Avril Ramona Lavigne ( born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress.
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 she released her debut album, Let Go, emphasising a skate punk persona in which she has been often referred by critics and music publications as the “Pop Punk Queen” due to her achievement and impact in the industry. Lavigne is considered a key musician in the development of pop punk music since she paved the way for female-driven, punk-influenced pop music. Since her professional debut, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide, making her the third-best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, behind Celine Dion and Shania Twain.
Lavigne took a break from recording music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced Heather, a Virginia opossum, in the animated film Over the Hedge in 2006. That same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, and in 2009 she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by Forbidden Rose in 2010, and Wild Rose in 2011. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41. The marriage lasted four years. In October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. 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.
Three months after the release of Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne announced that work on her fifth studio album had already begun, describing it as the musical opposite of Goodbye Lullaby and “pop and more fun again”. In late 2011, she confirmed that she had moved to Epic Records, headed by L. A. Reid. Lavigne contributed two cover songs to the 2012 Japanese animated film One Piece Film: Z: “How You Remind Me” (originally by Nickelback) and “Bad Reputation” (originally by Joan Jett).
The lead single from Lavigne’s fifth studio album, “Here’s to Never Growing Up” (produced by Martin Johnson of the band Boys Like Girls), was released in April 2013 and reached top 20 positions on the Billboard Hot 100, Australia and the UK. The second single, “Rock n Roll”, was released in August 2013 and the third, “Let Me Go” (featuring Lavigne’s then-husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback), was released in October 2013. The album, eponymously titled Avril Lavigne, was released in November 2013 and sold 125,000 copies in the US; in Canada, it was certified gold and received a Juno Award nomination for Pop Album of the Year. During mid 2014, Lavigne opened for boy band the Backstreet Boys’ In a World Like This Tour and played at the music festival Summer Sonic in Tokyo, Japan. 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. On 25 December 2016, Lavigne announced via her Instagram account that she was working on new music. Lavigne features in the song “Listen” from Japanese rock band One Ok Rock’s eighth studio album, Ambitions, released on 11 January 2017. Lavigne features in the song “Wings Clipped” by Grey with Anthony Green for the duo’s debut EP Chameleon, released on 29 September 2017.