Release date: April 2007
The Best Damn Thing is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. It was released on April 13, 2007 through RCA Records. According to the IFPI, The Best Damn Thing was the fourth top-selling album worldwide and Sony BMG's top-selling album of 2007. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on June 15, 2007 and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The explicit versions of the album were Lavigne's first to receive a Parental Advisory label, shown on the limited and deluxe editions.
The album was Lavigne's third consecutive #1 album in the UK Albums Chart and her second on the U.S. Billboard 200, as well as reaching the #1 spot in several other countries. The first single released from the album, "Girlfriend", reached the top of the charts in over twelve countries worldwide, including her first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single. Four singles were officially released from The Best Damn Thing as well as the soundtrack single for the 2006 film Eragon, "Keep Holding On".
Lavigne described the record as "fast, fun, young, bratty, rock, aggressive, confident, cocky in a playful way...all the good stuff". Many of the songs on the album didn't have a deep meaning to Lavigne, with her stating "It's not like some personal thing I'm going through. They're just songs." It was produced by Dr. Luke, Butch Walker, Lavigne herself, and Lavigne's husband at the time, Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley. Travis Barker of blink-182 and +44, recorded some of the drums for the album as did Josh Freese.
"Girlfriend", the first single produced by Dr. Luke was a global success reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached number one in twelve other countries across the world including Australia, Canada and Japan, it was the top selling song of 2007 worldwide. Its music video had YouTube record becoming the most watched video of all-time by July 2008. There was also a remix of the song featuring rapper Lil Mama.
"When You're Gone", was the second single. Released on June 19, 2007 while "Girlfriend" was still strong on charts, by summer 2007 the power ballad became another hit in the UK and elsewhere. It peaked at No. 4 on the European Hot 100, was close to reach the top 20 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and attained top twenty status in over thirteen countries. There is an acoustic version of the song on the deluxe edition of The Best Damn Thing that was only available on iTunes Store.
"Hot", was the third single released in October 2007, written by Lavigne herself and Evan Taubenfeld and it showcased Avril at her most revealing. The song has been her least successful single in the U.S., charting only at No. 95 of Billboard Hot 100, top 10 in Japan and Canada, and top 20 in Australia. There's a Japanese version of the song replacing the chorus lyrics in mandarin.
"The Best Damn Thing" was the fourth single from the album released on June 13, 2008. Produced by Butch Walker, the song has strong pop-punk vibe mixed with teen-cheerleader theme.
"Innocence" was also a radio single for Italy and chart in Canada.
Avril Lavigne embarked on The Best Damn Tour, beginning March 5, 2008 to October 6, 2008 in 110 tour dates to support her third album The Best Damn Thing. The tour visited North America from March to May, then from May to July all over Europe, coming back to the USA and Canada in July-August and finally went to Asia from August to October. The opening act for the North American leg of her tour was Boys Like Girls. The European leg of the tour was opened by the Jonas Brothers. Other opening acts include Double Faced Eels, and The Midway State. The setlist included songs of the new album but also older singles from Let Go and Under My Skin. A DVD with live recordings of the tour was released on September 9, 2008 called The Best Damn Tour - Live in Toronto.
The tour stirred controversy when it generated protests in Malaysia over Lavigne being 'too sexy'. However, the government finally gave permission for her to perform on August 29, 2008.
Due to "acute Laryngitis" Avril canceled the last 8 North American Concerts. She also canceled her concert in Barcelona, Spain the same day of the concert due to a supposed truckers strike.