Foxy Brown-Fiona Apple Collaboration Scuttled By Schedule, Apple Eyes Work On New Album

Foxy Brown's sophomore effort, entitled "Chyna Doll," is due to arrive in stores next week, and while the new album features guest shout-outs from the likes of DMX, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Mia X, one artist who won't be appearing on "Chyna Doll" is singer Fiona Apple.

As we previously reported (see "Foxy Brown Taps Fiona Apple For New Album"), Brown had originally approached Fiona about contributing to a track last year while Foxy was in the midst of recording the new album.

According to a representative for Brown, scheduling differences between the two artists eventually scuttled plans for the collaboration, and a joint recording session could not be arranged in enough time to insure that the song would make it onto "Chyna Doll."

Meanwhile, Apple herself is planning to head into a studio in the next few months to begin work on the follow-up to her 1996 debut record, "Tidal." The project will reunite Apple with producer/multi-instrumentalist

Jon Brion, who performed on "Tidal" and recently produced Rufus Wainwright's self-titled debut. Since "Tidal," Brion has also played keyboards on records for Elliot Smith, the eels, Grant Lee Buffalo and Mary Lou Lord.

No word yet on when Fiona Apple is expected to deliver her highly anticipated sophomore album, but we'll keep you posted.