Fiona Apple

Singer-songwriter, musician Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her debut album, Tidal, was released in 1996 and received a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Criminal". Subsequent albums include: When the Pawn... (1999), Extraordinary Machine (2005), and The Idler Wheel... (2012). Apple's vocal range is contralto. Her musical style contains elements of jazz and alternative rock.
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At Girlschool, swashbuckling fun and a deserved jab at the Grammys
LATimes - 15 days
Anyone who thought that the controversy over female representation at the Grammy Awards would die down in a few days should have been at the Girlschool LA festival this weekend. There at the Bootleg Theater, the avant-pop singer Fiona Apple walked onstage as an unannounced guest of Garbage frontwoman...
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Your Soundtrack for "The Resistance" Movement
Huffington Post - 12 months
Ever since Donald Trump took the oath of office, the noisy majority of Americans who didn’t want him to win the presidency have been fighting back: marching en masse, jamming the Congressional switchboard, protesting at airports, pummeling the White House with angry letters and postcards, packing the Town Halls of our elected officials, huddling in our communities. The longer and harder we fight, the more we look less like a passing fad, and more like a durable movement. Well, every movement needs a soundtrack and, so, here is a collection of some of the best and most powerful protest songs over time and across musical genres. Power to the People! Pre-1960s through 1970s Not surprisingly, many songs of protest arose out of the political turmoil during the era of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement. This Land Is Your Land—Woody Guthrie (1944) Possibly the original protest song, written in reaction to the ubiquitous “God Bless America,” Lady Gaga used som...
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Study shows dogs love reggae, my dudes
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Dogs are extremely cool and chill, as you can tell from looking at them. And now, we have further scientific evidence that backs it up — they really dig reggae. According to a recent study from Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow, dogs' favorite music genres are reggae and soft rock, according to The BBC.  SEE ALSO: Dogs are surprisingly well-behaved concert attendees Image: Shutterstock / WilleeCole Photography Scientists tracked dogs' behavior changes when presented with pop, Motown, soft rock, reggae and classical music.  But just because most dogs jam to Bob Marley doesn't mean that your pup is not a sensitive soul that prefers Fiona Apple.  "Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences," said Professor Neil Evans in a statement. Image: Shutterstock / WilleeCole Photography Evans also notes that the dogs were more likely to lying down while any music, regar...
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Fiona Apple Releases a Trump Protest Chant
NYTimes - about 1 year
The chant is on a new track, called “Tiny Hands,” the singer created for the women’s march in Washington after Donald Trump’s inauguration.
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Fiona Apple roasts Donald Trump in a dark parody of 'The Christmas Song'
LATimes - about 1 year
Looks like it’ll be a dark Christmas for Fiona Apple. The “Shadowboxer” singer has delivered a rewritten version of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” that aims to hit President-elect Donald Trump below the belt.  Her a cappella rendition of “Trump’s … Roasting on an Open Fire” is making the...
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The Hilariously Random Illustration Book Every 'Broad City' Fan Needs
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Abbi Jacobson, one half of the comedic duo behind “Broad City,” is an artist.  Even the fair-weather fan of “BC” won’t find this surprising. Jacobson plays a struggling illustrator in the Comedy Central show, one who occasionally sells her wares on the streets and “exhibits” her work in sandwich shops.  The more avid admirers of Jacobson’s work, though ― they’re familiar with her pre-”Broad City” days, when she was an artist-in-residence right here at AOL. These are the followers that have been anxiously awaiting the release of Jacobson’s modest tome, Carry This Book, a compilation of drawings that imagine what some of the world’s most famous pop stars, TV personalities, Supreme Court justices, and deceased photographers carry around in their pockets, purses, bags and glove compartments. From Beyoncé to Pee Wee Herman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Kanye, Oprah to Donald Trump, Andy Warhol to Sherlock Holmes, Jacobson slyly illustrates sticks of deodorant, iPhone screens, dog tr...
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President Obama made you a summer travel mixtape that includes Prince and Fiona Apple
LATimes - over 1 year
After this season’s election tumult, Barack Obama is 100% ready to hit the road toward somewhere sunny and far away that serves myriad frozen adult beverages. Just listen to his latest Spotify playlists. The White House has released two new Obama-approved summer playlists — one for daytime and one...
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Branded Content: The Currency of Connection
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The rise of "content" is a fundamental 21st century marketing phenomenon. But is "advertising," deliberate messages broadcast at one time to swathes of people, dead? Certainly not. Marketers do not spend $250 billion per year on television commercials for sentimental reasons. They do so because brands require carefully crafted positioning and USPs (unique selling propositions) delivered to specific target audiences. But, today, no communications mix is complete without "content" -- that is, creative executions consumers can actively choose to "engage" with. Content exists in all shapes and sizes. Red Bull's invitation to observe Felix Baumgartner's jump from space is compelling while Oral B's Twitter feeds extolling the benefits of "the world's first electronic toothbrush with blue tooth connectivity" is irrelevant. Domino's downloadable pizza ordering app is transactional. Procter & Gamble's celebration of mothers of Olympic champions is transcendent. Mattel's catalogue-cum-...
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Bieber Bathos Elegy and Bernstein - Live from The Whitney
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Bieber Bathos Elegy debuts at The Whitney this month "It's time for me to grow up," Justin Bieber said in a recent interview. And growing up amidst the pressures of a complex world and a relentless public eye is the tricky, tenuous, entertaining theme of New York-based artist Felix Bernstein's new musical spectacle, Bieber Bathos Elegy, which will debut at The Whitney Museum of American Art this month. During the performance, Bieber visits the stage as a prophetic angel to critique and parody the show inspired by events from Bernstein's life and critically acclaimed writings, collected recently in Burn Book (Nightboat). This hybrid work of opera, poetry, cabaret drag (artist Shelley Hirsch leads a gay youth's chorus in a rendition of "Tomorrow" from Annie) and deconstructive criticism features Bernstein as the thinking millennial's poet trying to figure out where lieth the reality in the labyrinth of life. Bernstein is the author of Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry and Burn...
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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    During 2014, Apple also appeared at a number of performances by Blake Mills (including in New York city and Cambridge, MA) during his tour in support of his second full-length album, Heigh Ho.
    In 2014, Apple wrote the opening theme, "Container", for Showtime's new show, The Affair.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    The pair first publicly collaborated on an acoustic version of Apple's "I Know" in 2013.
    In September 2013, a Chipotle ad appeared online with a soundtrack of Apple covering "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
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  • 2012
    Age 34
    In November 2012, Apple wrote a letter to her fans – a scan of which was posted to her website and her Facebook page – postponing the South American leg of her tour due to the ill-health of her pet dog, Janet.
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    As of 2012, Apple resided in Los Angeles.
    On September 19, 2012 Apple was arrested at an internal Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas and charged with possession of hashish.
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    Apple appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast in July 2012 and discussed the "changes in her life and career over the past 15-plus years".
    In a June 2012 interview, it was revealed that Apple had briefly married a French photographer several years earlier, "for complicated reasons."
    Apple contributed a previously unreleased song entitled "Dull Tool" to the soundtrack of the 2012 Judd Apatow film This Is 40.
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    The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Apple's fourth studio album, was released on June 19, 2012, in the United States.
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    Apple announced performances at the South by Southwest Festival and a spring 2012 tour soon after.
    In January 2012, after its new record label head, LA Reid hinted at new music from Apple, Epic Records announced that the album would be released later in the year.
    Apple delayed the album's release until 2012, explaining that she was waiting "until her label found a new president and that she didn't want her work to be mishandled amid corporate disarray."
    In 2012, she released her fourth studio album, The Idler Wheel, which received universal critical praise and was followed by an extensive tour of the USA.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    In late 2010, Billboard published an article stating that Apple was planning on releasing a new album in spring 2011, with musician Michelle Branch claiming to have heard some of the new tracks.
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    Apple collaborated with Margaret Cho on her album Cho Dependent, which was released on August 24, 2010.
    In January 2010, Fiona Apple and Jon Brion performed together at "Love and Haiti, Too: A Music Benefit", a charity concert for the people hurt by the Haiti earthquake. Fiona sang a cover of "(S)he's Funny That Way", composed by Neil Moret, lyrics by Richard Whiting, which is often associated with the singer Billie Holiday. In June 2010, Fiona released a song titled "So Sleepy", produced by Jon Brion and written by children involved with the non-profit organization 826LA.
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  • 2009
    Age 31
    In 2009, Apple covered "Why Try to Change Me Now" and "I Walk A Little Faster" for The Best Is Yet to Come – The Songs of Cy Coleman.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    In 2008, Apple recorded a duet titled "Still I" with Christophe Deluy.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    Apple toured the East Coast during August 2007, with Nickel Creek.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    In May 2006, Apple paid tribute to Elvis Costello on VH1's concert series Decades Rock Live, by performing Costello's hit "I Want You".
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    Apple recorded a cover of "Sally's Song" for the 2006 special edition release of the soundtrack for the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    In June 2006, Apple appeared on the joke track "Come Over and Get It (Up in 'Dem Guts)" by comedian Zach Galifianakis.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    Apple went on a live tour to promote the album in late 2005.
  • 2002
    Age 24
    Apple's third album, Extraordinary Machine, was originally produced by Jon Brion. In spring 2002, Apple and Jon Brion, her longtime friend and producer on When the Pawn, met for their weekly lunch meeting.
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  • 2000
    Age 22
    After completing a concert tour in support of her second album in 2000, Apple relocated to Los Angeles.
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  • 1999
    Age 21
    Apple's second album, When the Pawn, was released in 1999.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 19
    Apple accepted MTV Video Music Award for "Best New Artist" for her song Sleep to Dream in 1997 The New Yorker and NYRock criticized her MTV award show speech. "When I have something to say, I'll say it," she said, responding to these criticisms in an article in Rolling Stone in January 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 18
    In 1996, Apple's debut album, Tidal, was released by Work Records and Columbia Records.
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    Her debut album, Tidal, written when Apple was seventeen, was released in 1996 and received a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Criminal".
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  • 1994
    Age 16
    Apple was introduced to the music industry in 1994, when she gave a demo tape containing the songs "Never Is a Promise", "Not One of Those Times", and "He Takes a Taxi" to her friend who was the babysitter for music publicist Kathryn Schenker.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born in New York City in 1977, Apple is the daughter of singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart, who met when both were cast in the Broadway musical Applause.
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