the prince denied property Nothing Comparesa new documentary about Sinead O’Connor, the rights to her cover of Prince’s song, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” In a statement of BillboardPrince’s half-sister and co-heir wrote, “I don’t feel he deserves to use the song.”
Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U” for his side project, The Family, and the song appeared on their self-titled 1985 debut. O’Connor’s 1990 cover changed her career, taking her from a buzzy singer-songwriter with a few minor hits in Europe to an international sensation with three nominations for Grammy, including Record of the Year. There’s a reason documentary director Kathryn Ferguson chose that name for her documentary.
“Initially we intended to use the song, but we received a refusal (which as the rights holders, is their right),” said Ferguson Billboard. “Ultimately we were very happy with that section of the film. It meant the focus remained on Sinéad’s words, and her own songwriting.
Prince’s sister Sharon Nelson offered two reasons for the refusal, one financial and one personal. “Nothing compares to the live version of Prince with Rosie Gaines featured in Hits 1 album and we’re releasing that album on vinyl on November 4,” he said, adding, “I’m not feeling it [O’Connor] it was appropriate to use the song my brother wrote in his documentary so we declined. His version is the best. “
He did not elaborate on O’Connor’s merits, but it could be in retaliation for an interview the singer gave to New York Times last year. O’Connor told him first terrible meeting with Prince, saying he was “intimidated” by her, scolding her for swearing in interviews, and suggesting a pillow fight only to have her hit with a hard object inside her pillowcase. When he tried to escape, he alleged that his car chased him.
Nothing Compares will premiere on Showtime this Sunday, October 2, and Showtime subscribers can stream on-demand starting today, September 30.