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Alanis Morissette

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Singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette became one of the most unlikely stars of the 1990s on the strength of her third album, Jagged Little Pill. A former child actress turned dance-pop diva, Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter in the vein of Liz Phair and Tori Amos. However, she bolstered that formula with enough pop sensibility, slight hip-hop flourishes, and marketing savvy to become a superstar. Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995, spun off six highly successful singles and earned Morissette several Grammy Awards the following year, including Album of the Year. And she continued to release well-received albums, from the multi-platinum Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie to the self-produced Under Rug Swept. Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, and began playing piano and writing songs during her childhood years. She also joined the cast of You Can't Do That on Television, a children's television program. Using money that she earned on the show, Morissette recorded an independent single, "Fate Stay with Me," which was released when she was only ten years old. She then concentrated on a musical career after leaving the show's cast, signing a music publishing contract when she was 14. The publishing contract led to a record deal with MCA Canada, and Morissette moved to Toronto before releasing her debut album, Alanis, in 1991. Alanis was a collection of pop-oriented dance numbers and ballads that found success in Canada, selling over 100,000 copies and earning the singer a Juno Award for Most Promising Female Artist. However, no other country paid much attention to the record. In 1992, Morissette released Now Is the Time, an album that closely resembled her debut. Like its predecessor, it was a success in Canada, even if its sales did not match those of Alanis. Following the release of Now Is the Time, Morissette relocated to Los Angeles, where she met veteran producer Glen Ballard in early 1994. Ballard had previously written Michael Jackson's hit single "Man in the Mirror," produced Wilson Phillips' hit debut album, and worked with actor/musician David Hasselhoff. The two decided to work together, and despite their shared experience with mainstream pop, they opted instead to pursue an edgier, alternative rock-oriented direction. The result was Jagged Little Pill, which was released in 1995 on Madonna's label, Maverick Records. On the strength of the angst-ridden single "You Oughta Know," Jagged Little Pill gained attention upon its release in the summer of 1995. The song soon received heavy airplay from alternative radio outlets and MTV, sending the album into the Top Ten and helping it achieve multi-platinum status. Jagged Little Pill's subsequent singles -- "Hand in My Pocket," "All I Really Want," "You Learn," and "Ironic" -- kept the album in the Top Ten for an astounding 69 weeks, and Morissette was nominated for six Grammys in early 1996. She won several of those awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. While she never managed to replicate the success of Jagged Little Pill, Morissette continued to release well-received albums into the 21st century. Her much-anticipated follow-up, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in the autumn of 1998, setting a record for the highest first-week sales by a female artist. An Unplugged set appeared a year later and featured a cover of the Police's "King of Pain," while 2002's Under Rug Swept saw Morissette writing and producing without the help of collaborators. So-Called Chaos followed in 2004. A year later, she took Jagged Little Pill on the road as an acoustic tour. Those tour dates led to the release of Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, an album originally (and tellingly) sold exclusively through Starbucks outlets. Morissette and her fans had grown up, and Collection -- an 18-track retrospective of her work -- followed in November 2005. But Morissette wasn't done, returning in 2008 with the brooding Flavors of Entanglement, which dealt with the emotional fallout from the dissolution of her engagement with actor Ryan Reynolds. In 2010, Morissette gave birth to her first child, Ever Imre, with rapper Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway, resulting in 2012's spry and hopeful Havoc and Bright Lights, which focused on spirituality, marriage, and motherhood; it debuted at five on the Billboard Top 200. Over the next few years, Morissette played some acoustic shows, acted, and launched a self-help podcast. Also in 2015, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill through the release of a four-CD Collectors Edition reissue of the album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Alanis Morissette

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    15 songs

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    Havoc and Bright Lights

    11 songs

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    Flavors of Entanglement

    16 songs

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    Flavors of Entanglement [Deluxe Edition]

    19 songs

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    Collection [Bonus Track]

    13 songs

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    Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

    14 songs

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    So-Called Chaos

    11 songs

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    Under Rug Swept

    17 songs

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    Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

    13 songs

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    Jagged Little Pill

    48 songs

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    Jagged Little Pill [20th Anniversary Collector's Edition]

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    The Bottom Line

    1 song

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    Closer Than You Might Believe

    1 song

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    Superstar Wonderful Weirdos

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    The Morning (from the Film "A Small Section of the World")

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    Underneath (Remixes)

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    Underneath

    1 song

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    Guardian

    7 songs

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    Not As We Remix EP

    2 songs

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    Underneath

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    Alanis Unplugged

    15 songs

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    Live at Montreux 2012

    11 songs

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    Feast on Scraps

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    De Melkweg, Amsterdam, October 17th, 1995 (Remastered, Live On Broadcasting)

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    Not As We [Blow-Up Mix]

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Top Songs by
Alanis Morissette

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  2.   You Oughta Know
  3.   Ironic
  4.   Hand in My Pocket
  5.   Head Over Feet
  6.   You Learn
  7.   Uninvited
  8.   Thank U
  9.   King of Pain
  10.   Everything
  11.   That I Would Be Good
  12.   Crazy
  13.   All I Really Want
  14.   Right Through You
  15.   Guardian
  16.   Underneath
  17.   Flinch
  18.   So Unsexy
  19.   Hands Clean
  20.   Princes Familiar
  21.   Forgiven
  22.   Not the Doctor
  23.   One
  24.   Mary Jane
  25.   Still
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