Avril Lavigne
Canadian singer
Avril Lavigne
'Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, but spent most of her youth in the small town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million. In 2002, when she was 17 years old, Lavigne broke onto the music scene with her debut album Let Go. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach No.
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February 15, 2016
2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Irving Azoff
January 25, 2016
Avril Lavigne and Ryan Cabrera shopping together in a lighting shop in Beverly Hills before driving off in a mini
July 25, 2015
Pop punk AVRIL LAVIGNE and rocker CHAD KROEGER have separated after two years of marriage. The Sk8er Boi hitmaker, 30, wed the Nickelback frontman, 40, in July, 2013 after a whirlwind romance, but they have been dogged by rumours of an impending split
September 28, 2014
Pop punk AVRIL LAVIGNE and rocker CHAD KROEGER have separated after two years of marriage. The Sk8er Boi hitmaker, 30, wed the Nickelback frontman, 40, in July, 2013 after a whirlwind romance, but they have been dogged by rumours of an impending split
December 21, 2013
Pop punk AVRIL LAVIGNE and rocker CHAD KROEGER have separated after two years of marriage. The Sk8er Boi hitmaker, 30, wed the Nickelback frontman, 40, in July, 2013 after a whirlwind romance, but they have been dogged by rumours of an impending split
December 10, 2013
Musicians live at 103.5 KISS FM Chicago iHeardRadio Jingle Ball 2013 at United Center on December 9, 2013
December 09, 2013
Pop punk AVRIL LAVIGNE and rocker CHAD KROEGER have separated after two years of marriage. The Sk8er Boi hitmaker, 30, wed the Nickelback frontman, 40, in July, 2013 after a whirlwind romance, but they have been dogged by rumours of an impending split
December 04, 2013
Q102's Jingle Ball 2013 at Wells Fargo Center
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Video Premiere: How a Song Helps Em Rossi Fill an 'Empty Space' in Her Heart
Huffington Post - 16 days
People take many life-altering courses of action to deal with loss. But when Em Rossi was a 15-year-old aspiring singer in 2014, she found a way to handle grief naturally, solemnly and maturely, in a manner that belied her age. In April 2014, "the most universal person" Rossi had ever known, the man with whom she shared her most personal thoughts and fears in life while growing up in Petaluma, Calif., died. Her father Robert Brockman, a landscape architect, artist and amateur musician, was 50 years old. The day after his death, Rossi went to her room and began composing her thoughts. Those thoughts turned into words for "Empty Space," which turned into a beautifully made music video that the wise-beyond-her-years artist premieres exclusively today (Feb. 7) at The Huffington Post. "Heartbreak changes people," Rossi, now 18, wrote last week as part of an email Q&A for the article accompanying the video premiere starring one of the most promising young American singer-son ...
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17 Albums Turning 10 In 2017
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ah, 2017. Another rotation around the sun, another year where we can marvel at just how far off the mid-aughts feel. The era where we donned low-waisted jeans, ironic graphic tees and Livestrong bracelets seems to be more and more of a distant memory. As all living creatures age, so does the music we listened to. Here are 17 hit albums turning a decade old in the coming year.   Rihanna, “Good Girl Gone Bad” She kindly requests that you shut up and drive. LCD Soundsystem, “Sound of Silver” How we all learned to say, “New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.”  Radiohead, “In Rainbows” One of the first albums to be digitally released for free (or, rather, “pay what you wish”). Kanye West, “Graduation” That’s how long he’s been on ya. Fall Out Boy, “Infinity on High” All we can say is thnks fr th mmrs, Fall Out Boy. Avril Lavigne, “The Best Damn Thing” Hey, hey! You, you! She don’t like your girlfriend! T-Pain, “Epiphany” ...
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Avril Lavigne slams Mark Zuckerberg for Nickelback diss
Fox News - 2 months
Despite Avril Lavigne's 2015 split from Chad Kroeger, she still has his back.
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What Do Street Style Trends Look Like IRL?
Huffington Post - 5 months
Sometimes, Fashion Month can feel as much (if not more) about the crazy, over-the-top outfits showgoers wear as, well, the shows themselves. There's inherent fantasy in both: The runway represents the forefront of fashion, to be distilled for the masses as the months go by; street style, on the other hand, gives us a voyeuristic entryway into exactly how fun and expressive personal styling can be -- even if we're not about to layer two jackets with three crossbody bags and Rihanna-level stilettos anytime soon. This genre of photography has evolved greatly in the past century, largely due to the late Bill Cunningham and the emergence of independent blogs like The Sartorialist, which document the goings-on -- and, most importantly, the clothing -- of the exceptionally dressed. Naturally, as the audience of fashion grew, so did what the art form encompassed: an earnest celebration of individuality through style that came to be grouped with what can sometimes be best described as bi ...
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Oscar Isaac Is Ruining My Life
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This is a cautionary tale. A month ago, I was a carefree, happy young woman. I had a loving family and wonderful friends. Like the rest of the world, I was looking forward with giddy anticipation to The Force Awakens, the seventh installment in the Star Wars saga. Wanting to shield myself from potential spoilers, I saw only the trailer and a few interview snippets of stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. They were charming and sweet. That BB-8 thing was cute. I already knew I liked the rest of the cast: Ford and Fisher and Hamill and, of course, Llewyn Davis himself, Oscar Isaac. What a talented and diverse coterie Mr. JJ Abrams has assembled, I thought. And then I saw the movie. I... what... it... it boggles the mind, IT BOGGLES THE FUCKING MIND. Is Oscar Isaac a warlock? Is he the human incarnation of heroin? Is he me from a parallel universe, come to haunt my every waking hour? Since December 18th, there has been nary a moment that I have not been thinking about Oscar Isaac. H ...
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Oscar Isaac Is Ruining My Life
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This is a cautionary tale. A month ago, I was a carefree, happy young woman. I had a loving family and wonderful friends. Like the rest of the world, I was looking forward with giddy anticipation to The Force Awakens, the seventh installment in the Star Wars saga. Wanting to shield myself from potential spoilers, I saw only the trailer and a few interview snippets of stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. They were charming and sweet. That BB-8 thing was cute. I already knew I liked the rest of the cast: Ford and Fisher and Hamill and, of course, Llewyn Davis himself, Oscar Isaac. What a talented and diverse coterie Mr. JJ Abrams has assembled, I thought. And then I saw the movie. I... what... it... it boggles the mind, IT BOGGLES THE FUCKING MIND. Is Oscar Isaac a warlock? Is he the human incarnation of heroin? Is he me from a parallel universe, come to haunt my every waking hour? Since December 18th, there has been nary a moment that I have not been thinking about Oscar Isaac. H ...
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How NOT To Perform A Cover Song
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It’s probably happened to you. You’re at a bar with a few friends, and they’re playing all the hits. Not those sugary Top-40 anthems you poke fun at when they pop into your head unannounced (“‘I can’t feel my face’? Have we depleted our body metaphor resources so entirely?”). The real hits. The newest songs by the truest artists of our era, according to Pitchfork. The soft-spoken acoustic guy with a touching story. The ambient DJ, with the hair. The accessible hip-hop artist. The woman. Whoever’s in charge of the music at this bar really knows their stuff. They’re even busting out a few surprising and tasteful covers of pop songs! Who knew how thoughtful a song like “Shake It Off” could become in the right context? Who knew how heart-rending? You’re considering this when your friend Dave asks one of those questions people ask so they can share their own answer. “Favorite cover song,” Dave says. “Go.” This leads to a mostly delightful conversation about the good (Cat Po ...
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Please Promise You'll Skip the Whole Couples' Costume Thing
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Experts in being alone say you shouldn't couple up with someone right before one of the big lovey-dovey holidays. Valentine's Day and Christmas come with big fat expectations, and it's added stress that your new relationship doesn't need. Also not needed: couples' costumes at Halloween. It's tempting for so many reasons, but please. Do the world-- and yourself-- and your other half-- a fun-sized favor. Skip it, for so many reasons. Human are not accessories So...you've gone out a few times. Things are going great. He texts you during non-vampire hours, and your last date brought you into the "let's stay in and cook something ethnic, so it's more fun than regular food, and watch Mindy on Hulu" zone. Don't push it. Yes, the fact that you're currently dating a black fellow combined with your total dedication to the 30-Day Squat Challenge means you know can achieve the ultimate Kim 'n Kanye or Ice-T 'n Coco. No. Another human is never your accessory. I don't care that you're ...
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Why I Have a Crush On a Cartoon Character
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I have a toddler in the house, which means I see the same movies over, and over, and over.  (And over.) During the 6,432nd viewing of Big Hero 6, I had a casual epiphany.    Figuring she should be kept abreast of all developments in my life, I called out to my wife: "This will be the stupidest thing you ever hear me say."  My wife was skeptical; she's heard me say many stupid things. Just about every time I open my mouth, in fact, something idiotic exits it.  "I'm adding Honey Lemon to my safety list," I concluded. A pregnant pause filled the air a moment while my wife digested the statement. "That is stupid," she decided. It is. But hear me out. My wife and I each have a "Celebrity Safety List." If you're not familiar, it's one to five people you're allowed to sleep with outside the confines of your marriage. People that don't count as a strike against you in court. Hence the "celebrity" aspect. (Many a comedian has gotten an easy chuckle using the s ...
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Growing Threat of Lyme Disease in a Hotter World
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Rapidly-spreading ticks are hungry and looking for a blood meal.When celebrities like Avril Lavigne get Lyme disease, the world takes notice of this often-extremely-difficult-to-diagnose infection. But lurking below the headlines, the ticks that carry Lyme and other infections continue to spread and multiply. The latest scientific research,...
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Can Classical Music Be Cool?
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Like many other kids, I was pushed to learn an instrument when I was growing up. Once a week I would be carted off to piano lessons at my teacher's studio, where I would sit reeling off scales, or studying a piece of music to which I had no particular personal connection. It was by no means the most cumbersome of my scholastic pursuits, but I struggled to take real pleasure in an activity not of my choosing. My first real exposure to classical music was one that is all too common: it was forced. I grew up in a musical household. The soundtrack of much of my early life was the precise melodic lines of Bach, who my father is especially fond of. According to my mother, I was born to "Spring" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. My brother is an avid composer and talented percussionist, as well as a virtuoso beat-boxer. Yet despite all this, once I entered my teen years and the parental pressure relented, I was quick to discard the piano at the first chance. The association of the piano wit ...
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The best ways to spring into spring things
- almost 2 years
Maybe it was the consistently negative temperatures, the 10 feet of snow, or maybe it was just everyone whining about it on every social media outlet available, but this winter seemed, in particular, tremendously awful. The cozy sweaters and snow days and hot cocoa seem to be all fun and games at first, but when it gets to be March and I still obtain hypothermia walking five feet from my car to my house, I start to get frustrated. According to my calendar, it’s officially spring. So let’s start acting like it. Maybe you’re like me, and you have the two brain cells that it takes to see that iced coffee is blatantly superior to hot coffee and to never stop ordering it. Otherwise, get smart and start getting your coffee iced. As the weather slowly but surely transitions away from that of an arctic tundra, iced coffee will be the far more refreshing drink of choice. Teenage boys, this is your time to shine. Trust me when I say that nothing shows off your true manliness and bravery ...
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'I thought I was dying,' Avril Lavigne says of Lyme disease
CNN - almost 2 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Avril Lavigne
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 30
    On 2 September 2015, Lavigne announced her separation from Kroeger via her official Instagram account.
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    Proceeds from her "Team Rockstar" event helped sponsor athletes from around the world competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details According to an ABILITY Magazine interview with Lavigne, the athletes were the stars of the music video for "Fly", which was shot in Canada. Lavigne was featured in the 2003 game The Sims: Superstar as a non-playable celebrity. In mid-2007, Lavigne was featured in a two-volume graphic novel, Avril Lavigne's Make 5 Wishes. She collaborated with artist Camilla d'Errico and writer Joshua Dysart on the manga, which was about a shy girl named Hana who, upon meeting her hero, Lavigne, learned to overcome her fears. Lavigne said, "I know that many of my fans read manga, and I'm really excited to be involved in creating stories that I know they will enjoy." The first volume was released in April 2007, and the second followed in July 2007. The publication Young Adult Library Services nominated the series for "Great Graphic Novels for Teens".
    In April 2015, she revealed to People magazine that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Billboard, Lavigne said that she was recovering. Lavigne received eight Grammy Awards nominations in two years, including Best New Artist. She has also received three American Music Awards nominations, one Brit Award nomination, and one MTV Video Music Award. She has received a total of 221 awards and 301 nominations. By 2013, Lavigne sold more than 50 million singles and 40 million copies of her albums worldwide, becoming one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 12.4 million copies certified by the RIAA. In 2009, Billboard named Lavigne the number 10 pop artist in the "Best of the 2000s" chart. She was listed as the 28th overall best act of the decade based on album and single chart performance in the US. Current members Former members ImageSize = width:1000 height:auto barincrement:20 PlotArea = left:110 bottom:60 top:0 right:10 Alignbars = justify DateFormat = dd/mm/yyyy Period = from:01/01/2002 till:01/02/2015 TimeAxis = orientation:horizontal format:yyyy Legend = orientation:horizontal position:bottom ScaleMajor = increment:1 start:2002 ScaleMinor = increment:1 start:2002
    In an April 2015 interview with Billboard, Lavigne announced plans to release a new single titled "Fly", which was released on 26 April in association with the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and to release a Christmas album.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 29
    In December 2014, it was reported that Lavigne had privately written to a fan on Twitter that she was suffering from undisclosed health issues, although she denied rumours that she was in rehab.
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    In September 2014, she launched a personal fundraising campaign for Special Olympics as part of her birthday celebration.
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  • 2013
    Age 28
    Lavigne married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Her mother is of English, Scottish, and German descent, and her father, Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne, is of French-Canadian extraction, and Avril holds a French passport. She was named "Avril" by her father after the French word for the month of April. He and Lavigne's mother, Judy, recognized their child's vocal abilities when she was two years old and sang "Jesus Loves Me" on the way home from church. Lavigne has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle, both of whom teased her when she sang. "My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep and he thought it was really annoying." When Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Greater Napanee, Ontario, a town with a population of approximately 5,000. As a child, she was sometimes kicked out of class for misbehaving, her parents supported her singing. Her father bought her a microphone, a drum kit, a keyboard, and several guitars, and converted their basement into a studio; following his own love for music Jean-Claude led the family to church at Third Day Worship Center in Kingston, Ontario, where he often played bass. When Lavigne was 14 years old, her parents took her to karaoke sessions. Lavigne also performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    Lavigne and Kroeger became engaged in August 2012, after one month of dating. The couple married at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean in the South of France, on 1 July 2013 (which is Canada Day), after a year of being together.
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    The relationship blossomed after they began working together in March 2012 to write and record music for Lavigne's fifth album.
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    Lavigne began dating fellow Canadian rocker Chad Kroeger, frontman of the band Nickelback, in July 2012.
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    In January 2012, Lavigne's house in Bel-Air, on the market since May 2011, sold, and Lavigne moved to Paris, France, to study the French language.
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  • 2011
    Age 26
    Lavigne's father being French, she has herself been legally French from birth, as the country applies jus sanguinis. She applied for her French passport and received it in February 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 25
    On 14 September 2010, Lavigne introduced her charity, "The Avril Lavigne Foundation", which aims to help young people with serious illnesses and disabilities and works with leading charitable organizations; The foundation partners with the Easter Seals, Make-A-Wish foundation and Erase MS, the latter two being charities Lavigne has previously worked with.
    More Details Hide Details Her work with the Make-A-Wish foundation was the inspiration behind her own charity, with Lavigne stating, "I just really wanted to do more". Lavigne said on the foundation's website, "I have always looked for ways to give back because I think it's a responsibility we all share". Philanthropist Trevor Neilson's 12-person firm, "Global Philanthropy Group", advises Lavigne with her foundation as well as several other celebrities, including musician John Legend.
    In 2010, Lavigne was one of several artists who contributed their voices to a cover of K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" as a benefit single to help raise money for several charity organizations related to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
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    In July 2010, Lavigne had her boyfriend's name, "Brody", tattooed beneath her right breast. The couple announced that they broke up in January 2012.
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    Her love of tattoos, however, gained media attention in May 2010, after Lavigne and Brody Jenner each got matching tattoos of the word "fuck" on their ribs.
    More Details Hide Details Lavigne appeared in the June/July cover story for Inked magazine, where she discussed and showed off her tattoos, including an "Abbey Dawn" on her left forearm and an "XXV" and star on her right. Although she confirmed the "fuck" tattoo verbally in the article (calling it her "favorite word") she had it applied after the magazine's photo shoot. She added that she eventually wanted to get a "big-ass heart with a flag through it with a name... I'm going to wait a few years and make sure I still want it then. I have to wait for that special someone to come back into my life."
    In April 2010, Lavigne added another tattoo on her wrist, that of a lightning bolt and the number 30.
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    Lavigne and then-husband Whibley got matching tattoos in March 2010, in celebration of his 30th birthday.
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    In November 2010, Lavigne attended the Clinton Global Initiative.
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    Her designs were exhibited at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in California beginning in May through September, alongside Colleen Atwood's costumes from the 2010 film.
    More Details Hide Details Lavigne has been involved with many charities, including Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, Erase MS, AmericanCPR.org, Special Olympics, Camp Will-a-Way, Music Clearing Minefields, US 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 in the Unite Against AIDS concert presented by ALDO in support of UNICEF on 28 November 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
    In January 2010, Lavigne began working with Disney to incorporate Alice in Wonderland-inspired designs into her Abbey Dawn line of clothing.
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    In February, Lavigne performed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Lavigne's song "I'm with You" was sampled by Rihanna on the track "Cheers (Drink to That)", which is featured on Rihanna's fifth studio album, Loud (2010). "Cheers (Drink to That)" was released as a single the following year, and Lavigne appeared in its music video. In December 2010, American singer Miranda Cosgrove released "Dancing Crazy", a song written by Lavigne, Max Martin and Shellback. It was also produced by Martin. Lavigne began recording for her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, in her home studio in November 2008, its opening track, "Black Star", was written to help promote her first fragrance of the same name. Lavigne described the album as being about her life experiences rather than focusing on relationships, and its style as less pop rock than her previous material, reflecting her age. The release date for Goodbye Lullaby was delayed several times, which Lavigne said was because of her label. Goodbye Lullaby was released in March 2011, and its lead single, "What the Hell", premiered in December 2010. Goodbye Lullaby sold 368,000 copies in the US and received Juno Award nominations for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.
  • 2009
    Age 24
    In October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Whibley and Lavigne continued to work together, with Whibley producing her fourth album, as well as Lavigne's single "Alice", written for Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland.
    On 9 October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce, releasing the statement, "I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship." The divorce was finalized on 16 November 2010.
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    It was announced on 17 September 2009 that Lavigne and Whibley had split up and that divorce papers would soon follow.
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    The designs were also featured on the Internet game Stardoll, where figures can be dressed up as Lavigne. On 14 September 2009, Lavigne took her then latest collection for her clothing line to be a part of the New York Fashion Week, returning in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2010, the clothing line was made available to over 50 countries through the line's official website. "It's fun to be a chick and design clothes and things I'd like for myself. I design things I can't find."
    Lavigne released her first fragrance, Black Star, created by Procter & Gamble Prestige Products. The fragrance was announced on Lavigne's official website on 7 March 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Black Star, which features notes of pink hibiscus, black plum and dark chocolate, was released in summer 2009 in Europe, and later in the US and Canada. When asked what the name meant, Lavigne replied, "I wanted bottle to be a star, and my colors are pink and black, and Black Star resembles being different, and standing out in the crowd, and reaching for the stars; the whole message is just about following your dreams, and it's okay to be unique and be who you are." Black Star won the 2010 Best "Women's Scent Mass" by Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). Black Star was followed by a second fragrance in July 2010, Forbidden Rose, which took two years to develop. It features notes of red apple, winepeach, black pepper, lotusflower, heliotrope, shellflower, praline agreement, sandalwood, and vanilla. Its message is an extension of Black Star's "follow your dreams", though the tagline for the new perfume is "Dare to Discover". The commercial takes place in a gothic garden setting, where Lavigne, upon entering the garden, finds a single, purple rose. Lavigne launched a third fragrance, Wild Rose, in August 2011 and filmed the commercial for it in late 2010. The tagline for the fragrance is "Dare to discover more". It features notes of mandarin, pink grapefruit, plum, orange blossom, frangipani, blue orchid, musk, sandalwood and crème brûlée.
  • 2008
    Age 23
    In July 2008, Lavigne launched the clothing line Abbey Dawn, featuring a back-to-school collection.
    More Details Hide Details It is produced by Kohl's, which is the brand's exclusive US retailer. Named after Lavigne's childhood nickname, Abbey Dawn is designed by Lavigne herself. Kohl's describes Abbey Dawn as a "juniors lifestyle brand", which incorporates skull, zebra, and star patterns, purples and "hot pinks and blacks". Lavigne, who wore some of the clothes and jewellery from her line at various concerts before its official launch, pointed out that she was not merely licensing her name to the collection. "I actually am the designer. What's really important to me is that everything fits well and is well-made, so I try everything on and approve it all." The clothing line incorporates Lavigne's musical style and lyrics, "after the release of my first album, I realized how much fashion was involved in my musical career".
  • 2007
    Age 22
    In December 2007, Lavigne was ranked number eight in Forbes magazine's list of 'Top 20 Earners Under 25', with annual earnings of $12 million.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2008, Lavigne undertook a world tour, The Best Damn World Tour, and appeared on the cover of Maxim for the second time. In mid-August, Malaysia's Islamic opposition party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, attempted to ban Lavigne's tour show in Kuala Lumpur, judging her stage moves "too sexy". Her concert on 29 August was thought that it would promote wrong values ahead of Malaysia's independence day on 31 August. On 21 August 2008, MTV reported that the concert had been approved by the Malaysian government. In January 2010, Lavigne worked with Disney clothing designs inspired by Tim Burton's feature film Alice in Wonderland. She recorded a song for its soundtrack, "Alice", which was played over the end credits and included on the soundtrack album Almost Alice.
    Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2007, for 'World's Bestselling Canadian Artist' and 'World's Best Pop/Rock Female Artist'.
    More Details Hide Details She won her first two MTV Europe Music Awards, received a Teen Choice Award for 'Best Summer Single', and was nominated for five Juno Awards.
    Released on 12 June 2007, the album was produced to benefit Amnesty International's campaign to alleviate the crisis in Darfur.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 December 2009, Lavigne returned to the stage in Mexico City during the biggest charity event in Latin America, "Teleton". She performed acoustic versions of her hits "Complicated" and "Girlfriend" with Evan Taubenfeld and band member, Jim McGorman.
    The Flock was not released in American theatres, and because it was not released in foreign markets until late 2007, it is not considered Lavigne's debut.
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    In 2007, Chantal Kreviazuk, who wrote with Lavigne on her second album, accused Lavigne of plagiarism and criticized her songwriting, saying that "Avril doesn't really sit and write songs by herself or anything."
    More Details Hide Details Lavigne also disclaimed this, and considered taking legal action against Kreviazuk for "clear defamation" against her character. Kreviazuk later apologized, saying that "Avril is an accomplished songwriter and it has been my privilege to work with her." Shortly after that, Tommy Dunbar, founder of the band the Rubinoos, sued Lavigne, her publishing company, and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald for allegedly stealing parts of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" for her song "Girlfriend". Gottwald defended Lavigne, stating, "me and Avril wrote the song together... It has the same chord progressions as ten different Blink-182 songs, the standard changes you'd find in a Sum 41 song. It's the Sex Pistols, not the Rubinoos." In January 2008, the lawsuit was closed after a confidential settlement had been reached. Lavigne's earlier influences came from country music acts such as Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain; and alternative singer-songwriters such as Alanis Morissette, Lisa Loeb, Natalie Imbruglia and Janis Joplin. By the time she left school to focus on her music career, Lavigne was musically more influenced by skate punk, pop punk and punk rock acts such as blink-182, Sum 41, NOFX, Pennywise, Dashboard Confessional, Green Day, the Ramones, the Distillers and Hole. She also enjoyed metal bands such as Marilyn Manson, System of a Down, Incubus and the Used; as well as alternative bands such as Nirvana, No Doubt, Goo Goo Dolls, Radiohead, Coldplay, Oasis, Third Eye Blind and Matchbox Twenty.
    Ian McKellen defined her as "a punk chanteuse, a post-grunge valkyrie, with the wounded soul of a poet and the explosive pugnacity of a Canadian" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Most critics and publications, such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NME, MusicMight, IGN and PopMatters, have identified Lavigne as a mix of alternative rock, pop rock and pop punk, influenced by a post-grunge sound. While Lavigne denied being angry, her interviews were still passionate about the media's lack of respect for her songwriting. She said "I am a writer, and I won't accept people trying to take that away from me", adding that she had been writing "full-structured songs" since she was 14. Despite this, Lavigne's songwriting has been questioned throughout her career. The songwriting trio the Matrix, with whom Lavigne wrote songs for her debut album, claimed that they were the main songwriters of Lavigne's singles "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi" and "I'm with You". Lavigne denied this, asserting that she was the primary songwriter for every song on the album, saying that "None of those songs aren't from me".
    Lavigne's third album, The Best Damn Thing, was released in April 2007 and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, and subsequently achieving platinum status in Canada.
    More Details Hide Details The album sold more than 1.7 million copies in the US and six million worldwide. Its lead single, "Girlfriend", became Lavigne's first number-one single on the US 'Billboard' Hot 100 and one of the decade's biggest singles. The single also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, and Japan, and reached number two in the UK and France. As well as English, "Girlfriend" was recorded in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, and Mandarin. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ranked "Girlfriend" as the most-downloaded track worldwide in 2007, selling 7.3 million copies, including the versions recorded in eight different languages. "When You're Gone", the album's second single, reached the top five in Australia and the United Kingdom, the top ten in Canada, and the top forty in the US. "Hot" was the third single and charted only at number 95 in the US, although it reached the top 10 in Canada and the top 20 in Australia.
  • 2006
    Age 21
    I didn't want to be thinking, 20 years later, 'Oh, why did I wear my hair like that?'" The couple married on 15 July 2006 in Montecito, California.
    More Details Hide Details Seven months into their marriage, Lavigne stated that she was "the best thing that's ever happened to him", and suggested that she helped Whibley stay off drugs since they had begun dating. "He doesn't do drugs. Clearly, he used to, because he talked about it, but I wouldn't be with someone who did, and I made that very clear to him when we first started dating. I've never done cocaine in my life, and I'm proud of that. I am 100 percent against drugs." The marriage lasted four years.
    Lavigne's feature film debut was voicing an animated character in the 2006 film Over the Hedge, based on the comic strip of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details She voiced the character Heather, a Virginia opossum. Recording the characters' voices was devoid of interaction with other actors. That was the interesting part, going in by yourself, with no one else to kind of feed off of." Lavigne found the recording process to be "easy" and "natural", but she kept hitting the microphone as she gestured while acting. "I'd use my hands constantly and, like, hit the microphone stand and make noises, so Tim and Karey had to tell me to hold still. It's hard to be running or falling down the stairs and have to make those sounds come out of your mouth but keep your body still." Lavigne believed she was hired to perform Heather because of her rock-star status. "director thought I'd give my character... a bit of attitude". The film opened on 19 May 2006, making $38 million over its opening weekend. It went on to gross $336 million worldwide.
    In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage lasted four years.
    Fox Entertainment Group approached Lavigne to write a song for the soundtrack to the 2006 fantasy-adventure film Eragon; her contribution, "Keep Holding On", was released as a single to promote the film and its soundtrack.
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    In February 2006, Lavigne represented Canada at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
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  • 2005
    Age 20
    In June 2005, Whibley surprised Lavigne with a trip to Venice, Italy, including a gondola ride and a romantic picnic, and on 27 June, he proposed to her.
    More Details Hide Details She at first wanted to have a "rock n' roll, goth wedding", but admitted that she had doubts about going against tradition. "I've been dreaming about my wedding day since I was a little girl. I have to wear the white dress... people thought that I would a black wedding dress, and I would have. But at the same time, I was thinking about the wedding pictures, and I wanted to be in style.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2004
    Age 19
    Lavigne performed the Goo Goo Dolls song 'Iris' with the band's lead singer John Rzeznik at Fashion Rocks in September 2004, and she posed for the cover of 'Maxim' in October 2004.
    More Details Hide Details She recorded the theme song for 'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie' (released in November 2004) with producer Butch Walker.
    Lavigne co-wrote the song 'Breakaway', which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the 2004 film 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement'. 'Breakaway' was released as a single in mid 2004 and subsequently included as the title track on Clarkson's second album, 'Breakaway'.
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    Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2004, for 'World's Best Pop/Rock Artist' and 'World's Bestselling Canadian Artist', and won three Juno Awards from five nominations in 2005, including 'Artist of the Year'.
    More Details Hide Details She also won in the category of 'Favorite Female Singer' at the eighteenth annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
    In late 2004, Lavigne embarked on her first world tour, the year-long Bonez Tour.
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    During early 2004 Lavigne went on the 'Live and By Surprise' acoustic mall tour in the US and Canada to promote 'Under My Skin', accompanied by her guitarist Evan Taubenfeld.
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    Lavigne's second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May 2004 and debuted at number one in Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and the US.
    More Details Hide Details The album was certified five-times platinum in Canada and has sold 14 million copies, including 3.2 million in the US. Lavigne wrote most of the album's tracks with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, and Kreviazuk's husband, Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore. Lavigne said that Under My Skin proved her credentials as a songwriter, saying that "each song comes from a personal experience of mine, and there are so muchsic emotions in those songs". 'Don't Tell Me', the lead single off the album, reached the top five in the UK and Canada and the top ten in Australia. "My Happy Ending", the album's second single, was a top five hit in the UK and Australia. In the US, it was a top ten entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a number-one pop radio hit. The third single, "Nobody's Home", did not manage to make the top 40 in the US and performed moderately elsewhere.
  • 2003
    Age 18
    In March 2003, Lavigne posed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and in May she performed "Fuel" during MTV's Icon tribute to Metallica.
    More Details Hide Details During her first headlining tour, the Try to Shut Me Up Tour, Lavigne covered Green Day's "Basket Case".
  • 2002
    Age 17
    In 2002, Lavigne made a cameo appearance in the music video for "Hundred Million" by the pop punk band Treble Charger.
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    Lavigne was named Best New Artist (for "Complicated") 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 Bestselling Canadian Singer", and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Complicated".
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    Lavigne's debut single, "Complicated", peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the US. "Complicated" was one of the bestselling Canadian singles of 2002, and one of the decade's biggest hits in the US, where subsequent singles "Sk8er Boi" and "I'm with You" reached the top ten.
    More Details Hide Details With these three singles, Lavigne became the second artist in history to have three top-ten songs from a debut album on Billboards Mainstream Top 40 chart.
    By the end of 2002, the album was certified four-times platinum by the RIAA, making her the bestselling female artist of 2002 and Let Go the top-selling debut of the year.
    More Details Hide Details By May 2003, Let Go had accumulated over 1,000,000 sales in Canada, receiving a diamond certification from the Canadian Recording Industry Association. By 2009, the album had sold over 16 million units worldwide, and the RIAA certified the album six-times platinum, denoting shipments of over six million units in the US (it has sold 6.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
    Lavigne released Let Go in June 2002 in the US, where it reached number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, and the UK - this made Lavigne, at 17 years old, the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album on the UK Albums Chart at that time.
    Recording of Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, finished in January 2002.
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    In 2002 she released her debut album, Let Go, featuring personas of a "skater punk" and "pop punk princess".
    More Details Hide Details She has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK. As of 2013, it has sold nearly 7 million copies in the United States and over 20 million copies worldwide. Her breakthrough single, "Complicated", peaked at number 1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May 2004 and was her first album to peak at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne's third album, was released in April 2007, becoming her third number 1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featuring her first US Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single, "Girlfriend". Lavigne has scored six number-one singles worldwide, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm with You", "My Happy Ending", "Nobody's Home", and "Girlfriend". Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 12 million copies certified by the RIAA. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released in March 2011. Goodbye Lullaby gave Lavigne her fourth top 10 album on the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart and her third number 1 album in both Japan and Australia. Three months after the release of Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne began work on her eponymously titled fifth studio album, which was released by Epic Records on 1 November 2013 following her departure from RCA Records in 2011.
  • 2001
    Age 16
    It was only when Lavigne then went to Los Angeles in May 2001 and created two songs with The Matrix production team - including "Complicated", later released as her debut single - that the record company felt she had made a major breakthrough.
    More Details Hide Details Lavigne worked further with The Matrix and also with singer-songwriter Cliff Magness.
  • 2000
    Age 15
    Jowett arranged for Lavigne to work with producer Peter Zizzo during the summer of 2000 in New York, where she wrote the song "Why".
    More Details Hide Details Lavigne was noticed by Arista Records during a trip to New York. In November 2000, Ken Krongard, an A&R representative, invited Antonio "L.A." Reid, then head of Arista Records, to Zizzo's Manhattan studio to hear Lavigne sing. Her 15-minute audition "so impressed" Reid that he immediately signed her to Arista with a deal worth $1.25 million for two albums and an extra $900,000 for a publishing advance. By this time, Lavigne had found that she fit in naturally with her hometown high school's skater clique, an image that carried through to her first album, but although she enjoyed skateboarding, school left her feeling insecure. Having signed a record deal, and with support from her parents, she left school to focus on her music career. Lavigne's band was chosen by Nettwerk, as they wanted young performers who were up and coming from the Canadian punk rock scene who would fit with Lavigne's personality.
  • 1999
    Age 14
    In December 1999, Lavigne was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario.
    More Details Hide Details Fabri sent out VHS tapes of Lavigne's home performances to several industry prospects, and Lavigne was visited by several executives. Mark Jowett, co-founder of a Canadian management firm, Nettwerk, received a copy of Lavigne's karaoke performances recorded in her parents' basement.
    He invited her to contribute vocals on his song, "Touch the Sky", for his 1999 album, Quinte Spirit.
    More Details Hide Details She later sang on "Temple of Life" and "Two Rivers" for his follow-up album, My Window to You, in 2000.
    In 1999, Lavigne won a radio contest to perform with the Canadian singer Shania Twain at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, before an audience of 20,000 people.
    More Details Hide Details Twain and Lavigne sang Twain's song, "What Made You Say That", and Lavigne told Twain that she was going to be "a famous singer". During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folksinger Stephen Medd.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Born on September 27, 1984.
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