AVRIL LAVIGNE – THE CANADIAN POP PUNK SINGER

Avril Lavigne (full name Avril Lavigne Whibley) was born on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontar io, Canada. She is a Canadian pop punk singer/songwriter and actress who is well known for her “skater punk” persona. Her two albums to date, Let Go (2002) and Under My Skin (2004), have topped the charts in numerous countries. Although her name is of French origin, she herself does not speak French and her name is pronounced in an anglicized way, more or less as “La-veen”. Her first name, Avril, means “April” in French and is pronounced “Av-reel” (anglicized “Ahv-ril”).

Born in Belleville, Ontario to conservative Franco-Ontarian Christian parents John and Judy Lavigne, Avril Lavigne grew up in Napanee; having moved there at the age of five. It was in Napanee that she sang country music and in a church choir and taught herself to play guitar.

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, Avril was spotted by Steve Medd, a local folksinger, who invited her to perform vocals on his song Touch The Sky for his 1999 album Quinte Spirit. Suitably impressed, he invited her back to perform vocals on Temple Of Life and Two Rivers for his followup album, My Window To You in 2000.

By the age of sixteen, Avril Lavigne was signed by Ken Krongard, the artists-and-repertoire (A&R) representative of Arista Records, who invited his boss, Arista head Antonio “L.A.” Reid, to hear her sing in a New York City studio. She then completed work on her first album. Apparently, early attempts to co-write songs for her failed to meet her approval; and Lavigne eventually moved to Los Angeles, California, and co-wrote her album with Clif Magness and the songwriting team The Matrix, whose previous work included songs for Sheena Easton and Christina Aguilera.

She described her first album, Let Go, as a pop album with “a couple of rock songs on it”, and has indicated a desire to write more rock-oriented songs in the future. It was released by Arista on June 4, 2002 in the United States, reaching number two there and number one in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom (making Lavigne the youngest female solo act ever at the time to have a number-one album in the UK).

It was certified four times platinum less than six months later by the RIAA, and had sold fifteen million copies worldwide as of December 2004. Four singles from the album were released, all of them hits. “Complicated” went to number one in Australia while reaching number two on the U.S. Hot 100, and was also one of the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002. “Sk8er Boi” reached the top ten in the U.S. and Australia and number one in Canada, “I’m With You” reached the top five in the U.S., while “Losing Grip” reached number one in Canada, the top ten in Taiwan, and the top twenty in Chile.

The media have often compared Lavigne to Alanis Morissette (one of her favourite artists alongside Coldplay and The Goo Goo Dolls), who is also Canadian, as well as singer-songwriters such as Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch, who emerged at about the same time and were popularly credited, with Lavigne, as part of a trend towards more genuine creativity in the teen pop-music market. She was named “Best New Artist” at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, won four Juno Awards in 2003 (out of six nominations), a World Music Award for World’s Best-Selling Canadian Singer, and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards. 2004 “the present Lavigne’s second album, Under My Skin, was released on May 25, 2004 in the U.S. and went to number one in several countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia.

She wrote most of the album with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, though some tracks were co-written by Lavigne and Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence), Butch Walker of Marvelous 3, and the rest with her former lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace Kreviazuk’s husband, co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore. Lead single “Don’t Tell Me” went to number one in Argentina, top five in the U.K. and Canada, and top ten in Australia and Brasil. “My Happy Ending” reached the top ten in the U.S., and was her third biggest hit to date there, but third single “Nobody’s Home” did not make the top forty.

The final single from the album, “He Wasn’t”, reached number one in Canada, making the song her eighth number-one release since “Complicated”, but failed to make the UK top twenty and was not released in the U.S. 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 also won the award for Favourite Female Singer at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Lavigne co-wrote a song, “Breakaway”, which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and was later included on Clarkson’s second album, Breakaway, being released as the album’s first single. It went on to peak at #6 in the US and provided Clarkson with a substantial hit. One source reports that Lavigne will release a new album some time in the spring of 2006.

In January 2006, Avril Lavigne signed a contract with Ford Models. Avril Lavigne is appearing on the February edition of Harpers Bazaar Fashion Magazine with a new look. Avril Lavigne will sing at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin, Italy) for the eight minutes of the Vancouver 2010 portion. Her third album is supposed to be released during the middle of 2006. It should include collaborations with Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband, Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, who have also worked on 2004’s ‘Under My Skin’ Lavigne’s current band consists of the following: Devin Bronson (lead guitar), Craig Wood (rhythm guitar), Charlie Moniz (bass) and Matt Brann (drums).

Departed members from Lavigne’s band consist of the following: Evan Taubenfeld (lead guitar, 2002 2004), Mark Spicoluk (bass, 2002) and Jesse Colburn (rhythm guitar, 2002 2003). In 2003, it was reported that Lavigne was romantically involved with Colburn. Lavigne is engaged to be married to Deryck Whibley of the pop punk band Sum 41, and Mark Spicoluk was a former member of that band. She formerly traveled with a bag full of about thirty neck ties. Some of them she bought, and the rest of them she took from her father and some were sent to her by fanmail. Avril Lavigne stopped wearing neckties completely in 2003, as she was horrified at the constant media references to them overshadowing her music and that she was starting a fashion trend amongst her fans.

She has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist, applied at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody’s identical tattoo. In late 2004, Avril Lavigne had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter ‘D’ applied to her right wrist ” thought to be a reference to fiance Deryck Whibley. Avril Lavigne has also bought a house with him in Beverly Hills. In March 2004, she became involved in a celebrity feud with Hilary Duff: Duff reportedly criticized Lavigne after she apparently got mad at her fans for dressing like her. Duff called her “mean-spirited” and said: “You should be happy that these people like you and look up to you.” During an interview for a Boston radio station, Avril Lavigne then said that Duff was a “mommy’s girl” and a “goody two-shoes”.

Avril Lavigne then said to Duff (who was not present during that interview), “You can go screw yourself”. Reportedly, Lavigne also said about Duff, “I’m sure she’s really nice and sweet. I’m sure she’s all smiles.” During that same interview, she spotted a picture of herself and ripped it up, allegedly saying, “I hate that fucking photo!” All this happened while on air. According to Lavigne, she had permission to take the picture down ” station personnel encouraged her to take it down. Avril Lavigne has admitted to Rollingstone.com that she got into some fights one night. “The other night, I got into three fights”, says Lavigne. “I was at a club and some girl was giving me attitude. Avril Lavigne pushed me and I got her down on the floor. Security came, and because I was on top, they threw me out.” A profile of Lavigne in The Washington Post found that, in the flesh, her personality did not reflect her marketing, and instead found her to be, if anything, something of a wide-eyed innocent, citing her intending to purchase her first Ramones CD. In another interview, she listed her current listening tastes as including blink-182, Sum 41, Green Day and System of a Down.

Avril Lavigne is a vegetarian. Some members of the old school, hardcore punk community have an intense dislike for Lavigne and her style of music, which they believe waters down what punk is really all about. Comments Avril Lavigne has made, showing a lack of knowledge/interest in the seventies punk movement and the luminaries of that movement (Avril Lavigne once admitted to not ever having heard of the Sex Pistols), has led some to label her a poser. However, Avril Lavigne has consistently stated that her music is not punk rock and that she does not believe she is punk. Although it’s constantly debated whether or not Avril Lavigne is punk, there have been several (and more recent) occasions where she has stated “I’m not punk, that’s a whole other world. If anything I’m more rock or pop.” Avril Lavigne has made it to the list of FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World for three consecutive years, from 2003 to 2005. She was also included in Maxim Hot 100 for 2003 and 2005 at 92nd and 36th spots respectively.

DISCOGRAPHY

  • Let Go-2002
  • Under My Skin-2004
  • The Best Damn Thing-2007

AVRIL LAVIGNE DATES

  • Jesse Colburn (2002 – 2003)
  • Deryck Whibley (2004 – now)

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MADONNA – THE SEXY ENTERTAINER

Madonna was born on 16 August 1958 in Michigan. Her full name was Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Madonna married Guy Ritchie, having divorced Sean Penn. However, in October 2008 Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced that were getting divorced. She has a huge IQ and reportedly enjoys chess. Madonna won a dance scholarship to Michigan University, but dropped out and went to New York. Madonna struggled for a while in various dance troupes and bands, and was briefly a backing vocalist/dancer to French disco star Patrick Hernandez.

Madonna’s debut album, titled Madonna, was released in 1983, and although it sold 3 million copies it was with her next album, Like a Virgin that she made most impact. Her music continued to be a critical and commercial success and in the past 20 years, Madonna has sold more than 250m records. Some people argue that Madonna lulled in the early part of the 2000s but there was no disputing that 2005 was a good year for Madonna (barring a horse-riding accident). Her Live 8 performance was highly regarded as was her album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, produced by Stuart Price, which contained the Number 1 single ‘Hung Up’. Madonna has been a hugely successful singer, but she is a woman of many talents. Her photo-book, Sex was a great commercial success although panned by many critics.

Madonna has also appeared in a variety of films including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), In Bed with Madonna (1991) and Evita (1996). Up until recently Madonna ran the record company Maverick, which (after a dispute) she sold to Warner Music. Madonna has recently written several children’s stories. Pundits have frequently referred to her successful branding and dubbed her a chameleon. Some compliment her for this, and others criticise her. Madonna has two children: Lourdes, fathered by personal trainer Carlos Leon, and Rocco with Guy Ritchie. Madonna can nowadays also be referred to as Esther.

As Madonna puts it: “I don’t go by the name of Esther, but yes, that is my Hebrew name. I chose it.” In an interview with ABC’s 20/20 Madonna said: “I was named after my mother. My mother died when she was very young. I wanted to attach myself to another name. So I read about all the women in the old testament and I love the story of Queen Esther.” Madonna came 8th in the Forbes list of the most powerful celebrities 2005. In February 2008, Filth and Wisdom, which was the first film directed by Madonna, was released. Meanwhile Madonna’s music continued to prove popular. In May 2008, Madonna had her tenth number one album in the UK with Hard Candy.AWARDS2009

Grammy Awards
Best Dance Recording “Give It 2 Me” (Lost to Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger)
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical “4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix)” (Lost to MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix))

2008

Bravo Magazine Otto Awards (Hungary)
Best Video for “4 Minutes”

Grammy Awards
Best Long Form Music Video “The Confessions Tour”

World Music Awards
Best Selling American Artist

2007

Virgin.Net Awards
Best Solo Artist

The Sun Bizarre Readers Poll
Best Female
Best Live Act “The Confessions Tour”

Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
Most Creative Stage Production “The Confessions Tour”

The Ivor Novello Awards
International Hit Of The Year “Sorry”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Music Video “Jump”
Best Dance Solo Artist

Grammy Awards
Best Electronic/Dance Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor”

Elle Magazine Awards
Style Icon Award

2006

World Music Awards
World’s Best Pop Artist

TRL Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

NRJ Awards
Best International Female Artist

NME Awards
Sexiest Female

MVPA Awards
Best Make-Up “Hung Up” (Gina Brooke)

International Dance Music Awards
Best Pop Dance Track “Hung Up”
Best Dance Video “Hung Up”
Best Dance Artist Solo

Brit Awards
Best International Female

Billboard Touring Awards
Top Boxscore (for 8 London concerts – $22 million)
Top Manager Award (Guy Oseary and Angela Becker)

Amadeus Austrian Music Awards
Best international Hit Single (Hung Up)

2005

Meteor Ireland Music Awards
Best Live Performance – Visiting Act (“Re-Invention Tour”)

2004

UK Music Hall Of Fame
Founding Member

NRJ Music Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dancestar Awards
Best Chart Act

Billboard Backstage Pass Awards
Top Tour “Re-Invention Tour”

Billboard Awards
Best Selling Dance Single “Me Against The Music” (with Britney Spears)

2003

Theatregoers’ Choice Theatre Awards
Theatre Event “Up For Grabs”

MVPA Awards
Soundtrack Video of the Year (“Die Another Day”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “Swept Away”
Worst Supporting Actress (“Die Another Day”)
Worst Screen Couple “Swept Away”, with Adriano Giannini

Bulgarian MM Awards
Best International Video (Die Another Day)

American Music Awards
Michael Jackson Award

2002

International Dance Music Awards
Best Solo Dance Artist

DVD Awards
Best Music DVD “Drowned World Tour Live”

ASCAP Awards
Best Song “Don’t Tell Me”

AOL Viewers Choice Awards
Best TV Concert Of The Year “Drowned World Tour Live”

2001

NRJ Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Female

MVPA Awards
Best Direction Of A Female Artist “Don’t Tell Me”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Solo Artist
Best Pop Dance 12″ Record “Music”
Best Dance Video “Music”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “The Next Best Thing”

Grammy Awards
Best Video Of The Year “Music”
Best Recording Package “Music”

Edison Awards
Best International Female Artist

Danish Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Hit “Music”

Capital FM Awards
Favorite International Solo Artist

Billboard Awards
Best Video Clip Of The Year “Music”

Brit Awards
Best International Female

2000

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#1 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Albums (#3 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Premios Amigos Awards
Best International Female Singer

MVPA Awards
Panavision Award for Best Cinematography “Beautiful Stranger”

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Dance

Grammy Awards
Best Song from a Motion Picture “Beautiful Stranger”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress of the Century

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Song From Motion Pictures “Beautiful Stranger”

1999Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Beautiful Stranger”)MVPA Awards
Pop Video Of The Year “Ray Of Light”
Best Special Effects in a Music Video “Frozen”

Music Week CAD Awards
Best Special Effects in a Video “Frozen”
Best Editing in a Video “Frozen”
Best Dance Video “Frozen”

MTV Video Music Awards
Best video From A Film “Beautiful Stranger”

Grammy Awards
Best Pop Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Dance Single (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Recording Package (“Ray Of Light”)

1998

Viva Comet Awards
Best International Artist

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Ray Of Light”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#3 “Ray Of Light”)

Much Music Awards
Best International Video (“Ray Of Light”)

VH-1 Fashion Awards
The Versace Award
Most Fashinable Artist
Most Stylish Music Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Video Of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Female Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Direction In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Editing In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Choreography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Special Effects In A Video (“Frozen”)

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female
Best Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award

1997

Golden Globe Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
Best Performance By An Actress – Comedy/Musical (“Evita”)
Best Movie (“Evita”)

Billboard Awards
Artist Achievement Award

American Moviegoer’s Awards
Best Actress (“Evita”)
Best Direction (“Evita”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)

1996

MTV Latin Music Awards
Best Female Artist (“Veras”)
Best Video (“Veras”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Supporting Actress (“Four Rooms”)

Echo Awards
Best International Female Artist

ASCAP Awards
Best Song (“You’ll See”)

1995

VH-1 Fashion Awards
Most Fashionable Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Take A Bow”)

1994

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Body Of Evidence”)

1993

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Art Direction In A Video (“Rain”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Rain”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“This Used To Be My Playground”)

1992

Grammy Awards
Best Long-Form Video “Blond Ambition Tour Live”

1991

MTV Video Music Awards
Best bLong-Form Video (“The Immaculate Collection”)

Juno Awards
Best International Single (“Vogue”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Dance Single (“Vogue”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“Sooner Or Later”)

1990

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#1 “Vogue”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video (“Vogue”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Vogue”)

1989

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#4 “Like A Prayer”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Art Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video
Best Cinematography In A Video

International Music Awards
Best International Female (“Like A Prayer”)

1988

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Who’s That Girl”)

1987

MuchMusic Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Female Video (“La Isla Bonita”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Open Your Heart”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Who’s That Girl”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Live To Tell”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

1986

People’s Choice Awards
Favorite Female Musical Performer

MTV Video Music Awards
Video Vanguard Award

Juno Awards
Best International Album (“True Blue”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Shanghai Surprise”)

1985

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

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