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Fiona Apple to Record New Song Penned By Writing Students

February 10, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Fiona Apple will once again team with When the Pawn… producer Jon Brion for a new song that will appear on the compilation album Chickens in Love, a benefit disc for the non-profit organization 826LA, Rawkblog reports. 826LA is an organization that supports students age six to 18 with creative and expository writing skills, and kids associated with the group will provide the lyrics for Apple and Brion's track. She and Him, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids and Dum Dum Girls are also taking part in the project. Chickens in Love can be ordered on 826LA's Website.

Things have been mostly quiet on the Fiona front since her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine. That album was originally recorded and produced by Brion as well, but his version was later scrapped — and heavily bootlegged — and a re-recorded version was released. After a 2007 tour, Apple all but disappeared from the music world, but she made a brief comeback in late January to host a Haiti benefit concert with Brion in Los Angeles.

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