Fiona Apple Gave Jennifer Lopez's Pole Dance to 'Criminal' the Stamp of Approval

Fiona Apple
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Fiona Apple performs during the 36th Annual Austin Music Awards at ACL Live on Feb. 28, 2018 in Austin, Texas.  

Fiona Apple claims she doesn't like to leave her house, but if she did, she would go see Hustlers.  

The songstress recently spoke to Vulture, and recalled her reaction upon learning that Jennifer Lopez pole danced to her song "Criminal" in the film. “Listen, I just want to say: I would give my song to Jennifer Lopez to dance to for free, any day, any time,” she explained to the publication. “I really want to see the movie. If I were a person who actually left my house, I’d go.”

She added that she actually forgot that she gave the rights to her hit song to the movie. "I was like, 'Whoa, I forgot about that! That’s so great.' Basically, every single time any college dancer or So You Think You Can Dance [contestant] asks, I’ll give them the rights. 'Criminal' has always been what people ask for the most, so it’s always been my little help-out-people song."

As for why she gave the rights, Apple explained that it had to do with "about what it was and who was in it," adding, "But I didn’t know [Jennifer Lopez] was going to be dancing to it. I’ve seen a lot of pieces about how they got [the rights to] 'Criminal,' but it’s just funny to me — there’s a disconnect between agents, because I never got a video of the dance. And I want it, bad! I’m all for the movie, though, and I’m excited to see it."

"Criminal" won a Grammy in 1998 for best female rock vocal performance.


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