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15 February 2019
Avril Lavigne’s ‘Head Above Water’ is now available + album giveaway
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February 15 we finally got to hear Avril’s highly anticipated album Head Above Water! You can listen and purchase it here.

Don’t forget to join our project to celebrate the release, and share your thoughts on the album!

We’re also giving away 1 physical copy of the album on twitter! See the tweet below for more info

Check out also the cake we bought to celebrate

12 February 2019
Dumb Blonde by Avril Lavigne featuring Nicki Minaj is here!
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Today Avril Lavigne released the third single of her new album Head Above Water. The single is called Dumb Blonde and it’s about “never letting anyone put you down for being who you are. Standing up. Fighting. Being yourself. Love. Being genuine. Kind. Finding yourself and owning it. Fuck stereotypes.”

10 February 2019
Avril Lavigne: “Sometimes serious things happen that will make you mature”
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In a recent interview for Aargauer Zeitung, a Swiss German-language daily newspaper, Avril talks about growing up as an artist after her struggle with lyme disease

Good morning, Avril. You must have got up early.

Well, it’s just after 10 o’clock, that’s not necessarily very early now for me. I’m a total night owl though, like most of my friends. I worked on the new songs mostly late at night.

What does the new album mean to you?

Incredibly much. For me it marks a rebirth and the start of the second part of my career. “Sk8er Boi” was the beginning, the song dominated the sound of my music for almost 15 years. “Head Above Water” is really a new beginning, in every sense. I’ve been through a lot, grown up.

Months passed before the diagnosis was made, and the recovery took more than two years. What are you taking from this time?

I am happy and grateful that I am still alive and I am glad that I had my music because I often felt like it had given me life. As soon as I could get up, I dragged myself to my piano and poured my heart out.

You allegedly wrote the song “Head Above Water” when you thought you were dying.

Yes, one night I felt like I was suffocating and drowning. My mother laid in bed next to me and held me. Strangely enough, I somehow found my peace with death. I prayed to God that He would keep my head above water. That was the moment when I wanted to write songs for the first time in a long time.

How did you get back in gear?

Very slowly. When you’re there, you first realize how important and how big are the many little things in life. You think man, I would so much like to go to the kitchen and make me a coffee. For two years I was not able to do that. Or a dinner with a glass of wine. Visit friends. Just get in the car and go somewhere.

Did you then, piece by piece, regain your normal life?

No, it was ups and downs. And it still is. I have good days and days when I realize that I have to slow down. Right now I’m still not the old Superwoman. But I fight back, the glass is certainly half full and not half empty.

The Superwoman song on your album is called Warrior. In it you sing that you will win the battle and never give up.

Yes, I will not let it get me down. When life is hard and throws stones at you, when the whole world seems to collapse underneath you, then I know that the best thing is to keep calm, to breathe, and to let that moment of panic pass. I’m not just talking about my illness. This applies to all challenges in life.

You have built your career to be the professional youth, brash and cheeky skater brat for a long time. Is that over?

Yes, that is very true. Sure, I still have a very rock’n’roll side in me. And I still do childish things, like skating around the house. But the past few years have made a big contribution to me not being a little girl anymore. But an adult woman. Sometimes serious things happen that will make you mature. And yet I do not want to take life too seriously.

Anyway, you won’t do pop punk. But rather, songs like “Crush” and “Goddess” go clearly towards soul and jazz.

Yes, you’re right. I did pop rock for 15 years. Everything has it’s time. Above all, I wanted to sing on this record, expressing my voice and my feelings.

Your voice has not been affected by the disease at all. You sing louder and more passionated than ever.

(laughs) Thank you. Yes, I have really given everything to these songs.

On the cover you are naked, covered only by a guitar. Why?

Because I completely bare myself in these songs. Without shame.

Is songwriting a form of therapy to you?

Without doubt. At home on the piano, on the guitar, while writing, I feel the happiest and also the healthiest. And when I finally got to work in the studio again, that was a milestone for me and I hope the new songs will encourage other people and help them through difficult times.

What is the latest single “Tell Me It’s Over” about?

A relationship that comes to an end, even though you really have no interest in ending it.

You were married twice, to Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, and then Nickelback vocalist Chad Kroeger. Have you learned from this experience?

God! Yes, of course. You can not let go and hold tight, even though you know that does not do you any good. Sometimes the chemistry between two people is so intense that you have to slam the door.

Are you in the mood for a new relationship right now? Are you even with someone?

I do not want to reveal that. Love is always very, very important to me. My love life is to stay private, maybe someday I’ll tell you more about it, but I prefer not to.

One of the songs is called “I Fell In Love With The Devil”. Who is the devil you fell in love with?

I’ll never, never betray! (laughs loudly) But it was fierce and I was really scared. I was still weakened and already so vulnerable and fearful and insecure at the time. Then he came. That was what they call a “toxic relationship,” and the only good thing is that it did not take long. I was out of there fast, literally stormed. And as it often happens with me, a song evolved from the experience.

The most cheerful song on the record is “Dumb Blonde”. But there’s a message in it, right?

Oh man! Indeed. I went out with a woman-hater, no a joke, and he said to me, “You’re just a dumb blonde.” I thought: Thank you, idiot, another song idea. “Dumb Blonde” is about the guys who can not deal with strong, independent and self-confident women. They just want to shut you down because of their own insecurities and their complexes. But the fact is, every man should be happy when the woman is at eye level. I don’t understand that. I also do not want a guy in my life whom I feel superior to and whom I also have to raise. No idea! Men are sometimes a mystery to me. All I know is that I love people, whether women or men, who have an opinion and stand up for their own convictions.

What does the new album mean to you?

Incredibly much. For me it marks a rebirth and the start of the second part of my career. “Sk8er Boi” was the beginning, the song dominated the sound of my music for almost 15 years. “Head Above Water” is really a new beginning, in every sense. I’ve been through a lot, grown up.

Months passed before the diagnosis was made, and the recovery took more than two years. What are you taking from this time?

I am happy and grateful that I am still alive and I am glad that I had my music because I often felt like it had given me life. As soon as I could get up, I dragged myself to my piano and poured my heart out.

You allegedly wrote the song “Head Above Water” when you thought you were dying.

Yes, one night I felt like I was suffocating and drowning. My mother laid in bed next to me and held me. Strangely enough, I somehow found my peace with death. I prayed to God that He would keep my head above water. That was the moment when I wanted to write songs for the first time in a long time.

How did you get back in gear?

Very slowly. When you’re there, you first realize how important and how big are the many little things in life. You think man, I would so much like to go to the kitchen and make me a coffee. For two years I was not able to do that. Or a dinner with a glass of wine. Visit friends. Just get in the car and go somewhere.

Did you then, piece by piece, regain your normal life?

No, it was ups and downs. And it still is. I have good days and days when I realize that I have to slow down. Right now I’m still not the old Superwoman. But I fight back, the glass is certainly half full and not half empty.

The Superwoman song on your album is called Warrior. In it you sing that you will win the battle and never give up.

Yes, I will not let it get me down. When life is hard and throws stones at you, when the whole world seems to collapse underneath you, then I know that the best thing is to keep calm, to breathe, and to let that moment of panic pass. I’m not just talking about my illness. This applies to all challenges in life.

You have built your career to be the professional youth, brash and cheeky skater brat for a long time. Is that over?

Yes, that is very true. Sure, I still have a very rock’n’roll side in me. And I still do childish things, like skating around the house. But the past few years have made a big contribution to me not being a little girl anymore. But an adult woman. Sometimes serious things happen that will make you mature. And yet I do not want to take life too seriously.

Anyway, you won’t do pop punk. But rather, songs like “Crush” and “Goddess” go clearly towards soul and jazz.

Yes, you’re right. I did pop rock for 15 years. Everything has it’s time. Above all, I wanted to sing on this record, expressing my voice and my feelings.

Your voice has not been affected by the disease at all. You sing louder and more passionated than ever.

(laughs) Thank you. Yes, I have really given everything to these songs.

On the cover you are naked, covered only by a guitar. Why?

Because I completely bare myself in these songs. Without shame.

Is songwriting a form of therapy to you?

Without a doubt. At home on the piano, on the guitar, while writing, I feel the happiest and also the healthiest. And when I finally got to work in the studio again, that was a milestone for me and I hope the new songs will encourage other people and help them through difficult times.

What is the latest single “Tell Me It’s Over” about?

A relationship that comes to an end, even though you really have no interest in ending it.

You were married twice, to Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, and then Nickelback vocalist Chad Kroeger. Have you learned from this experience?

God! Yes, of course. You can not let go and hold tight, even though you know that does not do you any good. Sometimes the chemistry between two people is so intense that you have to slam the door.

Are you in the mood for a new relationship right now? Are you even with someone?

I do not want to reveal that. Love is always very, very important to me. My love life is to stay private, maybe someday I’ll tell you more about it, but I prefer not to.

One of the songs is called “I Fell In Love With The Devil”. Who is the devil you fell in love with?

I’ll never, never betray! (laughs loudly) But it was fierce and I was really scared. I was still weakened and already so vulnerable and fearful and insecure at the time. Then he came. That was what they call a “toxic relationship,” and the only good thing is that it did not take long. I was out of there fast, literally stormed. And as it often happens with me, a song evolved from the experience.

The most cheerful song on the record is “Dumb Blonde”. But there’s a message in it, right?

Oh man! Indeed. I went out with a woman-hater, no a joke, and he said to me, “You’re just a dumb blonde.” I thought: Thank you, idiot, another song idea. “Dumb Blonde” is about the guys who can not deal with strong, independent and self-confident women. They just want to shut you down because of their own insecurities and their complexes. But the fact is, every man should be happy when the woman as well. I don’t understand it. I don’t want a guy in my life whom I feel superior to either and whom I also have to raise. No way! Men are a mystery to me sometimes. All I know is that I love people, whether women or men, who have an opinion and stand up for their own convictions.

Did you scourge him?

(laughs) I think this song will be enough for him.

Original interview


02 February 2019
Details about the tracks of Avril Lavigne’s ‘Head Above Water’ revealed
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Nação da Música and Portal POPline, brazilian news sites had the privilege to listen to the full Head Above Water album! They reviewed the songs and here we will translate and post the reviews of each one of the songs.

Birdie – The song talks about freedom, questioning how to escape and fly even higher. It starts with melodic piano tones and it’s comparable to My Happy Ending, maybe because of the mid-tempo, but with intensity. The difference is that it has less guitars and more well-marked beats. The bridge is more dramatic with a very muffled voice and a beat that is almost a trap.

I Fell In Love With The Devil – It starts out with violins, the vocals are almost angelic, accompanied by the piano. The song sounds more mature than Birdie, but the structure is similar. Softer in the verses, and exploding in the chorus. Please save me from this hell, she sings at the end of the chorus. The violins come back in the bridge, and the vocals are really beautiful. It will certainly be a fan favorite.

Dumb Blonde – This is the first song on the tracklist that is more cheerful and has the “cheerleader” touch that Avril explored in her hit Girlfriend, for example. It does not have as many guitars, though. Imagine a mix of Girlfriend and Demi Lovato’s Confident, also add a dash of Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani. The lyrics are well empowered, where she reaffirms that she is not a dumb blonde.

It Was Me – The slow verses and piano in the background return in this song. The track is more of an intense ballad and it has well-marked beats, the style is similar to Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris

Souvenir – One of the strongest ballads on the album, but it has a more positive feel. It talks about good moments that she wants to keep in life, in the chorus she sings about wanting to run away and taking a person as a small “Souvenir”. In the first few seconds, you can remember when Rihanna used a sample of I’m With You in Cheers (Drink To That) with those “yeah yeah”. But it’s a very different song, it features a stronger beat, with a small part with verses more serious than normal, which changes quickly

Crush – A slow-paced song, but not in a dramatic way. Both the verses as well as the chorus are more paused and at certain times the voice sounds almost like a whisper. Similar to Tell Me It’s Over, the lyrics are about a burning passion. That look in your eyes drives me crazyshe sings, I can’s live without you.

Goddess – The track sounds acoustic, as there is not much drums and the guitar is what stands out in the background. It can remind you of Push, but simpler. It is not a slow song, the verses and chorus are accelerated. You treat me like a goddess, you find me so sexy in my pyjamas, she sings. You can see that this is a more positive album, talking about love overcoming.

Bigger Wow – A cheerful song with fast beats, it might not be a “dance song” but it’s a track with “good vibes”. It’s similar to Starving by Hailee Steinfeld, Grey and Zedd. The background guitar is very similar, being exactly the element that helps find the vibe.

Love Me Insane – A song that talks about attraction and love, describing the day they met and that the person is capable of driving her crazy. The rhythm changes between the verses and the chorus, starting out slow and growing as she sings. Even though it has instruments like keyboard and drums, everything is very subtle. The most impressive part is the bridge, where you can hear beautiful violins. Baby, let’s go crazy, I’m gonna lose my mind she sings, as if it were something bad, but very positive.

Warrior – The last track of the album, she sings about the battles she has lived, not giving up and being a warrior, she fights for her life. Nothing is going to stop me now she sings. It’s undoubtedly one of the best songs in this new production and it is very moving.

Birdie, Dumb Blonde, and Bigger Wow stand out, as they have potential to be singles, according to Portal POPline

30 January 2019
Avril Lavigne nominated for the JUNO Awards
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Avril was nominated for the JUNO Fan Choice award! You can vote by using the tag #JFCAvrilLavigne on instagram or twitter (RTs count as votes too!), listening to her songs here: https://apple.co/2BaSLyJ  or vote on the site https://junofanchoice.ca