STANDARD KEYS: EmotionalFlight
While she was polishing off the final lineup of songs for that first album in the recording studio, Apple’s label, Sony Music, asked for a “more obvious” first single. So she sat down at the piano, pounded out some C-minor chords in what we can imagine was a defiant, I’ll-show-them-a-goddamned-obvious-single huff and began:
"I’ve been a bad, bad girl..."
“Criminal” is the most successful single of Apple’s career. It spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, propelled sales of Tidal to more than 3 million copies, and got her music noticed by the kinds of people who give out Grammy and MTV awards.