Avril Lavigne is French-Canadian and was born on September 27, 1984 in Ontario, Canada.
When she was 15, she appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, she had already signed a two-album recording contract for more than $2 million.
With her debut album Let Go, she became one of the most popular pop punk artists, a reason she earned her reputation of a ‘skater punk’ persona and ‘pop punk princess’.
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Her second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May 2004 and was her first album to peak at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.
The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne’s third album, was released in 2007, becoming her third number 1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featuring her first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single, “Girlfriend”.
Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the U.S., with over 11 million copies.
Themes in Lavigne’s music include messages of self-empowerment from a female or an adolescent view.
Growing up, Lavigne listened to Blink-182, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty and Shania Twain, and her influences include Courtney Love and Janis Joplin.
In July 2008, Lavigne launched the clothing line Abbey Dawn, featuring a back-to-school collection.
Lavigne has been involved with many charities, including Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, Erase MS, AmericanCPR.org, Camp Will-a-Way, Music Clearing Minefields, U.S. Campaign for Burma, Make-a-Wish Foundation and War Child.
Lavigne was married to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whilbey for three years.
She then got married to fellow Canadian rocker Chad Kroeger of Nickelback in 2012.
She has received 5 Grammy nominations, including 1 for Best New Artist (2003).
Avril has a pizza named after her at a restaurant in her home town, Napanee, Ontario.
The rocker ranked #44 on Maxim’s “Hot 100” of 2014 list.