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Alanis Morissette Voices Her Thoughts On Britney Spears Covering “You Oughta Know” on 2009 Circus Tour

Alanis Morisette has nothing but love for Britney Spears.

During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, the 45-year-old singer was asked by a caller how she felt about Spears covering her hit, “You Oughta Know” live during her Circus Tour back in 2009.

The starlet had nothing but positive words to say about pop superstar. “Awesome! I love Britney so much,” Morisette exclaimed.

You can check out the clip from the show below.

Spears covered the track multiple times while performing on her 2009 Circus Tour. One fan captured an HD video of a performance.

Morisette was also asked about the inspiration behind the track. A caller asked if she was sick of people asking if “You Oughta Know” is allegedly about Dave Coulier, who played Uncle Joey on Full House.

“No revealing, but I am intrigued at the thought, or at the fact that more than one person has taken credit for it. I don’t know if you want to take credit for being the person I wrote ‘You Oughta Know’ about,” Morisette answered.

You can view the full clip of Morisette’s answer below.

“You Oughta Know” was released back in 1995 as the first lead single from Morisette’s album, Jagged Little Pill. The song was nominated for three Grammys in 1996 and took home two: Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The track was co-written by Morisette and Glen Ballard. Morisette has stated that she wrote the song from her “subconscious,” stating, “I wasn’t aware of what was coming out of me. I’d go into the booth when the ink wasn’t even dry and sing. I’d listen the next day and not really remember it.”

To this day, Morisette has not publicly identified who the track is about. In 2008, she commented to a Vancouver journalist, “Well, I’ve never talked about who my songs were about and I won’t because when I write them they’re written for the sake of personal expression. So with all due respect to whoever may see themselves in my songs, and it happens all the time, I never really comment on it because I write these songs for myself, not other people.

Featured Image: Instagram (@alanis and @britneyspears)

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