album, released in July 1996 when Apple was 18, surged in popularity late in 1997 when "Criminal
" became a hit and Apple made news for putting MTV on blast
during her acceptance speech for Best New Artist at the VMAs. By this time, five singles had already been issued from the album, but Sony tried to squeeze more out of this orange by commissioning a video for "Never Is A Promise" and issuing it as a promotional single to radio stations, in part to promote her upcoming tour. What Apple really needed was a break from the nearly two years of relentless promotion. She finally reached her breaking point in 1998 when she canceled her spring tour, citing "personal family problems." Apple reined in her promotional schedule and touring obligations when she released her next album, When the Pawn...
, in 1999.