Fiona Apple (left) and Neneh Cherry (right) are both releasing new albums on June 19 after long hiatuses. Here's how the pop icons stack up.
Burst Onto the Scene: In 1996, with the introspective album Tidal, as the queen of a fresh class of angry, piano-playing alt-rock songstresses.
Famous Relationships: Dated David Blaine in the late nineties (according to the magician, it was kinky) and later moved on to director Paul Thomas Anderson and writer Jonathan Ames.
Comeback Album: The Idler Wheel…: Whether you think the full title, a 23-word stanza, is charming or affected, there's no denying the poetry and songcraft on Apple's first release since 2005's Extraordinary Machine.
Burst Onto the Scene: In 1988, with the timeless dance track "Buffalo Stance," as a rapper-chanteuse who was making trip-hop before the term existed.
Famous Relationships: Her stepfather is legendary jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, and her half-brother is singer-songwriter Eagle-Eye Cherry.
Comeback Album: The Cherry Thing: On her first effort in 16 years, Cherry pays homage to artists like the Stooges, MF Doom, and her stepdad, brilliantly reinventing their songs—and, in the process, herself.
—Laurence Lowe, associate editor at Details