Fiona Apple is back after a 7-year hiatus, with a new album to be released later this year, and she’s planning to tour.
Apple’s last album, her third, was ‘Extraordinary Machine’ which was released in late 2005. The album was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Pop Vocal Album” category, and became certified Gold selling 462,000 copies in the U.S.
The news of a new album came via a tweet from Epic records CEO, L.A. Reid, who wrote, “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona! #BeEpic.”
There had been a report from Billboard that the album was actually complete and supposed to be released last spring but has been held up for some unknown reason. At a concert in Los Angeles last November, Apple stated to the crowd that she was having trouble remembering how to play her new songs because, “they’ve been done for a f**king year.”
Apple won a Grammy at the age of 19 for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” for the single “Criminal” off her debut album of the same name in 1998. She was discovered after she made a demo tape and gave it to a friend who was a babysitter for a music publicist, who in turn passed it onto Sony Music executive Andy Slater, who liked her sound and signed her to a deal in 1994.