Alanis Morissette Reflects on the 30th Anniversary of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and Overcoming Rejection

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking album “Jagged Little Pill” is approaching its 30th anniversary. The Canadian singer-songwriter’s third studio album, released on June 13, 1995, has become a timeless classic in the music industry. In a recent interview on the “Today” show, Morissette reflected on the creation of the album, which went on to become a huge success, selling over 33 million copies worldwide.

During the interview, Morissette expressed her surprise at the album’s overwhelming success. She recalled that when she wrote “Jagged Little Pill” at the age of 19, she had no idea it would become such a hit. The album has since become one of the top 20 best-selling albums of all time and has been certified diamond twice and platinum 16 times.

“Jagged Little Pill” not only achieved commercial success but also had a significant impact on the rock music genre. It inspired a generation of female artists, including Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson. The album won four Grammy Awards, spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and produced three No. 1 singles.

However, the road to success was not without obstacles. After being dropped by her record label following the release of her first two albums, Morissette faced challenges in making “Jagged Little Pill.” She moved from her hometown of Ottawa to Toronto and then to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a rock musician. It was in Los Angeles that she met songwriter and record producer Glen Ballard, with whom she co-wrote and produced the album.

The duo faced rejection from several major record labels before they found success with Madonna’s label, Maverick Records. Oseary, an A&R executive at the label, was instantly captivated by their music and convinced everyone at the company to sign Morissette. The album’s turning point came when they played the demo of “Perfect,” one of the album’s tracks, during a meeting with Oseary.

Despite its eventual success, “Jagged Little Pill” almost never saw the light of day. The album’s music and lyrics were nearly lost when Morissette was robbed at gunpoint in Los Angeles. She managed to protect her backpack, which contained all the contents of the album, and went on to complete the record.

As the 30th anniversary of “Jagged Little Pill” approaches, Morissette looks back on the album with pride and gratitude. She expressed