about under my skin
Released: May 24, 2004 - UK / May 25, 2004 - US, Canada
Label: Arista Records
Producers: Butch Walker, Raine Maida, Don Gilmore
Under My Skin is the second studio album by Canadian pop rock singer Avril Lavigne, released on May 25, 2004 in the North America by Arista Records. In it's first week of release, it reached number one on the Billboard 200. According to Metacritic.com, Under My Skin received an average rating of sixty-three, reflecting a mixed reception from critics. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in July 2004, double Platinum in November 2004, and triple Platinum in January 2006. Lavigne embarked on the Bonez Tour and released the DVD Live at Budokan: Bonez Tour. The album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
Making of the album
Lavigne wrote much of the album with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. She also co-wrote one track, "Nobody's Home", with Ben Moody, formerly of Evanescence, and the rest with her guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. Lavigne used three producers for Under My Skin: Butch Walker from Marvelous 3, Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, and Don Gilmore, who has produced Good Charlotte and Linkin Park.
Much of the album was recorded in Maida's Malibu studios, as Maida is Kreviazuk's husband, and the rest was recorded nearby. On her website, Lavigne states that she had learned a lot since her first record, Let Go: "I was involved in every aspect of making this record. I'm very hands-on. I knew how I wanted the drums, the guitar tones, and the structures to be. I understand the whole process so much better this time because I've been through it. I'm really picky with my sound."
Track 11, "Freak Out", though not released as a single, was used by BBC Scotland as the theme tune to their sports television programme, Sportscene. It was also used as an image song in the early trailers of Ice Princess.
The track "Slipped Away" is about the death of Lavigne's grandfather. It has been used during the introduction of the 2003 ABC Family film, "Searching for David's Heart".
Under My Skin was released on May 25, 2004 in the United States and went to number one there and sold over 381,000 copies in its first week. It also made its debut at #1 in Japan, selling 286,894 copies. Under My Skin also went to number one in Canada selling over 63,000 copies, UK, Australia, Spain, Mexico and Taiwan. It also topped the U.S. Billboard Internet Albums. It spent almost 5 months in the New Zealand Album Charts, eventually going Gold, but only peaking at number 7. On April 15, 2007, the album re-entered the UK Albums Chart at #60.
United States: 3x Platinum - 3,500,000+
Japan: Million - 1,029,000+
Canada: 5x Platinum - 500,000+
United Kingdom: 1x Platinum - 700,000+
France: Platinum - 300,000+
Brazil: 2x Platinum - 190,000+
Mexico: Platinum - 150,000+
Australia: Platinum - 70,000+
Argentina: 2x Platinum - 80,000+
Russia: Platinum - 20,000+
New Zealand: Platinum - 15,000+
The Bonez Tour was a world concert tour by Avril Lavigne to promote her album, Under My Skin. She played the piano in the songs "Slipped Away", "Together", and "Forgotten", and she played the drums in a cover of "Song 2" by Blur. The live performance at the Budokan Stadium was covered on the DVD Live at Budokan: Bonez Tour, which was only made available in Japan. On September 25 Avril played for the first time at the Pacaembu Gym in São Paulo, Brazil, where she sold over 45,000 tickets, making it the biggest concert of her career.
Bowling for Soup
"My Happy Ending"
"Take Me Away"
"Anything But Ordinary"
"I'm With You"
"Fall to Pieces"
"All the Small Things" (Blink-182's cover)
"Don't Tell Me"
"American Idiot" (Green Day's cover)
"Song#2" (Blur's cover)
Lavigne went on a "Live and by Surprise" twenty-one-city mall-tour in the U.S. and Canada, starting on March 4, 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to promote Under My Skin. Each performance consisted of a short live acoustic set of songs from the new album. She was accompanied by her guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld. The venue in each city was not announced until forty-eight hours before the show. The tour was very popular and was successful in promoting the album. The set at Indianapolis on March 25, 2004 at Glendale mall included "He Wasn't", "My Happy Ending", "Don't Tell Me", "Take Me Away", "Nobody's Home", "Sk8er Boi", and "Complicated". Selections of this tour were released on the Avril Lavigne Live Acoustic EP, which was released in U.S. Target stores.
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