Prince’s Family Refuses Sinéad O’Connor To Use ‘Nothing Compares 2 You’

Prince’s half-sister and co-heir Sharon Nelson recently spoke to Billboard and explained why they turned down the use of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ for the documentary on Sinéad O’Connor.

Besides his remarkable and prolific solo career, Prince also contributed to various side projects, including the Family. The late singer composed ‘Nothing Compares 2 U‘ for the Family’s self-titled debut album, released in 1985. Yet, the song gained worldwide recognition when the Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor covered it in 1990 for her second studio album ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.’

It is by far the singer’s most-known work and most significant success. Thus, a new documentary about Sinéad O’Connor, titled ‘Nothing Compares,’ wanted to use the singer’s version of the song while talking about the peak of her fame. However, they first needed to acquire the rights since it was a cover track. Nonetheless, Prince’s family declined O’Connor’s wish to use the hit song in the film.

Speaking about the reasons why they turned down the offer, Prince’s half-sister Sharon Nelson gave two reasons to Billboard. She explained that they were preparing to re-release the late musician’s ‘Hits 1‘ album, featuring Prince’s live recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ next month.

So, that was one of the reasons they didn’t want the song to be included in the documentary. The other reason that Nelson pointed out was that she didn’t believe O’Connor deserved the song. According to Sharon, Prince’s version is the best, so she doesn’t enjoy Sinéad’s cover.

Sharon Nelson’s statements about the use of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’:

“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 4. I didn’t feel Sinéad deserved to use the song my brother wrote in her documentary, so we declined. His version is the best.”

You can listen to both versions of the hit song below.