Song:You Oughta Know
Album:Jagged Little Pill
The highlight of Canadian singer songwriter Alanis Morissette's career was the 1995 album Jagged Little Pill and the top ten single You Oughta Know. It was the right thing at the right time and Alanis has never been able to recreate the success of that album. She was born June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, ON. She started to play piano at six years old. She appeared in the locally produced kids TV show You Can't Do That On Television. She started sending out demos at age nine and then signed with MCA Records Canada in 1991. She released two albums on MCA that can best be described as teen dance pop. Alanis wrote all the songs with Leslie Howe of the duo One 2 One. She had modest success but the albums were released only in Canada. She was dropped after two albums. Her new manager had her move to Toronto. And this is where she met producer Glen Ballard. Together they wrote and produced the album Jagged Little Pill. Maverick Records picked it up. You Oughta Know was the first single and it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Jagged Little Pill sold over 30M copies worldwide. The music was a complete about face from the dance pop of Alanis' previous albums. The music had a much harder sound and the songs seemed more personal. Maverick's request for MCA to discontinue the early albums led to skepticism. To Alanis' credit, she has never disowned her early music. She said she was innocent at the time and her experiences in the music business toughened her up. Her single Ironic reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was always going to be tough for Alanis to follow that. And album sales decreased accordingly. And she's never had another hit single. Jagged Little Pill is available as a budget CD. Alanis left Maverick in 2008 and she released her 2012 CD Havoc and Bright Lights through Sony. Alanis is married to rapper Mario "Souleye" Treadway. They have two kids including a daughter born July 2016. It remains to be seen if Alanis returns to recording and touring. Here's the video for You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette.