Wonder what's under her skin?
Avril Lavigne, born 27 September, 1984 (career 2002-Present), is a Canadian
pop/rock/pop-punk singer-songwriter, clothes designer, and actress.
She released her debut album, Let Go
, in June of 2002 when she was seventeen. It went quadruple platinum. Her second album, Under My Skin
came out in 2004 and The Best Damn Thing
in 2007. All three were number one albums in the UK. All singles were well received.Goodbye Lullaby
came out early 2011, but it did not match the success of its predecessors. Her self titled album came out in 2013 to better reception. She returned to her Best Damn sound.
She's made cameo appearances in Sabrina the Teenage Witch
and the film Going The Distance
. She also played Beatrice Bell in The Flock
and Alice in Fast Food Nation
. In Over the Hedge
she voiced Heather.
She also designs the fashion line Abbey Dawn for Kohl's and has one fragrance, Black Star
, out and another Forbidden Rose
on the way.
Started dating Chad Kroeger from Nickelback
at some point during the 2012 recording of her fifth album. The two were engaged on August 21, 2012 and were married on July 1, 2013.
Not to be confused with Adam Levine
of Maroon Five
- My World (2003)
- The Best Damn Tour (2008)
Avril Lavigne contains examples of the following tropes:
- All Women Are Lustful: Subverted in "Hot". She at first sings about how the thought of the guy gets her so hot and all the sexual things she wants to do to him. Then she quietly reveals how she just wants him to kiss her and hold her as well.
- Alpha Bitch: In the "Girlfriend" video, she plays one, as well as the frumpy victim of her bitchiness.
- Alone in a Crowd: The cover of her album Let Go.
- Bad Girl Song: "Bad Girl" featuring Marilyn Manson.
- Be Yourself: "Complicated", "Freak Out", "Who Knows", "My World", "Anything But Ordinary", "Mobile".
- Badass Boast: The Best Damn Thing your eyes have ever seen is but one example.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three girls she plays in the "Girlfriend" video. The bitchy girl is brunette, the nerdy girl is redhead and Avril is blonde as herself.
- Bowdlerize: The Radio Disney edit of "Here's To Never Growing Up" is very heavily edited for content, often just removing certain lines outright.
- Break Up Song: Under My Skin as an album, particularly My Happy Ending and He Wasn't. Many songs on "Goodbye Lullaby" are about her divorce.
- Call Back: "Rock N Roll" calls back to "Sk8er Boi"* and "Girlfriend"*
- Avril has a habit of doing this. Among others, "Everybody Hurts" calls back to "When You're Gone"* and "Take Me Away"* , "I Love You" to "Complicated"* , and "Smile" to "One Of Those Girls"* . ("Girlfriend" and "Hot" both use the lyrical snippet "again and again", but they were on the same album.)
- Canada, Eh?
- Cannot Spit It Out: "Things I'll Never Say".
- Captain Obvious: "Sk8ter Boy". "He was a boy she was a girl/can I make it any more obvious?"
- The Casanova: "One Of Those Girls" is about a female variation on this trope, aimed at a crush.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: "My World".
- Creator Couple: A few of the guys she has dated or married end up working on her albums.
- Cute Little Fangs: Her famous "vampire teeth", which reportedly made her so self-conscious, she allegedly had them shaved at some point circa-2008.
- Curse Cut Short: A few exist in "Here's To Never Growing Up".
- Cut Song: Let Go the song doesn't appear in the Let Go album.
- Cover Version: 'Knocking On Heaven's Door', 'Mickey', 'Bad Reputation' and 'How You Remind Me'.
- Child Prodigy: She's been singing since the age of 2.
- Daddy's Girl: Her father got special mention in her linear notes for Under My Skin because he brought her some gear when she was young, encouraging her music lessons and allowing her to get as noisy as she wanted growing up.
- Darker and Edgier: Downplayed but present in "Under My Skin".
- Emo Teen: Under My Skin, anyone?
- Fan Service Pack: Started in "Under My Skin" with the "He Wasn't" video but really escalated with her third album.
- Follow Your Heart: "Freak Out", "Who Knows", "My World", "Anything but ordinary", "Mobile", "Keep Holdin' On".
- Girliness Upgrade: Starting with The Best Damn Thing, although she claims she was faking the look of her previous albums.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Gets some pretty explicit drug references in the song "Too Much To Ask", unless you really really really pay attention to it and are over the age 17. It sounds like any pissed off at you ignoring me song.
- Genki Girl: Her behind the scenes of the "Under My Skin" album making of and promo tour indicate this.
- Gratuitous Japanese: In the beginning of "Hello Kitty".
"Min'na saikō arigatō! K-K-K-KAWAII!!!!"
- Green-Eyed Monster
Hey hey, you you, I don't like your girlfriend! No way, no way, I think you need a new one...
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: "Sk8er Boi" is a song about a girl who is in denial about her love for a boy she knows until he's already been claimed by another.
- Hong Kong Dub: Among the other issues people have had with the "Hello Kitty" video, when she says "Someone chuck a cupcake at me", her lips don't seem to be saying that at all.
- I Just Want to Be Special: "Anything But Ordinary"
- Important Haircut: Went blonde at the end of "Under My Skin" and just in time for her new positive outlook.
- It Meant Something to Me: "Losing Grip" is this trope in song.
- The Lad-ette: As any good Anti-Britney Spears would be. "My World" is all the proof you need.
- Lighter and Softer: Her Lullaby and Best Damn albums have almost bordered on romantic and loving and just based upon fun, instead of heart break as it's bitter center and sadness. She actually spoke about this when she was recording "The Best Damn Thing" saying she just wanted to have fun in music again.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Listen to "He Wasn't" or "Anything But Ordinary".
- Meganekko: Briefly adorned Nerd Glasses in the "What the Hell" music video.
- And wore them much more in the "Hello Kitty" video.
- New Sound Album: Let Go is very upbeat compared to its follow-up, Under My Skin.
- Obsession Song: "Hot", "Girlfriend", "Thing's I'll Never Say", "Contagious", "Fall To Pieces".
- Older Than They Look: She looks the same...or younger than she did when her first album came out. The general conclusion is that she acts, looks and behaves like a teenager, but she's almost 30 years old now.
- One of the Boys: Mentions this in "My World"; her earlier performances had her dressed in very tomboyish attire too.
- Reportedly, first time she met Sum 41's Deryck Whibley (her then-future husband) and Steve Jocz, she was trying to pants him before being stopped by Steve giving her a wedgie. That should give you a clue on the type of girl she is.
- Perky Goth: During her "Under My Skin" Era she tread this line very closely. Most of them she's a perky punk.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: Chavril with her new fiance.
- Please Wake Up / Grief Song: "Slipped Away"
- Precision F-Strike: Though the effect was somewhat diminished in the album The Best Damn Thing.
- Product Placement: The "What the Hell" video was released by Sony, filmed in 3D and also made available as online 3D content for Sony TVs and Blu-ray players. Prominently displayed in the video are a Sony Bravia TV with 3D glasses, a Sony Vaio computer, a Sony Ericsson cellphone, and Avril's own perfume and clothing lines.
- And again in the video for "Rock N Roll", when Avril explicitly mentions her "new Sony phone" in the most forced way possible.
- Yet again in the "Let Me Go" music video, which prominently features a Sony tablet.
- Piss-Take Rap: "Nobody's Fool"
- Rage Against the Reflection: In the video for "Don't Tell Me".
- Rockumentary: Avril Lavigne has three video albums.
- Rock Star Song: "How Does It Feel".
- Sanity Slippage Song: Under My Skin is a sanity slippage album (minus "Who Knows"), "Runaway", "Goodbye", "Anything But Ordinary", "My World", "Mobile" and "I'm With You".
- Self-Titled Album: Fifth album this time.'
- Silly Love Songs: "Things I'll Never Say", "Fall To Pieces", "Naked", "Contagious"
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: The first girl in "Sk8er Boi."
- Wham Line: "Sk8r Boi" seems to be telling the story of two people in 3rd person until it reaches the bridge
"Sorry, girl, but you missed out,
Well, tough luck, that boy's mine now,
We are more than just good friends,
And this is how the story ends."
- With or Without You: In "Nobody's Fool":
If it's with or without you, I don't need you doubtin' me.
- Working with the Ex: Deryck Whibley, and her divorced in 2009, didn't stop his major influence on her fourth album.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Mentioned In "Smile".
- You Are Not Alone: "I'm With You" and Keep Holding On.