Prince’s ‘Originals’ Gathers Blueprints of His Handed-Off Hits.

Prince in the early-to-mid ‘80s was spitting out hot songs at such a clip, it’s no wonder he shared the wealth. And wealth it was: his “Manic Monday” was The Bangles’ first hit, reaching top 5 in the U.S., while Sinead O’Connor never had a more successful song than “Nothing Compares To U,” a near-global #1. Prince’s overflow songs also functioned as brand extensions, especially when covered by acts in his creative camp: Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, The Time, Sheila E.

Originals, the latest release from Prince’s vaults (see
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