Old-fashioned Avril Lavigne style in relationships

Old-fashioned Avril Lavigne style in relationships

She may not dress the part, but punk princess Avril Lavigne is really an old-fashioned girl – when it comes to relationships.

Does beau, Brody Jenner fit that bill? Avril Lavigne tells the November issue of Maxim, on sale Oct. 12, “I like a classy man, a gentleman who opens the door and gives flowers and always puts the lady first. I’m a little old-fashioned like that.”

The singer, 26, who recently divorced Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, 30, is ready to release a new album, which she admits is inspired by her personal life but, “is the first that is not boy bashing.”

Not that her life is drama-free. A regular target of the paparazzi, Lavigne has been snapped leaving nightclubs with Jenner, something she says she rarely does.

“The only time I really ever get photographed is if I decide to go out with my friends to a bar or club, so … it kind of looks like I do that more than I do, ” she says, “The majority of the time I stay in.”

Lavigne does take tabloid reporting in stride saying, “You can only laugh at it and roll your eyes because it’s like, “Really?” They usually just pull that stuff out of their ass, but I think people know that.”

When asked how she stays out of trouble amidst some of the notable teen star meltdowns, the Canadian native credits her roots, “I got here on my own. I came from a small town and grew up in a regular home. I know what I’ve worked hard for. I’ve seen a lot of people who have gone a little crazy and who are really into the Hollywood scene. I don’t really like to hang out with people like that.

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Avril Lavigne Career Milestones

Avril Lavigne Career Milestones

Birth Name: Avril Lavigne
Birth Date: September 27, 1984
Birth Place: Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Avril Lavigne grew up in the small town of Napanee, Ontario. She was discovered by her first manager singing country songs in a bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. At the age of 16 Avril came to the attention of Arista records head L.A. Reid, and she was offered a recording contract.

With her new recording contract, Avril Lavigne moved to New York City. She was surrounded by some of the top songwriters and producers in the music business. Unfortunately, she was disappointed with her co-songwriters. Lavigne moved to Los Angeles and connected with Cliff Magness and the Matrix songwriting team. They helped put together the album Let Go.

Let Go, released in 2002, when Avril Lavigne was 17, was nearly an instant hit. Within 6 months the album sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. “Complicated,” the album’s first single, reached #2 on the pop singles chart. “Sk8erboi,” the followup, reached the top 10 as well and helped hone Lavigne’s self-chosen image as a skater punk. She soon found herself spearheading a wave of independent young female singers and setting fashion trends. Ultimately Let Go sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

For the followup album Under My Skin, released in 2004, Avril Lavigne worked extensively with Canadian songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. She also worked with three producers for the album: Butch Walker of the Marvelous 3, Raine Maida, Kreviazuk’s husband, and Don Gilmore, producer of Good Charlotte and Linkin Park. The result was an album that sounded more mature and polished than Let Go. Under My Skin debuted at the top of the pop albums chart and included “My Happy Ending,” another top 10 hit single.

In 2005, Avril Lavigne announced her engagement To Deryck Whibley of the punk pop group Sum 41. After the announcement Whibley headed to Europe to tour with his group while Lavigne continued her Bonez Tour through North America.

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Avril Lavigne goes extreme in lime green

Avril Lavigne goes extreme in lime green

The pop-punk princess takes her colorful hair highlights way over the fashion edge.

Avril Lavigne delivered a perilous fashion faux pas while about in London night. The 26-year-old pop-punk princess — who has sported neon-tinted locks for years — made the mistake of pairing her highlighted mane with a matching handbag, tank top, and nail polish.

Avril Lavigne’s profanity-laced rant at fans

Avril Lavigne's profanity-laced rant at fans

The rock star was supposed to put on a family-friendly show after a Rays game in Tampa.

Chill out, what ya yelling for? That’s the question that the embarrassed Tampa Bay Rays should have thrown back at Avril Lavigne after the punk rawker let loose some profanities during the team’s summer concert series at Tropicana Field on Saturday night. Instead the red-faced Rays just apologized directly to their fans in a statement on Sunday.

Said spokesman Rick Vaughn (via The Heater): “The Rays demand profanity-free performances from all of our concert performers and we are extremely disappointed by the language used in last night’s show. It is not consistent with the family-friendly atmosphere that Tropicana Field is known for.”

So what was Lavigne yelling for? Was it because the native Canadian still has a soft-spot for her Blue Jays and the Rays lead them in the current AL East standings? Was she suffering from withdrawal from her normal mall habitat of Hot Topics and Orange Juliuses? Good guesses, but no.

In reality, her salty language was reportedly aimed at the fans who booed the technical difficulties — notably, a dead microphone — that occurred during the singer’s first song.

Between her swear words, Lavigne reportedly noted that live shows — especially those at a “baseball stadium” — have a tendency to feature a few glitches. As someone who suffered through bad sounds at George Thorogood’s set after a Pittsburgh Pirates game last August, I can attest to that. (I also would have cheered anything that blocked Lavigne’s music from being disseminated further, but that’s just me.)

Still, Avril should have known better because this was a family atmosphere the Rays were paying her to perform at. And it was filled with the very same families that Lavigne and her marketing companies have targeted over the past decade by being just the right kind of punk rawk dangerous (which is, to say, usually not dangerous at all).

Were the words she uttered probably any worse than the kids in the expensive seats can hear from the ballplayers on the field? Probably not, but she could have dropped a quick “earmuffs!” before her tirade.

Avril Lavigne’s Dark Side

Avril Lavigne's Dark Side

Despite more than ten years difference in age, fellow Canadians Chantal Kreviazuk and Avril Lavigne formed a relationship of mutual respect and sisterhood — and become songwriting partners — after they met last summer.

“We became really good friends, and no one knew we were writing together,” says Lavigne. “Every single night for two weeks, we would write a new song. And then I was like, ‘OK, I’m ready to record them.'”

The pair co-wrote six songs on Lavigne’s forthcoming album, Under My Skin (due May 25th): “Slipped Away,” “Forgotten,” “Together,” “How Does It Feel,” “He Wasn’t” and “Who Knows.”

“Sometimes, she was my muse,” says Kreviazuk, 31. “She was a nineteen-year-old, so I’d go into her space and then it would build from there. Sometimes, she would be the mature one and we would flip back and forth and change our roles with each other.”

Kreviazuk’s husband, Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, had gotten to know Lavigne when his band opened for her in Europe in 2003. Kreviazuk, a singer-pianist with platinum sales in Canada, introduced herself to Lavigne at an after-party for the SARS benefit concerts that took place in Toronto last June. The next day, they went for lunch and Lavigne shared her thoughts on the direction of the album to follow 2002’s multi-million seller, Let Go.

“Avril wanted a very genuine thing to happen with her next record,” says Kreviazuk. “She wanted something special that was not going to be contrived, that wasn’t going to be the label or anybody pushing her in a direction or setting her up with people, even though she and I knew that she was going to have to humor those relationships once again. She really knew that there was something real inside her that was going to come out.”

Avril Lavigne's Dark Side

The two wrote for almost three weeks at Our Lady Peace’s warehouse space in Toronto, before Kreviazuk invited Lavigne to move into the Malibu home she shares with Maida, where the couple has a recording studio. Kreviazuk suggested her husband produce the tracks.

“I didn’t know he produced,” Lavigne says, “but he did an amazing job. At midnight, Raine would say, ‘OK, I need you to come do background vocals now, Avril.’ And I’d be in my pajamas in the recording booth [laughs]. It was very fun and totally laid back.”

Maida produced five songs on Under My Skin, one of which, “Fall to Pieces,” he co-wrote. Two of the Lavigne/Kreviazuk compositions were recorded by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte), who also produced a third song. Butch Walker also produced three tracks.

Kreviazuk describes “He Wasn’t” as “a super-fun, punk, screw-you-to-boys song.” “Forgotten” is a driving rock song inspired by similarly vibed music Lavigne was consumed with at the time. “She was kind of going through this goth, Marilyn Manson phase, totally finding herself in really dark, heavy music,” says Kreviazuk. “She couldn’t get enough of it. She wanted to make sure that side of her came through on the album.”

Lavigne admits that the new album is “darker, moodier, deeper, more mature” and says there are some piano-driven songs that show Kreviazuk’s influence. And despite Lavigne’s age, she impressed her older counterpart. “She has instincts like I had never seen before,” Kreviazuk says. “I learn from her because we think differently. I think with my head, and she thinks with her gut.”

Source: Rolling Stone Magazine.

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