After Avril Lavigne announced late last year that she would be releasing new material in 2017, she has since given an update with even more detail about her forthcoming LP—and we’re too excited.
“I’ve been working really hard on the new music, and it’s a reflection of my journey over the last few years,” Lavigne says in an Instagram post. “Without trying to make an album, I’ve made one.”
She told Billboard in a recent interview that this new record touches on a lot of new topics that she hasn't written about before.
“I challenged myself as a songwriter and I wanted to write about topics I hadn't hit on before,” Lavigne tells Billboard. “There's the love topic, but a lot of these songs are about life. I've experienced a lot over the past few years, and some of the songs just came to me. Concepts and lyrics were flowing and I would have to grab my phone to sing into voice memo and write out my lyrics.”
Plus, she also tells Billboard that she'll be “going back to my roots a little bit…” saying that she got her start at church and county fairs, and those “earlier influences are definitely coming out now.”
In the recent years, Lavigne has been focusing on her battle with Lyme disease, stepping out of the spotlight to ensure her own health is up to par. This will be the first album for the artist since her self-titled record in 2013.
“I wanted to first thank my fans for your patience & support during my time away throughout my battle with Lyme Disease over the past 2 years,” she said in a previous Instagram post.
“It hasn't just been a hard battle but it's also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally. I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme Disease with the Avril Lavigne foundation.”
For Lavigne, this battle has taken her on an emotional journey, but through it all, she has been able to create songs that have made her feel empowered.
“At this point in my career and in my life, I just wanted to put fresh energy around me, and I feel like I'm having somewhat of a rebirth in my life,” Lavigne says in her post. “I've been faced with a lot, gone through a lot emotionally. The whole writing process has been therapeutic and empowering.”
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