Alanis Morissette is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and also shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. 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 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 and she has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.
She has released seven studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, one extended play, thirty-two singles, nine promotional singles, five video albums, and twenty-six music videos.
Her self-titled album was released in 1991 and was certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. The album earned her a Juno Award, and she released Now Is the Time a year later. Both albums were released only in Canada.
Jagged Little Pill, which was released in 1995, is one of the most successful albums in music history, holding the record as the best-selling debut album worldwide, the second best-selling album by a female artist and having sold more than 33 million copies worldwide. The singles "You Oughta Know", "Hand in My Pocket", "Ironic", and "Head over Feet" helped Morissette become the first Canadian woman to top the Billboard 200. Jagged stayed there for 12 weeks and remained in the Top 10 for 72 weeks. Between 1996 and 1997 Morissette won four Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, and seven Juno Awards.
Morissette contributed to the City of Angels soundtrack, writing and performing "Uninvited" which was the winner in two categories at the 41st Grammy Awards. Her second album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998 and debuted at number one in the Billboard 200, becoming Morissette's second consecutive number-one album and, at the time, the fastest-selling album by a female in the United States. Supposed produced four singles: "Thank U", "Joining You", "Unsent" and "So Pure". Morissette herself directed all music videos from the album, except for the controversial "Thank U". Shortly afterwards, MTV Unplugged was released in 1999.
Under Rug Swept was released in 2002 and debuted at number one in twelve countries, including the United States. It produced the single "Hands Clean". Later that year, Morissette released Feast on Scraps, a CD/DVD package.
In 2004, she released So-Called Chaos which debuted at number five on Billboard 200, followed by, in 2005, The Collection, her greatest hits compilation, and Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, which marked a ten-year anniversary of the original album. Flavors of Entanglement, was released in 2008 and became her last album on Maverick Records.
Morissette's new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, was released in August 2012 and the first single is "Guardian".