Launch.com caught up with Avril Lavigne after the singer nabbed five Grammy nominations yesterday. “2002 is probably like the craziest year of my life: releasing my first record, shooting my first video, being up for…,” Avril said. “This is my first time having anything to do with the Grammys. I won my first award this year. It’s been really, really intense.” As if there was one of the five she most wants to win, Lavigne said, “Yeah, best female rock whatever it was (laughs).”
Grammy Nominees Topping Album Charts
January 7, 2003 – Contributed by elgato1019_1: The HitsDailyDouble.com numbers show that this past week was a very slow week in music sales. Norah Jones’ ‘Come Away With Me’ will be the #1 album on this week’s Billboard Charts selling 129,162 copies. Avril Lavigne’s ‘Let Go’ will take the #2 spot moving another 120,000 units. Eminem’s ‘8 Mile’ soundtrack and Christina Aguilera’s ‘Stripped’ will land at #3 and #4, respectively. The Dixie Chicks will come in at #5. All the artists in the top 5 happen to be up for Grammys.
Avril Lavigne Tops UK Album Charts
January 6, 2003 – Robbie Williams, who enjoyed a six-week reign at #1 with ‘Escapology’, was knocked off the top spot by Avril Lavigne’s ‘Let Go’, the first time the Canadian singer’s album has hit the top spot in the UK since its October release. Lavigne kicks off her first UK tour in March, where tickets sold out in days and two more dates had to be added.
Avril, Eminem & Britney Dominate Zone’s Year-End Hitchart
January 4, 2003 – Contributed by Potpot: Fresh from being named as the New Artist of 2002 in the recently concluded Zone Choice Awards, Avril Lavigne has yet another tune to sing with as her debut single, ‘Complicated’, notched the No.1 spot in Zone’s year-end hitchart. The catchy pop-rock oriented tune stayed for 3 consecutive weeks in the No.1 position last year, giving the Canadian-born singer the biggest shot at the year-end top slot. Another big winner is Eminem. His single ‘Without Me’ closed in at No.3. Pop princess Britney Spears also had a reason to celebrate as 3 of her songs managed to land in the top 20: ‘Boys CoEd Remix’ at #4, ‘Overprotected’ at #17, and ‘Not A Girl’ at #20. To complete the top 10: ‘Back To You’ by John Mayer at #2, Santanna’s ‘Game of Love’ at #5, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Like I Love You’ at #6, Mariah Carey’s ‘Through The Rain’ at #7, ‘My Sacrifice’ by Creed at #8, ‘Dilemma’ by Nelly at #9, and Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirrty’ at #10.
Avril Lavigne Recruits Butch Walker For Sophomore LP
December 31, 2002 – AlternativeAddiction.com reports that Avril Lavigne is planning on heading back to the studio to begin work on her second album after finishing her spring tour. Butch Walker has been recruited to write and produce her next album, a change of pace from Lavigne’s ‘Let Go’ debut, which she claims to have written herself. Walker has taken production credits on his work with Injected, Stroke 9, Bowling For Soup, and SR-71 in which he also helped co-write the bands only hit in their song ‘Right Now’.