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Under My Skin

Under My Skin is the second studio album by Canadian rock singer Avril Lavigne, released on May 25, 2004 in the North America by Arista Records. In its first week of release, it reached number one on the Billboard 200, Australian ARIA Albums Chart and UK Albums Chart. According to, 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 nine million copies worldwide. Under My Skin ranked forty-eighth on Gracenote's Ellite 100 Chart.

Track listing

  1. "Take Me Away" (Lavigne, Taubenfeld) 2:57
  2. "Together" (Lavigne, Kreviazuk) 3:14
  3. "Don't Tell Me" (Lavigne, Taubenfeld) 3:21
  4. "He Wasn't" (Lavigne, Kreviazuk) 3:00
  5. "How Does It Feel" (Lavigne, Kreviazuk) 3:44
  6. "My Happy Ending" (Lavigne, Walker) 4:02
  7. "Nobody's Home" (Lavigne, Moody) 3:32
  8. "Forgotten" (Lavigne, Kreviazuk) 3:17
  9. "Who Knows" (Lavigne, Kreviazuk) 3:30
  10. "Fall to Pieces" (Lavigne, Maida) 3:28
  11. "Freak Out" (Lavigne, Taubenfeld, Brann) 3:13
  12. "Slipped Away" (Lavigne, Kreviazuk) 3:34

Bonus tracks

  • "I Always Get What I Want" (Lavigne, Clif Magness) 2:31 Japanese and UK bonus track. Also released as a B-side of the "Nobody's Home" single.
  • "Take It" (Lavigne, Magness) 2:50 (B-side of "My Happy Ending")
  • "Nobody's Home"* 3:20 Under My Skin Special Edition
  • "Take Me Away"* 2:55 Under My Skin Special Edition
  • "He Wasn't"* 3:13 Under My Skin Special Edition
  • "Tomorrow"* 3:35 Under My Skin Special Edition

* Bonus live tracks recorded by Jim Yakabuski

B-Sides and outtakes

  • "I Always Get What I Want" (Avril Lavigne, Clif Magness) 2:31
  • "Take It" (Avril Lavigne, Clif Magness) 2:50
  • "Daydream" (Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk) 2:35
  • "Breakaway" (Avril Lavigne , Matthew Gerrard)

Avril wrote this song for Under My Skin, but it was rejected. This song appears in the album Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson and it was released as the first single of the album.

was written and recorded for Under My Skin but it didn't fit and it was perfect for The Best Damn Thing.

Special editions

Under My Skin received two notable special edition albums. On February 8, 2005, nearly one year after the album's release, Avril decided to do what many other popular artists were doing and release a DualDisc edition of the album, although the special edition was not promoted in any way. The audio side of the disc included the original tracks as the U.S. album. The DVD side included the making of the "Don't Tell Me" video, the complete "Don't Tell Me" video, as well as the clean complete video for "My Happy Ending", and her newest video at the time, "Nobody's Home". The advantage to this set was that it was released in PCM audio.

Under My Skin also received a special edition release in Europe (Spain), Mexico and the Eastern hemisphere, in places such as Japan, China, Korea, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan. The album itself included 4 live bonus tracks - "Nobody's Home", "Take Me Away", "He Wasn't", and a live version of "Tomorrow" from her first album, Let Go. These songs were recorded live from her 2004-2005 Bonez tour. This edition also included a bonus DVD or VCD that included all of her music videos from the album (all the way to "He Wasn't"), a Bonez tour documentary, and the Under My Skin diary.


  • Avril Lavigne - Vocals all tracks. Additional guitar on track 12. Strings production on track 5.
  • Clif Magness - producer, electric & acoustic guitars, electronic keyboards, piano and bass guitar on I Always Get What I Want
  • Josh Freese - drums on tracks 1,8 and I Always Get What I Want
  • Don Gilmore - producer on tracks 1,2 and 8
  • Michael Ward - guitars on tracks 1 and 2
  • Jon O'Brien - electronic keyboards on tracks 1 and 2
  • Static - electronic keyboards on track 2
  • Chantal Kreviazuk - piano on tracks 2,8 and 12
  • Brooks Wackerman - drums on track 2
  • Butch Walker - producer, acoustic & electric guitars, bass guitar, background vocals, percussion, piano on tracks 3,6 and 11
  • Evan Taubenfeld - acoustic & lead guitars, drums and backings vocals on tracks 3 and 11
  • Kenny Cresswell - drums on track 3
  • Mike Elizondo - bass guitar on track 4
  • Raine Maida - producer, guitars and electronic keyboards on tracks 4,5,9,10 and 12
  • Phil X - lead & rhythm guitars on tracks 4,5,9 and 10
  • Bill Lefler - drums on tracks 4,5,9 and 12
  • Brian Garcia - percussion on tracks 4,5,9 and 12
  • Jason Lader - bass guitar on tracks 5,9,10 and 12
  • Kenny Aronoff - drums and percussion on tracks 6 and 10
  • Sam Formicola - violin on track 12
  • Mark Robertson - violin on track 12
  • Alma Fernandez - viola on track 12
  • Victor Lawrence - cello on track 12
  • Nick Lashley - guitars on track 12

The 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".


  • "Don't Tell Me" was the first single released from Under My Skin. It deals with a girl rejecting a boy's attempts to pressure her into sex when she is not ready. The song shot Lavigne back to the charts, reaching the top ten in several countries around the world, and number twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified gold in late October 2004.
  • "My Happy Ending" was the second single from the album. It was released to radio in June 2004 and to retail stores on August 2, 2004. The song returned Under My Skin to number one again in Canada for several weeks, and to the top five in the U.S., Germany, the UK, Australia, and other European countries. The song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified gold by the RIAA in mid-November 2004 and then platinum in late January 2005.
  • "Nobody's Home" was the third single released from the album. It went top 40 in most countries, and received a significant amount of airplay, but failed to reach the top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number forty-one.
  • "He Wasn't" was the fourth single from the album. It peaked at number twenty-three in the UK. The single was not promoted in the United States; however, her 2005 tour included images from the music video.
  • "Fall to Pieces" was the radio-only fifth single and the fourth single in the United States.

Chart performance

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.


Chart (2004) Peak
Australia Albums Top 50 1
Austria Albums Top 75 1
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Germany Albums Top 50 1
Ireland Albums Top 75 1
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart 1
Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart 1
Spain Albums Chart 1
Taiwan g-music Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Top 75 1
U.S. Billboard Albums Top 200 1
U.S. Billboard Internet Albums 1
Chart (2007) Peak
World Albums Top 40 1
Italy Albums Top 50 2
Swiss Albums Top 100 2
Portugal Albums Top 30 3
France Albums Top 150 4
Belgium Albums Top 50 5
New Zealand Albums Top 40 7
Norway Albums Top 40 11
Dutch Albums Top 100 13
Finland Albums Top 40 14
Sweden Albums Top 60 14
Denmark Albums Top 40 24


Chart Certification Sales
World 4x Platinum 9,000,000+
United States 3x Platinum 3,500,000+
Japan 3x Platinum 1,000,000+
Canada 5x Platinum 500,000+
United Kingdom 1x Platinum 700,000+
France Platinum 300,000+
Brazil 2x Platinum 190,000+
Mexico Platinum 100,000+
Australia Platinum 200,000+
Argentina 2x Platinum 80,000+
New Zealand Platinum 15,000+

Bonez Tour

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 Stadion was covered on the DVD Live at Budokan: Bonez Tour, which was only made available in Japan.

Opening acts

  1. Bowling for Soup
  2. Simple Plan
  3. Butch Walker
  4. Nailpin
  5. Rooster
  6. Gavin DeGraw
  7. Tweak
  8. The Glitterati


  1. "He Wasn't"
  2. "My Happy Ending"
  3. "Take Me Away"
  4. "Freak Out"
  5. "Unwanted"
  6. "Anything But Ordinary"
  7. "Who Knows"
  8. "I'm With You"
  9. "Losing Grip"
  10. "Together"
  11. "Forgotten"
  12. "Tomorrow"
  13. "Nobody's Home"
  14. "Fall to Pieces"
  15. "Don't Tell Me"
  16. "Sk8er Boi"
  17. "Complicated"
  18. "Slipped Away"

Mall Tour

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.


Worldwide Sales:

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