‘Authentic’ Is Avril Lavigne’s Favorite Word

Eva Friede of the Montreal Gazette profiled the image that is Avril Lavigne, and whether she is or isn’t a marketing gimmick. “I don’t think there’s anything authentic about the pop-music business,” said Robyn Diner, who teaches feminist theory and pop culture at Concordia University. “She’s a commodity.” Max Valiquette, president of Youthography, a Toronto firm that tracks youth said, “Authentic. It’s her favorite word. She’s authentic and the people need that. She’s authentic and the kids like that. She’s authentic, she’s authentic, she’s authentic.”

Looks Forward To Love, Marriage & Family

January 29, 2003 – Avril Lavigne’s interview with Us Weekly has been published in the Vancouver Province. In the piece, she talks about a love lost. “Once, I had a boyfriend for six months and he was the first guy to break up with me,” she said. “I thought I was in love with him and I wanted to marry him. I was just really depressed.” But Avril hasn’t given up on romance. “I look forward to falling in love, getting married, starting a family. Right now, I’m young and doing a lot of cool stuff but I can’t wait to do that!”

MP Sings Avril Lavigne’s Praise In Commons

January 28, 2003 – The Kingston Whig-Standard reports that the Canadian House of Commons gave praise to Napanee’s own on Monday (January 27). Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington MP Larry McCormick said, “Mr. Speaker, thank you for this opportunity to recognize a young woman whose home town – indeed her whole country – celebrates her success. Avril is from Napanee, the largest town in my riding … but a small town just the same.” He added, “We take pleasure in knowing that Avril grew up here, sang gospel at Evangel Temple [and] practiced, practiced, practiced. She sang at local fairs and events and attended school at Napanee District Secondary School, as I did.”

Unlike Britney Spears, Avril Keeps Fashion Simple

January 28, 2003 – Us Weekly spoke with Avril Lavigne, who tells them when it comes to fashion, she’s low maintenance. “I wear the same clothes all the time. Do you ever notice that?” Lavigne said. “I have in my suitcase my pile of pants, t-shirts, pajamas and shoes. I’m not like Britney, where you’ll see her in a brand-new outfit every time she goes out.”

Donna C. Backs Away From Avril Lavigne’s Comparison

January 28, 2003 – The Donnas’ silliness and cache of songs that dwell on superficial relationships are more than the White Stripes’ Meg White, but drummer Torry Castellano (aka Donna C.) doesn’t necessarily buy the connection. “I see the connection, but I don’t know,” Castellano tells the LA Daily News. “I think it’s good that there are more girls out there and everything, but at the same time, it can hurt us, too. When girls wear a guitar in a video like an accessory, it keeps the facade going that we don’t really play our instruments.”

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