Fiona Apple pledges “Criminal” royalties to aiding refugees

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Pitchfork points out that Fiona Apple has announced she’s donating royalties from her 1997 hit song “Criminal” toward helping refugees. In a Tumblr post, the singer/songwriter announced she’s pledging all 2019 and 2020 earnings from TV and movie placements of the song to While They Wait fund, which helps refugees with legal funds, immigration fees and other necessities. “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,” she says. “It seems to me that the best way I can help detainees is to contribute to payment of their legal fees.”

“I could write a song about this and maybe I will but for now, I will use ‘CRIMINAL’ to help the WRONGLY criminalized get justice,” she adds.

Read the full post here.

Read our recent Pick Your Poison column on two of Fiona Apple’s best albums.

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