Nothing Compares 2 U is the first official posthumous Prince single, released two years after his death. The single contained Prince's original 1984 studio version of Nothing Compares 2 U, a song he gave to The Family for their 1985 album The Family, but which was later covered and made famous by Irish singer Sinead O'Connor.
A digital single was released on 19 April 2018, as a stand-alone single released without prior announcement. An accompanying video was made available at the same time on the official Prince_Streaming_Video_Channels Prince YouTube channel.
A 7" picture disc was made available to order at the same time on the official princehitnrun.com store, in bundles with merchandise bearing the same artwork. A purple vinyl was offered for sale from Minneapolis music store [www.electricfetus.com/ Electric Fetus] on 21 April 2018, while a black vinyl version is planned for a wider release on 25 May 2018.
The digital version of the single contained only the full 4:40 version, while the vinyl version also includes a 4:12 edit of the song.