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Coolfer has a good overview of the final outcome of the Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine debacle.

The summary: the press went off about Sony holding back Fiona Apple’s album without any evidence, the album got leaked, people went nuts about it on the internet, I believe “information wants to be free” was said at some point, over three grand was donated to, and everyone hated on the evil, evil record company. Neither Sony or Fiona offered comment. And it turns out it wasn’t true. Fiona herself was holding back the album and has re-recorded most of it.

So the whole thing magically transforms into an evil record company red herring and a lot of free PR for Fiona’s new record. Nice!

Posted on - August 16, 2005 [at] 10:08 am by Brad
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Future Boy on Extraordinary Machine
August 17, 2005 at 4:44 pm

So who ended up with the 3 grand?

Future Boy on Extraordinary Machine
August 17, 2005 at 4:45 pm

Nevermind, just answered my own damn question by clicking on the link. I bet that dude feels pretty dumb now.

Alex on Extraordinary Machine
August 18, 2005 at 3:58 pm

I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but I can’t help but think the sony side of this story is all bullshit. I heard about this record being denied release two years ago. When I saw Fiona perform with Jon Brion at the Largo a few weeks ago, there seemed to be no tension, no “you messed up my record” reaction at all — they seemed like very close good friends, hugging and chatting on stage. Fiona did look damn tired, though.

JB on Extraordinary Machine
August 20, 2005 at 2:01 pm

Things are never as bad as they first appear.

Glenn on Extraordinary Machine
September 2, 2005 at 4:48 pm

Tons of free publicity on this whole Free Fiona thing, which turned out to be great for Sony. And all it had to do what keep its mouth shut and let the bloggers and journalists do their thing (which is to scream bloody murder without proof of either blood or a murder).

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