Alizée Jacotey (born 21 August 1984), known professionally as Alizée, is a French singer, dancer and musician. She was born and raised in Ajaccio, Corsica.
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, she followed it with a series of albums that attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on NRJ, Europe 1, MTV, Virgin Radio, and many others. Throughout her career, many of her songs have been in top 25 hit lists on the record charts, including “Moi… Lolita”, “L’Alizé”, “J’en ai marre!”, “Gourmandises”, “Mademoiselle Juliette”, her cover version of “La Isla Bonita”, “Parler Tout Bas”, “Les collines” and “À cause de l’automne”.
According to the IFPI and SNEP, Alizée is one of the best-selling female French artists of the 21st century, and is also the singer with most exports out of France. Alizée entered the music business in 2000. She has since released six studio albums, the 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. After its international launch in 2001, Gourmandises was a success both in France and abroad, 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, in the UK the song was acclaimed by the New Musical Express who recognised it with a “Single of the Week” award. It became a rare example of a foreign-language song to chart highly in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 9.
Gourmandises was followed by a second studio album, Mes courants électriques, in 2003. Following its release, Alizée toured during the fall of 2003, performing in 43 concerts throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Her fourth album titled Une enfant du siècle was released on 29 March 2010. In early 2011 she recorded a duet with Alain Chamfort for his new album Elle & lui.
Released in March 2013, Alizée’s fifth studio album, 5 had a continuous promotion including the two first songs “À cause de l’automne” and “Je veux bien”. Later she collaborated on Olly Murs’s single “Dear Darlin'”. Starting on 28 September, she participated in the TV show Danse avec les stars (French version of Strictly Come Dancing), which she won on 23 November 2013.
Following the success of Danse avec les Stars, Alizée had her sixth album released, just one year after the latest album, in collaboration with Pascal Obispo. The album received mixed reviews and was not successful in sales.
2012–2013: 5 and Danse avec les stars
Between 1 and 6 February 2012, Alizée appeared in several shows on French television. She announced that a new album was scheduled for spring 2012, marking a return to roots music which would be released on the Sony Music label; Sony subsequently announced that the album was to be delayed until the fall of 2012. In April 2012, she was featured on the single “Clara veut la Lune” by Alain Chamfort. On 27 June 2012, Alizée announced on live chat that the first single, “À cause de l’automne”, from the new album was to be released 28 June 2012. The first music video was shot on 15 July 2012 but this was only released in VidZone platform for PS3. Alizée also revealed that for the new album she was working with Jean-Jacques Goldman, BB Brunes and Thomas Boulard (singer and guitarist of French rock band “Luke”). 12 July, a limited Collector’s Edition of the fifth album became available for pre-order. The original release date was changed from 1 October 2012 to March 2013. A “Collector’s Box was released for ” pre-order page states 23 January 2013 as for the release.
In December 2012 the official video of À cause de l’automne was published on Alizée’s VEVO channel, initially available only in France and made available for the rest of the world in February 2013. The first performance of her latest single was on RFM radio on 21 December 2012 where she sang the song in a live broadcast. Alizée promoted the album including the January/February 2013 issue of the French edition of Inked magazine.
Alizée announced Alexandre Azaria as the “artistic director” for her newest album “5”. In January the name and the cover of the album were shown on a Star Academy, where Alizée made an appearance.
She promoted the album with performances during Soccer Beach Show of Monaco, Alain Chamfort’s En Concert at Le Grand Rex. also her new participation in Les Enfoirés 2013 concert at the Paris-Bercy hall and Le Tour de France 2013 opening ceremony performance in Porto-Vecchio, where she sang the second single from the album “Je veux bien”.
In August, Alizée was confirmed to be participating in the upcoming fourth season of the popular reality show Danse avec les stars (the French version of Strictly Come Dancing) for the promotion of 5, about a month later she announced that she was again in the studio for a “surprise” and in September she revealed her collaboration with the singer Olly Murs in a new, French version of his single “Dear Darlin'”. Alizée won the first place in Danse avec les stars in November 2013.
As announced by MetroNews, the singer would perform during NRJ Music Awards on 14 December 2013. She performed “Scream & Shout” with will.i.am, singing the lines originally sung by Britney Spears, including the line “Alizée, bitch”; along with “Le tourbillion” with Tal. At the end of December 2013, the singer began recording her sixth studio album. Her new single “Blonde” was announced in March 2014 and released on 17 March as the first single from Blonde, which was released on 23 June 2014. The album received mixed to positive reviews from critics and had mediocre success. Another song, “Alcaline”, was released on 16 June as a single.
On 6 December, Alizée announced on Instagram that she was in a studio for dubbing an animation film . The film is French version of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, titled Clochette et la créature légendaire. The film was released on 8 April 2015.