fiona apple Jacks Song Of The Day: Fiona Apple

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Today is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fiona Apple[/lastfm]’s birthday!!

And instead of a cake, Jack FM is baking her a delicious apple pie.

Get it?  Apple pie… because her last name is Apple.

Aren’t we clever?

Sometimes it really is about who you know.

In 1994, Fiona Apple got her big break when she gave a demo tape to a friend who babysat for a music publicist.  The publicist then passed it along to a Sony Music executive.  He was impressed by Fiona’s voice and lyrics and signed her to a recording contract.

Fiona Apple’s debut album, Tidal, was released in July 1996.  It was an instant commercial success, making Fiona a household name.  Tidal peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 and sold over two million copies in the U.S.  The album’s breakthrough single, “Criminal,” was a Top 5 Modern Rock hit and is Jack’s Song of the Day.  It also earned Fiona a Grammy in 1998 for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Following the success of her debut, Fiona recorded a version of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm]’ “Across the Universe” for the movie Pleasantville and released her second album in 1999.  Upon its release, When the Pawn… was the longest album title ever and earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records (that record has since been broken).  The title was a poem Fiona wrote after reading an unflattering article about herself in Spin magazine.  When the Pawn… landed at #13 on the charts and garnered praise from critics.  The single, “Fast As You Can,” was another Modern Rock hit for Fiona and was also her first to land in the Top 40 in the U.K.

Known at times for her erratic behavior, Fiona Apple stunned the audience at New York’s Roseland Ballroom when she broke down in mid-performance.  After 40 minutes of being plagued by sound problems, Fiona cried, walked offstage and didn’t return.  AOL described it as one of “music’s most infamous onstage meltdowns.”

After wrapping her tour in 2000, Fiona relocated to Los Angeles and contemplated retiring from music.  Two years passed before her friend and producer, Jon Brion, persuaded her to make another album.  In ’03, she began working on Extraordinary Machine.  After several delays, the album was finally released in October 2005.  It debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 and sold 462,000 copies.  Although Extraordinary Machine was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, its singles failed to chart.

Fiona Apple has remained active through the years.  In January 2010, she performed at a charity concert for people affected by the Haiti earthquake and later collaborated with comedian Margaret Cho on her album, Cho Dependent.   Earlier this year, Fiona recorded a version of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buddy Holly[/lastfm]’s “Everyday” for the tribute, Rave On Buddy Holly, and according to Billboard, is currently at work on her fourth studio album. 

Here’s the lovely Miss Apple performing “Shadowboxer” on an episode of MTV’s UnpluggedJack FM once boxed our own shadow.  Sadly, we lost.

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