|NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 2, 2004) Global mega-platinum Arista recording artist Avril Lavigne has completed her eagerly anticipated second album, entitled UNDER MY SKIN - follow-up to her 2002 debut album Let Go which sold 14 million copies worldwide- and will personally set the stage for the new album's May 25th release with a unique series of mall appearances across the country called: "Avril Live and By Surprise: Presented By AOL For Broadband"
Starting March 4th in Minneapolis, Avril and guitarist (and co-songwriter) Evan Taubenfeld will perform a series of flash mob live performances at one selected mall in each of 21 cities.
Radio and press will spread news of the location in the 48 hours prior to each concert. At each appearance, the duo will perform acoustic versions of three of Avril's earlier songs and three songs from UNDER MY SKIN, including the new single, "Don't Tell Me," which impacts at AC and Pop radio on March 15th.
After Minneapolis, Avril and Evan will move on to malls near the major markets of Milwaukee (March 5th); Chicago, IL (8); Detroit, MI (9); Boston, MA (16); New York, NY (17); Philadelphia, PA (18); Washington, DC (19); Atlanta, GA (22); Cincinnati, OH (23); Cleveland, OH (24); Indianapolis, IN (25); St. Louis, MO (26); Seattle, WA (April 7th); Portland, OR (8); San Francisco, CA (9); Los Angeles, CA (12); Phoenix, AZ (13); Denver, CO (14); Houston, TX (15); and Dallas, TX (15).
"Don't Tell Me" was co-written by Avril and Evan Taubenfeld, and was produced by Butch Walker (of Marvelous 3). Rolling Stone has already zeroed in on "Don't Tell Me," noting "Avril plays the self-assured girl who rejects an overeager suitor with lines such as 'Did you think that I was gonna give it up to you/Did you think that was something I was gonna do?'" The promotional video for the single, directed by Liz Friedlander, will be shot in Los Angeles this month.
In addition to tracks written with Taubenfeld, Avril has collaborated with Ben Moody (formerly with Evanescence) and fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. "We're, like, best friends," Avril told Entertainment Weekly of Kreviazuk. "We'd write a song together every night for two weeks in a row. We had so much fun!" Besides Walker, various tracks were also produced by Don Gilmore (known for his work with Pearl Jam, Linkin Park and Good Charlotte), or Raine Maida (founder of Canadian group Our Lady Peace).
Coinciding with the release of UNDER MY SKIN, Avril will appear on the NBC "Today" show's outdoor summer concert series on May 21st; CBS's "Late Night With David Letterman" on May 24th; ABC's "Live With Regis & Kelly" on May 25th ; and NBC's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on May 26th. Prior to this, Avril will perform on the televised Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on April 9th.
Avril's first single, "Don't Tell Me," was premiered as a First Listen on AOL on Monday, February 23, to tremendous response. Avril taped a Sessions@AOL performance and interview on February 29th, which will be featured at kiosks throughout the mall tour.
Nominated for 8 Grammy awards for 2002 and 2003, Avril broke one chart record after another with the phenomenal success of her 6-times Platinum debut, LET GO. Its string of hit singles comprises "Complicated" "Sk8er Boi," "I'm With You," and "Losing Grip." Winner of the '02 MTV VMA for Best New Artist and MTV Latin America's Best New International Artist, Avril went on to amass more than a dozen industry awards around the world, from Germany, Denmark, the U.K., and Holland, to Thailand and Japan. Avril is also the recipient of 4 Juno awards and 2 Much Music Awards in her native Canada, and the winner of the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Song, for "Sk8er Boi," which also won the Teen Choice Music Award for Best Single.