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Top 10 Unbelievable Facts about Avril Lavigne


Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada to Jean-Calude Lavigne and Judith-Rosanne.

Her father, Jean-Claude Lavigne, was born in 1954 at RCAF Station Grostenquin near Grostenquin, Lorraine, France. His family moved to Ontario, Canada in 1975.  

She was named Avril (the French word for April) by her father. As she grew, her parents recognized her gift for singing. In fact, when she was two years old, she sang a common song to many Christians Jesus Loves Me on the way home from church.

Commonly known by her friends and family as Lavigne, has an older brother named Matthew and a younger sister named Michelle, both of whom teased her when she sang.  She is the sister-in-law of the Japanese band One OK Rock bassist Ryota Kohama.

When Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Napanee, now incorporated as Greater Napanee), Ontario, a town with a population of approximately 5,000 at the time.

Her parents supported her singing; her father bought her a microphone, a drum kit, a keyboard, and several guitars, and he converted their basement into a studio.

Following his own love for music, Jean-Claude led the family to church at Third Day Worship Centre in Kingston, Ontario, where he often played bass. When Lavigne was 14 years old, her parents took her to karaoke sessions.

1. Her First Song

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Lavigne performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, The Chicks, and Shania Twain. She began writing her own songs.

Her first song was called Can’t Stop Thinking About You, about a teenage crush, which she described as cheesy and cute. Lavigne also played hockey during high school and won MVP twice as a right-winger in a boys league.

2. Rising to Fame

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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

Twain and Lavigne sang Twain’s song, What Made You Say That,  and Lavigne told Twain that she aspired to be a famous singer

During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folksinger Stephen Medd.

He invited her to contribute vocals on his song, Touch the Sky, for his 1999 album, Quinte Spirit. She later sang on “Temple of Life” and “Two Rivers” for his follow-up album, My Window to You, in 2000.

In December 1999, Lavigne was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. 

3. Tapes of Lavigne Home Performances

Fabri sent out VHS tapes of Lavigne’s home performances to several industry prospects, and Lavigne was visited by several executives.

One of them was Mark Jowett, co-founder of a Canadian management firm, Nettwerk. They received a copy of Lavigne’s karaoke performances recorded in her parents’ basement. 

4. Producer Peter Zizzo

Jowett arranged for Lavigne to work with producer Peter Zizzo during the summer of 2000 in New York, where she wrote the song “Why”. 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.

5. Signed to Arista

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.

6. Lavigne’s Band

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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, which were mostly the members of Closet Monster, 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.

7. Presented Canada

In February 2006, Lavigne represented Canada at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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.

8. Lavigne’s Third Album

Lavigne’s third album, The Best Damn Thing, was released in April 2007 and debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and subsequently achieved Platinum status in Canada. 

The album sold more than 2 million copies in the US. Its lead single, Girlfriend, became Lavigne’s first number-one single on the U.S. 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.

9. Two Great Music Awards

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Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2007, for ‘World’s Bestselling Canadian Artist’ and ‘World’s Best Pop/Rock Female Artist. 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.

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. 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 as too sexy.

It was thought that her concert on August 29 would promote wrong values ahead of Malaysia’s independence day on August 31. On August 21, 2008, MTV reported that the concert had been approved by the Malaysian government.

10. Worked with Disney

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In January 2010, Lavigne worked with Disney to create 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.