Fiona Apple will donate all the royalties from a sync spot in the new Candyman film, per a promise she made via a video posted on Twitter last year.
The song in question, ‘Shameika’, was a single taken from her successful 2020 opus, Fetch The Bolt Cutters and can be heard in the film playing from the record player inside an art critic’s apartment during Nia DaCosta’s reboot of the 1992 cult classic horror.
Last March (2020), Apple pledged to donate all of the royalties from the TV and movie appearances of her songs’ Shameika’ and ‘Heavy Balloon’ to charities. In terms of ‘Shameika’, it would be the Harlem Children’s Zone, and for ‘Heavy Balloon’, that would be Seeding Sovereignty.
Furthermore, the indie legend pledged to donate $50,000 (£36,343) to each of the mentioned charities should no syncs materialise. Last year, she explained her decision was to help those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. In the video posted on Twitter, she revealed a sync request that made her change her stance.
In the video, Apple said: “I had to reprimand myself yesterday because I got an email entitled ‘sync request’. And when you get ‘sync request’, it means that somebody wants to use one of your songs in something. And so I read the email and I saw they wanted to use one of my songs for something that I thought was ridiculously stupid.”
She continued: “So I said no. I sent the email back, declined. I walked away, and in 10 seconds, I was like, ‘You motherfucker!’ to myself. ‘You asshole greedy motherfucker bitch!’ Because it’s not a time to be turning down thousands of dollars that you could get for doing nothing, Fiona, when people need money.”
Listen to ‘Shameika‘, below.