Avril Lavigne in Her "Girlfriend" Defense
For what can be predicted, Avril Lavigne responded to the claim that she had plagiarized a 1979 song for her hit "Girlfriend". The Canadian singer posted a blog entry on her official site, defending her pure talent and revealing her absence knowledge of who The Rubinoos is.
She wrote, "You may have heard some news that two guys who wrote for some band from the 1970s I have never in my life heard of called the "Rubinoos" are trying to sue me. They have a song called "I Want To Be Your Boyfriend" that has no musical similarities to the song "Girlfriend" that Luke Gottwald and I wrote together."
"They claim that a small part of the lyrics are the same and are saying that I took these from them. I had never heard this song in my life and their claim is based on 5 words! All songs share similar lyrics and emotions. As humans we speak one language."
"Off the top of my head, two other songs that I can immediately think of with this type of lyric are "Hey, hey, you, you get off of my cloud" by the Rolling Stones and "Hey little girl I want to be your boyfriend" by the Ramones. Simply put, I have been falsely accused of ripping their song off. Luke and I have done nothing wrong and there is no merit to their claim."
While she went mild on the two songwriters, Avril is not ready to make peace with ex-collaborator Chantal Kreviazuk. Written under the heading "And slap in the face #2" is: "Chantal's comments are damaging to my reputation and a clear defamation of my character and I am considering taking legal action. Chantal has accused me of taking a song idea from her because I happen to have a song on my new record with the same title."
"Chantal has also made false accusations about my writing skills. I am so over this topic. This letter is not about this. I am not going to sit here and defend my writing skills. I don't have to prove anything to anyone. I know who I am and what I have done and accomplished and no one can take that away from me."
Until this part Avril speculated that Chantal is being "bitter" after not included in her latest album work. She also revealed that Chantal has delivered her a personal e-mail to apologize about her statement and that a forgiveness has been delivered.
Ending the message she wrote, "I would like to say more but my lawyers have advised me not to. Why is it when you get to a certain level people want to attack you?.... and now I have said my peace."
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