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Having signed a record deal, and with support from her parents, she left school to focus on her music career.
Lavigne also performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain. Her first song was called "Can't Stop Thinking About You", about a teenage crush, which she described as "cheesy cute".
Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 12 million copies certified by the RIAA.