Avril Ramona Lavigne-Whibley (born September 27, 1984) is a Grammy nominated Canadian pop singer and musician. She has sold over twenty-six million albums worldwide. In 2006, Canadian Business Magazine ranked her the seventh most powerful Canadian in Hollywood.
Although her parents are of French origins, she doesn't speak French and her name is usually pronounced in an anglicized way as /ˈævrəl ləˈviːn/"La-Veen" (in French it is commonly pronounced /aˈvʁil laˈviːɲ/ (help·info)). Avril is French for "April", while la vigne means "the vine" or "the vineyard".
Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, was released in 2002. Her second and third albums, Under My Skin (2004) and The Best Damn Thing (2007), respectively, reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Lavigne has scored three number one songs worldwide to date and a total of nine top ten hits, including "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi," "I'm With You," "My Happy Ending", "Nobody's Home", Keep Holding On", and "Girlfriend."