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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

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Avril Lavigne Facts


A fan of hers has been accused of stalking her parents and violating a court order by trying to contact her. (August 30, 2004)
ASCAP Film and Television Music: Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture, Bruce Almighty, single I'm With You, 2004.
Avril and Deryck started dating since March 2004.
Avril and Deryck Whibley (of Sum 41) tied the knot on July 17 in Montecito, California.
Avril began skateboarding ever since she was 14 years old.
Avril calls Hilary Duff "a goody two shoes."
Avril co-wrote Kelly Clarkson's song "Breakaway."
Avril cried when she knew that she was punk'd by Ashton Kutcher. She said that they were all so mean to her.
Avril describes her first album as a pop album with 'a couple of rock songs on it,' and has indicated a desire to write more rock-oriented songs in the future.
Avril dropped out of school at grade 11.
Avril got the most awards in the MTV Asia 2003 awards show.
Avril had passion to do music since she was a very young girl.
Avril has a Condo in Toronto.
Avril has admitted to Rollingstone.com that she got into some fights one night. "The other night, I got into three fights", says Lavigne. "I was at a club and some girl was giving me attitude. She pushed me and I got her down on the floor. Security came, and because I was on top, they threw me out."
Avril has been immortalized with her very own computer virus -- the so-called Avril e-mail virus, which tries to lure users into opening its infected attachment by promising pictures of the popstar, went into circulation shortly after the Grammy nominations were announced. (January 14, 2003)
Avril has now 9 tatoos.
Avril has played hockey since she was a kid.
Avril is #35 in Maxim Hot 100 list of 2006.
Avril is 5'4" tall.
Avril is a Canadian.
Avril is a Christian.
Avril is in Butch Walker's video for his song Bethamphetamine.
Avril is signed to Arista Records.
Avril Lavigne broke a record set by Madonna. Her song "Complicated" held the number one spot on the Contemporary Hit Radio chart (which tracks air play on the radio) for 11 weeks in a row. Madonna previously held the record with her song "Music", which held onto number one for 10 weeks.
Avril Lavigne has made it to the list of FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World for three consecutive years, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Avril Lavigne Stays fit by doing 50 Push-Ups and 100 Sit-Ups everyday.
Avril lived in NYC for 6 months when she was sixteen.
Avril lived with Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida for 7 months, while working on her new album, Under My Skin. Chantal also co-wrote 7 of the new songs.
Avril mispronounces David Bowie's name -- she was helping announce the Grammy nominees for best male rock vocal performance at Madison Square Garden when she made the gaffe, pronouncing Bowie's name like Howie, while it's supposed to be like "doughy." (January 8, 2003)
Avril once admitted to never having heard of the Sex Pistols.
Avril owns over a 100 pairs of Converse sneakers.
Avril racked up multi-platinum sales with her debut disc, Let Go, and has already developed a fervent, mostly female following.
Avril recently dyed her hair blonde and has two tattoos.
Avril refuses to do lip-sync, she always sings live.
Avril said that she played hockey better than some guys when she was back in high school.
Avril says that the most important thing to a successful hotel is the room service.
Avril started playing guitar when she was about 10 years old.
Avril was in Treble Charger's video, Hundred Million.
Avril was not born in Napanee but she grew up there.
Avril was the winner for "Favorite Female Singer" at the Kids Choice Awards in 2005.
Avril went to Cornerstone Christian Academy when she was in Napanee, Ontario and she excelled in track and field.
Avril will do the voice of Heather in the upcoming movie Over the Hedge.
Avril won the 'New Artist in a Video' award for her song 'Complicated' at the 2002 VMA.
Avril won Video Music Awards: New Artist in a Video, Complicated, 2002.
Avril wrote a song for her grandpa who passed away, the song called Slipped Away, it's in her second album Under My Skin.
Avril's dad worked at the phone company.
Avril's debut album Let Go has gone double platinum.
Avril's dog's name is Samuel. Sam for short.
Avril's ex bandmates are Evan Taubenfeld and Jesse Colburn.
Avril's eye color is blue.
Avril's favorite actor is Tobey Maguire.
Avril's favorite actress is Sandra Bullock.
Avril's favorite bands are Pennywise, Green Day, the Distillers, Linkin Park.
Avril's favorite candy is Pixe Stix.
Avril's favorite colors are black and red.
Avril's favorite food is pizza with a lot of olives.
Avril's favorite movies are Miss Congeniality and 8 Mile.
Avril's favorite musicians are Sum 41, Beach Boys, Alanis Morissette, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, System of a Down.
Avril's favorite song from her second album, Under My Skin is Together.
Avril's favorite song in Let Go, her first album is Losing Grip.
Avril's favorite song is Iris by Goo Goo Dolls.
Avril's first music video, Complicated, cost over a million dollars.
Avril's first single is Complicated.
Avril's hit single Sk8er Boi is heading to the big screen -- Paramount Pictures has optioned the song and hired ER writer/producer David Zabel to adapt its words into a feature film to be produced by studio-based MTV Films and Alphaville.
Avril's hobbies are writing songs, skateboarding, and singing.
Avril's name is taken from a French word which means April.
Avril's song, I'm With You is featured on Ultimate Smash Hits. (June 3, 2003)
Avril's younger sister appeared in her Sk8er Boi video.
Became engaged to Deryck Whibley on June 25, 2005.
Birthday: 09/27/1984
Birthplace: Napanee, Ontario, Canada
Common Sense Media: Excellence in Family Entertainment, 2004.
Donates many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign 2004.
During a interview, Avril spotted a picture of herself and ripped it up, allegedly saying "I hate that f***ing photo!" All this happened while on air. According to Avril, she had permission to take the picture down—station personnel encouraged her to take it down.
Favorite Brands of clothes : Dickies, Osiris (shoes).
Favorite music videos : Her own video "Sk8er Boi" , another one "Complicated", and Blink 182's "All The Small Things" and "Rock Show".
Favorite Place To Tour : New Zealand, Sardinia, Amsterdam.
Following Ashlee Simpson's disastrous lip-synching appearance on Saturday Night Live, Lavigne says it's pathetic that some young artists don't sing on their own record or on stage.
Hair color : Brown (now blonde)
Has a pizza named after her at a restaurant in her home town.
Has an older brother named Matt and a younger sister named Michelle.
Her wedding dress was designed by Vera Wang.
If Avril wasn't a singer, she'd be a police officer.
In late 2004, she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter 'D' applied to her right wrist & thought to be a reference to boyfriend Deryck Whibley.
In the Maxim October 2004 edition which has Avril pic as the cover it was actually written Rocktober 2004 not October.
Is at the center of a row with bosses at MTV after she stuck her middle finger up live on air on Total Request Live. (May 29, 2004)
Juno Awards: Best Single, Best Album and Best New Artist, 2003 .
Lavigne begins her first-ever headlining tour on Wednesday (April 9) with a show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto -- Lavigne, along with opening acts Gob and Simple Plan, will play a total of 29 North American dates. (April 10, 2003)
Lavigne has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist, applied at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody's identical tattoo.
Lavigne was the subject of the new television special, AVRIL LAVIGNE: ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY, airing Sunday (June 8) on the ABC-Family cable network at 9 p.m. ET -- The show chronicled Lavinge's childhood growing up in Canada, her family life, and her music. (June 9, 2003)
Lavigne's backing band currently features Devin Bronson (lead guitar), Craig Wood (rhythm guitar), Charlie Muniz (bass) and Matt Brann (drums).
MTV Asia: Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Breakthrough Artist and The Style Award, 2003.
MuchMusic Awards: People's Choice Favourite Canadian Artist (Don't Tell Me) (2004)
Named to Teen People's list of Hottest Stars Under 25.
Occupation: Singer
One of her songs, Sk8er Boi is about her and an ex-boyfriend. It's about how her boyfriend didn't wanna admit his feelings because of her style, and he now can't have her,and she's a well-known artist, and it's supposed to be his lost.
People call her "Av."
Piercings: Navel (Inny), 2 in one ear, one in the other
Plays the Guitar, Piano and Drums.
Real Name: Avril Ramona Lavigne
She says she misses Canada a lot when she is away from home, and she said she's really proud to be Canadian.
She taught herself to play guitar using her dad's guitar.
She was kind enough to donate many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign 2004.
Sign: Libra
The first magazine to have Avril Lavigne on it is What Magazine.
The position Avril plays in hockey: right wing and center.
The way you pronounce her last name is "lah-veen."
Two hours before a show in Dublin, Avril found out that her Grandpa passed away.
When she was younger, she entered a contest to sing with Shania Twain. She won, and got to sing with Shania in Ottawa at one of her concerts. Shania says that she knew even then Avril was going to be a big star one day.
While in a hockey game Avril went around the net and punch the goalie and they started to fight.
Will sing a song in the upcoming movie "Rick Hansen: Heart of a Dragon".

Awards

Awards


Grammy Awards
Year : 2003
Category : Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
Nominated

Juno Awards
Year : 2003
Category : Best New Artist
Won

MTV Video Music Awards
Year : 2003
Category : Best Female Video and Best Pop Video
For : I'm With You
Nominated

People Choice Award
Year : 2003
Category : Favorite Canadian Artist
Won

Radio Music Awards
Year : 2003
Category : Song of the Year
For : Complicated
Won

World Music Award
Year : 2003
Category : Best Canadian Pop/Rock Artist
Won

American Music Award
Year : 2003
Category : Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards
Year : 2002
Category : Best New Artist
Won

Avril Lavigne Detailed Biography

Avril Ramona Lavigne (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian pop punk singer/songwriter and actress who is well known for her "skater punk" persona. Her two albums to date, Let Go (2002) and Under My Skin (2004), have topped the charts in numerous countries. Although her name is of French origin, she herself does not speak French and her name is pronounced in an anglicized way, more or less as "La-veen" (/ˈævrəl ləˈviːn/). Her first name, Avril, means "April" in French and is pronounced "Av-reel" (anglicized "Ahv-ril").
Early life Born in Belleville, Ontario to conservative Franco-Ontarian Christian parents John and Judy Lavigne, Avril grew up in Napanee; having moved there at the age of five. It was in Napanee that she sang country music and in a church choir and taught herself to play guitar. She was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Avril was spotted by Steve Medd, a local folksinger, who invited her to perform vocals on his song Touch The Sky for his 1999 album Quinte Spirit. Suitably impressed, he invited her back to perform vocals on Temple Of Life and Two Rivers for his followup album, My Window To You in 2000. By the age of sixteen, she was signed by Ken Krongard, the artists-and-repertoire (A&R) representative of Arista Records, who invited his boss, Arista head Antonio "L.A." Reid, to hear her sing in a New York City studio. She then completed work on her first album. 2002–2003 Apparently, early attempts to co-write songs for her failed to meet her approval; and Lavigne eventually moved to Los Angeles, California, and co-wrote her album with Clif Magness and the songwriting team The Matrix, whose previous work included songs for Sheena Easton and Christina Aguilera. She described her first album, Let Go, as a pop album with "a couple of rock songs on it", and has indicated a desire to write more rock-oriented songs in the future. It was released by Arista on June 4, 2002 in the United States, reaching number two there and number one in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom (making Lavigne the youngest female solo act ever at the time to have a number-one album in the UK). It was certified four times platinum less than six months later by the RIAA, and had sold fifteen million copies worldwide as of December 2004. Four singles from the album were released, all of them hits. "Complicated" went to number one in Australia while reaching number two on the U.S. Hot 100, and was also one of the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002. "Sk8er Boi" reached the top ten in the U.S. and Australia and number one in Canada, "I'm With You" reached the top five in the U.S., while "Losing Grip" reached number one in Canada, the top ten in Taiwan, and the top twenty in Chile. The media have often compared Lavigne to Alanis Morissette (one of her favourite artists alongside Coldplay and The Goo Goo Dolls), who is also Canadian, as well as singer-songwriters such as Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch, who emerged at about the same time and were popularly credited, with Lavigne, as part of a trend towards more genuine creativity in the teen pop-music market. Lavigne was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, won four Juno Awards in 2003 (out of six nominations), a World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Canadian Singer, and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards. 2004–the present Lavigne's second album, Under My Skin, was released on May 25, 2004 in the U.S. and went to number one in several countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia. Lavigne wrote most of the album with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, though some tracks were co-written by Lavigne and Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence), Butch Walker of Marvelous 3, and the rest with her former lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace Kreviazuk's husband, co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore. Lead single "Don't Tell Me" went to number one in Argentina, top five in the U.K. and Canada, and top ten in Australia and Brazil. "My Happy Ending" reached the top ten in the U.S., and was her third biggest hit to date there, but third single "Nobody's Home" did not make the top forty. The final single from the album, "He Wasn't", reached number one in Canada, making the song her eighth number-one release since "Complicated", but failed to make the UK top twenty and was not released in the U.S. Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2004 for World's Best Pop/Rock Artist and World's Best Selling Canadian Artist. She received five Juno Award nominations in 2005, picking up three including, Fan Choice Award, Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. She also won the award for Favourite Female Singer at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Lavigne co-wrote a song, "Breakaway", which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and was later included on Clarkson's second album, Breakaway, being released as the album's first single. It went on to peak at #6 in the US and provided Clarkson with a substantial hit. One source reports that Lavigne will release a new album some time in the spring of 2006. In a phone interview with Newsday, Lavigne said: "Don't expect the album any time soon. I'm going to get off the road, take my time, be with my little sweetheart and have a life — and then get back to business." In a recent interview with Celebrity.com, Lavigne said that she is in the middle of making her record. . Lavigne is to make her film debut in the animated film Over the Hedge, which is based on comic strip of same name, alongside William Shatner, Bruce Willis and Gary Shandling. She is also acting in the Richard Gere film The Flock, and her third project is Fast Food Nation, based on her favourite book. Her co-stars in the film include Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Hawke and Greg Kinnear. In January 2006, Lavigne signed a contract with Ford Models.. She is appearing on the February edition of Harpers Bazaar Fashion Magazine with a new look. She will sing at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin, Italy) for the eight minutes of the Vancouver 2010 portion. Her third album is supposed to be released during the middle of 2006. It should include collaborations with Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband, Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, who have also worked on 2004's 'Under My Skin' Lavigne's current band consists of the following: Devin Bronson (lead guitar), Craig Wood (rhythm guitar), Charlie Moniz (bass) and Matt Brann (drums). Departed members from Lavigne's band consist of the following: Evan Taubenfeld (lead guitar, 2002 – 2004), Mark Spicoluk (bass, 2002) and Jesse Colburn (rhythm guitar, 2002 – 2003). In 2003, it was reported that Lavigne was romantically involved with Colburn. Lavigne is engaged to be married to Deryck Whibley of the pop punk band Sum 41, and Mark Spicoluk was a former member of that band.

Lavigne formerly traveled with a bag full of about thirty neck ties. Some of them she bought, and the rest of them she took from her father and some were sent to her by fanmail. Lavigne stopped wearing neckties completely in 2003, as she was horrified at the constant media references to them overshadowing her music and that she was starting a fashion trend amongst her fans. She has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist, applied at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody's identical tattoo. In late 2004, she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter 'D' applied to her right wrist — thought to be a reference to fiancé Deryck Whibley. She has also bought a house with him in Beverly Hills. In March 2004, she became involved in a celebrity feud with Hilary Duff: Duff reportedly criticized Lavigne after she apparently got mad at her fans for dressing like her. Duff called her "mean-spirited" and said: "You should be happy that these people like you and look up to you." During an interview for a Boston radio station, Lavigne then said that Duff was a "mommy's girl" and a "goody two-shoes". She then said to Duff (who was not present during that interview), "You can go screw yourself". Reportedly, Lavigne also said about Duff, "I'm sure she's really nice and sweet. I'm sure she's all smiles." During that same interview, she spotted a picture of herself and ripped it up, allegedly saying, "I hate that fucking photo!" All this happened while on air. According to Lavigne, she had permission to take the picture down — station personnel encouraged her to take it down. She has admitted to Rollingstone.com that she got into some fights one night. "The other night, I got into three fights", says Lavigne. "I was at a club and some girl was giving me attitude. She pushed me and I got her down on the floor. Security came, and because I was on top, they threw me out." A profile of Lavigne in The Washington Post found that, in the flesh, her personality did not reflect her marketing, and instead found her to be, if anything, something of a wide-eyed innocent, citing her intending to purchase her first Ramones CD. In another interview, she listed her current listening tastes as including blink-182, Sum 41, Green Day and System of a Down. She is a vegetarian. Some members of the old school, hardcore punk community have an intense dislike for Lavigne and her style of music, which they believe waters down what punk is really all about. Comments she has made, showing a lack of knowledge/interest in the seventies punk movement and the luminaries of that movement (Lavigne once admitted to not ever having heard of the Sex Pistols), has led some to label her a poser. However, she has consistently stated that her music is not punk rock and that she does not believe she is punk. Although it's constantly debated whether or not she is punk, there have been several (and more recent) occasions where she has stated "I'm not punk, that's a whole other world. If anything I'm more rock or pop." Lavigne has made it to the list of FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World for three consecutive years, from 2003 to 2005. She was also included in Maxim Hot 100 for 2003 and 2005 at 92nd and 36th spots respectively.




Avril Lavigne Biography


Avril Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984 in a 5,000 population town called Napanee, which is located in Ontario, Canada. As the middle child, she always tried to grab the attention when it wasn't on her.

Anything but ordinary. That's putting it mildly when describing Avril Lavigne. A skater-punk, a dynamic spirit, a true wild child. One of those rare creatures who started wowing people with her voice and character at around age 2. She was in many talent shows as a child. She got her first guitar at a young age.

"I always knew this was what I had to do," she says. "I remember when I was really young, standing on my bed like it was a stage, singing at the top of my lungs and visualizing thousands of people surrounding me". She segued from her bedroom to singing, well, whenever and wherever she could-starting in church singing gospel music, and on to festivals, then singing country music at fairs and talent contests-until she was discovered by Arista Records.

She broke out of Napanee, Ontario when she was 16. She had been writing her own songs ever since she got her first guitar and has been skateboarding ever since she was 14. A startlingly up-front and outrageous 17-year-old with everything it takes to reach stardom-completely on her own terms. "I'm just coming out and I'm going to clearly be myself-I write what I feel, I never worry what others think, " Avril avows. "I'm gonna dress what's me, I'm gonna act what's me and I'm gonna sing what's me".

Avril does exactly that on her debut CD, Let Go, flaunting sassy vocals, a crystal clear voice with real-girl lyrical style. "Anything But Ordinary" is a rockin' ode to individuality, while guitar-driven first single, "Complicated," is a simple song that kicks pretenders to the curb. The string-inflected "I'm With You" reaches out for connection to reflect Avril's more mellower side, but tracks like "Losing Grip" and "Unwanted" courageously confront rejection and betrayal with all the heaviness such subjects demand. Then there's "My World" and the metaphoric "Mobile," which perfectly articulate the Avril experience. "I have this awesome opportunity to fulfill my dream. I am all over the place, flying here and there, going through different stuff every day," she explains. "This is my lifestyle, but I wouldn't want a normal life or I'd get bored".

While she was in New York, she got signed to Arista Records by L.A Reid. "I don't like it when people say that Antonio "L.A" Reid discovered me. I discovered myself." Avril says. It pisses her off if anyone says something about L.A discovering her. This seventeen year old is very unique. She wrote every single one of her songs. "Everytime I got home, I went to my guitar and wrote a song about what happened to me that day. I don't care if nobody cares because it's the way I'm feeling and that's what I'm going to write about." Avril says, about the inspiration for her songs. That's what makes Avril so unique. She writes her own songs and she refuses to do something that she doesn't want to do. For instance, take a photo shoot. "At one photo shoot, they tried to glam me all up and I didn't like it. They just wouldn't listen to me." she says.

Although Avril virtually lived in the studio during that New York stint, her efforts didn't pay off at first. "I started working with these really talented people, but I just wasn't feeling it; the songs weren't representative of me," she admits. "Then they started talking about having people write for me, but I had to write myself. I had to do my music. It was a really stressful time, but I never considered giving up." Instead, she flipped coasts. Los Angeles gave Avril the fresh start she needed.

It was there that she hooked up with producer/songwriter Clif Magness, and "I was like, "Yeah! I've found my guy!'" she enthuses. "We totally clicked, because he just let me guide; he really understood me and let me do my thing." The songs for Let Go began pouring out, with Magness at the helm as well as up-and-coming production team the Matrix. Soon after Avril hooked up with Nettwerk Management who've steered the careers of Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Coldplay, Barenaked Ladies and Sum 41.

Avril couldn't be happier with the way the album turned out. "In this past year I've really grown as a writer. 'Complicated' wasn't written about anyone in particular. It is basically about life, people being fake and relationships." As to one of her favorite tracks, "Losing Grip," she says, "That is definitely one of my ex-boys-he didn't give me what I needed emotionally." Avril laughs, "It doesn't matter now, and plus I got a good song out of it."

Her album "Under My Skin" opens with the dramatic tracks "Take Me Away" and "Together," which set the scene for the kick-ass guitars and radio-ready chorus of "Don't Tell Me," a song of willful female empowerment that picks up where "Complicated" left off. From there it's a one-two punch of three-chord guitar licks ("He Wasn't") and head-bopping optimism ("Who Knows") alongside swirling, brooding melodies ("Freak Out") and moody tracks ("Forgotten," "Nobody's Home") that reveal a darker side of Avril Lavigne.

"I grew up so much in the past two years," admits the Napanee, Ontario, native. "I've been through a lot, I've learned a lot, and experienced a lot both good and bad. These songs are about all of that, and each is very personal to me." Working with producers, Butch Walker (of the Marvelous 3), Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace), Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Pearl Jam), Avril co-wrote the dozen introspective songs on Under My Skin in near secrecy. "I'd just come off my world tour and got back to Toronto and was writing right away," the 19-year-old says. "I had no idea what I was going to do. No one did. People wondered if I'd run out of things to write about, but it was the opposite."

After a lunch date with fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk turned into a major chick-bonding session, Avril and Chantal sat down to write. The chemistry was ineffable. "We got together one night and all of a sudden we had a song," she says. "No one knew what I was up to, not my management, not my label." The duo got together the next night and wrote another song. "We did that for two weeks and wrote 12 songs." Momentum took over and by summer Avril was moving into Chantal and her husband Raine Maida's Malibu house to record. "I was only off my tour for a couple of weeks, and I was ready to record," Avril recalls.

The California air provided a needed escape from Avril's frantic life. "It was a great time for me, living out there, being out of the public eye, and having my independence. And my friendship with Chantal evolved into one of the best I've ever had." Chantal and Avril would spend all night in the studio perfecting the songs. During the day, Avril learned the city by driving to and from the studio and wherever she needed to be. No photos, no interviews, no pressure. Eventually they recorded most of the songs in Raine's studio, and those songs appear unaltered on Under My Skin. The rest of the tracks, co-written with her guitarist Evan Taubenfeld (and one track with former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody), were cut just up the road. "I was involved in every aspect of making this record. I'm very hands-on," she says. "I knew how I wanted the drums, the guitar tones, and the structures to be. I understand the whole process so much better this time because I've been through it. I'm really picky with my sound."

Picking favorites out of her 12 hand-made babies is another matter. "They all mean so much to me, but I love 'Together,' which is all about being in a relationship and knowing it's not right. It's a song that basically says, it's not working out honey." A couple of other tracks mine dysfunctional relationships and have hooks as catchy as those on "Complicated" and real-life narratives (like "Sk8er Boi"), but what truly underscores Avril's growth are the more positive tracks, such as "Who Knows" and "Take Me Away." "I guess that's just the way that I am now," admits the former supposed attitude junkie. Deep, piano-driven tracks like "Together" and "Forgotten" reflect Avril's growth, maturity, and change since the release of Let Go. "I'm happy with what I'm doing and have faith that everything is going to work out for the best." She's also found a feminine side to offset her well-publicized tomboyishness. "I'm such a chick. I'm a hopeless romantic, and surprisingly old-fashioned," Avril laughs. "That's why I wrote a song about not giving it up to just any guy ["Don't Tell Me"]." Girly quirks aside, Avril's anxious to get the show on the road. "It feels so good to be singing new songs," she says. "I feel refreshed and I'm looking forward to the next thing."

Optimistic or melancholic, Avril's two-year wild-ride on the rock-star express has shaped her world view and taught her a whole lot about balance. "The songs on Under My Skin are definitely deeper than those on Let Go," she says, "But I still love a good pop song. I'm basically just a girl who likes to write, who likes to rock out, and who wants music to be a part of my life forever."

But Avril's music is capable of reaching the girls and the guys, and more than a few adventurous adults too-and she's chomping at the bit to bring it to 'em. "I can't wait to be out there; I want to rock the world! I want people to know that my music is real and honest - it came from my heart. I was just being true to myself."

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Avril Lavigne at the Los Angeles premiere for Over the Hedge on April 30, 2006.
Background information
Birth name Avril Ramona Lavigne
Born September 27, 1984 (1984-09-27) (age 23)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Genre(s) Punk-pop[1][2]
Pop Rock
Modern Rock[3][4][5]

Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist, actress, model
Instrument(s) Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active 2002–present
Label(s) Sony BMG, RCA, Arista
Associated
acts Sum 41, The Black List Club, Deryck Whibley, Avenged Sevenfold
Influences Alanis Morissette, Green Day, The Distillers, Blink-182
Website AvrilLavigne.com
Notable instrument(s)
Guitar (Fender Telecaster)
Avril Lavigne Whibley,[6] better known by her birth name of Avril Lavigne (IPA: /ˈævrəl.ləˈviːn/), (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian rock/punk-pop singer, musician and actress. In 2006, Canadian Business Magazine ranked her the seventh most powerful Canadian in Hollywood,[7] and in 2007 she won ninth place in the Jabra Music Contest for the Best Band in the World, based on fan votes from around the world.[8]

Lavigne's birth name is usually pronounced in an anglicized way as /ˈævrəl ləˈviːn/ ("La-Veen") (in French it is commonly pronounced /avʁil laˈviɲ/ (help·info)). Avril is French for "April", while la vigne means "the vine" or "the vineyard".

Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, was released in 2002, and over 16 million copies were sold worldwide.[9] and was certified six times platinum in the United States.[10] Her second and third albums, Under My Skin (2004) and The Best Damn Thing (2007), respectively, reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Lavigne has scored six number one songs worldwide to date and a total of eleven top ten hits, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm with You", "My Happy Ending", and "Girlfriend". She's ranked # 50 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" show list. She has currently sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Contents

1 Background
2 Music career
2.1 Let Go (2002–2004)
2.2 Under My Skin (2004–2005)
2.3 The Best Damn Thing (2007–present)
3 Other works
4 Film career
5 Media image
6 Personal life
7 Charities
8 Backing band
8.1 Current members
8.2 Past members
9 Discography
9.1 Number-one singles
10 Videos featured on TRL
11 Filmography
12 Awards
13 References
14 External links

Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario[11][12] to a devout Christian family.[13][14] Lavigne's mother was the first to spot young Lavigne’s talent. At the age of two, Lavigne began singing along with her mother on church songs. The family moved to Napanee, Ontario, when Lavigne was five years old.

In 1998, Avril Lavigne won a competition to sing with fellow Canadian singer Shania Twain on her first major concert tour. She appeared alongside Twain at her concert in Ottawa, appearing on stage to sing "What Made You Say That".

She was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario.[11] During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folk singer Steve Medd, who invited her to sing on his song "Touch the Sky" for his 1999 album Quinte Spirit. She also sang on "Temple of Life" and "Two Rivers" for his follow up album, My Window to You, in 2000.[11]

At the age of sixteen she was signed by Ken Krongard, the artists-and-repertoire (A&R) representative of Arista Records, who invited the head of Arista, Antonio "L.A." Reid, to hear her sing at the New York City studio of producer Peter Zizzo.[11] She then completed work on her first album, Let Go. The Matrix, who worked extensively with Lavigne on the album, commented on her songwriting, saying, "We conceived the ideas on guitar and piano. Avril would come in and sing a few melodies, change a word here or there."[15]
Music career
Let Go (2002–2004)

Main article: Let Go (Avril Lavigne album)
Let Go was released on June 4, 2002 in the United States, it has reached number two there and number one in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. This made Lavigne, at seventeen, the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album in the UK up until that time.[16]

Just over one month after its release, Let Go reached multi-platinum status in late-August,[17] and was certified triple platinum two weeks after.[18] Before the end of 2002, just six months after its debut, it was certified four times platinum by the RIAA.[19] It sold a total of 14 million copies worldwide. It was the best selling album of the year for a female artist and for a debut album in 2002.[20]

Four singles from the album were released. "Complicated" went to number one in Australia, while reaching number two on the U.S. Hot 100, and it was one of the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002. Lavigne tied a record set by Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" when "Complicated" held the number one spot on the contemporary hit radio chart (which tracks air play on the radio) for eleven weeks in a row.[21] "Sk8er Boi" reached the top ten in the U.S. and Australia, "I'm with You" reached the top ten in the U.S and the UK, and "Losing Grip" reached the top ten in Taiwan and the top twenty in Chile.

Lavigne was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, won four Juno Awards in 2003 (out of six nominations), received a World Music Award for "World's Best-Selling Canadian Singer", and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including "Song of the Year" for "Complicated" and "Best New Artist".

Under My Skin (2004–2005)
Main article: Under My Skin
Lavigne's second album, Under My Skin, was released on May 25, 2004, in the U.S. It debuted at number one in the U.S., the UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Ireland, Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong and sold more than 380,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week.[22] Lavigne wrote most of the album with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, though some tracks were co-written by Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence), Butch Walker of Marvellous 3, her former lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld, and her former drummer Matt Brann. Kreviazuk's husband, Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore.

Lead single "Don't Tell Me" went to number one in Argentina and Mexico, the top five in the UK and Canada, and the top ten in Australia and Brazil. "My Happy Ending" went to number one in Mexico and it reached the top ten in the U.S. making it her third-biggest hit there, but third single "Nobody's Home" did not make the top forty in the U.S., and it only went to number one in Mexico and Argentina. The fourth single from the album, "He Wasn't", reached top forty positions in the UK and Australia, and was not released in the U.S.[23] "Fall to Pieces" was released as the final single from the album, but did not do as well as previous singles.


Lavigne performing in Geneva on June 9, 2005.Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2004 for "World's Best Pop/Rock Artist" and "World's Best-Selling Canadian Artist". She received five Juno Award nominations in 2005, picking up three, including "Fan Choice Award", "Artist of the Year", and "Pop Album of the Year". She won the award for "Favourite Female Singer" at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.[24] Lavigne co-wrote "Breakaway" with Matthew Gerard, which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).[25] "Breakaway" was later included on Clarkson's second album, Breakaway, being released as the album's first single. The song peaked inside the U.S. top ten and provided Clarkson with a substantial hit.

Lavigne went on a "Live and by Surprise" twenty-one city mall-tour in the U.S. and Canada, starting on March 4, 2004, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to promote Under My Skin. Each performance consisted of a short live acoustic set of songs from the new album. She was accompanied by her guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld. The venue in each city was not announced until forty-eight hours before the show. The tour was very popular and was successful in promoting the album. The set at Indianapolis on March 25, 2004, at Glendale mall included "He Wasn't", "My Happy Ending", "Don't Tell Me", "Take Me Away", "Nobody's Home", "Sk8er Boi", and "Complicated". Selections of this tour were released on the Avril Lavigne Live Acoustic EP, which was released in U.S. Target stores.

Lavigne was touring throughout most of 2005, and pursuing her acting and modelling careers. She represented Canada at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, performing her song "Who Knows" during the eight minutes of the Vancouver 2010 portion.[26]


The Best Damn Thing (2007–present)
Main article: The Best Damn Thing


Lavigne in Hong Kong, 2007.
Lavigne in the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards.Lavigne's third album, The Best Damn Thing, was released on April 17, 2007 and debuted at number one in the U.S. The album was produced by Dr. Luke, Lavigne's husband Deryck Whibley, Rob Cavallo, Butch Walker and Lavigne.[27][28] Travis Barker recorded drums for the record. The first single from the album was "Girlfriend", which became Lavigne's first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. On Ryan Seacrest's radio show Lavigne said that "When You're Gone" would be the second single. Avril's third single from the album is "Hot".

Lavigne has been doing a small tour to promote The Best Damn Thing, with tickets available only to members of her fan club.[29] She began the tour in Calgary, Alberta, and played for a crowd of around two hundred. This show was aired on television on April 2, 2007, on the CBC Network.

On May 25, 2007, Lavigne, her co-songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, and her record label were sued by songwriters James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar over claims that her song "Girlfriend" infringes on their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", originally performed by The Rubinoos.[30] In June 2007, Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, with whom Lavigne wrote the majority of her second album, Under My Skin, spoke to Performing Songwriter magazine about Lavigne's songwriting, saying, "I mean, Avril, songwriter? Avril doesn't really sit and write songs by herself or anything. Avril will also cross the ethical line and no one says anything. That's why I'll never work with her again. I sent her a song two years ago called 'Contagious', and I just saw the tracklisting to this album and there's a song called 'Contagious' on it—and my name's not on it. What do you do with that? See, I won't [call the lawyers], I'll just tell you. Art should not be subject to that kind of controversy."[31] On July 6, Lavigne denied both accusations in an open letter on her website, claiming that she had "never heard the [Rubinoos] song in [her] life" and also that she is considering taking legal action against Kreviazuk with regards to her allegations, which she considers "damaging to my reputation and a clear defamation of my character".[32] On July 10, Kreviazuk made a full public apology and retracted the statements made in the aforementioned interview.[33]

The song "I Don't Have to Try," also stirred up controversy. Similarities between this song and Peaches' 2003 song, "I'm the Kinda" has sparked further plagiarism speculations.[34]

Lavigne recorded a cover of the John Lennon song "Imagine" as her contribution to the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.[35]


Other worksLavigne has also covered The Goo Goo Dolls' mega-hit " Iris", actually performing a duet of the song with the band's lead singer and lyricist John Rzeznik at the Fashion Rocks concert in 2004 produced by Eric Book. Other covers include Knockin' on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan, No One Needs To Know by Shania Twain and Basket Case by Green Day. Lavigne has stated that "Iris" is her favorite song of all time.[citation needed]

Lavigne has also featured in a comic series called Make 5 Wishes. She stars as herself, a pop star, who is idolized by the protagonist of the story.[36]

-Videos Appearances

Avril appears in these videos

Hundred Million by the Punk-pop band Treble Charger
Bethamphetamine (Pretty, Pretty) by the Hard Rock singer Butch Walker
Lil' Mama with her own video Girlfriend
Film careerLavigne made her film debut in the animated film Over the Hedge, which is based on the comic strip of same name. She worked alongside William Shatner, Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Wanda Sykes, Nick Nolte and Steve Carell. She is also acting in the Richard Gere film The Flock,[37] as the girlfriend of a crime suspect, and her third project was Fast Food Nation, based on her favorite book. Lavigne wrote and recorded a song titled "Keep Holding On" with Dr. Luke, for the Eragon film soundtrack; it was included on her third album, The Best Damn Thing. The song was released for digital download on November 28, and made its worldwide debut on radio on November 17.[38] It reached the top spot on the Canadian top twenty.

Lavigne made a cameo in the film Going the Distance and also appeared in an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, performing "Sk8er Boi" with her band.


Media image
Music Genre

In Lavigne's official MySpace page, she affirms that her music genre is Pop/Punk/Rock;[39] but All Music Guide and other reviewers consider her "Punk, Punk-pop, Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Pop-Rock, Modern Rock and Post-Grunge". The reason for the confusion appears to be for her punk-like appearance early in her career, however, she has frequently stated that she's "not punk."[40] Lavigne cites many early punk bands and figures as influences (most notably Sid Vicious), her music has little in common with 1970s punk.

Others
Lavigne spoke about her new look in a September 2006 interview. She explains, "When I was in high school I was a little shit, hanging out with the guys, getting drunk, getting in fights, playing hockey. My band were all guys, so I was only around guys, but when I got older I started being more of a chick. I broke out on the scene looking like the 17-year-old that I was. And from then to now I look really different—but that's called growing up."[41]

Lavigne appeared to pose topless in the June 2007 issue of U.S. magazine Blender.[42] She later said to MTV that she was actually wearing a tubetop and the magazine just covered it with the banner to make her look topless.[43]

Personal life
In the January 2003 issue of Seventeen magazine, she admitted to "snagging a bite of Matt's cheeseburgers every now and again." Also in a recent interview, she said she prefers not to eat meat, but will not say she's a vegetarian "in case anyone caught her eating meat".[44]

As a teenager she would hang out at the La Pizzeria restaurant in Napanee, Ontario. In her Under My Skin Bonez Documentary, she has stated that pizza with olive toppings is her favourite food, although she doesn't eat it too much because pizza is detrimental to her voice. Since her rise to fame, the restaurant has named a pizza after Lavigne that contains her favourite toppings and there is a guest book for fans to sign that Lavigne picks up when she visits friends and family in her home town.[45]

Lavigne has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist that matches the style of the one used for her first album artwork. It was created at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody's identical tattoo. In late 2004, she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter 'D' applied to her right wrist—thought to be a reference to husband Deryck Whibley, with whom she has bought a house in Bel-Air, previously owned by another famous couple: Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler for $9.5 Million. The house has 8 bedrooms, 10.5 bathrooms, an office, elevator, a high-tech kitchen and a 10-car garage.[46]

Lavigne was romantically linked to her former guitarist Jesse Colburn, but despite rumors[citation needed], she did not have a relationship with another former guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld. However, Taubenfeld still considers Lavigne his "dearest friend in the whole world" as said on a recent Q&A on his band's official website. In a J-14 magazine from 2004, she talks about her first kiss being when she was fourteen years old.[cite this quote]

In 2004, reports emerged that Hilary Duff and Lavigne were fighting. "I read that I was supposedly mad at my fans for dressing like me", Newsweek quoted Lavigne as saying. "They quoted Hilary Duff saying, 'Avril needs to appreciate her fans more and blah, blah, blah.' I'm like, excuse me? First off, it's not even true. I never said that. And second, who the hell cares what she has to say about my fans? Whatever. Hilary Duff's such a goody-goody, such a mommy's girl." Recently, there were reports of drama between the two at a Maxim party in New York - with a complication in arrival times causing an unwanted run-in. Lavigne was said to be furious, pacing around and pressuring her company to leave.

In February 2004,[47] she began dating fellow Canadian singer Deryck Whibley, the lead singer/guitarist of pop punk band Sum 41. On June 27, 2005, Lavigne and Whibley became engaged.[47] Whibley proposed to Lavigne by surprising her with a trip to Venice, a gondola ride, and then a romantic picnic.[47]

The couple married in a Catholic ceremony attended by about 110 guests on July 15, 2006 at a private estate in the California coastal city of Montecito.[48] When asked if they were ready for kids the couple said "not right now but somewhere down the road."[49][50][51]


CharitiesLavigne has been involved in a number of charities, such as Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, AmericanCPR.org, Camp Will-a-Way, Music Clearing Minefields, U.S. Campaign for Burma, Make-a-Wish Foundation and War Child. She has also appeared in ALDO ads with YouthAIDS to raise money to educate people worldwide about HIV/AIDS. ALDO sells tags featuring the phrases "HEAR", "SEE", and "SPEAK" and limited edition tote bags that are now being sold at ALDO stores and online, to help fund YouthAIDS HIV-prevention initiatives around the world.

Lavigne worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for her 2005 east coast tour.[52]

Avril also sang 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' for a charity.


Backing band

Current members

Al Berry—bass guitar, backing vocals (2007–present)
Rodney Howard—drums, percussion, backing vocals (2007–present)
Stephen Anthony Ferlazzo Jr.—electronic keyboard, backing vocals (2007–present)
Jim McGorman—rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2007–present)
Devin Bronson—lead guitar, backing vocals (2004–present)
Sofia Toufa—backing vocals, dancer (2007–present)
Lindsey Blaufarb—backing vocals, dancer (2007–present)

Past members
Mark Spicoluk—bass guitar, backing vocals (April 2002 – September 2002)
Jesse Colburn—rhythm guitar (2002 – October 2003)
Evan Taubenfeld—lead guitar, backing vocals (2002 – September 2004)
Craig Wood—rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2003 – January 2007)
Matt Brann—drums, percussion (2002 – February 2007)
Charlie Moniz—bass guitar (2002 – February 2007)

Discography
Main article: Avril Lavigne discography
Let Go (2002)
Under My Skin (2004)
The Best Damn Thing (2007)

Number-one singles
The following singles reached number one in the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Europe and/or United World Chart. For a full singles discography, see Avril Lavigne discography.
Year Single Chart positions
U.S. AUS CAN ITA SPA EUR WOR
2002 "Complicated" 2 1 1 2 1 2 1
2003 "Sk8er Boi" 10 3 9 8 1 1 2
2003 "I'm With You" 4 - 13 5 21 9 1
2004 "My Happy Ending" 9 6 11 2 1 1 2
2007 "Girlfriend" 1 1 1 1 8 1 1
Total Number-one hits 1 2 2 2 3 3 3


Videos featured on TRL
The following videos have charted on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) program:

Year Title Peak Other notes

2002 "Complicated" # 1 9 days at # 1
2002 "Sk8er Boi" # 1 5 days at # 1
2003 "I'm With You" # 1 8 days at # 1
2003 "Losing Grip" # 1 1 day at # 1
2004 "Don't Tell Me" # 6
2004 "My Happy Ending" # 2
2004 "Nobody's Home" # 6
2004 "He Wasn't" - Not released in the U.S.
2007 "Girlfriend" # 1 4 days at # 1
2007 "When You're Gone" # 1 4 days at # 1
2007 "Hot" # 6 Peaked for three days after its debut until cancellation of a major part of the fan-voting procedure.

Filmography
Year Film Role Other notes
2007 The Flock Beatrice Bell Suspect's Girlfriend
2006 Over the Hedge Heather Voice
2006 Fast Food Nation Alice College activist
2004 Going the Distance Herself Cameo; performed "Losing Grip"
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch[53] Herself Guest-star; performed "Sk8er Boi"

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