Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne song)

Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne song)

Infobox Single
Name = Girlfriend

Artist = Avril Lavigne
from Album = The Best Damn Thing
Released = Start date|2007|2|7
(see release dates below)
Format = CD single
B-side = "Alone"
Recorded = 2006
Genre = Pop punk, teen pop, power pop
Length = 3:37
Writer = Avril Lavigne, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
Producer = Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
Certification = 3x Platinum (RIAA)
4x Platinum [ [ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2008 Singles] ] (ARIA)
Last single = "Keep Holding On"
This single = "Girlfriend"
Next single = "When You're Gone"
Upper caption = Audio sample
Audio file = AvrilLavigne-Girlfriend.ogg

"Girlfriend" a song by Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, is the lead single from her third album, "The Best Damn Thing" (2007). It was produced by Lukasz Gottwald. "Girlfriend" became Lavigne's biggest hit in the United States, where it reached number one on the U.S. "Billboard" Hot 100. It topped the chart in Australia for 6 weeks, and reached number two in the United Kingdom. A remix featuring rapper Lil Mama was released in June 2007.


The song involves Lavigne proclaiming a crush on a boy currently with his girlfriend and features the typical 80's pop-punk influence and power pop of her earlier songs. Lavigne said on the DVD side of the deluxe edition of "The Best Damn Thing" that in the bridge when the listener hears hand clapping, the accompanying giggling was created by Lavigne and Gottwald, despite it sounding like a girl.The Japanese version of this song replaces the word "motherfucking" with the phrase "one and only" in the line "Hell yeah, I'm the motherfucking Princess"."Girlfriend" is in the video game "Burnout Dominator" in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese. [ [ "Burnout Dominator Soundtrack Explodes"] , IGN Music, February 23 2007.] It also appears in "Burnout Paradise" but this time only in English. This song is recorded in 7 languages other than English. [ [ "EA ANNOUNCES THE ADRENALINE INFUSING SOUNDTRACK FOR BURNOUT PARADISE"] , Criterion Games, December 18 2007] It is the theme song of Japanese talk show "Cartoon KAT-TUN" - on which Lavigne appeared on May 2, 2007 - as well as being the insert song for popular Japanese manga based drama Hanazakari no Kimitachi e. It is featured in the theatrical trailer for the 2007 live-action "Bratz" film, and in a trailer for the film "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry", and also for "". Lavigne performed the song on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on June 15 2007. [ [ Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC: Late Night TV Headlines and Videos - NBC Official Site ] ]

"Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)"

Infobox Single
Name = Girlfriend (Dr. Luke Remix)

Artist = Avril Lavigne featuring Lil Mama
from Album = The Best Damn Thing Limited Edition "and" VYP (Voice of the Young People) Deluxe Edition
Released = June 15, 2007 (Taiwan)
July 25, 2007 (United States)
Format = CD
Recorded = 2007
Genre = Pop rap, alternative hip-hop
Length = 3:25
Writer = Avril Lavigne, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Niatia Kirkland
Producer = Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
Chronology = Lil Mama singles
Last single = "Lip Gloss" (2007)
This single = "Girlfriend (Dr. Luke Remix)" (2007)
Next single = "G-Slide (Tour Bus)" (2007)

Seven additional versions of the song are available to enhance its worldwide marketability with the chorus sung in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish language. The other parts of the song are in English.

There is also an edited version for radio, because of explicit lyrics. There are two official censored versions: one blanking the word "motherfucking" in the line "I'm the motherfucking princess" and the other replacing it with "I'm the one and only princess". It is played on Canadian and Malaysian radio stations, and on Z100 in New York City. However, on other radio stations the entire word is cut out or just the word "mother", as in the version on the clean edition of the album, is said.

The official remix was leaked onto the Internet in May 2007 and features rap verses from American hip-hop musician Lil Mama. Lavigne sings the chorus and bridge and Lil Mama's rap verses are substituted for the original verses. There is a boyfriend version of the song that is getting high rotation on Irish radio stations sung by Samuel Hamiliton. It was 2fm's song of the week during the first week of March, 2008 with a chorus of, "Hey hey, you you, I want to be your boyfriend...".

;Official Versions
* "Girlfriend" (explicit version)
* "Girlfriend" (clean version)
* "Girlfriend" (instrumental)
* "Girlfriend" (radio edit)
* "Girlfriend" (French version)
* "Girlfriend" (German version)
* "Girlfriend" (Italian version)
* "Girlfriend" (Japanese version)
* "Girlfriend" (Mandarin version)
* "Girlfriend" (Portuguese version)
* "Girlfriend" (Spanish version)
* "Girlfriend" (Junkie XL mix)
* "Girlfriend" (Junkie XL extended mix)
* "Girlfriend" (Dr. Luke remix, featuring Lil Mama)
* "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' time warp '66 mix)
* "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' French time warp '66 mix)
* "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' German time warp '66 mix)
* "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' Japanese time warp '66 mix)
* "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' Mandarin time warp '66 mix)
* "Girlfriend" (The Submarines' Spanish time warp '66 mix)

Track listings

;Standard/Australian/UK edition
#"Girlfriend" (Clean)

;Japanese edition
#"Girlfriend" (radio edit)
#"Girlfriend" (instrumental)

;China promo DVD single
#"Girlfriend" [music video]
#"Girlfriend" (Mandarin version) [music video] ;Dr. Luke remix edition
#"Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" (featuring Lil Mama)
#"Girlfriend" (album version)
#"Girlfriend" [original music video]
#"Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" (featuring Lil Mama) [music video]

;Ringle edition
#"Girlfriend (Dr. Luke remix)" (featuring Lil Mama)
#"Girlfriend" (Japanese version) [clean edit]
#"Keep Holding On"

1 A code included on the CD to download the ringtone online.

Music videos

The world premiere of the music video was announced to be on MTV's "Total Request Live" and MuchMusic's "MuchOnDemand" on February 26. However, it premiered in New Zealand on Music Station C4 on February 20. It was in heavy rotation on European music TV channel VIVA Polska on February 23 as well.

The music video was directed by The Malloys and filmed at [ Golf 'n' Stuff] in Norwalk, California. It features two girls: one with an innocent persona, glasses and red hair (Lavigne), and one with an evil persona and black hair (also Lavigne) The black-haired rocker fights over the man with the red-haired girl and tries to outdo her repeatedly. She finally hits the girl in the head with a golf ball, causing her to fall into water at the golf course, and then finally wins the youth's affections. Lavigne then takes her boyfriend into a bathroom stall and slightly opens the door after a moment and gives a thumbs up. Lavigne's boyfriend in the video is played by American model Bryan McMullin and dresses similarly to the "rocker" Lavigne in the video. The video features Lavigne's previous guitarist Evan Taubenfeld, and Lavigne's brother Matt on bass. Lil Mama and Lavigne shot a video for the remix of "Girlfriend".

The first 15 seconds of the video include an audio sampling of "Arcade Ambiance 1983".

On July 18th, "Girlfriend" became the most viewed video of all time on YouTube [cite web|title= Count|url=||accessdate=2008-07-20] and in August, surpassed 100 million views, the first YouTube video to reach that milestone, overtaking "Evolution of Dance" by Judson Laipply.

Avril fans on the Avril Bandaids stated that they helped cheat the video to the top but later retracted this as a publicity stunt. This scandal helped drive further exposure of the video helping it to break records. It is expected that Avril's YouTube video views have earned in excess of $2 million (U.S). [cite web|title= Avril Lavigne Breaks YouTube Record|url=||accessdate=2008-09-10]

As of October 10, 2008 it has over 104,361,093 views on YouTube.

Critical reception and lawsuit

Reviewers have noted that the chorus bears a resemblance to The Rubinoos' 1979 single "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", in which they sing "Hey hey, you you, I wanna be your boyfriend" similar to "Hey hey, you you, I could be your girlfriend" in "Girlfriend". [ [ Billboard Chart Beat Chat - Letter from Mark Sieber] ] The song can be heard on the Rubinoos' MySpace page. [ [ Rubinoos' MySpace page] ]

On May 25, 2007, Lavigne, her songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, her record label, and Apple Inc. were sued by James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar, songwriters for The Rubinoos, over claims that "Girlfriend" infringes their copyright on their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". [Apple Insider, [] ] Lavigne's manager, Terry McBride, denied that "Girlfriend" was copied from "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", and pointed out that "Boyfriend" itself is similar to The Rolling Stones' "Get off of My Cloud". McBride said he hired a musicologist to compare the songs; according to McBride the musicologist reported that the songs were totally dissimilar, even a different meter. Prominent music critics such as Stephen Thomas Erlewine of "Allmusic" have publicly noted that the song is a "total lift from the Rubinoos' song". [Stephen Thomas Erlewine, "Billboard Magazine"] McBride said that Lavigne has no current plans to settle the case, but will consider the costs of defending the case against those of settling. [ [ Lavigne faces U.S. lawsuit ] ] In January 2008, the lawsuit was settled and Gangwer and Dunbar released a statement saying that the similarities between the songs were based on "certain common and widely used lyrics" and that they "completely exonerate Avril and Luke from any wrongdoing of any kind in connection with the claims made by us in our lawsuit." [ [ "Avril Cleared of Plagiarism Charges"] , "OK! Magazine", January 15, 2008.]

Critics have compared the middle section of the song with the bridge from Toni Basil's "Mickey". [ [ Hey Avril, the Rubinoos Called. They Want Their Song Back - A Beautiful Fraud | ] ]

The song was #35 on "Rolling Stone"'s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. [No byline (December 11, 2007). [ "The 100 Best Songs of 2007"] "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2007-12-21] This song was also #77 on "MTV Asia"'s list of Top 100 Hits of 2007. [MTV Asia. [ "Top 100 Hits List"] . Retrieved 2007-12-27] Also was listed as the number 1 hit of 2007 according to MTV Latin America. [ [ puestos de los 100+ pedidos 2007 - mycµзmicαLяơmαпc& ] ] . Note, Grilfriend peaked as number one in the North/Central Latin American Version of "Los 100 Más Pedidos 2007" (The 100 Top Hits of 2007), while in the South Latin American Version of "Los 100 Más Pedidos 2007" it peaked at number 3, losing the first place to "With Love" by Hilary Duff. [ [ Los 100+ Pedidos Mtv Sur 2007 [Argentina - ] ] "Girlfriend" also won the Best Song of the Year at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. It beat "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Don't Matter", and "Beautiful Girls".

Uses in other media

* An edited version of the Lil' Mama remix is featured on the iCarly soundtrack.
* An edited version of the song is featured in the first episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
* The song can be heard in the 2008 comedy, The House Bunny.
* The song is in the in game soundtrack in Burnout Paradise.

Chart performance and promotion

"Girlfriend" was premiered on Edmonton radio station The Bounce 91.7 before the official date it was supposed to be aired; the two DJs who played it were taken off the air shortly after. The single appeared and was available for download on the U.S. iTunes Store on February 23, but was subsequently removed the following day. It was made available again on February 27.

Because of digital download sales in excess of 122,000, the song debuted at number five on the U.S. "Billboard" Hot 100 chart, the highest debut of her career. [Jonathan Cohen, [ "Mims Remains 'Hot' At No. 1, Akon Stays Close"] ,, March 8 2007.] Afterwards it became Lavigne's first song to reach number one on the Hot 100, in the issue dated May 5, 2007; her previous highest peak on the chart was with 2002's "Complicated", which reached number two.Jonathan Cohen, [ "Lavigne Sweeps Charts As 'Girlfriend' Tops Hot 100"] ,, April 26 2007.] It remained in the top ten for eighteen weeks, [ [ Billboard Singles Charts - Billboard Top 100 Songs - Billboard Top 100 Singles ] ] and has since been downloaded over 2.6 million times. [ [ ATRL - Charts: Billboard Hot 100 (Top Singles) - Page 524 ] ]

"Girlfriend" debuted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number three. The following week it reached number-one, and it remained at the top for six non-consecutive weeks, equalling Lavigne's previous number-one single on the ARIA Charts, "Complicated". After three weeks on the charts, it was certified gold by ARIA, then platinum after seven weeks for sales in excess of 70,000 copies. [ [ Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association ] ] It was then certified double platinum, sales in excess of 140,000. In 2008, it was certified quadruple platinum for sales of 280,000. []

On the UK Singles Chart, "Girlfriend" peaked at number two, surpassing "Complicated" as Lavigne's highest peaking single on the chart. The song ended 2007 as the years 20th biggest-selling single in the UK. [BBC Music. [ "Top 40 Singles of the Year 2007 "] . Retrieved 2007-12-30]

In Latin America, the single peaked at number three. [ [ Latin Top] ] In Mexico, the song became the second top ten single in English of 2007 when it climbed to number eight; it later peaked at number two. [ [ Mexican Singles Chart] "" Retrieved on 18-06-07.] It won the Award for "Canción del Año" (Song Of The Year) in "Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007" (The Latin American MTV Awards) and was nominated for "Monster Single" in the MTV Video Music Awards 2007. [ [] ] [ [] ] It won Most Addictive Track (Single Of The Year) at the MTV Europe Music Awards



External links

*youtube|cQ25-glGRzI&NR|Music video for "Girlfriend"
*youtube|CAoo71VEYhs|Music video for remix of "Girlfriend", feat. Lil' Mama
* [ Vietnamese version]

* "Sony BMG Music Entertainment". "Avril Lavigne Announces New Album + Single In Blog" [] .
* "MTV UK". "And she says her new album will be the Best Damn Thing you've seen..." [] .
* "Billboard". "New Avril Lavigne Album Due In April" [] .
* "Blender Magazine Online". "Shamelessly Anticipating Avril's New Album". January 18 2007, 1:39:24 PM [] .
*"". "Avril Sets Date for Clap Crappy New Album" [] .
*"Chile Top 40": []
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* [ Commentary on the video clip]

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