It's been four years since Alanis Morissette's last studio album. In these four years, the Canadian musician has dipped into soundtrack land (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), American Idol season nine, and appeared on shows like Weeds, Up All Night and even a one-night stage performance in the experimental L.A. play, An Oak Tree.
In her personal life, Morissette, now 37, has become a married woman and a mother, thanks to her 2010 nuptials to rapper Mario MC Souleye Treadway and her son Ever Imre, born Dec. 25, 2010.
Now, the Ironic singer is gearing up to release her eight studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights. The announcement was made by Morissette on her official Facebook page on Wednesday.
Super excited to share some first pieces of art info with you today . . . let the fun games begin :), she wrote.
The album will be Morissette's first release under the label Collective Sounds, distributed by Sony's RED.
This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments . . . it is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song, Morissette said of her new album, in a statement obtained by Billboard.
The highly-anticipated album is the follow-up to 2008's Flavors of Entanglement, which Morissette has admitted was a cathartic way for her to get over fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds. (Morissette and Reynolds dated for two years before getting engaged in 2004; they broke up three years later, and Reynolds met Scarlett Johansson shortly after).
Someone said very wisely to me the other day that catharsis doesn't mean healing necessarily, and I thought, 'Damn! It's true.' But catharsis is good to get it out of my system, for me to see with some clarity what's going on, Morissette told Billy Bush on his radio show in 2008.
The album went on to sell more than 600,000 copies worldwide.
To date, Morissette's most successful album remains Jagged Little Pill, which, according to Billboard, has sold more than 14.7 million copies in the US alone. The album made Morissette a household name, thanks to hits like You Oughta Know, Hand in My Pocket, Head Over Feet and of course, Ironic.
Jagged Little Pill also earned the singer four Grammy Awards in 1996, including Album of the Year.
Havoc and Bright Lights is scheduled for an Aug. 28 release. The first single, Guardian, will be released on iTunes on May 15. Here is the official track listing for the album, courtesy of Billboard.
Guardian Woman Down Til You Celebrity Empathy Lens Spiral Numb Havoc Win and Win Receive Edge of Evolution