It was almost two years to the day when the world mourned after learning that rock icon Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at the untimely age of 57. The unexpected loss of “the purple one” also caused a conflict regarding the catalogs of unreleased recordings and demos stored at his home recording studio at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn.
To honor and commemorate the one year anniversary of the musician’s death, plans were put in motion to release the first of his posthumous recordings, Deliverance, a six-song EP that was never released due to a restraining order filed by the artist’s estate. It was later learned that producer George Ian Boxill did not have the rights to distribute the album publicly due to a 2006 confidentiality agreement.
In September 2017, the courts voided Universal Music Group’s $31 million deal with Prince’s estate which, according to Billboard, was due to the ambiguous nature of his existing deal with Warner Brothers Records. Then, in January, estate adviser Troy Carter told Variety that new unreleased Prince music was on its way.
Now, the wait appears to finally be over… on April 19th, digital music streaming service providers Tidal and Spotify, released the long-awaited and previously unreleased recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The track was initially composed by Prince for one of his Paisley Park label’s first groups, The Family, and later made famous in 1990 by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor.
The remastered original features production/arrangement by Prince and features Eric Leeds on the saxophone and additional background vocals from Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin. The single was released by NPG Records on behalf of Warner Brothers and includes everything that a diehard fan could have hoped to expect and a lot more.
While the new single offers something familiar, it only leaves us wanting to hear more of the unreleased music that is “coming soon.”