Top 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Avril Lavigne

Script written by Q.V. Hough When Avril Lavigne released her debut album “Let Go” she never knew how big of a celebrity she would become! Now, 15 years later, she’s still known as the “Pop Punk Queen”. Though she’s been in the spotlight since she was 15, did you know that she’s from a small Canadian town of Greater Napanee? That on top of being a singer, she’s also an actress? How about the fact that she learned guitar on her own? What other facts about Avril did we miss? Comment below!

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Top 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Avril Lavigne

Back in the 2000’s, you couldn’t go ten minutes without hearing a song by this Canadian musician. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Avril Lavigne.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some lesser-known facts related to punk-pop singer Avril Lavigne.

#5: She’s From a Small Town

Avril Lavigne is from the Canadian town of Greater Napanee. A two-hour drive east of Toronto, the town is located in the province of Ontario. While the town itself has been around since the 18th century, the population is still quite low, with a 2011 census reporting a total of 15,511 residents. This didn’t stop Lavigne from becoming a household name across North America. She emerged from her humble beginnings to become one of the best selling female artists of the 2000’s. Her fame has not been lost on the residents of her hometown, as a local Pizza parlor now features a slice name in her honor.

#4: She Loved Making the Video for “Complicated”
One of the most exciting things for a new artist is when they get to shoot their first music video. For Avril Lavigne, that video was for her hit 2002 song “Complicated”. The singer songwriter enjoyed shooting that particular music video because it involved multiple scenes, some of which saw her and her fellow band mates cruising through a mall on their skateboards. Additionally, Lavigne has stated that because it was her first video it will always have a special place in her heart. Who wouldn’t want to have a shopping mall all to themselves?

#3: She Learned to Play Guitar on Her Own
An instrument can be a difficult thing to master. Whether it’s the drums, bass guitar or the French horn, each instrument presents a new set of challenges to its user. While taking classes is one route, Lavigne decided to just pick up the instrument on her own at the young age of 12. One of the first songs she learned was “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz. Oddly enough, when Lavigne first got started she was heavily influenced by the country and folk genres. Only when she realized there was a market for a female punk rocker did she switch her style.

#2: She’s An Actress

Everybody knows Avril Lavigne from her numerous hit songs and high profile relationships with fellow musicians Deryck Whibley and Chad Kroeger, but did you know that she has acted in a number of films as well? Starting with a voice over role in the 2006 animated film “Over the Hedge”, Lavigne went on to act in the Richard Linklater comedy “Fast Food Nation” and the Flock, a crime drama revolving around the search for a kidnapped girl. While all three films feature Lavigne in smaller roles, she still does an excellent job!

#1: She Has Written Songs for Other Artists

The music business is rarely what it seems. When you hear a particular artist belting out a tune it can be easy to assume that they wrote it as well. Nowadays this is rarely the case. Many artists will write songs for their peers, and Lavigne is no different. The Canadian singer has written songs for Leona Lewis, Miranda Cosgrove and Kelly Clarkson. Ironically enough, “Breakaway”, the song she wrote for Clarkson, was originally supposed to appear on her 2002 album “Let Go”, but was ultimately cut. It just goes to show that some songs just sound better when performed by someone else.


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