Avril Lavigne and Chantal Kraviazuk controversy

Posted Jul 4, 2007 by Viga Boland

This news will come as a surprise to some Canadians though I'm not amongst them: according to Chantal Kraviazuk, a top Canadian singer/songwriter, eminent punk-rocker Avril Lavigne isn't the songwriter she's been purported to be.
It's not known at this time if the two gals, who supposedly were good friends, have had a falling out and no-one is talking from the Lavigne camp, but this is going to create a bit of a stink I think.
Apparently in a simple conversation between Chantal and a writer for Performing Songwriter magazine, Chantal said that Avril doesn't really sit and write songs by herself or anything. It sounds like Chantal doesn't even put Avril in the "songwriter" category.
Now why this doesn't surprise me in the least is that some years back when I was in LA meeting with a grammy-nominated songwriter who was interested in working with my daughter, he told us about The Matrix, a top songwriting team who had been hired to work on Lavigne's first album. I asked him about Avril's songwriting skills and he said that according to Matrix's Lauren Christie, Avril would contribute a word here or there.
In another article on this current controversy, this information about Lauren Christie was repeated i.e. that she had said Avril's contribution to the songs was a word or two here or there. So this isn't the first time that Avril's songwriting skills have come under fire.
But of course, now it's closer to home with one of Canada's top songwriters making a similar accusation. Chantal has even gone as far as to say
"Avril will also cross the ethical line, and no one says anything," Kreviazuk said in the interview.
"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 track listing to this album and there's a song called Contagious on it - and my name's not on it. What do you do with that?"
Of course, this is again being vehmently denied by Avril's co-writer, Evan Taubenfeld. And neither Lavigne's lawyer or her label is making any comments right now. Interestingly enough, both ladies are signed to Sony!
Oh I can see lots of sparks flying here and lots of arguments back and forth. Chantal says she'll never take any of this to court because she doesn't like art being dragged through courts. But what if Lavigne's people feel it's worth taking to court?
My oh my!