As Avril Lavigne’s popularity rises, the backlash also seems to rise along with it. Jessica Zietz of Rec Room Magazine blasts the singer in a lengthy examination of the Canadian pop/punk star’s annoyances. Zietz writes, “Avril Lavigne just seems fake, plain and simple. She tries to pull off this tormented, wounded puppy look in the ‘Complicated’ video. She emphasizes her songwriting and guitar playing, yet had numerous songwriters work on her album, while the guitar is rarely strapped around her body when the music is live.”
Avril Lavigne’s Album Sales Jumps End
July 24, 2002 – The momentum Avril Lavigne had with sequential rises in album sales every week since ‘Let Go’ debuted has ended. The singer saw her album drop to the #5 spot on the charts, selling a little over 110,000 copies. On top of the charts was Dave Matthews Band’s latest album ‘Busted Stuff’, which cleared 621,000 copies, plenty to beat out Nelly whose ‘Nellyville’ ended its three-week reign at the top. Vanessa Carlton’s ‘Be Not Nobody’ cracked the half-million mark in sales last week, putting her in the #30 spot.
Avril Lavigne Soars In Search Requests
July 23, 2002 – The Lycos 50 is out today and as Avril Lavigne climbs the album charts, she climbs in search requests as well, putting her within striking distance of perennial pop champ Britney Spears. With Britney in the #4 spot and Avril in the #11 spot, Spears’ reign as the queen of pop may be in trouble. Shakira lands at #20, Jennifer Lopez at #27, and Ashanti at #49. The full list at Lycos.com has since been removed.