Alizée Lyonnet (née Jacotey; born 21 August 1984), known professionally as Alizée, is a French singer and dancer. She was born and raised in Ajaccio, Corsica.
She first became known with her winning performance in the talent show Graines de Star in 1999. While collaborating with Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, she followed it with a series of albums that attained 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 Radio, 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, and is also the singer with most exports out of France.
Alizée entered the music business in 2000. She has since released six studio albums, the first two of which were composed by Laurent Boutonnat and written by Mylène Farmer. She studied 1 semester of philosophy. 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. 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 recognized it with a "Single of the Week" award. It became a rare example of a foreign-language song to chart highly in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 9.
Gourmandises was followed by a second studio album, Mes courants électriques, in 2003. Following its release, Alizée toured during the autumn of 2003, performing in 43 concerts throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland. Her fourth album titled Une enfant du siècle was released on 29 March 2010. In early 2011 she recorded a duet with Alain Chamfort for his new album Elle & lui. Alizée's fifth studio album, 5 (2013) spawned two singles: "À cause de l'automne" and "Je veux bien". She later collaborated on Olly Murs's single "Dear Darlin'". She participated in and won the TV dance contest Danse avec les stars (French version of Strictly Come Dancing). Following the success of Danse avec les Stars, Alizée had released her sixth album, Blonde (2014), in collaboration with Pascal Obispo. The album received mixed reviews and was not successful in sales.