Born on September 27 1984, Canadian singer, songwriter and actress Avril Ramona Lavigne first appeared in the summer of 2002, touting an addictive debut single “Complicated”. Lavigne, who was 17 at the time, quickly rose to teen idol status, selling several million copies of her debut album, “Let Go” (the best-selling album by a female artist in 2002), while inspiring a genuine fashion craze with her penchant for tank tops and neckties. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK. As of 2013, it has sold nearly 7 million copies in the United States and over 20 million copies worldwide. As the decade progressed, so did Lavigne’s marketable sound, which took a contemplative turn on the sophomore effort “Under My Skin” before reaching an aggressively upbeat tone for 2007’s “The Best Damn Thing” (becoming her third number 1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featuring her first US Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single, “Girlfriend”). Lavigne has scored six (6) number-one singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m with You”, “My Happy Ending”, “Nobody’s Home” and “Girlfriend”.
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. Lavigne married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroegerin 2013.