KCMP (89.3 The Current) Minneapolis has invited stations to help celebrate the life of Prince by joining in a simulcast of his version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, at exactly 7 hours and 13 days after his death. Stations worldwide will play the song at exactly 6:07 p.m. ET (5:07 CT/3:07 PT) tonight. If you can’t find a local station participating and want to listen along then you can hear the radiocast at The Current. The Current is encouraging fans to share pictures and videos of them singing along using the #NothingCompares2U hashtag on social media.
Stations KEXP (Seattle), WXPN (Philadelphia), WFUV (New York), KKXT (Dallas), KUTX (Austin), and Radio Milwaukee have already said that they will participate in the simulcast.
“We thought marking this moment over the airwaves with one of Prince’s most ubiquitous songs would be a wonderful way to honor his legacy,” KCMP program director 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.
“I think the shocking suddenness to Prince’s passing and at such a young age have combined to throw the entire world for a loop,” Jim McGuinn tells Billboard. “Like [David] Bowie, Prince’s music made us all more alive, more accepting, more open to being able to express who we are. But, like no artist in our lifetimes, Prince united people with his music. Black, white, young, old, rich, poor, he cut across all boundaries with music that touched on rock, funk, soul, pop, R&B, new wave and jazz, and the world responded.”
The song was first recorded by Prince in the 1980s for his funk band The Family, but became a worldwide hit when Sinead O’Connor covered it in 1990. The lyrics for Sinead’s version are “It’s been 7 hours and 15 days…”, but Prince’s version has “7 hours and 13 days, since you took your love away…”. Indeed.
Here’s an incredible live version that Prince performed with Rosie Gaines (from The New Power Generation):
Have you seen Chris Cornell’s version? Check it out:
And of course, Sinead O’Connor’s version:
Last but not least, RMW found a video for an acoustic special called “Prince: The Art of Musicology” on MTV from 2004 that you can see below: