Prince‘s estate has released his original studio recording of Nothing Compares 2 U for the first time – as well as previously unseen rehearsal footage. You can watch it right here.
The late star, who died at his home near Minneapolis in April 2016, wrote the song and recorded it in 1984.
It was originally released by Prince side project The Family on their self-titled debut album, but it wasn’t until Irish singer Sinead O’Connor released her chart-topping version in 1990 that the track gained recognition.
The version of the song released today (April 19) was recorded at the Flying Cloud Drive ‘Warehouse’ in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. It is accompanied by a video showing previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince and the Revolution from the summer of 1984.
In a press release, the Prince Estate’s official vault archivist Michael Howe said: “I spotted the 2” multitrack reel in the Vault some weeks back while doing a 1984-era inventory.
“After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analyzed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192.
“Even our ‘faders up’ rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.”
Prince died at his home in April 2016.
The singer was found in an unresponsive state in a lift on the first floor of Paisley Park. Emergency services performed CPR, but were unable to revive the superstar.
Prince was pronounced dead at the scene.
Earlier today, it was reported that no criminal charges will be brought over his death after a two-year investigation.
Prosecutors in Minnesota said they had found no evidence of intentional wrongdoing.
Watch Nothing Compares 2 U below.