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Avril Lavigne

Born 27 September 1984.
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Avril Lavigne's What The Hell video gets the DIXIE treatment

The Matt Edmondson Show computer DIXIE describes what happens in Avril Lavigne's What The Hell music video

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Biography

Avril Ramona Lavigne (AV-ril lə-VEEN; born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, and spent most of her youth in the 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. Since her professional debut she has sold more than 30 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 17 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 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 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 U.S., with over 11 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 U.S. 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 eponymous titled fifth studio album, which was released by Epic Records on 1 November 2013 following her departure from RCA Records in 2011.

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  1. Review of Goodbye Lullaby

    Goodbye Lullaby 2011

    Reviewed by Al Fox
    Self-effacing fourth album from the Canadian star, but lacking authenticity.
  2. Review of The Best Damn Thing

    The Best Damn Thing 2007

    Reviewed by Nickie Latham
    ...If you're looking for the acceptable face of mass-marketed teen rebellion, Avril...
  3. Review of Under My Skin

    Under My Skin 2004

    Reviewed by Annabel Leathes
    Until Avril manages a glimmer of a smile, she will continue to sound like a petulant...
  4. Review of Let Go

    Let Go 2002

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    She's only 17, she's pretty, she's sold a zillion albums already, she talks a lot...
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