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Record labels oughtta know better than to bet against Alanis Morissette.
Morissette, 45, stopped by “The Tonight Show” to talk about her new Broadway show, and she revealed that her iconic album, Jagged Little Pill”, was rejected by several labels, before he was successful.
“It Is true that no record labels were interested in it, they didn’t want to sign up with you?” host Jimmy Fallon asked.
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“No, it’s not an uncommon thing for the refusal to the patient,” Morissette said.
According to the “Ironic” singer, she wrote the 10 songs on “my whistle is wet”, before they started getting rejected.
“That’s when we started to give up, I asked everyone to stop so that I could go back under my rock and keep writing,” Morisette said. “I went back and wrote more, and then, when I was writing ‘what I Want to do that, it is the last song on the album… we got a phone call in order to meet the Numerous and Guy Oseary, Madonna’s label.”
Morissette said that she was afraid to go to the meeting because she was wearing sweatpants, but she said to her, “Who cares? Get In the car and go.”
“I met [Oseary], in my sweatpants, and we played our song “You Oughtta Know”, and “Perfect” and ” Hand in My Pocket, and he was very excited,” she recalled.
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Fallon, 45, then reminded the audience that the album is — at the moment in the world’s top 20 best-selling albums of all time, selling over 33 million copies worldwide, was certified diamond, and the 16-times platinum, won four grammys, spent 12 weeks at number one on the Hot 100 charts and produced three number one singles.
“This is a legendary record, and I love it so much,” Fallon said. “It’s so great to be one of my all-time favorites.”
The two discussed Morissette’s upcoming show in Broadway history, also with the title, “Jagged Little Pill”, which will feature music from the 1995 album.
According to Morissette, she had worked for eight years in the making, the show is not autobiographical.
“It’s not a direct semi-autobiographical short story,” she explained. “It’s a story about a family, but [the writer] Diablo Cody said she went to all of the characters in the songs, so in some ways, I relate to a lot of the people in a direct way.”
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The musical, which is set to open on Thursday, is just one of Morissette’s current projects, as well as working on a new album due in May 2020, and is preparing for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Jagged Little Pill” with a guided tour of Liz Phair and Garbage.