Avril Lavigne is ready to make new music again and has a big announcement for her fans.
On Wednesday the singer announced that she has signed with a new record label, BMG. She also revealed her plans for new music and a new album that will be out by the end of 2017 – set to be her sixth album and her first since 2013’s “Avril”.
“I challenged myself as a songwriter and I wanted to write about topics I hadn’t hit on before,” Lavigne revealed to 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,” she said.
In the Facebook video she posted, Lavigne is at a piano and talks about her songwriting process for the new album. “Incredibly excited to be a part of the BMG US family and be working with them on the release of #AL6! So excited to share more with you guys in the coming weeks!” she captioned the video.
While she says it’ll be coming this year, Lavigne, 32, says there is no date just yet. “When it’s ready. Which will be soon,” she said about the release date. “I’m working on the final few tracks. BMG and I are now choosing the right producer for this project.”
Many know her for her monster pop-punk hits like “Girlfriend” and “Complicated”, but it looks like she’s veering away from that sound for this new record.
Who are her current inspirations? “I enjoy listening to Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes. Artists that showcase their vocals and songwriting skills. I listen to a lot of Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and jazz,” she said.
For this album, the Napanee, Ont. native says she’s going back to her roots: “I got my start in church and at country fairs when I was a young child, and I think those earlier influences are definitely coming out now.”