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Biography for AlizeeAlizée Jacotey (French pronunciation: [a.li.ze]) (born Aug. 21, 1984 (29 years ago)) is a French singer. Born in Ajaccio, Corsica, she goes by the stage name Alizée—the feminine form of alizé, the trade wind. She was discovered by Mylène Farmer, following her winning performance in the talent show, Graines de Star, in 1999 (14 years ago). While collaborating with Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, Alizée released two albums—both of which were hits inside and outside of France.
Alizée entered the music business in 2000 (13 years ago). She has since released three studio albums - first two of which were composed by Laurent Boutonnat and written by Mylène Farmer. Her first album was Gourmandises, which received Platinum certification within three months of release. Gourmandises was a success both in France and abroad—after it had its international launch in 2001—earning Alizée the distinction of being the highest selling female French singer in 2001 (12 years ago). The album featured her most successful single "Moi... Lolita" which reached number one in several countries in Europe and East Asia. The marketing campaign around the single affixed Alizée's image (wallpaper) as that of a seductive lolita. Gourmandises was followed by a second studio album, Mes Courants Électriques in 2003 (10 years ago), which was also quite successful, though not as big a hit as Alizée's debut album. Following its release, Alizée toured France during the fall of 2003 (10 years ago), performing in 43 concerts throughout France, along with Belgium and Switzerland.
Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in late 2003 (10 years ago). Since her marriage she took a break from singing, but returned with a new album, titled Psychédélices on dec. 3, 2007 (6 years ago).
Early yearsAlso known by her nickname Lili, Alizée started dancing early in her life, and by age four was already proficient. A year later, she was enrolled in Corsica's renowned dance school, École du Spectacle de Monique Mufraggi, and trained there until she was 15. In 1995 (18 years ago), at the age of eleven, she won a coloring competition organized by Air Outre Mer, a former French airline now partly acquired by Swissair. Her design won first prize and was reproduced on the cabin of one of the airline's aircraft. The aircraft was subsequently named after her, and Alizée won a trip to the Maldives for her efforts.
In 1999 (14 years ago), she appeared on the TV talent show "Graines de Star", broadcast on Métropole 6. She initially intended to sign up for the programme's dance contest. However, the dance category was reserved for groups only. Alizée therefore participated in the singing category instead, performing the song Ma Prière (a single released by Axelle Red in 1997 (16 years ago)). She went on to win the "Meilleure Graine" award for most promising young singing star of tomorrow.
Her winning performance was seen by veteran Canadian-born French pop diva Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, who were looking for a young, fresh voice to partake in their new project. They approached Alizée, and she was selected after studio auditions. The duo arranged her debut with a meticulously orchestrated launch, controlling her image (wallpaper) and public appearances. In 2000 (13 years ago), they produced her maiden album, Gourmandises which was a great success in France, Germany, Mexico, England and the rest of the United Kingdom. The first single was Moi... Lolita, which some say portrayed Alizée as a Lolita who was capable of "melting the hearts of the local male population". Others recognized her great variation in tone and artistic talent. Alizée won the M6 award in 2000 (13 years ago). She returned with a follow up album, Mes Courants Électriques, in 2003 (10 years ago). This second album was also quite successful, though not to the same extent as Gourmandises. It was followed up with a live album of her countrywide tour.
CareerAlizée debuted in 2000 (13 years ago) with the album Gourmandises. It went on to become a hit both in Europe and outside. The album reached top five in charts in France, Germany, Mexico, Asian countries and others. It was followed up with a studio album in 2003 (10 years ago), Mes Courants Électriques, and a live album—Alizée En Concert—in 2004 (9 years ago).
Alizée has sold nearly five million albums & singles around the globe. She has taken part in various stage shows and live performances throughout Europe, everywhere from France to Russia. She also starred in a Japanese commercial. More recently, she has been becoming just as popular in North America as she is in much of Europe; the latest concert tours together with earlier promotion leading to a very strong fan base in mainly the United States and in Mexico. In addition, she is also very popular in parts of Asia including India, China and Japan.
Following her marriage in late 2003 (10 years ago), Alizée had taken a hiatus from singing and had avoided appearing in the media since, with her older official site being offline since summer of 2005 (8 years ago). Her first TV appearance since then was on MTV France on Feb. 18, 2006 (7 years ago). She has since resumed media appearances beginning in the second half of 2007 (6 years ago) for promotion of her third studio album, Psychédélices.
GourmandisesAlizée made her debut with the single, Moi... Lolita (2000, 13 years ago), her most successful to date. It enjoyed success throughout most of Europe and parts of east Asia, reaching number one in several countries. Indeed, Alizée's image (wallpaper) was that of a seductive Lolita character, referring to the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The video for the single, which incidentally was the first to be filmed on her, showed Alizée as a village girl visiting a night-club. The song was later used in the UK trailer of the 2006 (7 years ago) film, A Good Year, and was a part of the film's soundtrack.
The single was from her debut album, "Gourmandises" (2000, 13 years ago), which translates to "Delicacies" in English. The album, written by Farmer and composed by Boutonnat, sold over 850,000 copies in France. It went Platinum in just three months. In 2001 (12 years ago), the album, most of whose songs featured "risqué lyrics", was launched internationally, and she became the highest-selling female French singer in 2001 (12 years ago). The album went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. Farmer and Boutonnat kept a tight rein how the album was marketed and controlled the image (wallpaper) in which Alizée was portrayed. In the mean time, Alizée gave very few interviews, and even when she did, they did not stretch beyond 20 minutes per journalist. Neither did she agree to any photoshoots.
Her second single L'Alizé (2000, 13 years ago), also from the same album, followed soon after. It was also successful in hitting number one in France, and gained some success internationally. The video of the "sexily alliterative" song shows Alizée amidst soap bubbles against a pink backdrop singing about herself. The video was shot in a studio in Brussels—which had a 25 metre by 10 metre painted canvas to serve as the background—with real bubbles. This single was followed up with another single from the same album - the title song, Gourmandises. The video, which shows a group of young boys and girls out on a picnic, was shot in a day. The last single from this album was Parler Tout Bas (2001, 12 years ago), which deals with the theme of dreams and a loss of innocence. In France, "Parler tout bas" was the third single, then followed by the release of "Gourmandises".
Mes Courants ÉlectriquesIn 2003 (10 years ago), Alizée returned with her second album "Mes Courants Électriques", or "My Electric Currents" in English translation. With the release of this album, she changed her image (wallpaper) from a 'Lolita' to that of a more toned-down teenager. This album was also written by Farmer and Boutonnat. While it had some success in and outside France, this second album—featuring English versions of four tracks—was not as well received as her first one, Gourmandises. It sold 200,000 copies in France.
The first single from this album, J'en ai marre!—also known as "Mon Bain de Mousse" in Japan—was released in 2003 (10 years ago). The music video for this shows Alizée in a glass cage, singing while having water splashed on her. The plexiglass cage, 3 by 3 meters in dimension, was constructed in a Parisian studio, and the shooting of the video took two days. An English-language version of this song, titled I'm Fed Up, was also released, and featured similar visuals for the music video.
The other singles from this album were J'ai pas vingt ans and À contre-courant. Like J'en ai marre, J'ai pas vingt ans, Youpidou and Amelie M'a Dit also had English versions. The video for J'ai Pas Vingt Ans (I'm Not Twenty) resembles the ambience of a concert with Alizée dancing in the midst of several other dancers. À Contre-courant, the last single from this album, was shot in an abandoned coal factory. Unlike the other two singles, there was no English-language rendition of this song.
Alizée En ConcertFollowing the release of her second studio album, Mes Courants Électriques, Alizée went on a countrywide tour of France—along with a performance each in Belgium and Switzerland—during the second half of the year 2003 (10 years ago). The tour started off with a performance on Aug. 26, 2003 (10 years ago) in Paris, France. It concluded with her performance on the eve of Jan. 17, 2004 (9 years ago) at the Le Zénith concert hall in Paris and had covered major cities including Lyon, Rouen, Lille, Grenoble and Dijon, among others.
A live CD and DVD, titled "Alizée En Concert"—comprising of selected performances from her tour—was launched a year later in the fall of 2004 (9 years ago). The audio CD contained tracks, taken from her two studio albums. The DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) featured video footage of the same performances as on the CD, along with bonus footage of her rehearsals.
The compilation was re-released in early 2007 (6 years ago) in Mexico by Universal music as a CD+DVD release, following the featuring of the songs in local radio stations. With the re-release and renewed interest, the songs climbed up the music charts in the country. The album became a hit, peaking at number four in the International Chart on May 28, 2007 (6 years ago), and number eight on the main albums chart. En concert has a Gold certification for shipments over 50,000 copies only in Mexico.
PsychédélicesAfter a four year hiatus, a time spent out of the media limelight, Alizée returned in dec. 2007 (6 years ago) with a new album, "Psychédélices", the first one to be made without the creative supervision of her former mentor, Mylène Farmer. The album, which features 11 tracks, was made available for digital downloads Nov. 26, 2007 (6 years ago), with a full release on dec. 3, 2007 (6 years ago) under the RCA Records label. The album includes collaborations with Bertrand Burgalat, Daniel Darc, Oxmo Puccino, Jérémy Chatelain, Michel-Yves Kochmann, and Jean Fauque.
The first single from the album was Mademoiselle Juliette. It was released on sep. 30, 2007 (6 years ago). It was accidentally released early on the Virgin Megastore website on sep. 23, 2007 (6 years ago), but was taken down later citing an error on the part of Virgin Music, France. The single was later made available in online music stores as well as radio stations, and went on to capture the #13 spot on the legal music downloads charts. To promote the single, Alizée appeared on the French radio station, NRJ, on sep. 27, 2007 (6 years ago). The video for the single was released for broadcast on Nov. 19, 2007 (6 years ago), though it was made available on MSN France on Nov. 16, 2007 (6 years ago). It was released on physical media, available as a CD or Vinyl, on Jan. 21, 2008 (5 years ago).
Another track from the album, Fifty-Sixty, was leaked two months before the album was released. Though the song was not mentioned by name, the leak was confirmed in a press release which revealed the title and release schedule of the album. Fifty-Sixty later launched as the second single from the album in Feb. 2008 (5 years ago). The lyrics to Fifty-Sixty tell, in personal and metaphorical manner, of a young model under the guidance of Andy Warhol, possibly inspired by real-life story of Edie Sedgwick. The song ends with a reiteration of how she foolishly believed Andy that she was the most beautiful model of all. Three music videos were released for the single - one for the album version of the song and the other two for two remixes.The first of the videos was released on May 5, 2008 (5 years ago). For the purposes of promotion of the single and the music videos, a website (www.psychedeclips.com) and a MySpace page (www.myspace.com/psychedeclips) were created..
Coinciding with the new album, a new official website was created, which, despite being announced on sep. 11, 2007 (6 years ago), was kept under wraps until Nov. 28, 2007 (6 years ago). The album was also promoted via an official artist profile at MySpace. Advertising and marketing campaigns for the album began Nov. 22, 2007 (6 years ago) with ad campaigns on NRJ National Radio in France, as well as TF1 TV, and the web.
In Mar. 2008 (5 years ago) Alizée visited México for the first time in a short promotional tour, on Mar. 5 she was supposed to hold her second ever public autograph session of her career but it was cancelled due to problems with the store's security, Alizée held an improvised press conference to apologise with Mexico and all her fans as well as stating it was not her fault. Sony BMG México also released an statement saying it was not Alizée's fault, and it was the store who had problems with the security and they didn't expect so many people, fences were broken and kids were in danger. Alizée also promised to mend this by having another autograph session by the time she visits the country later this year. She also stated that her tour will start on May 18 in Moscow, followed by concerts in México and then France. She also commented that piracy in music has two sides "one good" and "one bad" saying that sometimes it's good because her music reaches places that she never thought to reach. After the success of Alizée's tour in Mexico and in an attempt to amend the damage caused during her first promotional visit, Alizée announced an autograph session with fans on 26 Jun. 2008 (5 years ago) in Mexico City, over three-hundred CDs were signed and the record label executives of Sony BMG México presented a Gold certification for shipments over 50,000 copies of "Psychédélices - Mexican Tour Edition". A new cover singing in Mexico was Madonna's cover, "La Isla Bonita", so far it has gone on to become Alizée's first top ten on the airplay chart.
Tout AlizéeFollowing the success of Alizée En Concert and Psychédélices in Mexico, Alizée's former music label, Universal Music released a compilation album, titled "Tout Alizée". The compilation, which is a Mexico-only release, consists of 15 tracks (with 4 remixes) from her first two studio albums. It is augmented with a bonus DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) featuring some of her music videos. The compilation debuted to number sixty-two on the Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart and number-twenty on the Mexican International Top 20 Albums Chart.
Personal lifeEven though the albums have portrayed her in a sexy, Lolita-like image, Alizée had a "squeaky-clean public image (wallpaper) as the perfect teenager" during her teens. Though described as a very shy and a reserved person, she likes performing in front of audiences. Although she has a singing career, Alizée prefers dancing, and is quite proficient in classical dance, jazz, ballet, tap and flamenco. Alizée also likes football. She is a supporter of AC Ajaccio (Corsica), and was once invited to kick off one of their matches.
Alizée is actively involved in charity work through Les Enfoirés, a group of French celebrities who organize fund-raising concerts every year. The proceeds from these concerts go to Les Restaurants du Coeur. The organization, set up by French comedian Coluche, helps feed the poor. Alizée participated in these concerts in 2001 (12 years ago), 2002 (11 years ago), 2008 (5 years ago) and 2009 (4 years ago).
Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain, whom she met at the Eurobest awards function in 2003 (10 years ago). They were married on Nov. 6, 2003 (10 years ago) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The couple had their first child on Apr. 28, 2005—a girl they named Annily. She currently resides in Paris, France.
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