connor From Using Her Version Of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ In Her Documentary

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On day (September 30), Showtime aired a documentary about Sinead O’Connor named “Nothing Compares. The name is in reference to one of the singer’s most popular songs, a track composed by and written for Prince known as ” Nothing Compares 2 U,” the documentary is missing the song.

At the close of the documentary there is a message on the screen that reads ” The Prince estate denied use of Sinead’s recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ in this film.”

In a letter to Billboard the half-sister of Prince and co-heir of the estate of his father, Sharon Nelson, explained why the estate wasn’t able to approve that the song was used in the track for the documentary directed by Kathryn Ferguson.

“Nothing compares to Prince’s live version with Rosie Gaines that is featured on the Hits 1 album and we are re-releasing that album on vinyl on November 4th,” she added. “I felt that [O’Connor] didn’t had the right to use the track my brother wrote for her documentary, so we opted out. The song he composed is his most effective.”

In her 2021 memoir, Rememberings, O’Connor recalls having a meeting with Prince following the popularity in her own version in “Nothing Compares 2 U.” According to O’Connor, Prince invited her to his home, disciplined her for swearing and then requested that she participate in an argument over the pillow. She recalled having a flinty object lodged in her pillow, which she believes Prince was able to slip into the pillowcase in order to inflict an injury on her.

In an interview with the New York Times that she believes that in spite of her unpleasant experience with the writer of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” she’s still happy with her rendition of the song.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s my song,” she added.



Watch the video trailer of “Nuts to Compare” above.


Prince is an Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of the Warner Music Group.

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