Not long ago, a number of popular music sites began reporting that Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne had recorded a duet with her new husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. The couple remained quiet on the topic, but this morning that gossip was confirmed when a new single, titled “Let Me Go,” found its way online. You can stream the track at the end of this post.
Things have been a little rocky for Avril Lavigne in recent years. The twenty-something has been dealing with a divorce and a somewhat stalled music career. “Let Me Go” finds Avril attempting to shake off the shackles of her past in favor of a fresh start, and the results are actually not uninteresting. Kroeger’s appearance is very subdued, so that’s something.
There are already rumors that additional collaborative songs between Lavigne and Kroeger exist, but at this time no information confirming such talk has been released. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Let Me Go.” (more…)
Taking a comedic turn, the latest video from Lavigne opens with the singer sarcastically explaining the story behind her hit “Sk8 Boi” to someone on the phone. When the conversation ends, the clip cuts to an outdoor set piece that serves as the backdrop for the majority of performance sequences that follow. There seems to be a story about being an apocalypse survivor, but it’s a bit hard to decipher amidst a flood of colorful costumes and quick-cut edits. You can view the video below.
“Rock And Roll” may be catchy, but it’s certainly nothing new for Avril Lavigne from a songwriting perspective. Still, the video offers more than enough memorable moments to position it for viral fandom. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the video. (more…)
If you’re currently rubbing your eyes in disbelief, stop. It’s not April Fools and that headline is not a joke. Two of music’s most niche chart-topping artists are working together, and we can only begin to imagine the song that will result from their pairing.
In a new interview with Billboard, Avril Lavigne revealed she worked with shock rock legend Marilyn Manson on a song for her forthcoming album. The track, entitled “Bad Girl,” is described by Lavigne as being on of the heavier tracks on her still unannounced album. You can read an excerpt from the interview below:
“The record’s really diverse. We’ve got these pop-rock tunes, and then these piano ballads with orchestras. I have a heavier song that Marilyn Manson’s on called ‘Bad Girl,’ and then I’ve got a song called ‘Hello Kitty’ that sounds like nothing I’ve done before. ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’ is one of the rock tunes on it, but it’s all over the place.”
Eleven years ago, a sassy Canadian teen girl took over radio and MTV with her unique brand of alt-pop rock. Her style was straight out of your local mall, which coincidentally seemed to be where she and her skater friends loved to spend their days. She arrived at a time when there was virtually no direct competition for her style of pop, and in the year that followed her debut (Let Go) went on to sell more than eight million copies. Her name is Avril Lavigne, and earlier this week she attempted to turn back time once more with her new single, “Here’s To Never Growing Up.”
If you haven’t been paying close attention, Avril never really went anywhere. She has consistently released a new album ever two-three years since her debut, and though her personal life has often outshines those musical efforts, there have been a slew of notable singles along the way. That said, the hard truth is that her music simply isn’t selling like it used to, and when that starts to happen the first reason most turn to is because they (the artist) has moved away from the sound that made them famous in the first. It’s not that the song they write now are any less personal or well penned, it’s just impossible to conceive of anyone being able to evolve musically and maintain a constant connection with fans of any one subgenera. Some will grow alongside your musical interests, sure, but more people are fickle than most would like to believe. So before we even get to the song itself, let me just say that I understand why her music is once again veering toward the somewhat edgy alt-pop rock side, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I think it’s a good idea. (more…)
Although his presence resulted in multiple contestant signings to Epic Records, Reid says of his departure, “I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected.” Reid continued, “I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists, and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing ‘the me’ show and get back to doing ‘the them’ show.”
Among Reid’s upcoming Epic Records projects will be Ciara‘s next album and Avril Lavigne‘s latest album.
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As breaking news of the day goes, it’s not exactly groundbreaking. Still, there it was, in multiple variations, splattered across the online pages of E!, Us Weekly, Entertainment Weekly (which called it a hair break-over), People magazine and so many other websites devoted, in large and small part, to such trivialities. You’d think Samson had risen from the dead and taken up guitar.
But wait! Shouldn’t Delilah ” I mean, Katy Perry ” have been the star of this life (and a new ˜do)-after-love story? Traditionally, the celebrity tabloids and gossip websites pursue female celebrities about whom they date, whom they marry, whom they divorce, to search for baby bumps, and fashion dos and don’ts. Guys generally get in only when they’re dating one of them. (Why do you think Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, who once went from long to short without causing so much as a media ripple and is now engaged to Avril Lavigne, is suddenly “newsworthy”?)
By those standards, John Mayer must be some kind of publicity-baiting genius. In the last several years, he’s made himself as much of a tabloid fixture as an A-list starlet by dating a succession of them: Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, and most recently, Katy Perry, his pop-star paramour of a few months. (more…)