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Evolution of Avril

From punk rock to hip hop

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    In 1999 Avril Lavigne won a radio contest to sing with Shania Twain in front of 20,000 people.

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    In 2000, when she was 16 years old, L.A. Reid signed Avril to a $1.25 million contract.

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    She immediately dropped out of high school to move to New York and pursue her dream.

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    In 2002 this 18-year-old Canadian released her debut album Let Go which sold 13 million copies worldwide.

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    Her hit single “Complicated peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

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    Her music and her skater-punk fashion received a lot of attention because it was different from the popular Britney's and Christina's of the time.

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    In August of 2002, she received a VMA for Best New Artist.

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    She made her television debut in 2002 with an appearance on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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    In March of 2003, Avril was on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

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    Upon launching her second album Under My Skin in 2004, she was taking a more serious and hands on approach to her music.

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    Avril Lavigne co-wrote Kelly Clarkson’s famous song “Breakaway” in 2004.

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    Lavigne got engaged to fellow musician Deryck Whibley (lead singer of punk band “Sum 41”) in summer of 2005.

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    In 2006 she ditched the dyed locks for a bit and modeled for a fashion spread in People’s 50 Most Beautiful People Issue.

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    In 2007, Lavigne released her third studio album The Best Damn Thing which includes hit single “Girlfriend.”

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    Lavigne appeared on the cover of the March issue of Maxim in 2008.

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    In September of 2009 Lavigne and hubby Whibley announced their split, but they continued to work together to produce her fourth studio album.

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    Not long after her announced split, it was rumored that Lavigne started dating Wilmer Valderamma (a.k.a. Fez).

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    But that didn’t last too long as Lavigne dated hunky star of The Hills Brody Jenner in 2010.

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    Avril Lavigne performed in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

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    Lavigne’s song “Alice (Underground)” was written specifically for Tim Burton’s 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland.

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    She attended the premiere of the film in February of 2010.

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    In September of 2010, Lavigne was back in all of our minds as her song “I’m With You,” was sampled in Rihanna’s hit “Cheers (I’ll Drink To That).”

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    Lavigne released her fourth studio album entitled, Goodbye Lullaby in March of 2011.

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    In January of 2012, Lavigne and two-year-long boyfriend Brody Jenner announced their split due to scheduling conflicts. One has to wonder what they did about their tattoos of each other’s name…

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    By 2012 she and Chad Kroeger, lead singer for Nickelback, had collaborated on a song for her upcoming fifth album, and in August she announced a surprise engagement.

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    They tied the knot a little less than a year later on July 1st, 2013.

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    August 8th, Lavigne released the album cover for her up and coming self-titled album, said to be released in September.

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