Avril Lavigne Sued By Songwriters Over ‘Girlfriend’

The Toronto Star reports is being sued by U.S. songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer, who claim that her smash hit ‘Girlfriend’ sounds suspiciously like the Rubinoos single they released in the 1970s – ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’ (as popdirt noted back in April). “Avril’s very, very sensible,” Avril’s manager Terry McBride said. “She knows music well. If the chords had been similar, the melodies had been similar, lyrics had been similar, the metre, she would have gone, ‘OK, I can see their point.’ But nothing’s similar.” McBride also responded to Chantal Kreviazuk’s claim that Lavigne stole her song ‘Contagious’, saying that Kreviazuk had never even heard the Lavigne track and retracted her statement. “I know, personally, she regrets saying what she said,” said McBride, adding the songs are nothing alike. “The interviewer obviously got Chantal on a bad day.” Read more.

Talks With Seattle’s KISS 106.1

July 3, 2007 – was on the phone with Seattle’s Jackie & Bender of KISS 106.1 FM while she was in Spain on June 27th. Avril talked about travelling, married life, decorating her house in a rock Gothic theme, her European promo tour, the new single ‘When You’re Gone’, artists who worry about people getting fried on a song, going out with Shakira, attending the MuchMusic Video Awards, doing some movies, and more. Audio at kiss1061.com has since been removed.

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2 thoughts on “Avril Lavigne Sued By Songwriters Over ‘Girlfriend’

  1. tony says:

    I’m back again I don’t really like that song anyway so what’s the problem oh yeah she stole a couple songs from other artists and I don’t really mean to be rude but if she had just stuck with her old songs she would’ve gotten sued c’mon Avril get it together go back to your old songs and ditch pop…forever

  2. Libz says:

    “She knows music well.” What a joke!
    I remember when she had to present a lifetime achievement award to David Bowie at the Grammys (or something) and she didn’t even have a clue to who he was. She couldn’t even pronounce his name right “Who’s David Bow-ee??” and acted like it was ridiculous that he was getting award, because, you know, oh my god, she had never heard of him, like, duh! She is a fraud!

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