September 25, 2017
What if—and stay with me here—the Avril Lavigne we know presently in 2017 is a different Avril Lavigne than the one we came to know and love? What if Avril Lavigne vanished in 2003, shortly after hiring a body double to deal with the pressures of increasing worldwide fame, and in the wake of the real Avril’s dissapearance, that body double—Melissa is her name—became the singer we now know as Avril Lavigne? It’s Complicated, I know, that a Girlfriend of Lavigne’s may have become her. Believe me, I’m With You. Don’t Tell Me that you’re Losing Grip, though. You can Smile, because it’s probably not true, Sk8er Boi.
Well, that whole conspiracy theory might be one of a few reasons that the Belleville, ON native was recently named the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet. Cybersecurity wizards McAfee just released a list that can tell you which famous people frequently searched for are most likely to mess up your computer with malware and spyware and viruses, and Lavigne is right at the top. Other Canadian notables include: Céline Dion, Justin Bieber, and Carly Rae Jepsen. Last year the big one to watch for was Amy Schumer.
If you just Google Avril Lavigne’s name, there’s a 14.5 per cent chance of winding up at an infected website, but if you add “free MP3s” to that search, it pops up to 22 per cent. Is that a chance you’re willing to take just so you can indulge your inner conspiracy theorist? Whatever you’re looking for, be careful!
In Other News:
- Lido Pimienta won the Polaris Music Prize! Check out performances from the night.
- Check out the Canadian Folk Award nominees.
- A visual rendering for renovations to Brookyln’s Fort Greene Park includes a Degrassi Drake.
- Magic Bullet Records dropped Ottawa band ZEX after sexual assault allegations.
- The Montreal hotel room where John & Yoko staged their ‘bed-in for peace’ has been redesigned.
- Notorious windbag Gene Simmons wrote a reductive and pointless op-ed for the Toronto Sun.
Festival & Concert Lineups: M for Montreal