Alanis Morissette Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Jagged Little Pill with New Acoustic Recording, Summer Tour, and Exclusive CD Availability at Starbucks
SEATTLE -- March 4, 2005 -- Marking the 10th anniversary of Alanis Morissette’s critically-acclaimed Jagged Little Pill, the GRAMMY(R) Award-winning artist will pair again with the original album’s producer and co-composer, Glen Ballard, to record an acoustic version of the album in its entirety. In a unique agreement between Starbucks (Nasdaq:SBUX) Hear Music(TM) and Maverick Records, the album will be sold exclusively in Starbucks Company-operated stores in North America beginning June 13, 2005 -- ten years to the date of the original recording’s release -- and throughout the six weeks of Morissette’s first-ever acoustic tour, the “Diamond Wink Tour.”
“I was in survival mode when Jagged Little Pill came out,” says Alanis Morissette. “I am able now, with a little distance, to appreciate it and have some objectivity. I love this record and am warmed by the thought of tipping my hat to it ten years later.”
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Alanis Morissette and Maverick on this project, and to be the exclusive retailer for the acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill’s initial release,” said Ken Lombard, president, Starbucks Entertainment. “We have a strong commitment to providing our customers with convenient ways to discover and acquire great music and are delighted that Alanis and Maverick identified the Starbucks Experience as the perfect setting to introduce millions of music fans to this intimate acoustic recording and tour.”
Added Lombard, “Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard demonstrate unequivocally the quality of music we are committed to providing our customers.”
After the six-week exclusive window has passed, the album will also be available broadly at multiple retail locations beyond Starbucks Company-operated stores in North America.
Summer Tour and CD Details
Morissette’s “Diamond Wink Tour” will consist of acoustic performances at intimate venues throughout North America during the months of June and July, and will feature Morissette, backed by her current touring band, as she performs all of the songs from Jagged Little Pill that inspired the music world and pop culture a decade earlier.
The songs on this diamond anniversary acoustic album will appear in the same order as they did on the original album, including the hidden track, “Your House.” The CD package will also include extras such as special footage from the original album’s era, as well as other bonus features.
Morissette, who has spent the last decade evolving as a singer, songwriter and musician, says she and Ballard “will re-interpret the songs in ways that have developed in my touring and acoustic shows over the past ten years.”
About Jagged Little Pill
The 1995 recording, Jagged Little Pill, is recognized as the best-selling debut by a female solo artist, having sold over 30 million copies worldwide, including 14 million in the U.S. The album’s undisputed success earned Morissette four GRAMMY(R) Awards: Album of the Year, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (“You Oughta Know”), Best Rock Song (“You Oughta Know”), and Best Rock Album. Hailed as “Album of the Decade” by Billboard magazine, Jagged Little Pill resonated deeply with listeners, revealing a talented young artist with a powerful voice and a challenging vision, and managed to make Alanis Morissette the youngest artist to ever win the GRAMMY Award for “Album of the Year,” at the age of 21.
About Starbucks Hear Music
Founded in 1990, and acquired by Starbucks Coffee Company in 1999, Starbucks Hear Music is the voice of music at Starbucks. Starbucks Hear Music is dedicated to creating a new and convenient way for consumers to discover, experience and acquire all genres of great music through its unique editorial voice, CD compilations, and music programming for Starbucks coffeehouses worldwide, as well as its innovative partnerships with other music labels to produce, market and distribute both exclusive and non-exclusive music. In 2004, Starbucks Hear Music launched a 24-hour digital music channel with XM Satellite Radio (XM Channel 75), the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Santa Monica where customers can select from over 15,000 CDs or burn their own custom mixes, and the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) media bars, a service that offers custom CD burning at select Starbucks retail locations in Seattle and Austin. Starbucks Hear Music(TM) CDs are featured at Hear Music and Starbucks retail locations, as well as www.starbucks.com and www.hearmusic.com.
About Starbucks Coffee Company
Starbucks Corporation is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 9,000 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(TM) coffee drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company’s brand portfolio provides a wide variety of consumer products. Tazo Tea’s line of innovative premium teas and Hear Music’s exceptional compact discs enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products. The Seattle’s Best Coffee(R) and Torrefazione Italia(R) Coffee brands enable Starbucks to appeal to a broader consumer base by offering an alternative variety of coffee flavor profiles.
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