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Alizée
French singer Alizee at Les Enfoires 2013 - DSC5744.jpg
Alizée at Les Enfoirés 2013 in Paris
Born Alizée Jacotey
(1984-08-21) 21 August 1984 (age 29)
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Nationality French
Occupation Singer, dancer, DJ
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Jérémy Chatelain (2003–2011)
Children Annily
Musical career
Genres World, Chanson, Pop, Rock, hip-hop, electronica, dance
Instruments Vocals, synthesizer
Labels Universal Music, Polydor, RCA, Wisteria Song, Sony Music Entertainment
Associated acts Mylène Farmer, Tal, Laurent Boutonnat, Madonna, Jenifer, Alain Chamfort, Olly Murs
Signature Alizée's autograph.svg
Website
www.alizee-officiel.com

Alizée Jacotey (French pronunciation: ​[a.li.ze]; born 21 August 1984), known professionally as Alizée,[1] is a French recording artist and dancer. 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,[2] 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, 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,[3] and is also the singer with most exports out of France.[4] Alizée entered the music business in 2000. She has since released five 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.[5] 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, 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.[6]

Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in late 2003. Following her marriage, she took a hiatus from singing before returning with a new album, Psychédélices on 3 December 2007, which became most popular in Mexico.[7]

Her fourth album titled Une enfant du siècle was released on 29 March 2010, one of the most acclaimed by the critics. 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 received acclaim from the critics, still with 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 Dancing with the Stars), which she won on 23 November 2013.

Biography[edit]

1984–1999: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Alizée grew up in Ajaccio, Corsica.

Also known by her nickname "Lili", Alizée started dancing early in her life,[8] and by age four was already proficient. A year later, she was enrolled in Ajaccio's Ecole de Danse Monique Mufraggi dance school, and trained there until she was 15.[9] In 1995, at the age of eleven, she won a coloring competition organized by the (now defunct) French airline Air Outre Mer. 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 Alizée won a trip to the Maldives for her efforts.

In 1999, she appeared on the TV talent show Graines de Star, broadcast on Métropole 6.[2] She initially intended to sign up for the programme's dance contest, but that category was reserved for groups only. Alizée therefore joined the singing category instead, performing the song Waiting for Tonight by Jennifer Lopez and Ma Prière (a single released by Axelle Red in 1997). She went on to win the Meilleure Graine award for most promising young singing star of tomorrow.

2000–2002: Gourmandises, Moi... Lolita, L'Alizé and the international success[edit]

Main article: Gourmandises

Her winning performance was seen by veteran songwriters 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, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The first single, Moi... Lolita, resurrected the rich French musical tradition pioneered by Serge Gainsbourg in 1964 with the song Pauvre Lola, inspired by the celebrated novel Lolita, creating the image which defined Alizée in the early years of her career. She won an M6 award in 2000 and returned with a follow-up album, Mes Courants Électriques, in 2003. This second album was also quite successful, though less so than her first album. A video album shot during her European concert tour soon followed.

Alizée made her debut with the single Moi... Lolita, her most successful to date. It enjoyed success throughout most of Europe and parts of East Asia, reaching number one in several countries. The associated music video portrayed Alizée as an impoverished rustic teen visiting a dance club in the city with her little sister, pursued by a young man who had lent them the bus fare to get there, but whose romantic interest in her she never returned.[10] 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.

Alizée made her debut with Gourmandises, album with the singer excelled internationally.

The single was from her debut album, Gourmandises ("Delicacies"), released in 2000.[11] The album, written by Farmer and composed by Boutonnat, sold over 788,000 copies in France – it reached Platinum status in just three months. In 2001, the album was launched internationally and Alizée became the highest-selling female French singer ever.[5][12] The album went on to sell over two million copies worldwide.[13] Farmer and Boutonnat kept a tight rein how the album was marketed and controlled the image in which Alizée was portrayed. In the meantime, 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.[5]

Her second single L'Alizé (2000), also from the same album, followed soon. It also hit number one in France, and gained some international success. The video of the "sexily alliterative"[5] song (compare its title to "Lola," a variant on "Lolita") shows a miraculously acrobatic (even airborne) Alizée frolicking amidst popping bubbles in front of a pink backdrop, erotically singing about her cautious search for a true love. 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.[10] This single was followed up with another single from the same album – the title song, "Gourmandises". The video, which shows a group of teenage boys and girls on a picnic, was shot in a day.[10] The last single from the album was "Parler tout bas", about coming of age, and was illustrated with a surreal music video. In France, "Parler tout bas" was the third single, then followed by the release of Gourmandises.

2003–2004: Mes courants électriques, En Concert and Asia recognizance[edit]

In 2003, Alizée returned with her second album Mes Courants Électriques (My Electric Currents).[14] 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,sold 400,000 copies in France.

Alizée's logo used from 2000 to 2007.

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.[10] An English-language version of this song, titled "I'm Fed Up!", was also released, and featured 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 "Amélie 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.[10] "À contre-courant", the last single from this album, was shot in an abandoned coal factory.[10]

Following the release of 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 2003. The tour started off with a performance on 26 August 2003 in Paris.[6][15] It concluded with her performance on the prestigious l'Olympia hall in Paris and eve of 17 January 2004 at the Le Zénith concert hall in the same city and had covered major cities including Lyon, Rouen, Lille, Grenoble and Dijon.[6] A live CD and DVD, titled Alizée En Concert, composed of selected performances from her tour, was launched a year later in the fall of 2004.[16] 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.

2005–2007: The hiatus and a shining start in Mexico[edit]

In 2005 after the success of her first tour and first live album release, Alizée first disappeared from the limelight, then reappeared in the media as it was revealed she was pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl, Annily, 28 April 2005 (the child she had with Jérémy Chatelain) and put her career on hold. However, the tabloids devoted several articles, for the name Alizée appeared with others, including the false listings of the Clearstream affair. After several rumors of an imminent return, especially in collaboration with Indochine, Alizée left Universal Records to sign with RCA (Sony BMG) in August 2007 also revealing that the En Concert album and tour were her last collaboration with her mentors.

Meanwhile, a compilation of the live album was re-released in early 2007 in Mexico by Universal Music as a CD+DVD release,[17] following the featuring of the songs on 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 28 May 2007,[18] and number eight on the main albums chart. En concert has a Gold certification for shipments over 50,000 copies only in Mexico.[19]

2007–2009: Psychédélices, Tout Alizée and the Latinamerican conquest[edit]

Main articles: Psychédélices and Tout Alizée

After a three-year hiatus, a time spent out of the media spotlight, 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,[20] was made available for digital downloads 26 November 2007,[21] with a full release on 3 December 2007[22][23] on the RCA label.[24] The album includes collaborations with Bertrand Burgalat, Daniel Darc, Oxmo Puccino, Jérémy Chatelain,[25] Michel-Yves Kochmann, and Jean Fauque.[26]

Alizée in 2008 at the Psychédélices Tour in Moscow.

The first single from the album was "Mademoiselle Juliette",[27][28] officially released on 30 September 2007.[28] It was accidentally released early on the Virgin Megastore website on 23 September 2007,[29][30] 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 on radio stations,[26][28] and went on to capture the No. 13 spot on the legal music downloads charts.[7][23] To promote the single, Alizée appeared on the French radio station, NRJ, on 27 September 2007.[27][28] The video for the single was released for broadcast on 19 November 2007,[31] though it was made available on MSN France on 16 November 2007. It was released on physical media, both CD and vinyl, on 21 January 2008.

Alizée in an autograph session in 2007 at Paris.

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.[32] "Fifty-Sixty" later launched as the second single from the album in February 2008. The lyric of "Fifty-Sixty" tells, 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 thought her the most beautiful model of all. Three music videos were released for the single[33] – one for the album version of the song and the other two for two remixes.[34] An Alizée website, Psychedeclips.com,[35] was dedicated to the video series,[34] the first of which was released on 5 May 2008.[36]

Coinciding with the new album, a new official website was created,[37]  which, despite being announced on 11 September 2007, was kept under wraps until 28 November 2007.[38] The album was also promoted via an official artist profile at MySpace.[39] Advertising and marketing campaigns for the album began 22 November 2007 with ad campaigns on NRJ Radio, TF1-TV, and the web.

In March 2008 Alizée visited Mexico for the first time in a short promotional tour. On 5 March she was supposed to hold the 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 to all her Mexican fans and to explain that it was not her fault.[40] Sony BMG Mexico also released a statement saying it was not Alizée's fault, that it was the store who had problems with the security, and that they did not expect so many people in attendance; fences had been broken and children were in danger. Alizée also promised to make amends by having another autograph session when she returned to the country on the following tour.[41] She also stated that her tour would start on 18 May in Moscow, followed by concerts in Mexico and then France.[42][43] 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.[44] After the success of Alizée's tour in Mexico, and in an attempt to mitigate the damage caused during her first promotional visit, Alizée announced an autograph session with fans on 26 June 2008 in Mexico City, over 300 CDs were signed and the record label executives of Sony BMG Mexico presented a Gold certification for shipments over 50,000 copies of Psychédélices – Mexican Tour Edition.[45] A new cover singing in Mexico was Madonna's cover, "La Isla Bonita"; it went on to become Alizée's first top ten on the airplay chart.[46]

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.[47] 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 at No. 62 on the Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart and No. 20 on the Mexican International Top 20 Albums Chart.[48]

2010–2011: Une enfant du siècle, new style, critical success and transition[edit]

Main article: Une enfant du siècle
Alizée in 2010 singing at Point Ephémère lounge, in Paris.

At the beginning of 2009, Alizée had to cancel a concert in France. She announced then that she was already working on her future album, which would sound very different from all of her previous recordings. The album was called Une Enfant Du Siècle and was released in France on 29 March 2010. A teaser can be seen on the Internet, called "Une enfant du siècle" (A child of the century).

Edie Sedgwick (left) and Andy Warhol (right) are the prime influences of Une enfant du siècle.

According to British website Popjustice, the first single is partially in English and it is called "Limelight". On 15 February 2010 they uploaded the full version of the song and a clip from the music video.[49] The Special Collector Edition of the album was made available for pre-orders on 4 February 2010. However, it was later confirmed by Popjustice itself that "Limelight" was a teaser single, and the official single from Alizée's fourth album is "Les Collines (Never Leave You)".[50]

The full album leaked on to the Internet on 19 March 2010. The album was released in France on 29 March 2010. The album was praised by critics, considering it as a masterpiece and praised radical change in every way.[51][52] Respondents praised the album for its mature nature, abstract and sober, the musical direction of Alizée, calling it her "most risky record".[52][53][54] On that day Alizée signed autographs at the Virgin Megastore in Paris. The album is inspired by and depicts the life of Edie Sedgwick.

Alizée performed in Israel in a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg on 28 July 2010 in Tel Aviv in National Opéra. She covered a song called "Dis-lui toi que je t'aime" originally sung by Vanessa Paradis, accompanied by the national orchestra. She also performed a song with Israeli singer Harel Skaat. The music video of the first single "Les collines (Never leave you)" was released on 19 March 2010 on Alizée's official YouTube channel, which peaked the daily most-viewed[55] musician's channel worldwide.

She is also one of the artists who recorded a duet with Alain Chamfort; the release date of her collaboration single Clara veut la Lune was 29 April in 2012.

Alizée appeared in several shows on French television. From 1 to 6 February 2012. She announce that a new album where 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.[56] 27 June 2012 Alizée announced on live chat that the first single from the new album was to be released 28 June 2012. The first music video was shot on 15 July 2012[57] but this was only released in VidZone platform for PS3.

2012–2013: 5 and Danse avec les stars a new beginning[edit]

Main article: 5 (Alizée album)
Alizée & Grégoire Lyonnet performing Black Swan dance during Danse avec les stars Tour in Lyon,1 April 2014.

The name of the single was "À cause de l'automne". 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 scheduled to be 1 October 2012 to March 2013 among whom she was revealing details.[58] A "Collector's Box was released for " pre-order page states 23 January 2013 as for the release.[59]

In December the official video of À cause de l'automne was published on Alizée's VEVO channel only available in France to February when finally was available for the rest of the world. The first public performance of her last single was on RFM radio on 21 December 2012 where she sang the song in a live broadcast.[60] Alizée made a several promotion of the album including the January/February 2013 issue of the French edition of Inked magazine.

Finally Alizée announced Alexandre Azaria as the "artistic director" for her newest album "5".[61] In January the name[62] and the cover of the album was shown on a Star Academy show hommage to the singer where Alizée made an appearance.

She performed on many shows including the 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.[63]

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 Dancing with the Stars[64]) 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'" which was released on the second day of the month. Alizée won first place in Danse avec les stars in November 2013.

2014–present: Blonde[edit]

Alizée's logo after 2014.

MetroNews publish that the singer will appear at the NRJ Music Awards 2014 on 14 December 2013,[65] where she participated in the event during December 2013, performing the song Scream & Shout with Will.i.am in place of his previous song partner, Britney Spears, wherein she replaced the famous lyrical passage with "Alizée, bitch" and her featured song Le tourbillion with Tal. At the end of December 2013, the singer began recording her sixth studio album, which is scheduled for release in Spring 2014, the project is saved between France and Japan, since the music of the artist will be re-imported into Asian countries.[66][67]

In mid-March 2014 her new single Blonde was announced; it was released on the 17th of the same month. It is the first single from her sixth studio album which will be released 23 June 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Though described as a very shy and a reserved person, she likes performing in front of audiences.[68] Although she is most famous as a singer, Alizée prefers dancing,[68] and is quite proficient in classical dance, jazz, Italian style ballet, tap and flamenco.[69]

Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in Las Vegas, Nevada on 6 November 2003. They have a daughter named Annily (born 28 April 2005). The public found out about their marriage in February 2004 when Voici magazine released a copy of their marriage certificate in an article. She was quiet about her private and family life and kept her baby out of the press to the best of her ability, but since 2011 has been much more open about her private life. Jérémy and Alizée divorced in early 2012. During Dance avec les stars in fall 2013, Alizée met her current boyfriend Grégoire Lyonnet.

Artistry[edit]

Music and voice[edit]

Alizée possesses a mezzo-soprano[70] vocal type and range, she started her musical career with songs that she described as "soulful pop music". In 2000 she erupted in the musical world, becoming an international sensation because she was the most successful female French singer in a long while. Alizée is known for blending Electronic sounds with Pop, such as Psychedelic Pop and most recently, mainstream Europop.

Alizée at Les Enfoires in 2008.

At the time of her debut, NRJ Radio referred to her as "The Queen of Europop is a French Lolita", in her debut album Alizée used Europop with mellow sounds, World Music and the classic French Chanson. The second album was primarily house sounds, instrumentals and electronic sounds mixed with the sounds from her last album. The third album marked a change of style replacing her earlier styles with psychedelic sounds and world music with a very rhythmic music, the single "Fifty-Sixty" is dedicated to the memory of model Edie Sedgwick. For her fourth album she had another radical change in musical style with a new genre for her career – Mainstream, with strong rhythms compared with her previous three albums, Alizée made clear that the renewal is a big part of her contribution to music.[70]

Influences[edit]

Alizée has named Madonna a great influence, and said she wants to sing with her sometime. Alizée also cites Whitney Houston as a big influence; another big influence is her ex-artistical godmother, Mylène Farmer, both of the masters at the French Chanson Hall, Serge Gainsbourg and France Gall. The American artist Andy Warhol and the dead model Edie Sedgwick. She has also mentioned loving Gwen Stefani's style and hair. Her musical influence comprises Pop in all of its forms, World Music, House Music, Mainstream and Hip-Hop.

Public image[edit]

Alizée in concert with Olly Murs in 2013 (left) and performing at Les Enfoires in Montpellier (right).

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 teenage years.[5] For her second album she mostly kept a similar style but with more electronic influences. Her hairstyle was usually a simple bob and make-up was designed to emphasize and enhance her natural beauty. 

After a two-year hiatus, she returned with a third album whose style was more "psychedelic" and which saw her seeking a new and wider audience. She is known to be very fond of tattoos and in recent years she has added several new ones to her arms. Possibly the most well known one is the large Tinkerbell tattoo on her back. It was often shown during her promotion of the Psychédélices album. For her fourth album she changed her style radically, both musically and with regard to her image, with a more mature performance and more elaborate make-up, clothing and hairstyle. For the promotion of this album Alizée posed for a French magazine, Technikart, in the "Like a Virgin" style of her idol Madonna.

Alizée over the years has been declared a fashionista, appearing in various fashion magazines, beauty and culture. She has attended major Fashion Weeks in the world and smaller events.

In the 2010 and 2011 'Sexiest Women in the World' polls, run by the French edition of FHM magazine,[71] readers voted Alizée as the second sexiest woman out of 100.[71]

From 2012 to the present Alizée has appeared in many magazines and publications including the January/February 2013 issue of the French edition of Inked magazine which featured a photo shoot, including on the cover, of her as a manacled and bloodied punk princess by the French photographer Julien Lachaussée and many more. In 2013, she was one of the guests of honour for her friend John Galliano in Paris Fashion Week 2013.

Alizée is ranked at No. 4 in a list of the most influential female artists in France by the specialized site L'Grand Prix d l'e-Réputation in March 2014.[72][73]

Legacy[edit]

Coat of Arms of Corsica.svgMedal of Ajaccio delivered by the Territorial Collectivity of Corsica: Awarded the highest civil honour in Corsica, by Consul Paul Giacobbi on 7 December 2013.

Alizée became an international pop culture icon immediately after launching her recording career. Media says: "One of the most controversial and female vocalists of the 21st century who broke into the music world at 17 years old with a worldwide success coming in the "Europop queen "spearheaded the rise of post-millennial Europop ... Alizée early on cultivated a mixture of a sweet Lolita innocence and experience that broke the bank".

Alizée at an autograph-signing event in Poitiers in 2013.

Her debut album Gourmandises sold in three months 700,000 only in France, plus of 1,000,000 in Europe only 2001.[74] In early 2001, she won the NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Revelation after she won an M6 Award in late 2000. It is also named in a similar category to the Victoires de la Musique, Alizée won in early 2002 the World Music Award for Best French exporter (more than 4 million records worldwide in an album).[75]

She has the 31st best-selling single in the history of France for Moi... Lolita and two singles in the French Top 100 singles of the 2000s and List of best-selling singles in France history respectively.[76][77] In the same year Le Figaro newspaper announced as Alizée's music was the top earning French music of the year thanks in part to Farmer and Boutonnat's collaboration, which earned 10.4 million €.[78][79] The Mademoiselle Juliette video released on 19 November 2007 is listed at 138 in the countdown of 150 most important videos of the last 15 years of the MTV Latin America channel.[80]

Alizée is famous for her most successful single to date Moi... Lolita which became a worldwide sensation, with the singer becoming a phenomenon and a national obsession in France. The singer is known for her fast rise to fame, also in media is known as "The most famous of Lolitas"[81] also today as the French singer with most exports from France.[82]

Critical response[edit]

Despite the 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.[83] 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".[84][85] Alizée's three 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:[5]

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.

...Gourmandises the French word for sweets (or candies) is the appropriate title of French pop princess Alizée's debut album. Like an aniseed ball, the mix of pop tunes and ballads are pleasant and consistent throughout, but at the same time never too adventurous. The French lyrics may spoil the album for some but the catchy tunes and lyrics (even though they may mean little to the average English speaker) highlight the universal language of pop...[86]

...Sixteen-year-old Alizée is France's answer to the teen queen phenomenon. With one notable exception: Alizée has real talent...[87]

In recent years, critics have commented upon the maturing of Alizée's image and style, and her being a growing artist full of "classy" sounds, and having a strong voice. They have observed how "Lolita", who had begun her career at the beginning of the new century, has transformed into a mature woman and accomplished singer throughout the years.[88][89]

Other ventures[edit]

Restaurants du Cœur where Alizée works actively in Les Enfoires crew.

Philanthropy[edit]

Alizée is actively involved in charity work through Les Enfoirés, a group of French celebrities who organize fundraising 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 from 2008 to 2013.

In 2011, the singer participated in the Collectif Paris-Africa to fight against famine in Africa (similar to USA for Africa). She recorded the song Des ricochets along with 60 artists, for the compilation album Collectif Paris-Africa pour l'UNICEF.

Works[edit]

Music[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Main article: Alizée discography

Dance[edit]

Shows[edit]

Tours[edit]

Singer[edit]

Dancer[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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