Morissette on the go with 1st new album in 4 years

Fri May 16, 2008 7:00pm EDT
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By Ann Donahue

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - For musicians just getting a start, Alanis Morissette has a time-management tip from the professional trenches. "I have to check my Web site to find out what I'm supposed to be doing," she says with a laugh.

It's no surprise, really. In the buildup to the June 10 release of "Flavors of Entanglement," Morissette and her team have a vast promotional schedule planned.

At the end of May, she embarks on a summer tour of Europe, followed by North American dates in the fall. Among the announced stops are the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands (June 1), Brixton Academy in London (June 19) and the Heineken Festival in Venice (June 22).

Morissette has already been on an extended listening-party tour with stops in England and France. She also has a slate of TV appearances on tap. Before the album's release, she'll perform May 19 on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," followed by an outdoor concert appearance May 23 on "Today." She'll play "Late Show With David Letterman" on the day of the album's release, with numerous other small-screen performances planned for the summer.

On "Flavors," Morissette worked with Guy Sigsworth, of electronic duo Frou Frou, to create an album full of soaring melodies and the intensely personal lyrics that built her reputation.

"He's a mad scientist genius freak of nature," Morissette says of Sigsworth. "I'd get to the studio at 1 p.m., and we'd write and get a song by 4 p.m. It's a meticulous process -- structure is my friend. If I didn't have structure, I wouldn't show up."