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Posted on: May 28th, 2018 10:40 am

Alanis Moriessette Live in Singapore 1999


Her first international album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. Jagged has sold more than 33 million units globally. Her following album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998 and was a success as well.

Morissette took up producing duties for her subsequent albums, which include Under Rug Swept, So-Called Chaos and Flavors of Entanglement. Morissette has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide


In 1991 MCA Records Canada released Morissette’s debut album, Alanis, in Canada only. Morissette co-wrote every track on the album with its producer, Leslie Howe. By the time it was released, she had dropped her stage name and was credited simply as Alanis. The dance-pop album went platinum, and its first single, “Too Hot”, reached the top twenty on the RPM singles chart. Subsequent singles “Walk Away” and “Feel Your Love” reached the top 40. Morissette’s popularity, style of music and appearance, particularly that of her hair, led her to become known as the Debbie Gibson of Canada; comparisons to Tiffany were also common. During the same period, she was a concert opening act for rapper Vanilla Ice. Morissette was nominated for three 1992 Juno Awards: Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (which she won), Single of the Year and Best Dance Recording (both for “Too Hot”).

“Most of the songs are, in a roundabout way, actually addressed to myself; there’s a certain aspect of the songs that’s very confessional, very unadulterated,” she allows. “I wrote some of the songs and woke up the next day not even remembering I’d done them–almost like a stream-of-consciousness. It was a very unfettered, spiritual experience.”

Three years ago, the release of Jagged Little Pill marked the emergence of Alanis Morissette as one of the most distinctive and influential performers of the decade. Her much-anticipated follow-up, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, is an extraordinary blend of razor-sharp lyrical insights and passionate melodies that marks the next leap forward in Alanis’s growth as an artist.

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