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.
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.