On this day in music history: June 13, 1995 – …

On this day in music history: June 13, 1995 – “Jagged Little Pill”, the third album by Alanis Morissette is released. Produced by Glen Ballard, it is recorded at Westlake Audio and Signet Studios in Hollywood, CA from March 8, 1994 – April 1995. Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1974, Alanis Morissette shows natural talents early on, taking piano and dance lessons. She also begins acting while still in grade school, appearing on the children’s series “You Can’t Do That On Television”. Writing songs by this time, she attracts the attention of MCA Canada A&R man John Alexander. Impressed with the then nine year old, he feels that she isn’t ready to make a record. Waiting a few years, MCA decides that Alanis is finally ready, and signs her in 1990. Her first album “Alanis” released in 1991 is a major hit in her home country, turning Platinum and earning three Juno Award nominations. The follow up “Now Is The Time” though it goes Gold, her contract with MCA is not renewed, with the label opting not to release either album in the US. Morissette then decides to move to the US to restart her music career. In Los Angeles, Alanis’ music publisher introduces her to her future manager Scott Welsh. She also meets songwriter and producer Glen Ballard, a former protege of Quincy Jones, best known for his work with Michael Jackson, Jack Wagner and Wilson Phillips. The two hit it off immediately and begin writing together. Morissette signs with Maverick Records, founded by pop superstar Madonna and her manager Guy Oseary. “Jagged Little Pill” is a dramatic turnabout from the frothy teen dance pop of the singer’s first two albums. Featuring Ballard playing most of the instruments, high profile musicians including Flea (bass), Dave Navarro (guitar) and Benmont Tench (keyboards) also contribute. The first single “You Oughta Know” (#6 Pop, #1 Modern Rock, #7 Mainstream Rock), breaks after KROQ in L.A. begins spinning it heavily. Allegedly about a brief relationship she has with actor and comedian Dave Coulier, the song’s searing and angry tone strikes a nerve. The album spins off five more singles including “Hand In My Pocket” (#1 Modern Rock, #15 Hot 100 Airplay), “Ironic” (#4 Pop), and “You Learn” (#6 Pop, #23 AC). “Pill” becomes one of the biggest selling debut albums of all time. It also sweeps the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996, being nominated for nine awards and winning five including Album Of The Year. The huge success of “Jagged Little Pill” opens the door for numerous other female artists that follow during the 90’s and 2000’s. The album also spins off an acoustic version titled “Jagged Little Pill Acoustic” in 2005, a two CD 20th anniversary edition in 2015, and a stage musical based on the songs. “Jagged Little Pill” spends twelve weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 16x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.