Best Wishes to Alanis Morissette, a star of '90s, 42 today.
She was the most famous singer of the '90s. She was a spokeswoman of her generation, she inspired a lot of woman and gay men to express their anger with her first album Jagged Little Pill (1995).You Oughta Know, the album's first single, instantly garnered attention for its scathing, explicit lyrics, and a subsequent music video went into heavy rotation on MTV and Much Music.
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.
Alanis talked about people saying there's nothing ironic about Ironic and said: “I wouldn't say bored, I would say interested because I love to get to the underbelly of why things bug people so much. People must be very at odds with the idea of being profoundly stupid. I mean, malapropisms; big fucking deal. It's kind of like in traffic when you're yelling at someone for cutting you off and you're cutting someone off too”.
According to the RIAA Jagged Little Pill sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S.; it sold 33 million worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album by a female artist (behind Shania Twain's Come On Over). Morissette's popularity grew significantly in Canada, where the album was certified twelve times platinum. The album was also a bestseller in Australia and the United Kingdom. She 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 she won 4 Grammy Awards for this album. In a recent interview Alanis declared: “When someone says that I'm angry it's actually a compliment. I have not always been direct with my anger in my relationships, which is part of why I'd write about it in my songs because I had such fear around expressing anger as a woman. Anger has been a really big deal for women: how can we express it without feeling that, as the physically weaker sex, we won't get killed. The alpha-woman was burned at the stake and had her head chopped off in days of old”.
Later in 1998, Alanis released another success album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkee, which she wrote and produced with Glen. Privately, the label hoped to sell a million copies of the album on initial release; instead, 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. In Canada, it won the Juno Award for Best Album and was certified four times platinum. Thank U, the album's only major international hit single, was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, the music video, which featured Morissette nude, generated mild contoversy.
Morissette released her fifth studio album, Under Rug Sweept, in February 2002. For the first time in her career, she took on the role of sole writer and producer of an album. Under Rug Swept debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually going platinum in Canada and selling one million copies in the U.S. It produced the hit single Hands Clean, which topped the Canadian Singles Chart and received substantial radio play; for her work on Hands Clean and So Unsexy, Morissette won a Juno Award For Producer Of The Year.
The single "Simple Together" sold roughly 70,000 copies in the U.S. So Called Chaos in May 2004, debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart to generally mixed critical reviews, and it became Morissette's lowest seller in the U.S. The lead single, Everything, achieved major success on Adult Top 40 radio in America and was moderately popular elsewhere, particularly in Canada, although it failed to reach the top 40 on the U.S. Hot 100.
Now Alanis Morissette lives in Los Angeles with her husband, rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway, she discovered the pleasure of calm and the importance of space like she said “We have our own sinks. It keeps our marriage quite lovely. I think space is tantamount to keeping harmony going”.
At the beginning of this year she announced was expecting her second child in a video posted via-her social media pages.