Fiona Apple calls out Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie for calling her a "b-tch"
30 September 2019, 17:12 | Updated: 1 October 2019, 09:45
Fiona Apple wouldn't let Panic! At The Disco sample 'Every Single Night' and Brendon Urie called her a "bitch" in response.
Panic! At The Disco and Fiona Apple may operate in very different fields of music but they've both helped shape the industry to become what is today. Brendon Urie and his band are one of the most successful pop-punk acts of all time with hit after hit after hit. Everything from 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' to 'High Hopes' slaps. Meanwhile, Fiona Apple is an alternative queen who continues to reign supreme. Just this year, Jennifer Lopez pole-danced to 'Criminal' in Hustlers.
However, Fiona and Brendon have sample beef and now Fiona has explained it in depth.
Speaking to Variety, Fiona explained why she denied Panic!'s request to sample 'Every Single Night' in their hit 'Miss Jackson'. She said: "You know, can I just say something about that, which is funny? I don’t remember hearing the song they wanted to put that in. The reason I didn’t give it to them — besides the fact that I don’t remember it, so it probably wasn’t that great to me — is because this other guy had just used a sample of that same song and had signed to my label."
Fiona went on to add: "And then Panic! At The Disco asked, and I was like, Wow, I can’t believe they even asked me. Usually, people just go ahead and use it." However, she revealed that she didn't want to dim the other artist's shine by letting Panic! sample the song as well: "I was just trying to not shit all over somebody else’s sampling of my song by doing it twice, but [Brendon Urie] called me a bitch. Which I think is hilarious."
In a 2013 interview with Revolt about Fiona not letting Panic! use her sample, Brendon said: "We tried to get the publishing cleared and she was not having it, man. She was so bummed on us. She was like, ‘No, I’m not letting that band sell my stuff.’ And I was kinda hurt, I was like man I love your stuff. I love you, Fiona. But afterwards I was like, ‘You bitch.’”
Discussing if Brendon calling her a bitch got to her, Fiona said: "Somebody calling me a bitch? No! It would get to me if I felt like I really was being a bitch, but I don’t know if he really meant it anyway. I just didn’t say yes." She then continued to say: "Use a different song. It’s not a big deal. I don’t know anything about him except for this clip. But it did look like he was entertaining himself in this clip, saying it. Like, 'Yeah, I just said that!'"
Fiona concluded saying: "That would have made me feel terrible when I was 18, like, 'Oh, one of my peers called me a bitch, and now everybody’s gonna think I’m a bitch, ahhh. Sticks and stones didn’t break my bones, but they fucking bruised me. It’s just words, but words hurt a lot. But now it’s like rhinoceros skin. It’s like somebody shooting arrows at you and they bounce off you. Now it’s like, it doesn’t even track."
We have no doubt from the clip that Brendon meant to call Fiona a "bitch" in jest but, as Fiona says, "words hurt a lot" and it's completely understandable why a female artist wouldn't appreciate being called a "bitch".