Alanis Morissette


Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards.

Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, ''Alanis'' and ''Now Is the Time,'' under MCA Records Canada.

Her worldwide debut album was the rock-influenced ''Jagged Little Pill,'' which remains the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the U.S., and the highest selling debut album worldwide, selling 30 million units globally. "You Oughta Know," the album's first single reached number one on Billboard magazine's Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. After the success of "You Oughta Know," the album's other hit singles helped send “Jagged Little Pill” to the top of the charts. "All I Really Want" and "Hand In My Pocket" followed, but the fourth U.S. single, "Ironic," became Morissette's biggest hit. "You Learn" and "Head over Feet," the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill in the top twenty on the Billboard 200 albums chart for more than a year.

According to the RIAA, “Jagged Little Pill” is the best-selling international debut album by a female artist, with more than 16 million copies sold in the U.S. It sold 33 million worldwide, making it the third biggest selling album by a female artist, and the biggest selling debut album of all time. Morissette and the album won six Juno Awards in 1996: Album of the Year, Single of the Year ("You Oughta Know"), Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Rock Album.

At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for "You Oughta Know"), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year.

Her following album, ''Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie,'' was released in 1998 and was a success as well. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 469,000 copies—a record, at the time, for the highest first-week sales of an album by a female artist.

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 40 million albums worldwide.


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