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Avril Lavigne

Signs Arista deal


Lavigne signs a $1.25 million contract at the age of 16 with L.A. Reid, head of Arista Records. She drops out of high school and moves to New York to work on her first album.

I wasn’t going to turn [the record deal] down. It’s been my dream all my life. They knew how much I wanted this and how much I’ve put into it