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Who is Alizée?
Alizée Jacotey is a French pop singer, born on the island of Corsica on August 21st, 1984.
How do you pronounce her first name?
In French, all syllables are stressed evenly. The é forces you to pronounce it like a long 'a' sound in English.
Another one of the most common mistakes Anglophones make in French is pronouncing a's like a short 'a' sound in English (cat, hat, etc). So make sure you pronounce the a's in her first and last name like the a in father.
Also, unlike English, there is no diphthong in French. The syllables are short and clipped.
I’ve read that her real name is Jennifer. Is this true?
Some websites and biographies have claimed that her birth name is Jennifer and that Alizée is simply a stage name. This is not true. Where this information came from is unknown, but her name is and always has been Alizée.
I’ve seen her last name spelled “Jacotet” and “Jacotey”. Which one is correct?
The correct spelling of her last name is “Jacotey”.
Why is she sometimes called Lili?
It’s a nickname given to her by friends. Many fans have taken to calling her this as well.
How many albums has she released?
She has released 2 studio albums and 1 live album. Her first studio album, Gourmandises, was released in 2000, while her second studio album, Mes courants électriques, was released in 2003. Her live album, titled Alizée En Concert, was released in 2004.
What singles have been released?
Her first single, Moi… Lolita, was first released in the summer of 2000, became a major hit throughout France and Europe and perhaps remains her one of her most famous songs. The other singles from the album Gourmandises are: L’Alizé, Parler tout bas, and Gourmandises. The singles from her album Mes courants électriques are J’en ai marre !, J’ai pas vingt ans !, and A contre-courant. No singles were released for the live album, although a music video with a live version of Amélie m'a dit was aired on French television to support the release of the live album.
Are there any Alizée DVD’s available?
Yes. The only official Alizée DVD is Alizée En Concert, released around the same time as the CD album of the same name.
There are a few fan-made DVD’s available that consist of television appearances she has done. One of these is Une fée nommée Alizée, made by Robin Spark. Another popular series is Sailor’s Merci, Alizée DVD’s. These DVD’s are no longer available through their creators, but can be downloaded free of charge on places like the Alizée DC++ Hub.
Will the En Concert DVD play on my DVD player?
The En Concert DVD is a Region-Free DVD in PAL format, so any standalone PAL DVD player (regardless of Region) or computer equipped with a DVD-ROM drive should be capable of playing the DVD. Standalone NTSC DVD players will not be able to play the DVD unless it has been equipped with PAL-NTSC converter. So then the question becomes, does your player read PAL, NTSC or both? It usually depends on where you live in the world. Most DVD players in North America and Japan are only capable of playing NTSC format discs while most of the rest of the world uses PAL (France and a few other countries use SECAM which is very similar to PAL, but that's another story). To see which format your country uses, check out this website.
If you're in one of those countries that uses NTSC, there's still hope for you. First of all check your DVD player's manual to see if it can play PAL. Though in the minority, some players sold in NTSC countries can play both formats, converting PAL signals for playback on NTSC TV screens. If your player has that ability, you should be all set. If not, buying one shouldn't be any more expensive than a regular DVD player. It may be easier to look online for these types of players since they're usually not advertised at your normal brick-and-mortar store. To get you started, you're going to want a DVD player like this one. The alternative is to buy a PAL DVD player and connect it to your NTSC TV set via an external PAL-to-NTSC converter. If you do go this route and also plan on using that player as your everyday DVD player (since many PAL DVD players can also play NTSC DVD’s), be wary of its Region coding, since it may be different than that of your country.
Will the unofficial DVD's player on my DVD player?
The unofficial Une fée nommée Alizée and Merci, Alizée DVD's are presented in the same format as the En Concert DVD, so all the same information provided in the previous answer should also apply here. The only possible issue with these unofficial DVD's is that they are usually copied onto DVD recordable discs. There are two recordable formats: DVD-R and DVD+R. While DVD+R supposedly has some technical advantages, DVD-R is more widely compatible with most DVD players. The original authors of these DVD's usually copied them onto DVD+R discs, but that shouldn't be much of an issue now since they are no longer being sold. But do make sure you use a compatible format for your DVD player when you burn your own copies.
Where can I buy Alizée CD’s, DVD’s, magazines, etc…?
If you live outside of France, the easiest way to buy Alizée-related merchandise is online. Some good online stores that carry CD’s and DVD’s include, www.amazon.com
(accounts created at one Amazon site will also work on all other Amazon sites), www.fnac.com
, and www.alapage.com
From time to time, Alizée will be featured in various French magazines and publications. You can order the most recent issues online at www.journaux.fr
. Alizée’s official magazine, ActuAlizée, is currently only available by subscription and you can only subscribe to the magazine directly through the publisher, Confidential Group.
Other miscellaneous items, such as tee shirts, concert programs, and coffee mugs, can be purchased at www.charmandising.com
Related topic: http://www.alizee-forum.com/topic,82...ds%2C-etc.html
Who are Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat?
Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat are Alizée’s producers. Mylène, one of France’s most well-known pop artists, wrote the lyrics to all of Alizée’s songs, while Laurent composed the music. Mylène and Laurent started their collaboration with the release of the single Maman a tort in 1984 and have been working together ever since.
How was Alizée discovered?
In 2000, Alizée appeared on the French television show Graines de Star, a show where kids and teens compete in singing or dancing competitions. Although she was more of a dancer than a singer, her friends signed her up to compete on the show as a singer. She appeared twice, singing Axelle Red’s Ma prière both times and winning both times. However, she would not make another appearance because she had a prior commitment to something far more important. She had taken part in a casting call that asked for a young teenage girl to sing a new song about lolitas. Unbeknownst to her, the casting call was set up by none other than Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat. Needless to say, Alizée was chosen and the song became the hit Moi… Lolita.
Does she write song lyrics, compose music or play a musical instrument?
As mentioned before, Mylène writes her song lyrics and Laurent composes her music. She still is, however, involved in the songwriting process by relating her likes, dislikes, desires, fears, etc… to Mylène, and her musical preferences to Laurent. She is currently learning to play the guitar.
Where can I find translations for songs, interviews, press articles, etc…?
The Alizée FanPage has English translations for all Alizée songs and its press section has possibly the largest collection of press articles translated into English on the web. The most recent press articles are usually translated and posted in the Alizée News section. Translation requests and other miscellaneous translations you've found or done yourself should be posted in the translations thread.
Outside of the Alizée FanPage and Forum, the M.F. International forum has some good song translations and interpretations, many of which provide an alternate point-of-view than those presented on this site. It is recommended to read the translations both on this site and on M.F. International in order to have a more complete understanding of the songs.
I heard that she split from Mylène and Laurent and got dropped by her record company, Universal. Is any of this true?
Officially, no. In April of 2004, her official website posted a response denying all those rumors that the tabloids had reported. However, rumors still persist that she will not be working with Mylène or Laurent for her next album and that she might actually work with the French group Indochine. Only time will tell.
Related topic: http://www.alizee-forum.com/topic,64...s-claims-.html
When is her next album coming out?
Nobody knows yet. It's possible that work on it may have already begun, or that she is taking more time off to raise her child. But right now, there isn't any solid information about this.