Twenty-two years after the fact, “Criminal,” from the Tidal album, is still Fiona Apple’s biggest hit, and she’s decided to put it to work:
Singer Fiona Apple has pledged to donate two years’ worth of royalties she earns from her song “Criminal” to an organization helping detained migrants in the United States cover their legal fees in a bid “to help the WRONGLY criminalized get justice.”
“Something I love about being a songwriter is that I get paid for usage of a song I wrote years ago whenever a TV show or movie asks to use it,” Apple said in a post on Tumblr on Sunday. According to the “Paper Bag” singer, “Criminal” is her “most requested” track.
“In the past I have used my ‘Criminal’ money to help friends or family,” she wrote. “However, after months and months of reading the news about how my country is treating refugees, I’ve become gutted with frustration trying to figure out the best way to help.”
“Criminal” is not actually about migrants, of course, but it still sells.
#21 on the Billboard Hot 100, if you’re keeping score.