'LET ME GO' - DUET WITH CHAD

Avril Lavigne is young at art

THE pop princess is back with a new single and new fiance but some things she won't change, writes Kathy McCabe
Q: With your new single Here's To Never Growing Up doing the business on Australian radio, are you planning on a promo trip any time soon?

A: I was actually just there with Nickelback on tour a few months ago. I didn't have to play so I got to enjoy the city. It was the first time I was there and not working.

Q: So what did you do?

A: Well, I was just kind of cruising, doing the things I normally do. Travelling, going from hotel to hotel, airport to airport, venue to venue. (laughs) Yeah, it was exactly like being on tour and the hardest part of being on tour is travelling.

Q: Why didn't you give the shows a miss? It's not like you haven't seen (fiance) Chad Kroeger perform before?

A: No, I hadn't really seen very many of his concerts because we only started dating in the summer.

Q: You guys met when you started writing songs for your next album. Was it a party in the studio or all very serious singer-songwriter stuff?

A: We spent hours working very hard, but we were also having fun. When I started the album, it was Chad and David Hodges, just the three of us. David was in Evanescence before. So we all just sat around in a songwriting circle in the studio. OK, it was a triangle - we called ourselves the tripods. We talked, we got to know each other, we told stories, we laughed, I cried, you know. I went through every kind of emotion getting to know them and we wrote a tonne of songs.

Q: Was Here's To Never Growing Up the first song you all wrote?

A: No, the first song was called Let Me Go and it's a duet Chad and I have together. Towards the end of the album, we wrote the single, with Martin Johnson and J Kash. By then it was the guys and myself sitting around in a bigger songwriting circle. I wanted to write some summer songs, some more up-tempo stuff for the album so it's a whole mixture

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FUSE INTERVIEW PART 2

Part 2 of Avril's interview with Fuse. She talks about being at the Viper Room when she was younger, how the Hello Kitty song on the album has a "glitchy, electronic feel" (something she has never explored before). Can't wait!




FUSE INTERVIEW

Looks like the rumor about Steel Panther performing at the wedding was a rumor. Thank goodness!




WEST HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 27


Avril and Chad were photographed with a friend (or could it be wedding planner?!) outside Neil Lane Jewelery on Saturday (April 27) looking/purchasing wedding rings! Since Avril had said in a recent interview that she already has the dress and have other details finished, I wonder what else needs to be done? One thing is for sure, Avril will look gorgeous on her wedding day, and I can't wait to see!




THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO

Avril's voice has improved so much, she sounds great!





"HERE'S TO NEVER GROWING UP" MUSIC VIDEO - MAY 9TH!


According to this article and Scott Seviour (Marketing and Artist Development at Epic) the "Here's To Never Growing Up" music video will be released on Thursday, May 9!




FROM TWITTER/JAY LENO TONIGHT

Check back to the site later for the recorded video!





LEAVING VIPER ROOM/MADEO RESTAURANT


Avril and Chad leaving The Viper Room last night, celebrating Avril's LA showcase with a glass of Champagne in hand! Cheers!




Avril and Chad at Madeo Restaurant, April 25. Thanks to Avrilsmusic.net for the HQ's!




LISTEN TO NEW SONG, "17"!

UPDATED WITH THE FULL VERSION OF THE SONG
He was working at the record shop. I would kiss him in the parking lot. Tasted like cigarettes and soda pop. Seventeen.

We would tell me I was beautiful. Sneaking in the neighbors swimming pool. Yeah he told me how to break the rules. Seventeen.

But hey, this isn't long gone. But when I hear this song, it takes me back.

We were on top of the world. Back when I was your girl. We were living so wild and free. Acting stupid for fun. all we needed was love, that's the way its supposed to be. Seventeen.

Stealing beers out of the trailer park. Flicking lighters just to fight the dark. My favorite place was sitting in his car. Seventeen.

We lay a blanket on a rooftop. The time I knew I wanted ???. The nights were cold but we kept them hot. Seventeen.

But hey, this isn't long gone. But when I hear this song, it takes me back.

We were on top of the world. Back when I was your girl. We were living so wild and free. Acting stupid for fun. all we needed was love, that's the way its supposed to be. We were running red lights, we were going all night, didn't care about anything. We were living a dream, it was you and me and we were seventeen.

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I remember what it felt like. Just a small town kind of life. If only I could just go back in time. Seventeeen.

We were on top of the world. Back when I was your girl. We were living so wild and free. Acting stupid for fun. all we needed was love, that's the way its supposed to be. We were running red lights, we were going all night, didn't care about anything. We were living a dream, it was you and me and we were seventeen.

Seventeen
Seventeen
Seventeen



What do you think? It's a fun, uptempo, feel good song! I love it, and I think I like it better than HTNGU! If you can hear what I can't and fill in the ???, please comment!




LA SHOWCASE - DEBUTS NEW SONG "17"


Wearing a leather jacket and skirt and leopard print heels, Avril Lavigne looked every bit like a punk rocker tonight at her showcase at the Viper Room in LA. She sang 6 songs, "Here's To Never Growing Up", "Girlfriend", "My Happy Ending", "What The Hell", Sk8er Boi" and brand new song "17". She ended the show with a meet and greet with all of the fans in attendance! Check Avril's Facebook/Twitter tomorrow (and right here, of course) for media. For now, enjoy pictures from the event (HQ's courtesy of Avrilsmusic.net) and some short videos from Youtube.
CLICK HERE FOR A PREVIEW OF "17" LYRICS





CHICAGO - JUNE 15


Avril is set to join Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd and more at the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash in Chicago on June 15. Get your tickets!




TV APPEARANCES

According to Scott Seviour's Twitter (Marketing at Epic Records), Avril will be appearing on Dancing with the Stars on May 14 and The Today Show on May 17!

He also said that there will be a second single before the album release in September and that Avril will be singing brand new songs at the LA showcase tomorrow!




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