Fiona Apple to Release New Album in 2012 (VIDEO)

Fiona Apple will be releasing a new album in 2012, says Epic Records’ CEO and chairman. This will be the first record for Apple since 2005.

Fans have been waiting for a new album for a long time, and Twitter is full of excitement for the star’s release. MTV tweeted: “I can’t be the only one excited for new Fiona Apple music, right?” And Perez Hilton added, “I’m so happy about this I could cry!!!”

Apple took the music industry by storm at the age of 19 when she released her first album, “Tidal” which rocketed to the top of billboards and went platinum three times. Apple won a Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance that year. She also won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1997 for controversial video “Criminal.”

She is often compared to singer-songwriter Tori Amos for her piano-based melodies and personal lyrics. She released her second album “Pawn Meets King” in 1999 to mixed reviews; it only sold 1 million records as compared to the 2.7 million of “Tidal.” Her last record “Extraordinary Machine” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album but did not win and only sold 462,000 copies.

Since then, Apple has released singles to benefit non-profits such as 826A and charitable efforts in Haiti. Rumors began to surface in 2010 that a new album would be forthcoming, but Apple denied those rumors at a concert. However, the news from L.A. Reid, Epic Record’s CEO, appears to have more foundation than previous rumors.

There is no release date yet. As an Epic spokeswoman told Time magazine, “It’ll absolutely be this year, but timing wise, I don’t know exactly when.”

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