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REAL NAME: Fiona Apple (Maggart)
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BIRTHDAY: September 13, 1977
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Criminal" (1997)
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BIGGEST LP: Tidal (1996)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1
button.gif (123 bytes) "I'm such an incredibly, stupidly sensitive person that everything that happens to me, I experience it really intensely. I feel everything very deeply. And when you feel things deeply and you think about things a lot and you think about how you feel, you learn a lot about yourself. And when you know yourself, you know life" - Fiona Apple, 1996

 
TIMELINE

Fiona Apple - photo by Jeff Dunasbutton.gif (123 bytes) Fiona Apple (Maggart) was born September 13, 1977 in New York. By the time Fiona turned 20, she had a critical and commercially successful debut LP, and had been portrayed as everything from a victimized and tormented singer to a ungrateful, aloof musical artist. Although Fiona's willingness to speak her mind in public or through her music has turned heads away, she has allowed it to maintain her credibility. With parents in the entertainment field (her mom is a singer, and her father is an actor), Fiona started playing the piano when she was 8 years old and writing songs in her early teens. Her teen years also included an incident when Fiona was raped. Fiona was also in therapy by age 10 for behavior that was considered antisocial: "Basically, I was young and I wasn't running around with a yo-yo and a jump rope all the time, so people thought there was something wrong with me. I refused to go to school for weeks straight 'cause everyone was calling me "dog of the school," crazy, weird, stupid. When I switched to an alternative school, my principal thought that I was emotionally disturbed. Which I am." (Spin magazine) When Fiona was 16, she decided to move to Los Angeles where her father lived and ended up finishing her entire senior year of high school in 2 months with home study. She also made a demo consisting of 3 of her songs and 78 copies of the demo for distribution. But when Fiona returned home to New York for the holidays, 1 tape made it to the right person, Andy Slater. Slater is now Fiona's manager and producer, and Fiona is left with 77 demo tapes no longer needing distribution.

1995...

button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona signed with Sony Music after she headed out to Los Angeles at the age of 16 to pursue her music and then returning to New York.

1996...

June
Fiona Apple - Tidalbutton.gif (123 bytes) Fiona's debut LP, Tidal, was a success with critics who compared her with Liz Phair, Alanis Morissette, P.J. Harvey, Tori Amos, and other notable female singers with angst in their lyrics and pain in their vocals. With the track "Shadow Boxer" getting play on radio and video channels, Fiona's music became more widespread.

December
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Tidal was certified gold.

1997... # 53 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona's touring and other sultry live appearances made her an even bigger musical force as she participated in the successful Lilith Fair tour, toured with The Wallflowers, and had her first Top 10 pop hit with "Criminal."

June
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Tidal was certified platinum.

September
Fiona Apple - "Criminal" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona won a MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist ("Sleep To Dream"). Fiona was most remembered for her acceptance speech: " "This world is bulls---, and you shouldn't model your life about what you think that you think we think is cool, and what we're wearing, and what we're saying and everything. Go with yourself." The speech and intensity of her appearance had Fiona explaining her thoughts throughout the end of the year.
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Rolling Stone magazine interview at the end of the year, Fiona reflected on her MTV speech:"I just had something on my mind and I just said it... and that's really the foreshadowing of my entire career and my entire life. When I have something to say, I'll say it."
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona hit the Top 40 with "
Criminal."

October
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Tidal was certified 2x platinum.

November
Fiona Applebutton.gif (123 bytes) In Spin magazine, Fiona stated: "It's psychologically and chemically impossible for me to be happy, I know I'm going to die young."
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona helped out People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for the impending, annual Thanksgiving turkey feast. A recorded message on PETA's phone line had Apple stating her opposition to the slaughtering of turkeys for Thanksgiving. The message also singled out Butterball with a request to call the company and complain about their phone message which gives ideas on cooking their turkeys. As Apple stated on the message, "...millions of people are learning that a vegetarian diet is the healthy choice for themselves, the earth, and the animals."

December
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Rolling Stone magazine when she was named Artist of the Year. Fiona also won a Billboard Music Video Award for Best New Artist Clip (Pop/Rock). Fiona hit the Top 10 with "Criminal."
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Rolling Stone named "Criminal" Best Single of the Year and Fiona the Best Female Performer of the Year.

1998... # 81 Singles Artist of the Year

February
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Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female ("Criminal") and was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song ("Criminal").
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona hit the Top 40 with "
Never Is A Promise."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona canceled the remaining tour dates due to "personal family problems."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona hit the Top 40 with "
Shadow Boxer."

September
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Criminal" won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography (Harris Svides) and was also nominated for Best Female Video.

October
Pleasantville soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) New Fiona tracks could be heard on the soundtrack to Pleasantville with her versions of the Beatles' "Across The Universe" and "Please Send Me Someone To Love."

1999... # 113 Singles Artist of the Year

April
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Tidal was certified 3x platinum.

November
Fiona Apple - When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights And if You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land And if You Fall It Won't Matter, 'Cuz You'll Know That You're Rightbutton.gif (123 bytes) Fiona released her sophomore LP: When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights And if You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land And if You Fall It Won't Matter, 'Cuz You'll Know That You're Right with the Top 40 single "Fast As You Can." Apple said that the title of the LP is from a poem she penned: "I knew I didn't want to make it into a song, but I needed to write something for myself to remind me that everybody who was making fun of me wasn't right..."
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When the Pawn... topped the Billboard Internet Album Sales chart for a week.

December
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When the Pawn... was certified gold.

button.gif (123 bytes) MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "Criminal" at # 79.

2000...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona was listed on the infamous yearly "Worst Dressed Women" list.
button.gif (123 bytes) She was nominated for 3 California Music Awards including Outstanding Album.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona stopped her New York performance in New York because of technical problems. After performing for 40 minutes, Apple left the stage and it was later announced that the show would not proceed.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona won a California Music Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona was nominated for a Billboard Music Video Award for Best Pop Clip of the Year ("
Fast As You Can").

2001...

February
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Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female ("Paper Bag") and Best Alternative Music Performance (When the Pawn...).

May
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VH1: 100 Greatest Videos includes: # 63 - "Criminal."

2002...

September
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2003...

February
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Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Johnny Cash from his LP, American IV: The Man Comes Around).

button.gif (123 bytes) # 495 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

September
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machinebutton.gif (123 bytes) Fiona performed on ReAct Now: Music & Relief - a benefit program shown on music video channels to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) As Fiona's third LP sat on the shelves of Sony Records since 2002, various "Free Fiona" protests developed on the streets in front of Sony Record's New York office and on the Internet. The revised LP,
Extraordinary Machine, was finally released on October 4th.

2006..

January
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Extraordinary Machine was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album (Extraordinary Machine).

2007..

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Criminal" at # 55.

2008...

June
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Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included Tidal at # 20.

2009...

December
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Rolling Stone: '100 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)' included Extraordinary Machine at # 49.

2012...

June
Fiona Apple - 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do'button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona released her long-awaited next LP The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Fiona topped the Billboard Rock Albums chart and Alternative Albums chart with
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.

2013...

February
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LPs
Fiona Apple - Tidal
Available for download at iTunes
Tidal
Released: July, 1996
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 15
Tracks: "Sleep To Dream" - "Sullen Girl" - "Shadow Boxer" - "Criminal" - "Slow Like Honey" - "The First Taste" - "Never Is A Promise" - "The Child Is Gone" - "Pale September" - "Carrion"
Fiona Apple - When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights And if You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land And if You Fall It Won't Matter, 'Cuz You'll Know That You're Right When the Pawn...
Released: November, 1999
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 13
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "On The Bound" - "To Your Love" - "Limp" - "Love Ridden" - "Paper Bag" - "A Mistake" - "Fast As You Can" - "The Way Things Are" - "Get Gone" - "I Know"
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Extraordinary Machine
Released: October, 2005
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 7
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: A
Tracks: "Extraordinary Machine" - "Get Him Back" - "O' Sailor" - "Better Version Of Me" - "Tymps (The Sick In The Head Song)" - "Parting Gift" - "Window" - "Oh Well" - "Please Please Please" - "Red Red Red" - "Not About Love" - "Waltz (Better Than Fine)"
Fiona Apple - 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do'
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Billboard peak: # 3
Released: June, 2012
Tracks: "Every Single Night" - "Daredevil" - "Valentine" - "Jonathan" - "Left Alone" - "Werewolf" - "Periphery" - "Regret" - "Anything We Want" - "Hot Knife"
LINKS
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Fiona Apple - "Criminal" (Single)Criminal
Tidal
10 17 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available for download at iTunes
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2 Fast As You Can
When the Pawn...
23 6 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Never Is A Promise
Tidal
27 4 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 Shadow Boxer
Tidal
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1998
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  Sleep To Dream
Tidal
** ** 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Across The Universe
Pleasantville soundtrack
** ** 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Limp
When the Pawn...
** ** 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Paper Bag
When the Pawn...
** ** 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  O' Sailor
Extraordinary Machine
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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