Prince Collaborators fDeluxe (Formerly The Family) Re-Record 'Nothing Compares 2 U' in Tribute: Exclusive

The Family fDeluxe 2016
Steve Parke

fDeluxe, previously known as The Family.

As radio stations nationwide play Prince's immortal "Nothing Compares 2 U" Wednesday (May 4) afternoon in tribute to the gone-too-soon genius, Billboard is exclusively sharing a re-recorded version of the song from the band that originally released it.

In 1985, The Family -- a band Prince formed and signed to his Paisley Park Records -- recorded Prince's composition "Nothing Compares 2 U." Although Sinead O'Connor would take it to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1990 and Prince would later release it (performed live with Rosie Gaines) under his own name, The Family's version is the original heartbreaker.

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Today (May 4), the group -- who reformed in 2009 and now go by the name fDeluxe -- is sharing a new version of the song, recorded last Sunday (May 1) at Creation Audio in Minneapolis (the studio Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis occupied for many early productions). This mournful, sparse take on "Nothing Compares 2 U" finds fDeluxe accompanied by STRINGenius, who played on several of Prince's latter day recordings.

"With a musically heavy heart tonight we honor our dear friend and musical collaborator Prince on what will be 7 hours and 13 days after his passing. We offer you a moment of Prince’s musical legacy and brilliance with a song he wrote for us many purple moons ago," the band says in a statement. 

Listen to Prince's former collaborators pay homage to their maestro below. 


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