Lavigne at The Best Damn Tour 2008, Beijing Wukesong Arena, October 2008
Birth name Avril Ramona Lavigne
Born September 27, 1984 (1984-09-27) (age 24)
Origin Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Genre(s) Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress, model, Designer
Instrument(s) Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, drums
Years active 2002–present
Label(s) Arista (2002–2005)
Associated acts Evan Taubenfeld, Deryck Whibley
Squier Signature Telecaster model
1 Early years
2 Music career
2.1 Let Go (2002–2003)
2.2 Under My Skin (2004–2005)
2.3 The Best Damn Thing (2006–2008)
3 Film career
4 Other works
5 Personal life
6 Musical style and public image
6.1 Controversy and criticisms
7 Backing band
Avril Lavigne Whibley (born September 27, 1984), better known by her
birth name Avril Lavigne, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion
designer, and actress. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of
her albums worldwide. She is currently one of the top-selling artists
releasing albums in the United States, with over 10.25 million copies
certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has been
dubbed as the ‘pop-punk princess’ by various sources.
Lavigne broke into the recording industry with her debut album, Let Go,
released in 2002. As of 2009, over 16 million copies were sold
worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States.
Her second and third album, Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing,
reached number one on the Global charts. Lavigne has scored five
number-one singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m
With You”, “My Happy Ending” and “Girlfriend”.
Avril Ramona Lavigne was born to a French-born father, John, and a
Franco-Ontarian mother, Judy, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on
September 27, 1984. Her father named her Avril after the month “April”
in French. She has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister,
Michelle. Lavigne’s mother was the first to spot young Lavigne’s talent.
At the age of two, Lavigne began singing church songs along with her
mother. The family moved to Napanee, Ontario, when Lavigne was five
In 1998, 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. During a performance with the Lennox Community
Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folk singer Steve Medd, who
invited her to contribute vocals 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 2000 album, My Window to You.
In November 2000, Lavigne was signed by Ken Krongard, an A&R
representative to Arista Records, who invited the head of Arista,
Antonio “L.A.” Reid, to hear her sing at the Manhattan studio of
producer Peter Zizzo. Signed as a singer, Lavigne was pitched with songs
written by others. However, she dismissed them, insisting she wanted to
write herself. For a year, Lavigne and Arista had conflicts in musical
direction. She collaborated with the production team The Matrix, and the
ensuing album is called Let Go.
Let Go (2002–2003)
Lavigne released her debut album, Let Go, on June 4, 2002 in the United
States, where it reached number two. It peaked at 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
United Kingdom until that time. By the end of 2002, the album was
certified four-time platinum by the RIAA, making her the best-selling
female artist of 2002 and Let Go as the top-selling debut of the year.
By May 2003, Let Go had accumulated over 1,000,000 sales in Canada,
receiving a diamond certification from the Canadian Recording Industry
Association. As of 2009, the album has sold over 16 million worldwide.
RIAA has certified the album six-time platinum, denoting shipments of
over six million.
Lavigne’s debut single and the album’s lead single, “Complicated”, went
to number one in Australia and number two in the United States.
“Complicated” was one of the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002.
Subsequent singles “Sk8er Boi” and “I’m With You” reached the top ten in
the United States. 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.
Lavigne appeared in the video to “Hundred Million” by the pop-punk band
Treble Charger and “Bethamphetamine (Pretty, Pretty)” by the hard rock
singer Butch Walker. Lavigne covered Green Day’s “Basket Case”, which
she performed at the Try To Shut Me Up Tour.
Under My Skin (2004–2005)
Lavigne co-wrote “Breakaway” with Matthew Gerard, and was recorded by
Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the 2004 film The Princess Diaries
2: Royal Engagement. “Breakaway” was later included on Clarkson’s second
album, Breakaway, and released as the album’s lead single. Lavigne has
also covered The Goo Goo Dolls’ mega-hit “Iris”, produced by Eric Book,
and performed with the band’s lead singer John Rzeznik at the Fashion
Rocks concert in 2004. She also recorded the theme song for The
SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
Lavigne in Vancouver, Canada during the “Live and by Surprise” mall tour
Lavigne’s second album, Under My Skin, was released on May 25, 2004,
debuting at number one in several countries, including Australia,
Canada, Japan,the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lavigne wrote
most of the album’s tracks with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal
Kreviazuk. Kreviazuk’s husband, Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida,
co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore. 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
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. “Fall to Pieces” was
released as the final single from the album, but did not do as well as
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 “Favorite Female Singer” at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon
Kids’ Choice Awards.
The Best Damn Thing (2006–2008)
Lavigne 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.
While Lavigne was in the studio in 2006 for her third studio album, Fox
Entertainment Group approached her to write a song for the soundtrack to
the 2006 fantasy-adventure film Eragon. She wrote and recorded two
“ballad-type” songs, one of which “Keep Holding On” ended up being used
for the film. Lavigne admitted that writing the song was challenging,
making sure it flows along with the film. She, however, noted that “Keep
Holding On” was not indicative of what the next album would be. The
song, which later appeared on the album, debuted on radio on November
20, 2006, and later released for digital download on November 28.
Lavigne at a concert in Beijing, 2008
Lavigne’s third album, The Best Damn Thing, was released on April 17,
2007. Lavigne went into a small tour to promote The Best Damn Thing. The
album’s lead single, “Girlfriend”, topped the Billboard Hot 100, the
week The Best Damn Thing debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
“Girlfriend” is Lavigne’s first single to have reached number one in the
United States. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
ranked “Girlfriend” as 2007’s most-downloaded track, selling 7.3 million
copies in eight different languages. In December 2007, Lavigne, with
annual earnings of $12 million, was ranked number eight in the Forbes
“Top 20 Earners Under 25”.
In March 2008, Lavigne undertook a world tour named The Best Damn Tour
2008 to support the album. In mid August 2008, Malaysia’s Islamic
opposition party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, attempted to ban
Lavigne’s show in Kuala Lumpur, judging her stage moves “too sexy”. Her
concert slated August 29 was deemed promoting wrong values ahead of
Malaysia’s independence day on August 31. On August 21, 2008, MTV
reported that the concert had been approved by the Malaysian government.
Lavigne was reported to be featured on Lil Wayne’s seventh studio album
Rebirth, which will be released in July 2009.
Lavigne at the Los Angeles premiere of Over The Hedge
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. Lavigne made her film debut in the 2006 animated film Over the
Hedge, which is based on the comic strip of same name. She voices the
character Heather, a Virginia Opossum. In August 2006, Canadian Business
magazine ranked her the seventh top Canadian actor dominating in
Hollywood in their second-annual ranking Celebrity Power List. She is
ranked second with the most web hits, and sixth in TV mentions.
Lavigne acted in the Richard Gere film The Flock, as the girlfriend of a
crime suspect. Lavigne appears in the film Fast Food Nation, which is
based on her favorite book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the
The British publication The London Paper reported that she recently
landed a lead role in an upcoming film. Lavigne revealed, “I’ve got a
film role coming up — something you wouldn’t expect from me, something
deep and dark.”
Skull patterns similar to The Best Damn Thing’s artwork appears on
Lavigne’s first fragrance, Black Star.
Aside from musical and film career, Lavigne ventured into
entrepreneurship. Lavigne launched the clothing line Abbey Dawn in July
2008, featuring back-to-school collection. It is produced by Kohl’s,
which is the brand’s exclusive US retailer. Named after Lavigne’s
childhood nickname, Abbey, used as an alias when she started her
recording career, Lavigne designs for the company and concepts emanate
from her. Kohl’s describe Abbey Dawn as a “juniors lifestyle brand”,
which includes apparel and jewelry with skull and zebra patterns similar
to the artwork featured on The Best Damn Thing. Lavigne wore some of the
clothes in her line at various concerts before the launch. The designs
were also featured on the internet game Stardoll, where figures can be
dressed up as Avril Lavigne.
Lavigne will be releasing her first fragrance called Black Star, created
by Procter & Gamble Prestige Products. The fragrance was announced via
Lavigne’s official website on March 7, 2009. Black Star, which contains
notes of pink hibiscus, black plum and dark chocolate, will be released
on summer in Europe, and later in America and Canada.
Lavigne has been involved in a number of charitable activities, such as
Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, Erase MS, 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. Lavigne took part of the Unite Against Aids concert presented
by ALDO in support of Unicef on November 28 at the Bell Centre in
Montreal, Quebec Canada.
Lavigne worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for
her 2005 east coast tour. She covered ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ for
War Child’s Peace Songs compilation. Lavigne recorded a cover of the
John Lennon song “Imagine” as her contribution to the compilation album
Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
Released on June 12, 2007, the album was produced to benefit Amnesty
International’s campaign to alleviate the crisis in Darfur.
Lavigne married Deryck Whibley, frontman to the band Sum 41, on July 15,
In the January 2003 issue of Seventeen magazine, she admitted to
“snagging a bite of Matt’s cheeseburgers every now and again.” She said
also she prefers not to eat meat, but will not say she’s a vegetarian
“in case anyone caught her eating meat”.
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, which represents her now
husband Deryck Whibley, a fellow Canadian singer who is the lead
singer/guitarist of punk band Sum 41. They began dating in February 2004
and on June 27, 2005, Lavigne and Whibley became engaged. Whibley
proposed to Lavigne by surprising her with a trip to Venice, a gondola
ride, and then a romantic picnic.
Lavigne’s tattoo on her right wrist
The couple married in a Catholic ceremony attended by about 110 guests
on July 15, 2006 at a private estate in Montecito, California. When
asked if they were ready for kids the couple said “not right now but
somewhere down the road.”
Lavigne said in a 2004 interview that her favorite party song was Hey
Ya, by Outkast. She likes listening to Third Eye Blind, Oasis, Marilyn
Manson, System of a Down and Blink-182, and loves especially the track I
Miss You. Asked what she would put on a mix tape to a boy she liked, she
answered: “Iris, by Goo Goo Dolls. I’d put a few Coldplay and Oasis
songs. Radiohead – The Bends is one of my favorite albums”.
Musical style and public image
In Lavigne’s official MySpace page, she affirms that her music genre
includes pop, rock, and the sub-genre punk rock. According to Allmusic,
her styles encompass adult alternative, pop rock, pop punk, post-grunge
and teen pop. According to Rockdetector she is alternative rock, pop
punk, pop rock, post-grunge, punk and teen pop.
Lavigne had been featured in a comic series Avril Lavigne’s Make 5
Wishes. She stars as herself, a pop star who is idolized by the
protagonist of the story.
Controversy and criticisms
Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk
On May 25, 2007, songwriters James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar sued
Lavigne, her co-songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, Almo Music, and RCA Records,
claiming that “Girlfriend” contains lyrics plagiarized from their song
“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”, originally performed by The Rubinoos and
released by Beserkley Records in 1978. In January 2008, following a
confidential settlement, Dunbar and Gangwer said in a statement that
they “are satisfied that any similarities between the two songs resulted
from Avril and Luke’s use of certain common and widely used lyrics”.
They completely exonerated Lavigne and Luke “from any wrongdoing of any
kind in connection with the claims made by us in our lawsuit”.
In June 2007, Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, with whom
Lavigne co-wrote the majority of her second album, Under My Skin, spoke
to Performing Songwriter magazine about Lavigne’s songwriting ability
and ethics. Kreviazuk claimed that the song “Contagious”, which appears
on The Best Damn Thing, was based on a track she had sent to Lavigne in
2005. On July 6, 2007, Lavigne denied both accusations in an open letter
on her website, admitting that she had “never heard the [Rubinoos] song
in [her] life” and also threatening legal action against Kreviazuk for
her allegations, which she considers “damaging” to her reputation and a
“clear defamation” of her character. On July 10, Kreviazuk made a full
public apology and retracted the statements made in the aforementioned
interview, admitting she had not heard the song in question before
making the comments, but rather made the accusation after noticing a
song of the same name on the track listing. She said that Lavigne “is an
accomplished songwriter and it has been my privilege to work with her”.
Kreviazuk and Lavigne share the same manager under Nettwerk Management.
Al Berry — bass guitar, backing vocals (2007 – present)
Rodney Howard — drums, percussion, backing vocals (2007 – present)
Steve Ferlazzo — electronic keyboard, backing vocals (2007 – present)
Jim McGorman — rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2007 – present)
Steve Fekete — lead guitar, backing vocals (2008 – present)
Sofia Toufa — backing vocals, dancer (2007 – present)
Lindsay Bluafarb — backing vocals, dancer (2007 – present) Past members
Mark Spicoluk — bass guitar, backing vocals (April 2002 – September
Jesse Colburn — rhythm guitar (2002 – January 2004)
Evan Taubenfeld — lead guitar, backing vocals (2002 – September 2004)
Craig Wood — rhythm guitar, backing vocals, vocals on Song 2 (2004 –
Matt Brann — drums, percussion, vocals on Song 2 (2002 – February 2007)
Charlie Moniz — bass guitar (2002 – February 2007)
Devin Bronson — lead guitar, backing vocals (2004 – 2008)
This is a not complete discography of official releases by Avril
Lavigne, a Canadian-born singer-songwriter whose music includes pop
rock, pop punk, post-grunge and alternative rock influences. Lavigne’s
debut album, Let Go (2002), sold over sixteen million copies worldwide
and is certified six times platinum in the United States. Lavigne’s
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 performed and collaborated with a range of musicians from
John Rzeznik from The Goo Goo Dolls to Alanis Morissete.
2002: Let Go
2004: Under My Skin
2007: The Best Damn Thing
Studio albums 3
Extended plays 3
Video albums 4
Music videos 14
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Herself Television episode (Bada-Ping!)
Guest-star; performed “Sk8er Boi”
2004 Going the Distance Herself Cameo; performed “Losing Grip”
Saturday Live Herself performed
Madtv Herself Cameo; performed
2006 Fast Food Nation Alice College activist
Over the Hedge Heather Voice
2007 The Flock Beatrice Bell Suspect’s Girlfriend
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