The song, made famous by Sinéad O'Connor, was co-written by Prince for the band The Family
This evening at 10.07pm GMT, radio stations around the world are planning to play tribute to the passing of the iconic musician Prince by playing the song Nothing Compares 2 U. The 57-year-old singer will have died seven hours and 13 days prior, the opening line from the song Prince co-wrote.
A Minneapolis radio station, KPMC, started the idea, issuing invitations to other US radio stations to play the song that opens with the phrase, “It’s been seven hours and 13 days / since you took your love away.”
The song was originally written for the band The Family, as an album track on their self-titled record. Sinéad O’Connor would later go on to record her own version of the song in 1990, winning three MTV VMA Awards for the video, and topping charts all over the world. In her version, reportedly lamenting the death of her mother in 1985, the singer changed the opening line to 15 days.
"We thought marking this moment over the airwaves with one of Prince's most ubiquitous songs would be a wonderful way to honour his legacy," KPMC's Jim McGuinn says. "We hope that wherever Prince fans are, and whatever radio station they are listening to, they will take a minute to listen and remember his musical genius and artistry."
The radio station is also asking Prince fans all over the world to record themselves listening to the song with it plays tonight and share the video on social media under the hashtag #NothingCompares2U.