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Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne first appeared in summer 2002, touting an addictive debut single (the spunky pop/rock gem "Complicated") and a skatepunk image that purposely clashed with the polished glamour of mainstream pop. Lavigne, who was 17 at the time, quickly rose to teen idol status, selling several million copies of her debut album, Let Go (the best-selling album by a female artist in 2002), while inspiring a genuine fashion craze with her penchant for tank tops and neckties. As the decade progressed, so did Lavigne's marketable sound, which took a contemplative turn on the sophomore effort Under My Skin before reaching an aggressively upbeat tone for 2007's The Best Damn Thing.

Born into a devout Christian household in the small town of Napanee, Ontario, Lavigne sharpened her vocal talents in church choirs, local festivals, and county fairs. She began playing guitar and writing songs in her early teens, focusing her early efforts on country music and contributing vocals to several albums by local folk musician Steve Medd. Arista Records caught wind of the singer and brought her aboard at the age of 16, with CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid personally taking Lavigne under his wing. She quit high school, relocated to Manhattan, and set to work with a handful of prime songwriters and producers, but the partnerships only produced country songs, not the rock music in which Lavigne had become increasingly interested. Arista relented and instead sent Lavigne to Los Angeles, where she fashioned her melodic, edgy debut alongside such writing teams as the Matrix. Released in 2002, Let Go was the polished product, and its four high-charting singles -- "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi," "I'm with You," and "Losing Grip" -- led the album to multi-platinum status within its second month of release. Lavigne became the youngest female musician ever to have a number one album in the U.K., and she supported the wildly popular disc (which eventually gained eight Grammy nominations) with a tour of Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia.

Compared with the skin-bearing antics of other teen idols -- Britney Spears chief among them -- Lavigne was a new kind of superstar, one whose appeal didn't rely on sexy videos or suggestive music. She further distinguished herself by bypassing the assistance of professional writing teams during the creation of her second album, choosing instead to collaborate with singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, Evanescence's Ben Moody, and Evan Taubenfeld (who had previously worked with Lavigne as her touring guitarist). Released in May 2004, Under My Skin was more serious than its predecessor, dealing with such issues as premarital sex ("Don't Tell Me"), depression ("Nobody's Home"), and the death of Lavigne's grandfather ("Slipped Away"). The album debuted at number one in more than ten countries, went platinum within one month, and further established Lavigne as a pop icon. Incidentally, a song that was co-written by Lavigne and ultimately cut from the final track list -- "Breakaway" -- was later given to Kelly Clarkson, who used it as the title track and lead-off single for her Grammy-winning sophomore album.

Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, in July 2006, just one month after the animated film Over the Hedge announced her cinematic debut (Lavigne voiced the part of Heather, a hungry opossum). She also appeared in Richard Linklater's fictional adaptation of Fast Food Nation, which was released that November. Nevertheless, she spent most of the year working on her third album, enlisting former blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to play drums, and cherry-picking a variety of producers (including her husband) to helm the recording sessions. The Best Damn Thing appeared in April 2007, and its lead-off single, "Girlfriend," marked a return to the bratty, spunky, punk-pop of her first album. "Girlfriend" soon became the subject of controversy as the '70s power pop band the Rubinoos sued Lavigne, claiming that her tune reworked their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." No amount of bad publicity could hurt the singer, however, as "Girlfriend" became her biggest U.S. single ever and The Best Damn Thing topped album charts worldwide.

Lavigne filed for divorce from Whibley in October of 2009. The dissolution of their union featured heavily on her next album, 2011's Goodbye Lullaby, which included tracks produced by Whibley.

Lavigne returned to the studio just weeks after the release of Goodbye Lullaby and begun work on her fifth album. In 2012 she started working on new material with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and eventually the pair began dating; she married Kroeger on July 1, 2013. By that point, she had released "Here's to Never Growing Up," the first single from her eponymous fifth album. Released in October, Avril Lavigne featured eight songs co-written by Kroeger, who also duetted with Avril on the record's third single, "Let Me Go." ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

i love her songs she is really inspiring cause she never takes no for an answer what the hellllllllll l l !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! !
I'm with you ImI
she is such a role model. she didn't, and still doesn't take no for an answer!
Avril, Suck on this 8........... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . > It's real long
She is kk her songs are so cool
#awesome #cool
I love girlfriend and what the hell the most (I could literally sing them all day!), but I also like here's to never growing up and sk8ter boi. Yolo!
HERES TO NEVER GROWING UP
follow 4 back a follow
ROCK N ROLL!!!!
LOL WHAT THE HELL? ;))
Like her songs finally someone is honest I can relate
her songs is about I want to be little girl f**k that b**ch
So gay!!!!!
I love the song what the hell
I love her soooooooo much follow for a follow promise! ��
I love her songs :) and some I could relate to I love the song when you're gone it just brings back memories :)
She's so F-ing awesome! And she has many songs to jam out to on many occasions for many reasons! (Even going back to school 8/18) HERE'S TO NEVER GROWING UP!
For all the people who lost someone or something or feel like your dead.
Her songs are beautiful and honest, that's why I like her. She's honest in her songs, and though some of her songs are written from experiences I've never had, I can connect to some of her songs through similar experiences. I don't like cussing, but it's alright if other people cuss I guess, those who cuss are just being honest. She has such a beautiful voice.
dmrash03
I �� Avril so mutch
I love this song HERES 2NEVER GROWING UP
I love avril lavigne so much I was bullyed for 4 years and her music helped me through it like her song "unwanted" and "nobodys home" it really helped me a lot thank you avril lavigne for these great songs
jackie.rodri g u e z 3 0 5
Love ur songs<3
I LOVE UR SONGS SINCE I WAS ABLE TO TALK ^^
1.Say iPhone 5 times
2.Post this on two other songs
3.Look under you pillow
Fishfacelond o n . Then why do you freaking let them listen to is then? Avril lavigne isn't a bad influence.
OMG I love the song Goodbye and smile. It's beautiful.
HERE'S TO NEVER GROWING UP!!!! :P
damariscarbo n e
U r so pretty, amazing, and talented.
sportsghoul4
I love my crusg
For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life
jayleibug03
I will be like her someday
She is awesome!! My favorite songs are skater boy, slipped away,girlfri e n d , etc.
Follow for follow
I miss you so bad my baby Dylan
felicitohern a n d e z
SINGING RADIO HEAD AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS HERES TO NEVER GEOWING UP
I love your songs
Love her music !!!!!!!
Fish face London shut the heck up
Love her music!!!!
mellabrini
Tell ur kids not to listen to her and punish them if they do.
Oh my^_^
Make fab song by her is never grow up
So good
I love you
fishfacelond o n
I hate Avril Lavigne. She is a bad influence and a bad person for kids my age should be listening to. Never Grow Up is the worst song.
Love your music and all of your outfits
I can sing jus like. Her
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