|Birth name : Alizee Jacotey
|Date of birth : 21 August 1984
|Place of birth: Ajaccio, Corsica, France
|Nickname: Lili, Lilly
|Height: 5' 3½" (1.61 m)
|Spouse: Jeremy Chatelain (6 November 2003 - present) 1 child
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Alizee Jacotey (born August 21, 1984) is a French singer. Born in Ajaccio, Corsica, she goes by the stage name Alizee, the feminine form of alize, the trade wind. She was discovered by Mylène Farmer, following her winning performance in the talent show, Graines de Star, in 1999. While collaborating with Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, Alizée came up with two albums both of which were hits inside and outside of France.
Alizée entered the music business in 2000. 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.
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 as that of a seductive lolita. Gourmandises was followed by a second studio album, Mes Courants Électriques in 2003, 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, performing in 43 concerts throughout France, along with Belgium and Switzerland.
Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in late 2003. Since her marriage she took a break from singing, but returned with a new album, titled Psychédélices on December 3, 2007. Alizee can now pride herself on having sold more than four million records, of all her albums combined, althroughout Europe. She has even starred in a commercial in Japan. In addition, she has taken part in various stage shows and live performances. As she has herself said, she loves to be on the stage, in front of the crowd. Alizee is currently taking a break from singing and would be making a comeback in 2006. She is currently residing in Paris, France. Alizee - Moi... Lolita excerpt (file info) An excerpt from Moi... Lolita Problems listening to the file? See media help.
Known by her nickname Lili, Alizee, the brown-haired, brown-eyed beauty was born in the Corsican capital Ajaccio on 21 August 1984. By the tender age of four, she excelled at jazz, tap and classical dance, and got drawn to show business. She also expressed her artistic worth at the easel and in 1995 she won a colouring competition organised by Air France. Little Alizee's design won first prize and ended up reproduced on the cabin of an aircraft, which got its name after her, and Alizee won a trip to the Maldives. Her life took a dramatic turn in 1999 when Alizee passed the auditions to appear on the TV talent show "Graines de Star" (broadcast on M6).
Alizee had originally wanted to sign up for the programme's dance contest. However, as the dance category was reserved for groups, the budding young artiste entered herself for the singing category instead, and she went on to win the hearts of millions of viewers, scooping the "Meilleure Graine" award for most promising young singing star of tomorrow. Alizee's winning performance was seen by veteran French pop diva Mylטne Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, who were looking for a young and fresh voice to do their new project. And they approached Alizee, who was selected unanimously after the studio selections. And the trio joined hands to launch her career in style, which shot her to overnight fame.
Also known by her nickname Lilly, 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, 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 for her efforts, Alizée won a trip to the Maldives.
In 1999, 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. 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 and public appearances. In 2000, they produced her maiden album, Gourmandises which was a great success in France, Germany, Mexico, Scotland 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. Alizee won the M6 award in 2000. She returned with a follow up album, Mes Courants Électriques, in 2003. 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.
Even though the albums have portrayed her in a sexy, lolita-like image, Alizée had a "squeaky-clean public image 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, 2002 and 2008.
Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain, whom she met at the Eurobest awards function in 2003. They were married on November 6, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The couple had their first child on April 29, 2005 a girl they named Annily (often called Anny-Lee). She currently resides in Paris, France.
Alizée debuted in 2000 with the album Gourmandises. It went on to become a hit both in Europe and outside. It was followed up with a studio album in 2003, Mes Courants Électriques, and a live album Alizee En Concert in 2004.
Alizée has sold nearly five million albums & singles around the globe. She has taken part in various stage shows and live performances throughout Europe and Russia. She has also starred in a Japanese commercial. Though not nearly as popular in North America as she is in much of Europe, Alizée's dance from "J'en Ai Marre" was the influence for the Night Elf female dance in Blizzard Entertainment's best-selling game World of Warcraft.
Following her marriage in late 2003, 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. Her first television appearance since then was on MTV France on February 18, 2006. She resumed media appearances in the second half of 2007 for promotion of her third studio album, Psychédélices.
Alizée made her debut with the single, Moi... Lolita (2000), 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 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 film, A Good Year, and was a part of the film's soundtrack.
The single was from her debut album, "Gourmandises" (2000), 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, the album, most of whose songs featured "risqué lyrics", was launched internationally, and she became the highest-selling female French singer in 2001. 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 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), 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), 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".
In 2003, 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 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 over 400,000 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. 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 almost 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.
Following 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. The tour started off with a performance on August 26, 2003 in Paris, France. It concluded with her performance on the eve of January 17, 2004 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. The audio CD contained tracks, taken from her two studio albums. The DVD 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 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, and number eight on the main albums chart.
After a four year hiatus, a time spent out of the media limelight, Alizée returned in December 2007 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 November 26, 2007, with a full release on December 3, 2007 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 September 30, 2007. It was accidentally released early on the Virgin Megastore website on September 23, 2007, 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 September 27, 2007. The video for the single was released for broadcast on November 19, 2007, though it was made available on MSN France on November 16, 2007. It was released on physical media, available as a CD or Vinyl, on January 21, 2008.
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 February 2008. 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 will be 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.
Coinciding with the new album, a new official website was created, which, despite being announced on September 11, 2007, was kept under wraps until November 28, 2007. The album was also promoted via an official artist profile at MySpace. Advertising and marketing campaigns for the album began November 22, 2007 with ad campaigns on NRJ National Radio in France, as well as TF1 TV, and the web.
In March 2008 Alizée visited México for the first time in a short promotional tour, on March 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 and 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.
Following 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 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.
Despite marketing hype and commercial success, there were mixed critical responses to the launch of Moi... Lolita, Alizée's first single. The critics felt that the similarity in style to that of Mylène Farmer was too striking. Some felt that her Lolita image overshadowed her singing prowess—describing her as "desperately trying to be sexy", and many were ready to write her off. Still, to others Alizée appealed because of her deep voice, and her ability to "demonstrate her impressive vocal range", a trait for which she is often praised. Some of her songs have been described as "sweeping, atmospheric ballads" whose "melodies are so sparkling and beguiling", and from which Alizée manages to "squeeze more emotion than the usual pop package".
Alizee's two albums include a wide range of songs, from catchy pop tunes to soulful ballads. Radio France Internationale featured Gourmandises as their CD of the week, stating: “ The ten songs on Alizée's debut album, Gourmandises (Goodies), have all been expertly manufactured by the Farmer hit-machine. Sweet syrupy pop ditties are wrapped in silky synths, violins and catchy techno beats and judging by the success of Alizée's sexily alliterative second single, L’Alizé, the Farmer team have hit upon a winning formula."
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