August 15, 2005

Hot news on Fiona Apple

Achtung Baby has a major post on the new Fiona Apple work. Yes, NEW since the Extraordinary Machine debable. She's already shot a video for a new single called "Parting Gift" so can an album be far off? The producer of the new track, Mike Elizondo, is a Dr. Dre associate! I am actually in the minority that did not like the unreleased work, so we'll how this plays out...

Fiona Apple website

UPDATE: Todays NYT (8/15) has a piece on this. Here are some excerpts:

Fiona Apple... recorded new versions of its songs and plans to release the album on Oct. 4, according to people involved with the recording. The album, ''Extraordinary Machine,'' is the Grammy-winning artist's first studio CD in six years, and ...The 12-song CD includes nine new versions of material that had circulated on unlicensed Internet file-swapping networks, two previously leaked songs and one brand-new one, ''Parting Gift.''

The label is wasting little time in tapping fans' curiosity. Epic plans today to reveal a new version of Ms. Apple's Web site, on which fans can hear two of the album's songs, ''Parting Gift'' and the rerecorded ''O' Sailor.'' The latter will also be available for listening at, the online social network. Tomorrow major online music services plan to begin selling ''O' Sailor'' as a single, and Apple's iTunes music service is expected to offer an exclusive bundle of the two songs for $1.98.

Mike Elizondo, the album's producer, said most of the songs sound ''radically different'' from the earlier, leaked renditions, which Ms. Apple had made with the producer Jon Brion. Mr. Elizondo said that he had listened to the earlier cuts, but ''once we headed off in our direction I didn't go back to reference them.''''Everything was done from scratch,'' he added.

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