Avril adds a Putonghua twist to her skater-girl bag of tricks

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 March, 2007, 12:00am

Joining the China market rush is ... Avril Lavigne? In one of the more unusual tidbits this week, we learned the Canadian rocker recorded the chorus of her spunky new single Girlfriend in eight different languages, including Putonghua, for her sizable Chinese fan base.

The other languages include Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. She even tried Hindi but it proved too difficult, according to a Canadian press report.

It seemed appealing to China and its massive audience was a priority for the 22-year-old.

Her manager suggested that, from online research and website traffic, the largest chunk of her fans is in Beijing and two other mainland cities.

'Her consumption is greater in Asia than what it is in all of the western hemisphere combined,' Terry McBride told a music industry conference.

If you're curious about the skater-girl's Putonghua, her music video complete with Chinese chorus can be seen on YouTube. Search for 'Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend MV (Chinese)'. Sadly, she didn't try Cantonese.