Avril Lavigne's debut album Let Go turns 15 years old on Sunday, June 4. The singer tweeted the milestone to her fans earlier this week, along with a clip from the music video for the song that made her a household name in pop music: "Complicated." You can rewatch the video now by using the media player included with this article.
Lavigne was just 17 years old when Let Go was released on June 4, 2002 by Arista Records. The pop-punk record was the biggest pop debut of 2002 by a wide margin, being certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and earning Diamond sales certification in Lavigne's native Canada. To this day it remains the singer and songwriter's most successful record, and a large portion of the over 40 million albums sold that make Lavigne the second most successful Canadian female artist behind only the iconic Celine Dion.
In addition to "Complicated" the album provided a number of pop singles that worked their way into the ears of music fans, including "Sk8ter Boi" and "I'm With You." Those were Let Go's first three singles in that order, and earned Avril Lavigne four Grammy Award nominations across two categories: Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She also had Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, and two for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (for "Sk8ter Boi" and fourth single "Losing Grip"). Though she did not win from any of those eight nominations, the record obviously had found a soft spot with critics and fans alike.
What has Lavigne been up to in the years since? She's released four other studio albums and is currently at work on what will be her sixth record. She has also left Arista Records and moved to a new label in BMG. She's no longer a teenage sensation; she's grown up and been married twice, while branching out with a clothing line and voice acting in the films "Over The Hedge" and the upcoming "Charming." Though Lavigne may have gotten older and settled down, though, she's no less rocking, not only making new music but working with a number of charities including Special Olympics. She's come a long way both musically and personally in the last 15 years, yet her debut record is still a favorite of pop-punk fans everywhere.
Let Go is available for download on iTunes.
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