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Apple, Fiona

Born: 1977 AD
Currently alive, at 41 years of age.
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1977 – Fiona Apple Maggart, born on the 13th of September, is a Grammy award winning American singer-songwriter. She is best known as Fiona Apple.


1995 – Gained a recording contract as one in a crop of mid-’90s female artists, but her confessional writing and throaty vocals made the teenager sound like much more than just the latest flavor.


1996 – After recording Tidal with producer Andrew Slater, she released the album and began touring. Constant video play of "Criminal" and "Shadowboxer" brought Tidal into the upper reaches of the album charts; it eventually went platinum.


1997 – Most notoriously, while accepting the MTV Video Music Award for "Best New Artist", she proclaimed: "This world is bullshit, and you shouldn’t model your life on what you think that we think is cool, and what we’re wearing and what we’re saying", referring to the mainstream music industry. She quoted Maya Angelou: "Go with yourself". Though her comments were generally greeted with cheers and applause at the awards ceremony, the media backlash was immediate, with host Chris Rock making a derisive comment about her speech.


1999 – Second album, When the Pawn…, was released. Its full title is around ninety words long (see Trivia below), and it was cultivated during Apple’s relationship with film director Paul Thomas Anderson. When the Pawn… received a positive reception from publications such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone, but some music journalists immediately dismissed the album.


2000 – Concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, Apple became dissatisfied with the venue’s sound, and broke down on stage, berating music critics and the audience with vulgar language, before ending her set early and storming off stage.


2003 – Third album, Extraordinary Machine, which was produced by Jon Brion, was submitted to Sony executives in May. Sony was reportedly unenthusiastic about the finished product, and the project was shelved for over two years.


2005 – Was the release of third album in August. Production had been completed by Mike Elizondo (though known for his work with hip-hop artists such as Dr. Dre, he had previously played bass for Apple on Pawn) and co-produced by electronica experimentalist Brian Kehew.


2006 – Appeared on the joke track "Come over and Get It (Up in ‘Dem Guts)" by comedian Zach Galifianakis. Galifianakis previously appeared in the music video for Apple’s "Not about Love".

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