The Free Fiona Campaign for Extraordinary Machine
In late 2004, Apple was at an impasse. She had recorded Extraordinary Machine with producer Jon Brion but was locked in a disagreement with her label, Sony, and was starting to consider other lines of work she might be better suited for. The early Jon Brion-produced version of the album had leaked to the internet, but it soon became clear that a proper release wasn’t forthcoming. Apple’s ever-loyal fanbase assumed the corporate overlords at Sony were responsible for the hold up and rose up in protest. The "Free Fiona" campaign involved angry fans mailing hundreds of (foam) apples to the label offices to show that they weren’t going stand idly by, Fiona-less. The outpouring of fan love spurred the songstress into action and she promptly began re-recording Extraordinary Machine with bassist/producer Mike Elizondo. The album finally saw the light of day in October 2005, three years after Apple began recording it.