Alizée

Born : 21/08/1984 in Ajaccio (France)
Country : France
Language : French
Category : Female Artist
Style of music : Chanson

Alizée exploded onto the French music scene shortly after her 16th birthday in the year 2000. And from that point on, taken under the wing of veteran French pop diva Mylène Farmer, the young prodigy went on to become an international chart-topper. We look back on Alizée's rags-to-riches fairytale:

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    Alizée exploded onto the French music scene shortly after her 16th birthday in the year 2000. And from that point on, taken under the wing of veteran French pop diva Mylène Farmer, the young prodigy went on to become an international chart-topper. We look back on Alizée's rags-to-riches fairytale:

    Born in the Corsican capital Ajaccio on 21 August 1984, Alizée spent her early childhood playing peacefully in the warm Mediterranean sun. Then, at the tender age of four, the young prodigy turned into a budding dancer, excelling at jazz, tap and classical dance. Multi-talented Alizée also expressed her artistic worth at the easel and in 1995 she went on to win a colouring competition organised by an airline company. Her doting father had sent his daughter's effort off unbeknownst to her, expecting little in return. Imagine his delight when little Alizée's design won first prize and ended up reproduced on the side of an aircraft – named after his talented offspring, what's more!

     

    This auspicious start in life turned into a veritable fairytale in 1999 when Alizée passed the auditions to appear on the TV talent show "Graines de Star" (broadcast on M6). Alizée 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.

     

     

    Mylène the Fairy Godmother

    Veteran French pop diva Mylène Farmer spotted Alizée's promise and offered to take her career in hand. And with Mylène as her mentor the young protégéé went on to launch her career in style releasing a debut single her 'fairy godmother' had written specially for her in May 2000. "Moi... Lolita" catapulted the young 16-year-old to overnight fame thanks to an enticing video clip which portrayed Alizée as a sweet little Lolita teetering on the edge of innocence and knowingness.

     

    Given the phenomenal success of this first single – which went on to sell over 1.5 million copies in France alone! – Alizée was soon ushered into the studio to record a debut album. Co-written by Mylène Farmer (lyrics) and Laurent Boutonnat (music), "Gourmandises" was released in conjunction with a second single entitled "L'Alizé". Needless to stay, the latter soon echoed the success of "Moi... Lolita", rocketing to the top of the charts and selling over 700,000 copies within the space of a few weeks.

     

     

    Awards and Gold Discs

    Cresting the wave of her chart success, Alizée went on to impose herself at several major award ceremonies. The pouting young brunette scooped a trophy at the M6 Awards and soon picked up another prize at the NRJ Music Awards, where she was voted Most Promising New French Artist of 2000.

     

    2001 proved to be an equally golden year for France's new Lolita popstar as she broke onto the international music scene. Indeed, Alizée scooped another prize at Russia's Hit FM Awards while her first single "Moi... Lolita" went gold in the Netherlands and Germany. Meanwhile, "Moi... Lolita" continued to sell like hotcakes in Canada and Japan and "Gourmandises" (the third single release from her album) hit record shops at home and abroad.

     

    Alizée, who can now pride herself on having sold some four million records throughout Europe, achieved another breakthrough in February 2002. Following in the footsteps of France's former Lolita darling Vanessa Paradis, France's new popstress rocketed up the UK charts with "Moi... Lolita" (released across the Channel on February 11th). No mean feat for a young artist singing in French!

     

    A few days earlier Alizée had delighted audiences in her native land, performing a series of fund-raising concerts in Marseilles with Les Enfoirés. Proceeds from the concerts on January 18th, 20th and 21st were donated to the "Restaurants du Cœur" charity set up by the late French comedian Coluche. In March 2003 the singer released a new album. Entitled "Mes Courants Electriques", it was produced by Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, like the rest of the singer’s work. "J’en Ai Marre" was the first single to come out.

    Around the same period, Alizée met Jeremy Chatelain, a young singer who launched his career via the reality TV talent show Star Academy. The pair embarked upon a passionate relationship and in the winter of 2003 tied the knot, getting married at a private ceremony in Las Vegas. Alizée gave birth to a daughter, called Anny-Lee, on 29 April 2005.

    Meanwhile, after performing a well-reviewed show at the Paris Zénith, in January 2004, Alizée decided to take a much-needed break from the live circuit to concentrate on preparing material for her next album. The young singer quit her producers Laurent Boutonnat and Mylène Farmer and acquired the copyright to "Alizée" and "Moi Alizée", taking her professional career in hand herself.  

    2007: "Psychédélices"

    In December 2007, Alizée made her comeback on the recording front with "Psychédélices", a catchy electro-pop album featuring contributions from major music stars including Jean Fauque, Bertrand Burgalat, Oxmo Puccino and Daniel Darc. Alizée's husband, Jérémy Chatelain, also guested on her new album. "Mademoiselle Juliette" was chosen as the first single release from "Psychédélices."

    In 2008, the singer travelled to Mexico, where she performed in the country’s biggest venues, playing on her “passionate” relationship with her audience. There, she received a Gold Disc for “Psychédélices”, which had a much cooler reception France. In fact, her tour dates in Paris at the Grand Rex were cancelled.

    2010: "Une enfant du siècle"

    After two years without any new records, Alizée came back with her fourth album in March 2010. The electro turnaround was blatant, and included work with Para One, Adanowski and the Parisian group Château Marmont. The ex-Lolita’s new look, darker tunes and vintage keyboards were viewed by some critics as more sober and credit-worthy. Unfortunately, the disc’s commercial success didn’t follow suit.

    August 2010

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