Monday, May 27, 2024

Fiona Apple, the Original Billie Eilish, Hits Number 1 with Her Fifth Album in 24 Years, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”


Fiona Apple is number 1 today on iTunes. Her new album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, is number 1. She’s made only five albums in 26 years. She had one hit, “Criminal,” from the 1996 debut, “Tidal.”  Her second album had a ridiculously long title that no one could remember, but she built up a cult audience.

I don’t know how she sustained loyalty over 24 years. If she had a lot of fans in 1996 who were, let’s say, 20 years old, they are now 44. But she was the original Billie Eilish, or even Lana del Rey. So maybe that breathy little girl voice is really having a moment.

It’s a very satisfying event for my old friend Sylvia Rhone, who runs Epic Records and may have a break out hit with lots of Grammy Awards next January.

Just to give you an idea of how weird all this is, Fiona sold just 2,700 CDs and downloads from January through March of this year, or the equivalent of 13,000 including streaming.

Here it is:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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