Prince Tribute: Chris Cornell "Nothing Compares 2 U"

Chris Cornell, arguably the man with one of the greatest rock voices of all time has helped once again to break the format barrier, if there even was one.  I say that because, so many believe there to be these clear divides among pop/rock/blues/country/soft rock genres, but alas I am here to remind you that there really isn't.  It's like, black, white, brown, yellow, we are all green (or perhaps purple).  Music is music, I have always believed.  And that notion is being proven in front of my very own eyes and ears.

Is it clear to you yet that the huge Prince outcry of grief over his loss isn't only because it's the end of an amazing talent but because he's another artist who shattered the glass ceiling in regards to genres?  Same thing happened with Bowie.  These artists blurred the lines among musicians and didn't pigeon hole music as a certain kind or type.  Plus, it's further proof that a good song is a good fucking song.  No matter who sings it or how it's composed or where it's broadcast.  

Take Disturbed's new cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence."  35 years ago, if you told me a hard core progressive metal band out of Chicago (Disturbed) would later cover S & G, and it was going to raise the little hairs on my arms and legs, I might've paused.  Or have you heard this other unexpected beauty?  One of my favorite covers of all time, Faith No More's cover of The Commodores "Easy" (surely to make Lionel PROUD) (below)

Faith No More - Easy (Official Music Video)

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Now enter Chris Cornell who was nothing if not monumentally instrumental in the Seattle grunge movement. Here he has shared a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" in honor of the great purple one (of course it was Sinead O'Connor who made it a #1 song in 1985).  Chris posted this acoustic tribute calling it and all of Prince's music "the soundtrack to the soulful and beautiful universe he created." then he went on to say: 

"I performed his song 'Nothing Compares 2 U' for the first time a couple months ago. It has a timeless relevance for me and practically everyone I know."

"Sadly, now his own lyrics in this song could not be more relevant than at this moment, and I sing them now in reverence as I pay tribute to this unequaled artist who has given all of our lives so much inspiration and made the world so much more interesting. We will miss you Prince!!!"

Chris Cornell "Nothing Compares 2 U" Prince Cover Live @ SiriusXM // Lithium

Chris Cornell sat down for an in-depth interview and acoustic performance in the SiriusXM Studios for an Artist Confidential where he performed a cover of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U. Check Out Chris Cornell's latest single "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart": Lithium is the desination for grunge rock and '90s alternative.

-Amy Brooks