December 5, 2004

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Artist: Lavigne, Avril




Born: Avril Ramona Lavigne on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario.

Born in Belleville, Ontario Lavigne's family moved to in Napanee, Ontario when she was five years old. While growing up in Napanee she sang in a church choir and taught herself to play guitar.

She was discovered by her first manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country songs in a bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne met local folk artist Steve Medd, who invited her to perform vocals on his his 1999 album 'Quinte Spirit', and later, the 2000 album 'My Window To You'.

At sixteen, she was signed by Arista Records A & R rep Ken Krongard to a recording contract. Early attempts to co-write songs fell short of expectations and so Lavigne moved to Los Angeles and eventually co-wrote her debut record with Clif Magness and songwriting team 'The Matrix'. With an endorsement from Arista president L.A. Reid, the album 'Let Go' was released in 2002 and made it to No.2 in the United States, and No.1 on the album charts in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom (the youngest artist to ever do so in the UK). It has since sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.

The first single, "Complicated", went to No.1 in Australia while reaching No.2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Follow-up single, "Sk8er Boi", reached Top-10 in the U.S. and Australia and No.1 in Canada; "I'm With You" reached Top-5 in the U.S., while "Losing Grip" reached No.1 in Canada, Top-10 in Taiwan, and Top-20 in Chile.

Lavigne was named 2002's "Best New Artist" at the MTV Video Music Awards, won four 2003 Juno Awards in Canada, a World Music Award for 'World's Best-Selling Canadian Singer', and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards in the U.S.

After extensive touring to promote the album worldwide, Lavigne wrote new material with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, Ben Moody (Evanescence), Butch Walker (Marvelous 3), and the rest with her former lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. Our Lady Peace frontman (and Kreviazuk's husbdan) Raine Maida co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore. The album, entitled 'Under My Skin', was released in May 2004 and went to No.1 in several countries, including the UK, U.S., Canada, and Australia.

The lead-off single, "Don't Tell Me", went to No.1 in Argentina, Top-5 in the UK and Canada, and Top-10 in Australia and Brazil. The follow-up single, "My Happy Ending", reached Top-10 in the U.S., but the third single, "Nobody's Home", failed to crack the Top-40. A fourth single, "He Wasn't", managed to rally back and reached No.1 in Canada, but failed to make the UK Top-20 and was not released in the U.S. at all.

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 2005 Juno Award nominations in Canada and scoring three in the process including the 'Fan Choice Award', 'Artist Of The Year' and 'Pop Album Of The Year' for 'Under My Skin'.

Lavigne co-wrote the song "Breakaway" and appeared on the track by American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson. The song would also appear in the soundtrack of the film 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement' in 2004.

Lavigne is scheduled to make her movie debut in the 2006 CGI animated film 'Over The Hedge' along with the additional voice talent of William Shatner, Bruce Willis and other notable Hollywood talent. She also has two upcoming acting appearances in 'The Flock' with Richard Gere and 'Fast Food Nation'alongside Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Greg Kinnear.

With a new contract with modelling agency Ford Models Lavigne landed the coveted cover spot on the February edition of Harpers Bazaar magazine. She is scheduled to appear at the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy as part of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics presentation.

In 2007 Lavigne released 'The Best Damn Thing' on RCA Records. The first single, "Girlfriend", went viral and immediately attracted the attention of 1970s power pop band The Rubinoos who asserted that the Lavigne song borrowed melody and lyrics from their minor hit "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". An out of court settlement was reached and "Girlfriend" would help propel sales of the album regardless.

Meanwhile, Lavigne began spreading her wings with song placements in video games and movie soundtracks ('The Princess Diaries 2', 'Eragon', 'The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie', and Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland'). She also became the face for Canon digital cameras in an international TV advertising and print media campaign.

Lavigne's fourth album 'Goodbye Lullaby' was released in 2011.

Lavigne was most recently married to singer Deryck Whibley of the band Sum 41 but the two have since divorced.


Singles
2002 Complicated//I Don't Give/Why (Arista)
2002 Sk8er Boi//Get Over It/Nobody's Fool (Arista)
2002 I'm With You (Arista)
2003 Losing Grip (Arista)
2003 Anything But Ordinary (Arista)
2003 Mobile (Arista)
2004 My Happy Ending (Arista)63096
2004 Don't Tell Me (Arista) 66141
2004 Nobody's Home (Arista) 66365
2004 Lidrock (Arista)
2005 He Wasn't (Arista)
2005 Fall to Pieces (Arista) 70656
2006 Keep Holding On [DigiFile]
2007 Girlfriend (RCA)
2007 When You're Gone (RCA)
2007 Hot (RCA)
2008 The Best Damn Thing (RCA)
2010 Alice (RCA)

Albums
2002 Let Go (Arista) 24740
2004 Under My Skin (Arista) 59774
2007 The Best Damn Thing (RCA) 03774
2010 Essential Mixes: 12" Masters (Arista)
2011 Goodbye Lullaby (RCA)

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