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It’s been seven hours and 13 days . . .
Radio stations nationwide will simulcast Prince’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” on Wednesday, at precisely 5:07 p.m. CT (6:07 ET/3:07 PT).
This tribute to the legendary singer-guitarist was initiated by Minneapolis station KCMP (89.3 The Current) and others are following its lead. Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U” in the mid-1980s, and Sinead O’Connor’s rendition of it remained at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 for four weeks in 1990.
The time that the song will be played will mark seven hours, 13 days since the pop icon’s death. This time is significant because the opening line of the song is, “It’s been 13 hours and seven days since you took your love away.” When Prince later recorded the song, he changed that line to, “I go out every night and sleep all day, since you took your love away.”
Among stations in the U.S. reportedly confirmed to join KCMP in the simulcast are tastemakers (and fellow public radio outlets) WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia and KEXP Seattle. People are encouraged to listen to a local participating station or stream thecurrent.org/listen, as well as tweet, Facebook or Instagram clips of themselves singing along, using the hashtag #NothingCompares2U.
“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,” says KCMP program director Jim McGuinn. “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.”
McGuinn added that in Minneapolis, “It’s impossible to go to dinner or a party or a water cooler without the conversation somehow sliding over to” Prince.
“We just wanted to honor the man we called our friend, and the music we all love, and thought that maybe we might be able to get radio stations all over the world to share this moment with fans who are missing this great artist.”
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