New Fiona Apple Album to be Released This Year
Given Fiona Apple’s past history of album release delays, it was hard not to be a bit skeptical on Sunday when Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid tweeted that her long awaited new album would be released in the next few weeks. Well, it turns out the tweet was a slightly too good to be true, though a new Apple album will be released this year.
The tweet by Reid read, “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona!” But when TIME magazine got in touch with Epic, Apple’s record label, a spokesperson said the tweet was “taken a little bit out of context.” The spokesperson went on to say that, though the album would not be released next week, “It’ll absolutely be this year, but timing wise, I don’t know exactly when.”
Apple hasn’t released an album since 2005’s Extraordinary Machine, which also was released six years after her album prior to that. Extraordinary Machine also had many delays before it was released, mainly coming from the fact that Apple rerecorded much of the album with a new producer.
In fact, it took so long for the album to come out that Apple’s fans began a campaign against Epic parent company Sony Music to have the album released. The remnants of one of one aspect of the campaign can still be found at freefiona.com.
Eventually, an official version of Extraordinary Machine was released, and the original version of the album, recorded with producer Jon Brion, was widely available as a bootleg. It is reported that many fans and some media outlets preferred the bootleg version to the official album, though the official album did debut at number seven on the Billboard 200 album charts, Apple’s highest debut to date.
Apple first became known in 1997 for her single “Criminal,” off her debut album Tidal.