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Fiona Apple

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Manhattan, New York, United States (1996 – present)

Fiona Apple (Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her albums, Tidal (1996), When The Pawn… (1999), Extraordinary Machine (2005) and The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012), have sold over five million copies worldwide.

Born in Manhattan, New York, United States, Apple made her break into the music industry when a friend, who babysat for a record executive, handed her employer a demo. Apple’s husky voice, nimble piano skills, and mature lyrics got the attention of Sony executive Andy Slater, who signed her to a record deal.

In 1996, Apple’s debut album Tidal was released by a subsidiary of Sony. The album went on to sell 3 million copies (certified triple platinum) domestically.

Criminal,” the third single from Tidal, became Apple’s breakthrough hit. The song garnered a great deal of attention, in part for its suggestive lyrics (“I’ve been a bad, bad girl…”) but also for the controversial music video, directed by Mark Romanek. The video featured a waifish, half-dressed Apple surrounded by the aftermath of a party, including unconscious party-goers. The video received heavy rotation on VH-1 and MTV and gained the singer immediate notoriety. Years later, Apple said, “I wasn’t (comfortable). And you can see that in the video. It’s not sexy. It’s disturbing.”

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