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“Girlfriend” Single by Avril Lavigne from the album The Best Damn Thing B-side "Alone" Released February 7, 2007 (2007-02-07) (see release dates below) Format CD single Recorded 2006 Genre Pop rock, pop, teen pop, power pop Length 3:37 Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA) 4x Platinum (ARIA) Avril Lavigne singles chronology "Keep Holding On" (2006) "Girlfriend" (2007) "When You're Gone" (2007) Audio sample file info · help "Girlfriend" a song by Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, is the lead single from her third album, The Best Damn Thing (2007). It was produced by Lukasz Gottwald. "Girlfriend" became Lavigne's biggest hit in the United States, where it reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It topped the chart in Australia for 6 weeks, and reached number two in the United Kingdom. A remix featuring rapper Lil Mama was released in June 2007.
Contents 1 Description 2 "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" 3 Track listings 4 Music videos 5 Critical reception and lawsuit 6 Uses in other media 7 Chart performance and promotion 8 Charts 8.1 Year-end charts 9 Release dates 10 References 11 External links Description The song involves Lavigne proclaiming a crush on a boy currently with his girlfriend and features the typical 80's pop-punk influence and power pop of her earlier songs. Lavigne said on the DVD side of the deluxe edition of The Best Damn Thing that in the bridge when the listener hears hand clapping, the accompanying giggling was created by Lavigne and Gottwald, despite it sounding like a girl. The Japanese version of this song replaces the word motherfucking with the phrase "one and only" in the line "Hell yeah, I'm the motherfucking Princess". "Girlfriend" is in the video game Burnout Dominator in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese. It also appears in Burnout Paradise but this time only in English. This song is recorded in 7 languages other than English. It is the theme song of Japanese talk show Cartoon KAT-TUN - on which Lavigne appeared on May 2, 2007 - as well as being the insert song for popular Japanese manga based drama Hanazakari no Kimitachi e. It is featured in the theatrical trailer for the 2007 live-action Bratz film, and in a trailer for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and also for Bring It On: In It to Win It. Lavigne performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 15, 2007. "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" “Girlfriend (Dr. Luke Remix)” Single by Avril Lavigne featuring Lil Mama from the album The Best Damn Thing Limited Edition and VYP (Voice of the Young People) Deluxe Edition Released June 15, 2007 (Taiwan) July 25, 2007 (United States) Format CD Recorded 2007 Genre Pop rap, alternative hip-hop Length 3:25
Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Niatia Kirkland Producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Lil Mama singles chronology "Lip Gloss" (2007) "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke Remix)" (2007) "G-Slide (Tour Bus)" (2007) Seven additional versions of the song are available to enhance its worldwide marketability with the chorus sung in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish language. The other parts of the song are in English. There is also an edited version for radio, because of explicit lyrics. There are two official censored versions: one blanking the word "motherfucking" in the line "I'm the motherfucking princess" and the other replacing it with "I'm the one and only princess". It is played on Canadian and Malaysian radio stations, and on Z100 in New York City. However, on other radio stations the entire word is cut out or just the word "mother", as in the version on the clean edition of the album, is said. The official remix was leaked onto the Internet in May 2007 and features rap verses from American hip-hop musician Lil Mama. Lavigne sings the chorus and bridge and Lil Mama's rap verses are substituted for the original verses. There is a boyfriend version of the song that is getting high rotation on Irish radio stations sung by Samuel Hamiliton. It was 2fm's song of the week during the first week of March, 2008 with a chorus of, "Hey hey, you you, I want to be your boyfriend...". Versions "Girlfriend" (explicit version) "Girlfriend" (clean version) "Girlfriend" (instrumental) "Girlfriend" (radio edit) "Girlfriend" (French version) "Girlfriend" (German version) "Girlfriend" (Italian version) "Girlfriend" (Japanese version) "Girlfriend" (Mandarin version) "Girlfriend" (Portuguese version) "Girlfriend" (Spanish version) "Girlfriend" (Junkie XL mix)
Remixes "Girlfriend" (Dr. Luke remix, featuring Lil Mama) "Girlfriend" (Junkie XL remix) "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' time warp '66 mix) "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' French time warp '66 mix) "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' German time warp '66 mix) "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' Japanese time warp '66 mix) "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' Mandarin time warp '66 mix) "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' Spanish time warp '66 mix) Track listings Standard/Australian/UK edition "Girlfriend" (Clean) "Alone" Japanese edition "Girlfriend" (radio edit) "Girlfriend" (instrumental) China promo DVD single "Girlfriend" [music video] "Girlfriend" (Mandarin version) [music video] Dr. Luke remix edition "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" (featuring Lil Mama) "Girlfriend" (album version) "Girlfriend" [original music video] "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" (featuring Lil Mama) [music video] Ringle edition "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" (featuring Lil Mama) "Girlfriend" (Japanese version) [clean edit] "Keep Holding On" Ringtone1 1 A code included on the CD to download the ringtone online. Music videos One of Lavigne's personae in a photo booth with a guy in the video. Avril Lavigne and Lil Mama in the remix music video.The world premiere of the music video was announced to be on MTV's Total Request Live and MuchMusic's MuchOnDemand on February 26. However, it premiered in New Zealand on Music Station C4 on February 20. It was in heavy rotation on European music TV channel VIVA Polska on February 23 as well. The music video was directed by The Malloys and filmed at Golf 'n' Stuff in Norwalk, California. It features two girls: one with an innocent persona, glasses and red hair (Lavigne), and one with an evil persona and black hair (also Lavigne) The black-haired rocker fights over the man with the red-haired girl and tries to outdo her repeatedly. She finally hits the girl in the head with a golf ball, causing her to fall into water at the golf course, and then finally wins the youth's affections.
Lavigne then takes her boyfriend into a bathroom stall and slightly opens the door after a moment and gives a thumbs up. Lavigne's boyfriend in the video is played by American model Bryan McMullin and dresses similarly to the "rocker" Lavigne in the video. The video features Lavigne's previous guitarist Evan Taubenfeld, and Lavigne's brother Matt on bass. Lil Mama and Lavigne shot a video for the remix of "Girlfriend". The first 15 seconds of the video include an audio sampling of "Arcade Ambiance 1983". On July 18th, "Girlfriend" became the most viewed video of all time on YouTube  and in August, surpassed 100 million views, the first YouTube video to reach that milestone, overtaking "Evolution of Dance" by Judson Laipply. Avril fans on the Avril Bandaids stated that they helped cheat the video to the top but later retracted this as a publicity stunt. This scandal helped drive further exposure of the video helping it to break records. It is expected that Avril's YouTube video views have earned in excess of $2 million (U.S).  Critical reception and lawsuit Reviewers have noted that the chorus bears a resemblance to The Rubinoos' 1979 single "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", in which they sing "Hey hey, you you, I wanna be your boyfriend" similar to "Hey hey, you you, I could be your girlfriend" in "Girlfriend".
 The song can be heard on the Rubinoos' MySpace page. On May 25, 2007, Lavigne, her songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, her record label, and Apple Inc. were sued by James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar, songwriters for The Rubinoos, over claims that "Girlfriend" infringes their copyright on their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". Lavigne's manager, Terry McBride, denied that "Girlfriend" was copied from "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", and pointed out that "Boyfriend" itself is similar to The Rolling Stones' "Get off of My Cloud". McBride said he hired a musicologist to compare the songs; according to McBride the musicologist reported that the songs were totally dissimilar, even a different meter. Prominent music critics such as Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic have publicly noted that the song is a "total lift from the Rubinoos' song". McBride said that Lavigne has no current plans to settle the case, but will consider the costs of defending the case against those of settling. In January 2008, the lawsuit was settled and Gangwer and Dunbar released a statement saying that the similarities between the songs were based on "certain common and widely used lyrics" and that they "completely exonerate Avril and Luke from any wrongdoing of any kind in connection with the claims made by us in our lawsuit." Critics have compared the middle section of the song with the bridge from Toni Basil's "Mickey". The song was #35 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. This song was also #77 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007. Also was listed as the number 1 hit of 2007 according to MTV Latin America. . Note, Grilfriend peaked as number one in the North/Central Latin American Version of "Los 100 Más Pedidos 2007" (The 100 Top Hits of 2007), while in the South Latin American Version of "Los 100 Más Pedidos 2007" it peaked at number 3, losing the first place to "With Love" by Hilary Duff. "Girlfriend" also won the Best Song of the Year at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. It beat "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Don't Matter", and "Beautiful Girls". Uses in other media An edited version of the Lil' Mama remix is featured on the iCarly soundtrack. An edited version of the song is featured in the first episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The song can be heard in the 2008 comedy, The House Bunny. Chart performance and promotion "Girlfriend" was premiered on Edmonton radio station The Bounce 91.7 before the official date it was supposed to be aired; the two DJs who played it were taken off the air shortly after. The single appeared and was available for download on the U.S. iTunes Store on February 23, but was subsequently removed the following day. It was made available again on February 27. Because of digital download sales in excess of 122,000, the song debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, the highest debut of her career. Afterwards it became Lavigne's first song to reach number one on the Hot 100, in the issue dated May 5, 2007; her previous highest peak on the chart was with 2002's "Complicated", which reached number two. It remained in the top ten for eighteen weeks, and has since been downloaded over 2.6 million times.  "Girlfriend" debuted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number three. The following week it reached number-one, and it remained at the top for six non-consecutive weeks, equalling Lavigne's previous number-one single on the ARIA Charts, "Complicated". After three weeks on the charts, it was certified gold by ARIA, then platinum after seven weeks for sales in excess of 70,000 copies. It was then certified double platinum, sales in excess of 140,000. In 2008, it was certified quadruple platinum for sales of 280,000.  On the UK Singles Chart, "Girlfriend" peaked at number two, surpassing "Complicated" as Lavigne's highest peaking single on the chart. The song ended 2007 as the years 20th biggest-selling single in the UK. In Latin America, the single peaked at number three. In Mexico, the song became the second top ten single in English of 2007 when it climbed to number eight; it later peaked at number two. It won the Award for "Canción del Año" (Song Of The Year) in "Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007" (The Latin American MTV Awards) and was nominated for "Monster Single" in the MTV Video Music Awards 2007. It won Addictive Track for the MTV Europe Music Awards Charts Chart (2007) Peak position Argentinian Singles Chart 1 Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1 Ö3 Austria Top 40 1 Belgian Ultratop 50 1 Bulgaria Singles Top 40  4 Canadian Hot 100 1 European Singles Chart 1 French Singles Chart  2 German Singles Chart  3 Irish Singles Chart 1 Italian Singles Chart 1 New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1 Swedish Singles Chart 1 Swiss Singles Top 100  3 U.S. ARC Weekly Chart Top 40 1 UK Singles Chart 2 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1 U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1 U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1 U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 13 World Singles Top 40  1 Year-end charts Chart (2007) Peak position U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12 U.S. Billboard Pop 100 6 UK Singles Chart 20 Australia ARIA Charts 2 Release dates "Girlfriend" was released in a number of countries over a three-month period. The remix featuring Lil Mama was released on June 15 in Taiwan, and on July 25 in the United States. Region Date Canada February 7, 2007 United States Spain February 10, 2007 El Salvador February 28, 2007 Mexico March 1, 2007 Venezuela Peru March 10, 2007 Chile Italy March 19, 2007 Region Date Japan March 21, 2007 Republic of Ireland March 30, 2007 Belgium Australia March 31, 2007 United Kingdom April 2, 2007 Taiwan April 3, 2007 Netherlands April 4, 2007 Sweden Cuba April 28, 2007 References ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2008 Singles "Burnout Dominator Soundtrack Explodes", IGN Music, February 23, 2007. "EA ANNOUNCES THE ADRENALINE INFUSING SOUNDTRACK FOR BURNOUT PARADISE", Criterion Games, December 18, 2007 Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC: Late Night TV Headlines and Videos - NBC Official Site "Count". Wired.com. Retrieved on 2008-07-20. "Avril Lavigne Breaks YouTube Record". WebTVWire.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-10. Billboard Chart Beat Chat - Letter from Mark Sieber Rubinoos' MySpace page Apple Insider,  Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Billboard Magazine Lavigne faces U.S. lawsuit "Avril Cleared of Plagiarism Charges", OK! Magazine, January 15, 2008. Hey Avril, the Rubinoos Called.
They Want Their Song Back - A Beautiful Fraud | TVGuide.com No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21 MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List". Retrieved 2007-12-27 puestos de los 100+ pedidos 2007 - mycµзmicαLяơmαпc& Los 100+ Pedidos Mtv Sur 2007 [Argentina] - Hilaryfan.com Jonathan Cohen, "Mims Remains 'Hot' At No. 1, Akon Stays Close", Billboard.com, March 8, 2007. Jonathan Cohen, "Lavigne Sweeps Charts As 'Girlfriend' Tops Hot 100", Billboard.com, April 26, 2007. Billboard Singles Charts - Billboard Top 100 Songs - Billboard Top 100 Singles ATRL - Charts: Billboard Hot 100 (Top Singles) - Page 524 Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association http://www.aria.com.au/pages/httpwww.aria.com.aupageshttpwww.aria.com.aupagesARIACharts-Accreditations-2008Singles.htm BBC Music. "Top 40 Singles of the Year 2007 ". Retrieved 2007-12-30 Latin Top Mexican Singles Chart Americatop100.com Retrieved on 18-06-07.   Top 40 Argentina, CAPIF Retrieved Lunes,2Jul,2007 "Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend global chart positions and trajctories". aCharts.us. Retrieved May 6, 2007.  Retrieved 11th May 2007 Bulgaria Singles Top 40 French Singles Chart 29.04.07 to 05.05.07 Swiss Singles Top 100 World Singles Top 40 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Billboard Pop 100 ARIA End of year sales Preceded by "Straight Lines" by Silverchair "Steer" by Missy Higgins Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single April 9, 2007 – April 16, 2007 April 29, 2007 – June 3, 2007 Succeeded by "Steer" by Missy Higgins "Umbrella" by Rihanna Preceded by "Give It to Me" by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake Billboard Hot 100 number-one single May 5, 2007 Succeeded by "Makes Me Wonder" by Maroon 5 Billboard Pop 100 number-one single May 5, 2007 External links Music video for "Girlfriend" at YouTube Music video for remix of "Girlfriend", feat. Lil' Mama at YouTube Vietnamese version Sony BMG Music Entertainment. "Avril Lavigne Announces New Album + Single In Blog" . MTV UK. "And she says her new album will be the Best Damn Thing you've seen..." . Billboard. "New Avril Lavigne Album Due In April" . Blender Magazine Online. "Shamelessly Anticipating Avril's New Album". January 18, 2007, 1:39:24 PM . Billboard.com. "Avril Sets Date for Clap Crappy New Album" . Chile Top 40:   Commentary on the video clip Avril Lavigne Studio albums Let Go · Under My Skin · The Best Damn Thing EPs Angus Drive · Live Acoustic · Control Room DVDs My World · Live at Budokan · Live in Toronto Video singles "Complicated" · "Sk8er Boi" · "I'm With You" · "Losing Grip" · "Don't Tell Me" · "My Happy Ending" · "Nobody's Home" · "He Wasn't" · "Girlfriend" · "When You're Gone" · "Hot" · "The Best Damn Thing" Promotional singles "Mobile" · "Take Me Away" · "Fall to Pieces" · "Keep Holding On" · "Innocence" Tours Try To Shut Me Up Tour (2003) · Mall Tour (2004) · Bonez Tour (2004/2005) · Promotional Tour (2007) · The Best Damn Tour (2008) Related articles Discography · Awards and nominations · Tours · Deryck Whibley Lil Mama Album VYP (Voice of the Young People) Singles "Lip Gloss" · "G-Slide (Tour Bus)" · "Shawty Get Loose" · "L.I.F.E." · "What It Is (Strike a Pose)" Guest singles "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke Remix)" · "Amazed"
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Avril Lavigne at a signing in Mexico, 2007. Background information Birth name Avril Ramona Lavigne Born September 27, 1984 (1984-09-27) (age 23) Belleville, Ontario, Canada Origin Napanee, Ontario, Canada Genre(s) Modern rock, pop punk, pop rock, power pop, teen pop, alternative rock Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress, model Instrument(s) Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, drums Years active 1999–present Label(s) Arista (2002–2005) RCA (2006–present) Associated acts Sum 41, The Black List Club, Deryck Whibley, Lil Mama, Dr. Luke Website www.avrillavigne.com Notable instrument(s) Squier Signature Telecaster model Avril Lavigne Whibley (born 27 September 1984), better known by her birth name of Avril Lavigne, is a Canadian Grammy Award-nominated rock singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. In 2006, Canadian Business Magazine ranked her the seventh most powerful Canadian in Hollywood. Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, was released in 2002. Over 16 million copies were sold worldwide and it was certified six times platinum in the United States. Her second and third albums sold less well, Under My Skin (2004) at over 8 million copies and The Best Damn Thing (2007) currently over 5.3 million copies; the latter reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Lavigne has scored six number one songs worldwide and a total of eleven top ten hits, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm With You", "My Happy Ending" and "Girlfriend," which became #1 hits in the ARC Top 40. In December 2007, Lavigne was ranked at #7 in the Forbes "Top 20 Earners Under 25", with annual earnings of $12 million. Currently, Avril Lavigne has sold about 30 million albums worldwide. Contents 1 Background 2 Music career 2.1 Let Go (2002–2003) 2.2 Under My Skin (2004–2006) 2.3 The Best Damn Thing (2007–present) 3 Allegations of plagiarism and criticism of songwriting 4 Other works 4.1 Covers 4.2 Other appearances 4.3 Abbey Dawn 5 Film career 5.1 Filmography 6 Media image 7 Personal life 8 Charities 9 Backing band 9.1 Current members 9.2 Past members 10 Discography 11 Awards 12 References 13 External links Background Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario on September 27, 1984, the daughter of Judy and John Lavigne. Lavigne's birth name is usually pronounced in an anglicized way as above ("La-Veen"). In French, it is commonly pronounced /avʁil laˈviɲ/ (help·info)). Avril is French for "April", while la vigne means "the vineyard". Her French-Canadian parents are devoutly Baptist. She has an elder brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle. Lavigne's mother was the first to spot young Lavigne’s talent. At the age of 2, Lavigne began singing along with her mother on church songs. The family moved to Napanee, Ontario, when Lavigne was 5-years-old. 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 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. At the age of 16, 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. 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 had a fabulous and unique experience with Avril, who was then a 16-year-old rapidly growing songwriter with tremendous raw talent. The songs were conceived on piano and guitar by four people: The Matrix (3) and Avril. Avril was instrumental in the songs' creation. We were all very close during the making of the record."
 Music career Let Go (2002–2003) 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. The album shows definite pop rock roots; however, alternative and post-grunge influences can be heard in some of the songs. Just over one month after its release, Let Go reached multi-platinum status in late-August, and was certified triple platinum two weeks after. Before the end of 2002, just six months after its debut, it was certified four times platinum by the RIAA. It was the best selling album of the year for a female artist and for a debut album in 2002. As of December 2007 the album has sold 6.6 million copies in the U.S and more than 16 million worldwide. Four singles from the album were released. The first single, "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. "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 (2004–2006) 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. 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. This album has a stronger alternative feel, along with songs showing punk-pop edges (such as He Wasn't and I Always Get what I Want), or soft post-grunge sounds (Freak Out and Who Knows). 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 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 "Favorite Female Singer" at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. 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). "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. The album has sold more than 8 million copies. The Best Damn Thing (2007–present) Main article: The Best Damn Thing Lavigne in Hong Kong, 2007.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. 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. Lavigne's third single from the album is "Hot".
The fourth and final single of the album is "The Best Damn Thing". "Girlfriend" has been used as the theme song for the Japanese idol hosted talk show Cartoon KAT-TUN. On May 2, 2007, she made a guest appearance during the show. She played a game of darts with the KAT-TUN group. Lavigne has been doing a small tour to promote The Best Damn Thing, with tickets available only to members of her fan club. 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. The album had sold a total of 5.1 million copies worldwide in by December 2007. Avril is currently on her tour "The Best Damn Tour" promoting the album and traveling the world. The tour will end in September after the Japan tour dates. Allegations of plagiarism and criticism of songwriting On May 25, 2007, Lavigne, her co-songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, and her record label were sued by songwriters James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar, who claimed that her song "Girlfriend" plagiarized their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", originally performed by The Rubinoos. 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: "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." 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". Lavigne in the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards.On July 10, Kreviazuk made a full public apology and retracted the statements made in the aforementioned interview, saying "I would like to apologize for any misconceptions concerning Avril Lavigne, which may have resulted from statements I made in my interview with Performing Songwriter magazine. It was not my intention to call Avril's songwriting ability or ethics into question. My statements and any inference from my statements, which call into question Avril's ethics or ability as a respected and acclaimed songwriter, should be disregarded and are retracted. Avril is an accomplished songwriter and it has been my privilege to work with her.". Kreviazuk and Lavigne share the same manager, Nettwerk Management.  In January 2008 Dubar and Gangwer dropped their lawsuit and retracted their allegations of plagiarism after the case was settled confidentially. The song "I Don't Have to Try" also stirred up controversy. Similarities between this song and Peaches' 2003 song "I'm the Kinda" have sparked further plagiarism speculations. Other works Covers 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. Lavigne 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, which was produced by Eric Book. She has also performed "It Is Time for a Love Revolution by Lenny Kravitz live. Other appearances Avril 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. She has also been 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. Abbey Dawn Abbey Dawn is a clothing line produced by Kohl's and designed by Avril Lavigne. It was launched in the US in Alhambra, Calif in July 2008.  Named after Avril’s childhood nickname , the line is described by Kohl’s as a "juniors lifestyle brand", and includes apparel and jewelry with skull and zebra patterns similar to the artwork on Lavigne's album The Best Damn Thing.
 Lavigne wore some of the clothes in her line at various concerts before the launch, and it is also featured on the internet game Stardoll where figures can be dressed up as Avril Lavigne. Film career Avril Lavigne in Los Angeles at the premiere of Over the Hedge (2006).Lavigne 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, 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. It reached the top spot on the Canadian top twenty. She also recorded the theme song for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. 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. It was reported by the British publication The London Paper that she recently landed a lead role in an upcoming film. "I've got a film role coming up - something you wouldn't expect from me, something deep and dark." Filmography 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" 2004 Madtv Herself Cameo; performed 2006 Fast Food Nation Alice College activist 2006 Over the Hedge Heather Voice 2007 The Flock Beatrice Bell Suspect's Girlfriend 2009 TBA TBA Lead role Media image In Lavigne's official MySpace page, she affirms that her music genre is Pop/Punk/Rock; but Allmusic 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, however, she has frequently stated that she's "not punk", and that she never claimed to be. Lavigne cites many early punk bands and figures as influences, but her music has little in common with 1970s punk rock. Personal life 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. In February 2004, she began dating fellow Canadian singer Deryck Whibley, the lead singer/guitarist of punk band Sum 41. 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. 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." Avril once said in an interview that her favorite party song is "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, Avril answered: "Iris", by Goo Goo Dolls. I'd put a few Coldplay and Oasis songs. Radiohead -- The Bends is one of my favorite albums." Charities Lavigne 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. Lavigne worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for her 2005 east coast tour. Lavigne also covered 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' for War Child's Peace Songs compilation. Avril Lavigne has also been taking part of the Unite Against Aids concert presented by ALDO in support of Unicef on November 28th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec Canada. Special guest artists also includes Marie-Mai and Sarah McLachlan. Canada's #1 winner of the United Against Aids Video Contest, Sina Soksowath Var has won the contest with a total of 161 votes winning Avril's autographed album and photo. 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) 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 2002) Jesse Colburn — rhythm guitar (2002 – January 2004) Evan Taubenfeld — lead guitar, backing vocals (2002 – September 2004) Craig Wood — rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2004 – January 2007) Matt Brann — drums, percussion (2002 – February 2007) Charlie Moniz — bass guitar (2002 – February 2007) Devin Bronson — lead guitar, backing vocals (2004 – 2008) Soon after departing Lavigne's band, Taubenfeld formed The Black List Club, later signing up Bronson as lead guitarist. Discography Main article: Avril Lavigne discography 2002: Let Go 2004: Under My Skin 2007: The Best Damn Thing Awards Main article: List of Avril Lavigne awards References 100 Greatest Classic/Modern Rock Female Vocalists N2U Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin [ECD] reviews in Modern Rock - Sorted by Newest first- Buzzillions.com melodic.net: Avril Lavigne - Let go melodic.net: Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin allmusic ((( The Best Damn Thing > Overview )))
The Best Damn Thing Review | Avril Lavigne | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com allmusic ((( The Best Damn Thing > Review ))) allmusic ((( Let Go > Overview ))) allmusic ((( Under My Skin > Overview ))) "I play the drums, I play the piano and of course I play the guitar[...]", MTV News - Avril Lavigne Announces Best Damn Tour Dates "Avril Lavigne: The punk who became a princess" (in English). independent.co.uk (2007-04-22). Retrieved on 2008-06-27. Alex Mlynek; Rachel Pulfer (August 14, 2006). "Power players: Canada's top actors", Canadian Business. Retrieved on 2007-06-27. "Official Website of Avril Lavigne". "RIAA Certification". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2006-10-02. UWC 2007 End of Year Global Chart "Avril Lavigne". Rock On The Net. Retrieved on 2008-01-01. 20 Under 25: The Top-Earning Young Superstars - Forbes.com Thorley, Joe (2003). Avril Lavigne : the unofficial book. London: Virgin. ISBN 1852270497. Izon, Lucy. At 13 Avril Lavigne won a radio contest to perform with Shania Twain, Canada Cool (2006). David Segal (January 14, 2003). "Avril Lavigne, Unvarnished", TeenHollywood.com. Inside Her Life: The Middle Child People, June 30, 2005, last accessed May 25, 2008. "Smells like teen spirit", The Guardian (7 March 2003). Bill Lamb. "Avril Lavigne". About.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-01. "Nothing 'Complicated' About It...Avril Is Double Platinum!", RIAA (September 4, 2002). "Chicks Rule!", RIAA (October 02, 2002). "E = 2K2", RIAA (December 20, 2002). Let Go - best selling album of the year "Avril Lavigne Ends North American Run of Shows with Two Dates In Washington Beginning May 9" (in English). transworldnews.com (5/04/2008). Retrieved on 2008-05-29. Avril Lavigne Official Website "Avril Lavigne Trivia". tv.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-01. David Jenison (2004-06-02). "Avril "Skins" Usher", Yahoo! Music. "Avril Lavigne Biography". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 2008-01-01. Corey Moss (2005-04-04). "Usher, Hilary Duff, SpongeBob Take Home Orange Blimps From Kids' Choice Awards", MTV News. The Princess Diaries 2 DVD extras. Ben Carbonaro (February 27, 2006). "Winter Olympics end with glittering closing ceremony", Sports Australia. Kaufman, Gil (June 27, 2006). "Butch Walker Works With Avril, Hot Hot Heat, Says Solo LP Won't Be 'Emo-Tastic'", MTV News, MTV News. Retrieved on 2006-12-13. AL Associated (February 13, 2007). "Special TV Taping". Press release. Aidan Malley (July 3, 2007). "Apple sued for duping Apple TV image, hosting iTunes track", Apple Insider. Bob Cannon (June 2007). "Next to ice hockey, Canada's greatest export may well be singer-songwriters" (PDF), Performing Songwriter, pp. 66–68. Lavigne, Avril (2007). "To My Dear Media, Friends, and Fans". Avril Lavigne. Retrieved on 2007-07-07.[dead link] LeBlanc, Larry (July 10, 2007). "Kreviazuk Retracts Lavigne Songwriting Comments", Billboard.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-12. Nettwerk Dunbar and Gangwer drop lawsuit Songwriters 'Completely Exonerate' Avril Lavigne "Did Avril Lavigne Bite a Peaches Track Too?", Rolling Stone (2007-07-10). "Make some noise to save Darfur", Amnesty International (2007-06-25). [Eric Book - Producer]http://ebentertainment.com "Kohl's Unveils Six Celebrity Inspired Clothing Lines" (in English). starpulse.com (2008-07-30). Retrieved on 2008-08-15.
"Financial reality lures artists to commercials" (in English). newsok.com (2008-08-08). Retrieved on 2008-08-15. Official make5wishes Website "Abbey Dawn: Avril Lavigne’s New Clothing Line" (in English) (2008-03-05). Retrieved on 2008-07-01. "Ok! Interview with Avril Lavigne" (in English). okmagazine.com (2008-07-30). Retrieved on 2008-08-28. "Avril Lavigne Launches Abbey Dawn Clothing Line" (in English). vh1.com (2008-08-25). Retrieved on 2008-08-28. "Kohl’s Signs Avril Lavigne" (in English). wwd.com (2008-07-01). Retrieved on 2008-07-01. "Avril Lavigne's Clothing Line is Rock Glam" (in English). usmagazine.com (2008-03-05). Retrieved on 2008-08-28. "Creating a Musical Buzz Online" (in English). npr.org (2008-08-17). Retrieved on 2008-08-28. Gil Kaufman (November 30, 2005). "Avril Lands A Role In Richard Gere Crime Drama 'The Flock'", MTV News. "Keep Holding On" at Lavigne's official site[dead link] "Lavigne lands lead movie role", IrelandOn-Line (June 06, 2008). "Avril Lavigne To Star In First Lead Movie Role" (in English). allheadlinenews.com (2008-06-05). Retrieved on 2008-06-08. "Avril Lavigne Lands Movie Role" (in English). hollyscoop.com (2008-06-05). Retrieved on 2008-06-08. "Avril moves into movies" (in English). thelondonpaper (2008-06-05). Retrieved on 2008-06-08. Avril's appearance on Sabrina http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/7985/avril001cl6.jpg Annie Zaleski (May 21, 2004). "No longer punk’d, Avril Lavigne shows her passion", Boston Herald. Seventeen Magazine, January 2003 Avril Lavigne: No Looking Back  Late Late Show, June 19, 2007 "Avril Lavigne engaged", AskMen (June 28, 2005). "Avril Lavigne Weds", SFgate.com. "Avril Lavigne weds her Sk8er Boi, Whibley", CBC News (2006-07-16). "Avril Lavigne Marries Sum 41 Frontman Deryck Whibley", FOX News (July 16, 2006). "Q&A: Avril in Action", RollingStone (June 3, 2004). "Reverb Projects". Retrieved on 2008-01-01. War Child | Music Unite Against AIDS Concert YouTube - Broadcast Yourself External links Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Avril LavigneWikimedia Commons has media related to: Avril LavigneOfficial site Avril Lavigne at the Internet Movie Database Avril Lavigne Studio albums Let Go · Under My Skin · The Best Damn Thing EPs Angus Drive · Live Acoustic · Control Room DVDs My World · Live at Budokan · Live in Toronto Video singles "Complicated" · "Sk8er Boi" · "I'm With You" · "Losing Grip" · "Don't Tell Me" · "My Happy Ending" · "Nobody's Home" · "He Wasn't" · "Girlfriend" · "When You're Gone" · "Hot" · "The Best Damn Thing" Promotional singles "Mobile" · "Take Me Away" · "Fall to Pieces" · "Keep Holding On" · "Innocence" Tours Try To Shut Me Up Tour (2003) · Mall Tour (2004) · Bonez Tour (2004/2005) · Promotional Tour (2007) ·
The Best Damn Tour (2008) Related articles Discography · Awards and nominations · Tours · Deryck Whibley Persondata NAME Lavigne, Avril ALTERNATIVE NAMES Avril Ramona Lavigne SHORT DESCRIPTION Canadian singer DATE OF BIRTH September 27, 1984 PLACE OF BIRTH Belleville, Ontario, Canada DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH
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