Avril Lavigne Information:
Genre: Rock, Rock-pop, Punk-pop, Teen pop, Post-Grunge, Modern Rock
Born: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, drums
With the rise of bubble gum and glamorous female pop stars in the late '90s and early 2000s, it was only natural that a punk-driven counterpoint to the norm would gain traction in the music industry. In 2002, Canadian singer Avril Lavigne was the sigh of relief that allowed pop music to broaden its horizons and merge the genres of punk and pop rock like never before.
Lavigne burst onto the scene in 2002 with her album Let Go, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard pop charts. With catchy singles like "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi," Lavigne was able to able to break into the pop genre while capturing a few punk fans along the way. Only 16-years old when the album was recorded, Avril Lavigne struck a chord with younger fans who looked to her as a role model away from the glitz and glamour of the pop scene.
After Let Go reached multi-platinum status and cemented Lavigne's status as a pop music icon, she went back into the studio to work on her sophomore effort, Under My Skin. The album would reach No. 1 on on the Billboard 200 and feature the successful singles "Nobody's Home," "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending." While the album was certainly darker than Let Go, the album showed the depth of Lavigne's songwriting and her ability to reach out to a more mature generation of fans.
In 2007, Lavigne would return to her pop-punk roots with her third album, The Best Damn Thing. The record would prove to be another commercial success for the Canadian pop star by reaching No. 1 yet again on the Billboard 200 chart. The single "Girlfriend" would prove to be Lavigne's biggest hit yet and managed to stay in the Top 10 for a remarkable six months.
Lavigne released her fourth album, Goodbye Lullabye, in 2011 and continues to be a major live concert draw in North America and around the world. She enlisted the talents of former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and the result was a far more polished and engaging album than her previous efforts. Since she first broke onto the scene in 2002, Avril Lavigne has managed to be the loud and boisterous voice that the pop music world desperately needed and has just begun to show her true potential.