In 1990, Sinead O’Connor scored a massive hit — her biggest charting accomplishment to date — with the Prince composed ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
In an interview with Brittain’s Uncut magazine, O’Connor said: “Did I ever meet Prince? I did, and we didn’t like each other. At all.” “It got violent, too,” she continues. “He can pack a punch,” she said of her meeting with him at his L.A. home. “A few blows were exchanged. All I could do was spit. I spat on him quite a bit.”
Prince, who recently criticized Maroon 5 for their cover of his hit song “Kiss”, explains that he sees studio recorded cover songs as a problem only “when the industry covers the music. A lot of times, people think I’m doing a SinÃ©ad O’Connor song.” He continues: “It’s okay when my friends ask to do them, but there’s this thing called a compulsory license law which allows artists, through the record companies, to take your music at will without your permission.” He said this license law “doesn’t exist in any other art form — be it books or movies.” Prince apparently had other plans for the song. Of the situation, O’Connor said: “At the time, he had a lot of female protÃ©gÃ©s, and I had covered his song without having anything to do with him.”
Prince famously went public with his long brewing battle with his then label warner bros. Records in 1995 when he appeared at the BRIT Awards with the word “slave” written on his face. In a strategic move to end his contract with the label as quickly as possible, he released five albums in two years, much to the label’s dismay. He also briefly changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol during this tumultuous era of his career until the (read more click “Next” above or below)SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST