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By Jacob Uitti, American Songwriter | Prince’s estate has blocked the use of the hit song “Nothing Compares 2 U” in the recently released Sinéad O’Connor documentary, Nothing Compares, which dropped on Friday (September 30).

The documentary uses an ambient score with scenes from the song’s music video while the vid’s director John Maybury and O’Connor talk.

Speaking to Billboard, Sharon Nelson, who is Prince’s half-sister, said there were a few reasons for not allowing the use of the song. One of them has to do with highlighting Prince’s rendition of the song, which includes Rosie Gaines on vocals. That version came out in 1993.

She said, “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. I didn’t feel [Sinéad] deserved to use the song my brother wrote in her documentary so we declined. His version is the best.”
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Read the whole story here, including the Nelson Family’s reason for this decision:
https://americansongwriter.com/princes-estate-says-no-to-sinead-oconnor-using-nothing-compares-2-u-in-new-doc/

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