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Lil Nas X collaboration offer brings an end to Fiona Apple (not quite) feud

By | Published on Tuesday 1 October 2019

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple has accepted an offer of collaboration with Lil Nas X in lieu of payment for an uncleared sample on an old mixtape. Which is pretty good, given she was only joking about getting paid for said sample.

Last week, after discussing the issue of sampling in an interview with Vulture, she posted a video on Instagram via a fan account pointing out that Lil Nas X had sampled her song ‘Every Single Time’ on a track without permission. “Hey, where’s my money, you cute little guy?” she asked at the end of the clip.

Some people apparently took this as confirmation that she was sending the lawyers round, prompting her to follow up with a second video, saying: “I don’t think that Lil Nas X knew that it was my song or who I am”, she says. “Why would he? And I don’t really think I’m gonna get money. I just was being cute, playful, and it didn’t come off like that, I guess … Fucking social media”.

Yeah, fucking social media. Fuck it all. Although it is at least partially responsible for this story’s happy ending. But we shouldn’t let that distract us from the fact that social media is awful and should never be used under any circumstances. Except for that one time when Lil Nas X tweeted: “Me and Fiona Apple should do something together for my album”.

Aw, that’s nice. Apple responded via another video, this time on friend Zelda Hallman’s Twitter account, saying: “My friend Zelda just told me that Lil Nas X tweeted that you would like to do something with me? I would love that! This is such a good ending to this little story. I would love that. I’m not going on social media anymore, by the way, so I’ll get in touch with you personally. Bye”.

So that is a happy ending. Especially the bit about taking the conversation off social media. Any time someone moves away from social media it brings a tear to my eye. And Fiona Apple wasn’t really even on it to start with.