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Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple

Date: Sep 30 2005

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The production of Fiona Apple’s new album Extraordinary Machine had its share of difficulty. Fiona butted heads with executives at Sony Music over the songs she was recording. At one point Sony threatened to cancel the entire project. Disheartened, Fiona sat around her mother’s Manhattan apartment watching television. Then she heard that her fans had begun a “Free Fiona” campaign to pressure Sony into letting Fiona record music that she wanted to record. Fans mailed apples to executives at Sony to show their support of Fiona Apple and her music.
Listen to John and I talk about Fiona and her new album.

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John

John

Dave

Dave

John:  I saw Fiona Apple was in the news recently.

Dave:  Yeah, she’s got a new album coming out called, ah, Extraordinary Machine.

John:  Oh, cool. Wasn’t there something about it getting leaked through peer-to-peer networks?

Dave:  Yeah, yeah. Actually, it was a big hullabaloo in the record company, and she was pretty upset about it as well. A lot of bootlegged versions of her music.

John:  Ah, interesting. Now, is she suing anyone over that or is that something she can’t do anything about?

Dave:  No, she actually resolved it by changing some of the tracks on the album. So the album that was leaked, she took out some of those tracks and put on some new, experimental tracks, which has really gotten a lot of critical praise.

John:  Well, that sounds cool. You like her music?

Dave:  Yeah, I do.

John:  I like that she’s a vegan.

Dave:  Yeah, she is a vegan. She’s really political about it. She looks pretty anorexic.

John:  Oh.

Dave:  She’s taken a lot of slack in the media for being so skinny.

 

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Discussion

A big problem facing the music industry right now is piracy, or people who illegally copy and distribute music via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks on the internet. In the U.S., lawyers representing recording companies and some high-profile bands and artists like Metallica and Dr. Dre have begun filing lawsuits against people who download illegal copies of copyrighted music. However, musicians such as Dave Mathews and Limp Bizkit have found that file-sharing networks are a great way to market their music.
What do you think? Should it be okay to download music from the internet? Do you do it?

 

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rock2332

China

cool

05:24 AM Apr 02 2007 |

hungshengtsui

Japan

爛斃了 幹糙機掰無聊

08:37 PM Oct 10 2005 |

ethanwang

China

damn it!

08:37 PM Oct 10 2005 |

lihuabing7208

China

good

01:53 AM Oct 10 2005 |

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