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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Several recent news articles have prompted the revival of one of the most road-tested popular music bromides, the theory that Rock Is Dead. In 2002 the biggest
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Nominations for the the 45th annual Grammy Awards are among the most evenly distributed in the history of the music industry awards ceremony.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Bruce Springsteen and Eminem top the list of performers winning Grammy Award nominations Tuesday.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Springsteen, Eminem get Grammy nominations

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Controversial rapper Eminem, rock legend Bruce Springsteen, newcomer Norah Jones and teen pop star Avril Lavigne dominated major categories Tuesday in the annou
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Nominations for Song of the Year

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Following are the nominations for the Song of the Year Grammy Award: "Complicated" written by Avril Lavigne & The Matrix, "Don't Know Why" written by Jesse Harr
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Nominations for Record of the Year

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles," Eminem's "Without Me," Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why," Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland's "Dilemma" and Nickelback's "How Yor
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

OSCAR-WINNER CONRAD HALL DIES Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad L. Hall died Saturday at a Santa Monica, Calif., hospital of complications from bladder cancer. He was 76.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Soul music diva Diana Ross was charged with three counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol in Arizono Monday, Tuscon police confirm.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Z100's annual "Jingle Ball" concert, scheduled for Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, is sold out, but Musicians On Call still is offering Platinum Seats and a chance to meet some of the evening's chart-topping performers.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

Eminem's Shady/Interscope soundtrack "8 Mile" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, the second time the rap star has topped the Billboard album charts with a new release this year.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's shows in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ludwigshafen and Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and Vienna have just gone on sale and more 2003 European dates are to be announced. These concerts follow the success of the ba
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Timberlake, Carter go solo

In the pop music market these days, boys just want to be boys -- but not necessarily in boy bands.
GARY GRAFF

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

R. Kelly was cleared to leave Illinois to perform in Miami over the weekend. The singer was ordered to surrender his passport and avoid illegal contact with minors.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne performs in concert at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, on August 21, 2005. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Avril Ramona Lavigne (pronounced /ˈævrɨl ləˈviːn/; born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actress, and philanthropist. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, but spent the majority of her youth in the small town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista (now RCA Records) worth more than $2 million. When she was 17 years old, Lavigne broke onto the music scene with her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002.

Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach #1 in the UK, and the album was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. By 2009, over 16 million copies had been sold worldwide. Her breakthrough single, "Complicated", peaked at #1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second album, Under My Skin, was released in 2004 and was her first album to peak at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne’s third album, was released in 2007, becoming her third #1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featuring her first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1 single, "Girlfriend". Lavigne has scored a total of five #1 singles worldwide, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm With You", "My Happy Ending" and "Girlfriend". With more than 30 million copies of her albums sold worldwide, Lavigne is currently one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the U.S., with over 10.25 million copies certified by the RIAA. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released on March 8, 2011.

Lavigne branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced a character in the animated film, Over the Hedge, in 2006. That same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, and in 2009, she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by her second perfume, Forbidden Rose, in 2010. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41. The marriage lasted a little over three years, and in October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. Whibley and Lavigne continued to work together, with Whibley producing her fourth album, as well as Lavigne's single, "Alice", written for Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland.

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