C.M. Wiggins/WENNOne of the few artists to transcend the punk pop scene of the early '00s, Avril Lavigne has gone from sk8er girl to reflective singer-songwriter to peppy cheerleader and back again during an impressively enduring eleven-year career. In the week she releases her self-titled fifth studio effort, here's a countdown of her albums from worst to best.5. Under My SkinLargely produced by Don Walker (Linkin Park), the nu-metal tinged Under My Skin was an attempt to establish Lavigne's serious artiste credentials. But while "Nobody's Home" remains arguably her greatest single, it suffered from both a whiney self-obsessive streak and a distinct lack of any humor.4. Goodbye LullabyAn album of two halves, Goodbye Lullaby began as a fairly pedestrian glossy rock affair before settling down into a far more interesting and introspective collection of songs inspired by and co-written with ex-husband Deryck Whibley.3. Avril LavigneAn entirely regressive but still consistently enjoyable listen, Lavigne's new record sees the Canadian unapologetically trying to cling onto her youth with a series of faux-rebellious anthems which suggest she's got a major case of Peter Pan syndrome.2. The Best Damn ThingPerhaps learning from the mistakes of her previous effort, Lavigne hooked up with hitmaker Dr. Luke and embraced the world of bubblegum pop on a record crammed full of 'guilty pleasures,' most notably the lead single, "Girlfriend," which sounds uncannily like the Rubinoos' power pop classic "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."1. Let GoAbly assisted by production factory The Matrix, 2002's Let Go was a highly accomplished debut which combined melodic Alanis Morissette-esque rock and bratty punk-pop with relatable lyrics which perfectly encapsulated those angst-ridden teenage years.
Deryck Whibley is on a mission to recoup his birth name - the singer took ex-wife Avril Lavigne's name when they wed in 2006 and now he wants rid of it. The Sum 41 frontman decided to legally change his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley when he tied the knot with the pop singer, but now, three years after their divorce, Whibley is finally getting around to changing his name.
He recently filed a petition in a Los Angeles County Court to drop 'Lavigne' and go back to his birth name, according to TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, Lavigne has moved past their broken marriage at a quicker pace - she exchanged vows with Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger in July (13).
WENNHaving previously worked with her ex, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, on the likes of "The Best Damn Thing" and "Goodbye Lullaby," Avril Lavigne has also continued to mix business with pleasure on her upcoming self-titled fifth album by hooking up with her new hubby, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, for the majority of its 13 tracks. The tiresome and faux-rebellious brat-pop of its first two singles suggests she'd have been better off leaving him at home. But not every husband-and-wife musical partnership is as derivative as the Lavigne-Kroegers. Here's a look at five of the best.Johnny & June Carter CashResponsible for country music's greatest love story, Johnny Cash toured with The Carter Family in the early 60s before hooking up with one of their singers, both romantically and professionally, as famously depicted in the Oscar winning Walk The Line.Sonny & CherAfter meeting as backing singers for Phil Spector, Sonny & Cher then became the golden couple of the 60s with a string of iconic pop hits ("I Got You Babe," "The Beat Goes On") before embarking on an equally successful TV career.Ike & Tina TurnerTheir actual marriage may have been plagued by troubles, most notably domestic violence and Ike's drug addiction, but the tempestuous couple undeniably defined the soul-rock scene of the '60s/'70s with the likes of the Grammy-winning "Proud Mary" and the legendary "River Deep Mountain High."The White StripesInitially claiming that they were siblings in an effort to keep the focus on their music, proof emerged in 2001 that Jack and Meg White had in fact recently divorced after a four-year marriage. For many, their 1999 self-titled debut is The White Stripes at their primitive best.TennisAlaina Moore and Patrick Riley might not have the same high-profile yet as the four names above but their gorgeously jangly blend of indie-rock and surf-pop has produced two of the finest husband-and-wife albums of the 21st Century.
The almost unrecognisable photos of Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley in the press recently served as a sharp reminder that the second wave of punk-pop actually occurred much longer ago than you might have thought. Indeed, twelve years have passed since its heyday, the kind of timegap which suggests that a mini-revival is due any minute now. It might already be underway. Named after Wheatus' biggest hit, a Teenage Dirtbags compilation topped the UK charts last month, while Avril Lavigne's last single, "Here's To Never Growing Up," might as well have been titled "Complicated Part 2." While several of the sound's biggest hitters are unlikely to receive a glowing career reappraisal (hello Bowling For Soup!), the late 90s/early 00s movement did produce at least a handful of genuinely great singles that deserve to be given another lease of life. Here's a look at five of the best.
The Bloodhound Gang – "The Bad Touch"
Even by the scene's rather low standards, The Bloodhound Gang were considered as perhaps a touch too crude. This ode to the kind of mating habits you'd find on the Discovery Channel is undeniably juvenile. But buried beneath its stream of sexual metaphors, there's an equally ridiculous yet utterly addictive production which borrowed from '80s synth-pop long before it was fashionable to do so.
Alien Ant Farm – "Movies"
Their nu-metal take on "Smooth Criminal" lost its appeal after a few listens but the brilliantly buoyant follow-up single "Movies" suggested, extremely briefly, that there was more to the band than novelty covers of Michael Jackson classics.
Sum 41 – "Fatlip"
A full-throttle celebration of rebelliousness which revelled in the band’s 'lower middle class brat' status, "Fatlip" is a thrilling mix of Beastie Boys-esque rap, thunderous hard rock and pogo-inducing skate punk, which unlike many of Sum 41's peers, didn’t even try to take itself seriously.
Crazy Town – "Butterfly"
One of the '00s ultimate one-hit wonders, heavily tattooed L.A. natives Crazy Town gave the scene its first and only US chart-topper with this chilled slice of rap-rock, although admittedly take away the inspired Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar sample and there isn't much to it.
A – "Nothing"
The UK never really tried to compete with their US cousins when it came to punk-pop until 'boyband with guitars' outfits Busted and McFly came along. A frontman Jason Perry would later work with the latter, but it was on this 1999 breakthrough single that he first showcased his knack of blending explosive guitar riffs with soaring pop melodies.
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Pop star Avril Lavigne opted for a lavish ceremony in France for her wedding to Chad Kroeger because she wanted to wow her guests with a vacation to remember. The couple's nuptials kicked off on Saturday (29Jun13), with Lavigne and her Nickelback rocker beau heading to Cannes with around 100 guests.
They tied the knot at the Chateau La Napoule in Mandelieu on Monday (01Jul13), the official day of their native Canada, and Lavigne has explained why they decided to jet to Europe for the luxurious affair.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I wanted to make sure it's a crazy vacation and an experience of a lifetime for our guests. I wanted it to be over the top. I'm obsessed with castles and I love French decor and goth... I found this castle in France and we visited it and it was perfect."
Lavigne opted for a black tulle Monique Lhuillier gown for the nuptials, which marks her second trip down the aisle. She was previously married to Sum 41 star Deryck Whibley.
Canadian stars Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger reportedly exchanged vows at a lavish ceremony in France on their country's national day (01Jul13). Wedding rumours began circulating online on Saturday (29Jun13) suggesting the couple was set to exchange vows in secret over the weekend (29-30Jun13), and now pictures have emerged apparently showing they became man and wife on Monday (01Jul13). The date has extra significance for the couple as it also marks Canada Day.
The images show Lavigne wearing a long, white dress with an extended train and flowers in her hair, walking arm in arm with Kroeger at the Chateau La Napoule in Mandelieu, near Cannes in Frances.
Editors at Usmagazine.com report the couple exchanged vows in front of around 50 guests, and the ceremony was followed by a dinner and reception.
A source tells the website, "Yes, they're married... It was a wild, all-night party with drinking, dancing, incredible food and lots of laughter and tears of happiness... Avril and Chad had glasses of wine in their hands and were kissing as fireworks popped overhead and sparkled down. It was a magical moment and everyone was overwhelmed!... It was a truly amazing wedding, absolutely magical."
The nuptials were reportedly preceded by a pre-wedding party and rehearsal dinner over the weekend ahead of the big day.
The marriage marks the Nickelback frontman's first trip down the aisle, while Lavigne is divorced from Sum 41 star Deryck Whibley.
Fans of Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger have been left confused over whether the stars have officially wed amid conflicting reports about a ceremony in the South of France. The Canadian couple was widely reported to have exchanged vows on Saturday (29Jun13), and Talent Resources CEO Mike Heller fuelled the speculation with a telling tweet.
In a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, "I'm in south of France about to see my little Rok (sic) star avril get married... I am so happy to be part of this special celebration."
However, an insider tells People.com the rumours were premature and the wedding has yet to actually take place.
Neither Lavigne or Kroeger has spoken out to confirm whether or not they are now husband and wife, but the Complicated hitmaker, who divorced Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley in 2010, previously admitted she wanted an unforgettable celebration for her second trip down the aisle, declaring, "I want to go all out with this wedding."
Kroeger insisted, "She's giving it a real rock 'n' roll edge. Let's just say she's taking the bull by the horns and steering the ship towards what is going to be the most unique wedding that the planet has probably ever seen."
Sum 41 drummer Steve Jocz has quit the group after 17 years in the line-up. The rocker announced the news in a post on Twitter.com on Thursday (18Apr13), thanking fans for their support but failing to specify a reason for his sudden departure.
He writes, "I'm sorry to announce that I've decided to leave Sum 41. Touring with the band has been an amazing experience that has taken us far beyond our old practice space in my parent's basement to countless countries around the world. I've had the opportunity to see and experience so much and for that I am truly grateful. I just want to thank all of our fans for making the last 17 years possible. I had a blast. Thanks again."
Jocz founded the Canadian punk group with his friend Deryck Whibley in 1996 and has played on all five of the group's studio albums. Sum 41 is due to release a new record later this year (13).
Avril Lavigne has confirmed reports that she and her husband Deryck Whibley have split after three years of marriage -- but insists she is "grateful" for her time with the rocker.
The pair's marriage has been under the tabloid spotlight for much of this year, amid rumors that the Canadian couple had parted ways.
Despite the speculation, the pair tried to banish the reports by appearing together in August for the first time in months during a trip to a Los Angeles store.
But after Us Weekly magazine reported the marriage was over, Lavigne decided to set the record straight on her MySpace blog.
In a post on Thursday, she wrote, "Deryck and I have been together for 6 and a half years. We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21.
"I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship.
"I admire Deryck and have a great amount of respect for him. He is the most amazing person I know and I love him with all my heart. Deryck and I are separating and moving forward on a positive note."
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