Chantal Kreviazuk checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@chantalkreviazuk) on Saturday (July 7) after the death of her beloved dog Olympia (Pia).
“She was my shadow; loved her mommy,” Kreviazuk writes. “She was patient with the kids. She protected them every time we all went out together. It was so so cute. I was just so proud of her, and the lovely lady she grew to be.”
As for her husband and Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida’s reaction to the news, she writes, “My husband is so incredible. He was with Pia when she died as I did not arrive back in town from Europe til later that night. Raine was strong for the kids until I got back. I am in awe of both his sensitivity and his strength, and I am so proud to be his wife. He is the most loyal and supportive husband, and any opportunity that I have to show him the same is as wonderful an opportunity as any, in my opinion.”
Avril Lavigne posted the following message to fans on her blog at MySpace on Friday (July 6):
To My Dear Media, Friends, and Fans
You may have heard some news that two guys who wrote for some band from the 1970s I have never in my life heard of called the “Rubinoos” are trying to sue me. They have a song called “I Want To Be Your Boyfriend” that has no musical similarities to the song “Girlfriend” that Luke Gottwald and I wrote together. They claim that a small part of the lyrics are the same and are saying that I took these from them. I had never heard this song in my life and their claim is based on 5 words! All songs share similar lyrics and emotions. As humans we speak one language.
Off the top of my head, two other songs that I can immediately think of with this type of lyric are “Hey, hey, you, you get off of my cloud” by the Rolling Stones and “Hey little girl I want to be your boyfriend” by the Ramones. Simply put, I have been falsely accused of ripping their song off. Luke and I have done nothing wrong and there is no merit to their claim.
And slap in the face #2
I was going to be the bigger person and not reply when I read Chantal Kreviazuk’s article in Performing Songwriter magazine. Now that all the media have caught on to her little interview, I need to speak. Chantal’s comments are damaging to my reputation and a clear defamation of my character and I am considering taking legal action. Chantal has accused me of taking a song idea from her because I happen to have a song on my new record with the same title.
For the record, I wrote a song with Evan Taubenfeld which coincidentally has the same title as a song Chantal had sent me a few years ago. Our songs have no similarities and opposite meanings, i.e. different lyrics, different melody, different genres. In Chantal’s own words “the only similarity is in the title.” I originally wrote this with Evan for his record and I ended up with it. Funny enough when I decided to put “Contagious” on my album we had to change the words from “she” to “he” in order for it to work on my record. There are hundreds of songs out there with the title “Contagious,” 75+ on iTunes alone.
Chantal has also made false accusations about my writing skills. I am so over this topic. This letter is not about this. I am not going to sit here and defend my writing skills. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I know who I am and what I have done and accomplished and no one can take that away from me.
My decision to discontinue working with Chantal after co-writing together on my second record was simply based on the fact that we had no hits together. That is why her name is not on this record, despite her numerous attempts to be included, which were always denied. From my perspective this is a clear case of bitterness. Chantal is upset that she didn’t get to be a part of my record. She did email me after the article came out apologizing and I forgive her but I have to put the truth out there so my fans are not confused by these false accusations.
Let it be crystal clear that I have not ripped anyone off or done anything wrong. I have never had to deal with anything publicly like this and surely never wanted to. I do not deserve this negative press and attention. I take pride in the songs that I write and appreciate the opportunities to work with some great writers and musicians.
My fans have been so dedicated to my music and it is because of them that I have this amazing career. Thank you again to my fans for continuing to be so supportive. This is a very positive time for me in my life. I have a very successful career and I feel very lucky to have accomplished all that I have. I am so thankful every day.
I would like to say more but my lawyers have advised me not to. Why is it when you get to a certain level people want to attack you?…. and now I have said my peace.
The Toronto Star reports Avril Lavigne 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.
Avril Lavigne Talks With Seattle’s KISS 106.1
July 3, 2007 – Avril Lavigne 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.
The Black List Club frontman Evan Taubenfeld took part in a Q&A on the band’s official web site, where he answered questions from fans, including one asking about the claim that Avril Lavigne’s song ‘Contagious’ is really written by Chantal Kreviazuk. “‘Contagious’ on Avril’s was written solely by Avril and myself,” Taubenfeld, who was Lavigne’s lead guitarist from spring 2002 to September 2004, insisted. “In fact, we originally wrote it for me, so there’s no way Chantal was involved. I can’t speak on her song or any claims she’s making about our song because I’ve never heard hers.”
Performing Songwriter magazine caught up with Chantal Kreviazuk for a Q&A, where they mentioned to the singer they had just did an article with fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne, with whom Chantal had written with. “I find it funny that it’s in Performing Songwriter,” Kreviazuk said, referring to Avril even being in the magazine. “I mean, Avril, songwriter? Avril doesn’t really sit down and write songs by herself or anything. Avril will cross the ethical line and no one says anything. That’s why I’ll never work with her again. I sent her a song two years ago called ‘Contagious’, and I just saw the tracklisting to this album [‘The Best Damn Thing’] and there’s a song called ‘Contagious’ on it – and my names not on it. What do you do with that?” Lavigne had earlier encountered songwriting controversy when the Matrix took credit for all the songwriting on her debut ‘Let Go’, upsetting Avril to the point she’s never worked with the hitmakers since. A scan of the article at the mag’s web site, performingsongwriter.com, has since been removed.
Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace are out with the video to their new charity single ‘Lebo’s River’, featuring Lebo Kgasapane, a South African singer/songwriter who tragically died of AIDS in 2004. The track is featured on the War Child Canada album ‘Help: A Day In The Life’. Watch it via YouTube below.
Chantal Kreviazuk checked in with fans on her official web site as she prepares to release her new album ‘Ghost Stories’. “Hey Everyone,” she writes. “Sorry it has been a while. I am of course up to my ears with music. That was my best bad joke ever. Anyway, I am preparing for the release of ‘Ghost Stories’! I did my first few interviews this past week, and man, I had forgotten how therapeutic that is! (If the journalist asks good questions!). I am working on the prep for a video for ‘All I Can Do’. I think it will be nice – a sort of city landscape, performance piece. What the heck am I gonna wear? We are all strategizing potential dates around Canada surrounding the release of the album, so there maybe some cool new announcements soon, so stay tuned.” Read more, and watch footage of Chantal in the studio, at ChantalKreviazuk.com.
Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian born singer songwriter whose “organic” style of music has Extra wondering what it all means. She tells Extra, “I think my style, or what I’m trying to perfect, is something very natural.”
While Chantal Kreviazuk’s stateside success is a goal, the Canadian singer waves off too much discussion of business. “When you have personal success and goals that have nothing to do with public validation or financial security, you’re a far greater asset to yourself,” she told Billboard.com. “Everybody loving you is a fleeting moment. I’m so lucky to have a phenomenal husband and partner.” He is Raine Maida, frontman for Our Lady Peace, with whom she wrote five songs on the album. Her third album for Columbia, ‘What If It All Means Something’, was released April 22nd in the U.S.
Pop acts on talk television this week include Chantal Kreviazuk, who appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, and the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on Tuesday night. Look for Lucy Woodward on the Caroline Rhea Show on Tuesday, and Madonna drops by Live with Regis and Kelly on Friday.