Girlfriend Avril Lavigne
Song Title: Girlfriend
Artist: Avril Lavigne
Date of release: 27th of February 2007
Description: ” Girlfriend ” is by Avril Lavigne ( Avril Ramona Lavigne ), the Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. By the she was 15 years old, Avril had appeared on stage with Shania Twain, the multi award winning Country singer. At 16 she had signed a recording contract with Arista Records worth over $2 Million.
Considered by many to be a leading musician in the development of the pop punk music genre, Avril is known as The ” Pop Punk Queen “. After the release of her debut Album, Let Go, on the 4th of June 2002, Avril has sold over 40 Million Albums and over 50 Million singles worldwide, which makes her the 2nd-best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, behind Celine Dion.
” Girlfriend ” was written by Lukasz Gottwald and Avril Lavigne. Lukasz known as Dr. Luke professionally, is an American record producer and songwriter. He first came to prominence when he co-wrote and co-produced, along with Swedish record producer Max Martin, the Kelly Clarkson single ” Since U Been Gone “, which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 2005. Lukasz has worked with the likes of Taio Cruz, B.o.B, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, T.I., Flo Rida, Miley Cyrus, Jessie J, Juicy J, Ne-Yo, Shakira and Pitbull.
Production for the single was by Lukasz Gottwald ( Dr. Luke ), Matt Beckley and Steven Wolf. Matt is a Los Angeles based producer, songwriter, mixer and guitarist. His catalogue of work equates to more than 20 Million Albums sold Worldwide across a wide range of musical styles.
Steven Wolf is a drummer, programmer, songwriter and music producer. He has worked with a variety of artists from Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus to Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion and the Bee Gees.
” Girlfriend ” was released on the 27th of February 2007 by record labels RCA and Columbia ( both Sony Music Entertainment ). It was released as the lead single from Avril’s third Album The Best Damn Thing.
The Album, released on the 17th of April 2007, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart in the United States, selling 289,000 copies in the first week. Outside of the US it also debuted at the top of the charts in many other countries including Austria, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Best Damn Thing went on to sell in excess of a Million copies Worldwide, making it one of the best-selling Albums of 2007.
Lyrically, ” Girlfriend ” is about the song’s central character having a crush on a boy who is already in a relationship, proclaiming it is her that should be his girlfriend. The composition of the song has been said to have similarities to ” Mickey “, the 1982 Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One single by Toni Basil. It was also noted that the song was similar to ” I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend “, a 1979 song by The Rubinoos. The writers, Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer brought legal proceedings against Avril Lavigne and Dr. Luke for copyright infringement, the suit was settled out of court in 2008.
The accompanying music video was filmed on location at Golf N’ Stuff in Norwalk, California. The theme park features golf courses, go-karts and bumper boats along with arcade games. There are three parks owned by the company located at Tucson in Arizona and Norwalk and Ventura in California.
The video was directed by The Malloys, the working name of brothers Emmett and Brendan Malloy. The brothers have worked with the likes of Kesha, Goldfrapp, Jack Johnson, Santana, Foo Fighters and Kid Rock.
” Girlfriend ” was a commercial success for Avril. In the United States the song debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and later topped the chart, spending 24 weeks on the chart there. It also reached Number One on the Mainstream Top 40 and number 13 on the Adult Top 40.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 10th of March 2007 and reached a peak of number 2. It spent 8 weeks in the top ten and a total of 28 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 8, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 7, Brazil (ABPD) 1, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 8, Finland Download (Latauslista) 4, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Hungary (Dance Top 40) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Japan (Oricon) 18, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 4, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Avrillavigne.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/avrillavigne
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/AvrilLavigne