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Avril Lavigne slaps lawsuit on concert streaming firm for unpaid wages

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Avril Lavigne has filed a lawsuit against 2VLive for unpaid performance fees. The Canuck punk-pop princess is allegedly owed $375,000 by the music company for a concert she performed in New York City last year.

According to an article posted July 18 at TMZ.com courtesy of Billboard.com, the "Complicated" hitmaker signed a contract with the firm for $500,000 dollars on September 25, 2013 for the show, as well as for related promotional appearances. The concert was staged on Dec. 3, 2013 at New York's Highland Ballroom and was streamed live on the Internet.

The 29-year-old Napanee, Ont. native agreed to receive her fee in three installments. Lavigne alleges she received the first payment of $125,000, but after a ten month wait, has still not received the final two payouts of $300,000 and $75,000. The 23-page lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles.

The lawsuit also purports the singer inked a deal with a 2VLive affiliate that creates video greeting cards. The multi-Juno winner maintains she never received any of the 15% net profits owed from that venture.

Lavigne wrapped up her U.S tour with the Back Street Boys in June. The multi-Juno winner has been touring in support of her 2013 self-titled studio album and is currently taking a brief hiatus from the road. Her solo tour resumes with a string of dates in Japan on Aug. 13 at Nagoya-shi Aichi's Zepp Nagoya. See AvrilLavigne.com for more details

Lavigne's latest video "Hello Kitty" came under fire for allegations of racism. The controversy helped the video go viral on the Internet and drove the song onto the charts in North America. Lavigne responded to charges on her Twitter account, writing, "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan."

Did you know? Avril Lavigne's new self-titled album was huge in the Asia-Pacific region, where it hit No. 1 in China and Taiwan, as well as No. 2 in Japan and South Korea while cracking the Billboard 200 top 5 in Canada and U.S.

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