The Day Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill Hit The Top

10/07/2011
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(Gibson) In the early '90s, Alanis Morissette was a teen-pop phenomenon in Canada. She drew comparisons to Tiffany and opened for Vanilla Ice. Although she won a Juno award, Alanis was written off as bubblegum, and her second ballad-driven album was a commercial flop. At the age of 18, she was dangerously close to becoming a has-been.

Before long, Alanis would become one of the biggest stars in the world, with her Jagged Little Pill album hitting #1 on the Billboard charts on this day in 1995.

The road to superstardom began with the singer's move from Ottawa to Toronto, following her high school graduation in 1993. After a visit to Nashville proved fruitless, she began visiting Los Angeles, where she met musician Glen Ballard. They formed an instant musical bond and quickly began writing and recording songs in Ballard's studio. Some songs that would end up on Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album, such as "Perfect," were written and recorded in less than 20 minutes. more on this story

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