Avril Ramona Lavigne (pronounced /ˈævrɨl ləˈviːn/; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and occasional actress. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide. She is currently one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the United States, with over 10 million copies certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.Billboard named Lavigne the #10 pop artists of the 2000s as well as the 28th overall best act of the decade based on album sales, chart success, and cultural relativity in the USA.
Lavigne broke into the recording industry with her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002. As of 2009, over 16 million copies were sold worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States. Hersecond and third albums, Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing, reached number one on the Global charts. Lavigne has scored five number-one singles worldwide, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boy", "I'm With You", "My Happy Ending" and "Girlfriend". She is currently working on her fourth studio album, due in June 2010.
Avril Ramona Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, the daughter ofJudith-Rosanne "Judy" (née Loshaw) and Jean-Claude Lavigne. Lavigne's father is of French Canadian descent, and named her Avril after the month "April" in French. She has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle. Lavigne's mother was the first to spot young Lavigne's talent. A daughter of a working-class family Lavigne, at the age of two, began singing church songs along with hermother. The family moved to Nappanee, Ontario, when Lavigne was five years old.
Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta; March 28, 1986) is an American recording artist. She began performing in the rock music scene of New York City's Lower East Side. She soon signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records, upon its establishment in 2007. During her early time atInterscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities, and had her also sign to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.
Her debut album, The Fame, was released on August 19, 2008. In addition to receiving generally positive reviews, it reached number-one in Canada, Austria, Germany, and Ireland and topped the BillboardTop Electronic Albums chart. Its first two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", co-written and co-produced with Redone, became international number-one hits, topping the Hot 100 in the United States as well as other countries. The album later earned a total of six Grammy Award nominations and won awards for Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording. In early 2009, after havingopened for New Kids on the Block and the Pussycat Dolls, she embarked on her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour. By the fourth quarter of 2009, she released her second studio album The Fame Monster, with the global chart-topping lead single "Bad Romance", as well as having embarked on her second headlining tour of the year, The Monster Ball Tour.
Paramore is an American rock band fromFranklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. Members are lead vocalist and keyboardist Hayley Williams, lead guitarist Josh Farro, bassist Jeremy Davis, drummer Zac Farro, and rhythm guitarist Taylor York.
The group released their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, and their second album, Riot! In 2007, which was certified Platinum in the US and Gold in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. BrandNew Eyes, Paramore's third album, was released on September 29, 2009. Brand New Eyes is the band's highest charting album to date.
Paramore began recording their second album, Riot! In January 2007, ending production in March without rhythm guitarist Hunter Lamb (who left the band early in 2007 after getting married); without Lamb, lead guitarist Josh Farro was required to play both guitar...
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