Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Fiona-ship Society

Here's an update about Fiona Apple's imprisoned next album, from MTV.com:

In late January, devotees of the missing-in-action songstress held a "Free Fiona" protest outside the New York offices of Sony Records demanding that her reportedly shelved third album, Extraordinary Machine, finally see release.

"Eventually [Fiona's record] will come out," Machine producer Jon Brion told MTV News in an interview about the in-limbo disc. "People who do understand her are going to be thrilled. Is all this going to make radio play it? Probably not."

...This past weekend on Seattle's the End 107.7, DJ Andrew Harms gave songs from Extraordinary Machine their world radio debut, highlighting two tracks previously leaked on the Internet ("A Better Version of Me" and the title track) along with three previously unheard songs ("Not About Love," "Get Him Back" and "Used to Love") which Harms says are all "tentative titles." Tracks played on Harms' show have since been recorded and circulated around the Internet, albeit in a poor-quality format.

... the response to the leak has been overwhelming, even from those that don't consider themselves fans of Apple's music. "Half the people that heard it loved it," Harms said of listeners who have called from all over the country. "And the other half of people who called and commented said they liked it. They weren't necessarily fans, but they just liked that we were stepping up, supporting a good artist and playing the songs."

... Though the DJ understands how the Tin Pan Alley-esque theatrical material might not be Sony's cup of commercial-hit tea, he personally thinks the music was artistic and inventive.
Sounds like this album has high potential for Advancement to me. Hopefully the wonderful folks at Sony will allow it to be released. Gotta love those record companies.

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