It’s been five years since Avril Lavigne last released an album, but the Canadian singer/songwriter has confirmed her newest work will be available on February 15th 2019.
‘Head Above Water’, which is Lavigne’s sixth album in total, is available to pre-order now and fans of the pop star will be eagerly excited to listen to her new music.
Lavigne has spent a lot of time away from the industry in recent years after battling lyme disease, but now she is making a comeback after returning to full health.
Initially, Lavigne announced her intentions to make a comeback in September of this year when she released the “Head Above Water” song, alongside “Tell Me It’s Over”.
The songs themselves are in reference to relationships ending and her battle with lyme disease. Lavigne contracted the disease in 2014 but it was until the latter part of the same year she started to develop the symptoms.
“I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going underwater and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe,” Lavigne said of the illness.
“Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me.”
Lavigne can now look ahead after a difficult last few years, and fans will be keen to see her get back to her best.
Rise to the top
Lavigne shot to fame in the early noughties, after she was signed by Arista Records in a deal worth $2m after impressing bosses of the record label. Her first single, “Complicated”, really put her on the map and she was the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album in the United Kingdom.
That album was ‘Let Go’, which defined Lavigne’s genre as a “Pop Punk Queen” which ultimately set her skate/punk persona for years to come. Lavigne’s second album, ‘Under My Skin’, generated further success and this paved the way for her third studio album in 2007 (‘The Best Damn Thing’).
The lead single for ‘The Best Damn Thing’ is “Girlfriend”, arguably her most famous hit which made the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Her fourth and fifth albums, ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ (2011) and ‘Avril Lavigne’ (2013), generated further success for Lavigne before she took some time away from the music industry.
Awards and achievements
To date, Lavigne has shifted 50 million singles and 40 million albums worldwide, making her one of the most successful artists of the modern era. In 2003, Lavigne won an International Achievement Award for the song “Complicated” and also holds a Guinness World Record as being the youngest female solo artist to top the UK album chart.
Overall, Lavigne has been nominated for over 300 awards and taken home 221 of them, an amazing achievement considering the amount of competition that exists. Lavigne was also voted by Billboard as number 10 pop artist in the “Best of the 2000’s” chart.
Lavigne has also been nominated for eight Grammy Awards for her debut album, ‘Let Go’ and was the first singer to generate over 100 million views on YouTube for her hit, “Girlfriend”. Not a bad career for somebody who is potentially going to accumulate much more success with the launch of her new album in the New Year.
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