Morissette's New Album Set for Feb. Release

By | December 13, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Grammy-winning recording star Alanis Morissette is planning a February release for her first album of all-new material in more than three years, followed by a world tour, her publicist said on Wednesday.

The new CD, “Under Rug Swept,” is a collection of 11 songs written and produced entirely by Morissette without the assistance of longtime collaborator Glen Ballard, who co-wrote and produced her first two U.S. major-label releases, starting with 1995’s “Jagged Little Pill.”

The new album’s first single, “Hands Clean,” described as a song about a former relationship, is due out in mid-January, with the album set for release by Madonna’s Maverick label on Feb. 26. Maverick is distributed by Warner Bros. Records, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc..

“Under Rug Swept” marks Morissette’s first album since her “MTV Unplugged” acoustic collection of new and old material in 1999 and her first set of all-new studio recordings since “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” in the fall of 1998.

The Ottawa-born Morissette, 27, a former child actress turned dance-pop diva little known outside her native Canada, burst on the U.S. music scene in 1995 with the monumental success of “Jagged Little Pill.”

That album, which spawned such hits as “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket,” “You Learn” and “Ironic,” earned Morissette four Grammys, including the awards for best album and song of the year, and launched her on an 18-month world tour.

Morissette plans to return to the tour circuit next year, starting in North America, to promote “Under Rug Swept.”

On Tuesday, Morissette was honored by the Friends of the United Nations with a Global Tolerance Award, recognizing her contributions to various social causes.

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