Avril Lavigne is appalled with the increasing number of celebrities moving into the music business, branding then "sad and stupid".

While such stars as hotel heiress Paris Hilton carve out fresh careers in music, COMPLICATED singer Lavigne admits she's far from impressed with the new trend.

She says, "The music scene is at a weird spot right now, where it kind of seems like anybody can be a star.

"I think it's really sad and stupid, that people who have certain hookups, who are already rich and famous, can just go, 'I want a music career,' and get one.

"I'm not saying names, but there are people out there who can't even sing, popular artists who have other people singing on their records. It's lame, and it's not supposed to be that way.

"I always think it would be so much easier if I didn't have to write my own music. If I could just go through a bunch of songs that my record company thinks are hits, it would take me like a week! But it's important for me to be a part of it - I have things that I want to talk about."

20/10/2004 02:16