SOURCE: Nettwerk Music Group

October 14, 2008 14:12 ET

Nettwerk Management Issues a Statement Regarding National Enquirer Gossip Story Surrounding Sum 41 Frontman Deryck Whibley

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - In its October 20th issue, the National Enquirer issued a gossip story surrounding Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 and his wife Avril Lavigne. For the record, we strongly deny the inference of marital problems between Avril and Deryck. We also strongly deny the National Enquirer claims of any other liaisons. Deryck has in fact been traveling through Asia performing with Avril as evidenced by the numerous YouTube videos.

Says Deryck Whibley, "I'm actually very surprised that so many media outlets picked this story up. Since when has the National Enquirer become a trustworthy news source?"

Sum 41's most recent release "Underclass Hero," which spawned the hit singles "With Me," "Walking Disaster" and "Underclass Hero," has now sold in excess of 1 million albums, 2 million digital tracks and 15 million streams worldwide. The album peaked at #1 in Canada, Japan, and #7 on the US Billboard charts. Based on this success, Universal Music picked up their option to have Sum 41 produce a new album in 2009. After completing a very successful 18 month world tour, the band has started work on a new album.

Nettwerk Music Group is Canada's leading privately owned record label and artist management company, responsible for managing some of North America's biggest artists like Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41 and many others. Nettwerk has several offices located around the world including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Nashville and London; with the main in Vancouver, B.C. (www.nettwerk.com)

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