Lavigne accused of ripping off songs

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne has just been slapped with a lawsuit claiming she ripped off the Rubinoos’ 1979 single, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. Lavigne’s manager hired a musicologist to study the tracks, who supposedly found the songs to be “completely different” both in melodies and lyrics. However, the Rubinoos’ song goes “Hey! Hey! You! You! I wanna be your boyfriend,” while Lavigne sings, “Hey! Hey! You! You! I wanna be your girlfriend.” Meanwhile, Chantal Kreviazuk told Performing Songwriter that she sent Lavigne a song two years ago called Contagious. “I just saw the track listing to [Avril’s new] album and there’s a song called Contagious on it—and my name’s not on it. What do you do with that?” Krevaziuk asked the magazine. “I mean, Avril, a songwriter? Avril doesn’t really sit and write songs by herself or anything.” She says she’ll never work with Avril again.

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  1. Bob • July 6, 2007 @ 12:51 PM

    I hope she gets sued for every penny. This little punk wanna-be kid doesn’t deserve any fame. She can’t even sing. She can’t even write her own material.

  2. Grape • July 6, 2007 @ 12:58 PM

    Avril is a brilliant artist and it was only a matter of time before others would try to cash in on her name. This won’t stop her momentum one bit.

  3. Anonymous • July 6, 2007 @ 3:27 PM

    As a matter of fct Avril can sng and she earned her fame. Additionally, I think that it was overlooked that both of these issues ONLY came up when the songs became popular. Concidence, I think not people.

  4. ff • July 6, 2007 @ 5:43 PM

    duh the issue would only come up when they got popular.. why else would they care?

  5. anthony • July 6, 2007 @ 7:59 PM

    Avril is a poser and hopefully pays for all the ripoffs she has done!

  6. Gremikin • July 7, 2007 @ 12:08 PM

    Geeze, some of you people sound so completely RABID. “Poser”? “Little punk wanna-be kid”? How do you know? What happened to NOT judging people by stereotypes before you even know them?
    (Not that many of us are actually going to get a chance to meet Avril Lavigne, but you can look at how she conducts herself in public. She hasn’t been drunk driving, right?)

  7. Binky • July 7, 2007 @ 5:29 PM

    Avril is the new Alanis; get used to it.

  8. Professional Musician • July 9, 2007 @ 8:07 AM

    Avril Lavigne is no better than any other pop tart. While I admit she can certainly sing, she’s not a musician, she’s a manufactured construction put through the music machine in order to make money for a lot of white, upper-class, middle-aged businessmen.

    Chantal is absolutely correct – Avril doesn’t sit down and write songs on her own, she walks in to a room with “The Matrix” (an enormous group of pop songwriters) and says “yay” or “nay” to what they’ve done. As a result, her name goes on her songs as if she’s a writer – it’s probably written in to her contract. I suppose the leeches sucking from her professional teet acknowledge that they’re better off with a smaller piece of the pie rather than none at all.

  9. Potsie Webber • July 9, 2007 @ 10:33 AM

    Chantal is obviously envious of Avril’s success and acclaim.

  10. jenny • July 9, 2007 @ 2:54 PM

    The song in question sounds alot like a rolling stones song as well, McJagger should sue everyone.

    I doubt she’s ripping off music on purpose. Her management team probably gets songs, and she approves them, most likely without knowing any better. But at the end of the day, if she makes money off of them she shoudl pay out to whoever owns the rights.

    Also, it’s curious that her talentless husbad has been involved in so many of these scandals…

  11. quinn • July 9, 2007 @ 6:46 PM

    If it’s true she should be held accountable. And you really can’t make an example of her because I’m sure some other artist is doing the same thing. Success breeds controversy.

  12. mike peter • July 10, 2007 @ 3:28 AM

    I’ve just listened to both song and there is now way they can make the two together.pretty much the one from the 70’s is only 9 lines repeated over again nad he just wants to be a girls boyfriend, not referance to her having a boyfriend already. avrils is like 150 lines, that don’t say the samething. and as for the whole avril not being able sing thing that’s total bulls**t she was in the top 5 with like 3-5 of her songs for three weeks at least, so f**k OFF.

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