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Ani, Part Ii

June 08, 1997|Steve Hochman

What may surprise some fans most about DiFranco's new recording is that it'll be released by a major record label--Sony's Work.

DiFranco has routinely rebuffed huge overtures from major labels in order to keep her Righteous Babe Records company untainted by the corporate world.

"For Ani, everything she does is for artistic reasons," says Scott Fisher, her manager, who runs the day-to-day Righteous Babe operation. "The truth is, if you ever want to work with anyone else [on a project], you'll probably have to work in the context of a major corporation."

DiFranco, though, drew the line when Work asked to release her song as a single.

"It could be beneficial in all sorts of ways in terms of my career," she says. "But that's not really what I'm about. I do write my own little songs now and then, so we're more interested in focusing on the work I'm doing. I don't know, maybe I could finally reach the radios of middle America with this goofy little song, but it wouldn't make sense."

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