At the age of 15 Avril had appeared on stage with Shania Twain. By the age of 16 she had a recording contract with Arista, but is now with RCA records. She had been offered two album deals worth more than two million dollars by Antonio “LA” Reid. At the age of 17 in 2002, Avril broke into the music scene with her debut album “Let Go”. Her debut album made her the younger female soloist to reach number one in the UK. The album was also certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. “Let Go” sold sixteen million copies. Let Go” was the debut album for Avril, which was released on the 4 June 2002. After a year of signing with Arista she struggled due to conflict, so she relocated to Los Angeles. The album was credited the biggest pop debut album in 2002. The album got positive reviews but received some negative comments on Lavinge’s songwriting style. The album did very well in Canada, receiving a diamond certification from the Canadian Recording Industry. “Let Go” was an still is Avril’s highest selling album an according to the billboard magazine it was the number seven top selling album.
Also rolling stone readers polled the album as the fourth best album of the 2000s. Her breakthrough single, just like “Let Go” peaked at number one in many countries. Her second album “Under My Skin” was released in 2004. It was her first album to peak at number one on the billboard 200. It went onto sell ten million copied worldwide. “Under My Skin” was released on the 25 may 2004. It was the last album Avril record with Arista records before signing with RCA records. According to Billboard magazine the album was ranked number 149 on the list of top selling album of the 2000s.
Avril had no plans on working with producers and professional writers. Avril wrote most of the album “Under My Skin” with Canadian singer songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. Avril and Kreviazuk became good friends back in 2003. Many of the tracks on this album were recorded in Malibu. Avril’s third album was “The Best Damn Thing”. It was released on the 13th April 2007. It was the fourth top selling album worldwide and song BMG’s top selling album of 2007. The album was certified platinum on the 15 June 2007. It has sold over five million copies.
This album is the third consecutive number one album in the UK charts and her second on the U. S billboard 200. The first single to be released from this album was “Girlfriend”, which reached the top of the charts in twelve different countries and was Avril’s first number one on the billboard hot 100. Four singles where released from the album and also “Keep Holding On” which was featured in the 2006 film “Eragon”. Avril said while touring that her favorite songs to sing while singing live are her more upbeat songs such as “st8er boi”.
After saying this on one of her tours it made her decision that “The Best Damn Thing” wouldn’t have many mid-tempo songs and instead would feature more energetic songs. Avril describes this album as “fast, fun, young, bratty, rock, aggressive, confident, and cocky… all the good stuff”. Many of the songs on the album don’t have a deep meaning to Avril. The album was helped produced by Dr Luke, Batch Walker, Avril, her husband at the time Deryck Whilbey from sum 41 and Travis Barker of blink 182. Also +44 recorded some drums for the album, so did Josh Freese. The best damn thing can’t be described in just a few genres.
There is a list. The genres that the best damn thing is described by are teen pop, pop, pop rock, pop-power, alternative rock, pop punk, punk and rock. Goodbye lullaby is the fourth upcoming album from Avril which will be released on the 8th of March 2011. Lavigne started recording this album in 2008 only a month after completing the best damn thing tour. She started with black star, which helped her promote her fragrance “Black Star”. She did a short theme that would be used for the television shots for the promotion. “Black Star” was composed in the Malaysian hotel she was staying at on her tour.
The theme was than expanded into a full song and rolling stones magazine described as “an ethereal lullaby that turns epic with tinkling Coldplay like pianos and soaring strings”. Recorded began with Avril just singing to acoustic guitar with additional instruments added later. Several of the songs on this album such as “darling” and “everybody hurts”. “Darlin” was the second song she wrote at the age of fifteen while living in Napanee, Ontario. This album is different from Lavigne others albums, it’s not all over the place, its more consistent all the way through.