After sharing snippets of “Bigger Wow,” “Love Me Insane,” and “Warrior” on Monday and clips of “Souvenir,” “Crush,” and “Goddess” yesterday, Avril Lavigne is back with the latest batch of song previews. Today, fans get to hear “Dumb Blonde” and “It Was In Me,” both from her upcoming album, Head Above Water.
“Tell Me It’s Over”
We kick things off with a clip of “Tell Me It’s Over,” which was already released as a single in December. The song is soulful, showing off Avril’s best vocals against a 1960s choir and horns. It’s a stunning track, and an unexpected but welcome change of style for Avril.
Avril explained the inspiration behind the song:
I loved being able to write a song with my best friend @RyanCabrera. We had such an amazing time! Tell Me It’s Over is an anthem about being strong and finally putting your foot down and closing the door on a relationship that you know is wrong after time and time again of falling for their games. If someone doesn’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated, don’t put up with it. It’s understandably so hard because in the past every time you saw them, they sucked you in and you fell right back into their web. The vocals and the lyrics are very vulnerable which is reflective of the feelings I got in relationships like these.
I wanted to write something classic. I have been inspired by some of the timeless queens I listen to every day at home, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. They represent women who stand up for women and aren’t going to put up with a man’s bullshit anymore!!
Following that, our first new preview is of “Dumb Blonde.” This song has garnered curiosity and trepidation based on its title and known lyrics. Today, it was revealed that the song will also feature rapper Nicki Minaj. The song is uptempo and assertive, reminiscent of Avril’s The Best Damn Thing anthems. As Avril sings in the clip, “I ain’t no dumb blonde, I ain’t no stupid Barbie doll. I got my game on. Just watch me, watch me, watch me prove you wrong!”
Avril described how “Dumb Blonde” came about:
The concept and idea for “Dumb Blonde” came to me through a situation I experienced and I brought it to @BonnieMcKee and #MitchAllan, who helped me bring it to life. I had this fucking loser in my life who was threatened by my strength, confidence and independence as a woman. I was belittled and made to feel bad for who I was: A leader, someone with a vision and opinions, someone who has strength, desire, passion and goals. Never let anyone put you down for being who you are. Stand up. Fight. Be you. Love. Be genuine. Kind. Find yourself and own it. Fuck stereotypes.
If you’re a strong person and your partner can’t handle you, go find someone who has enough self-confidence and can support you and lift you up and inspire you in your life. As an equal. A friend. Not someone who needs to take you down to make themselves feel better because of their low self-esteem. Yes, women should build each other up, but so should men and women.
“It Was In Me”
Finally, a clip of “It Was In Me” suggests it may be a highlight on the album. Avril wrote the song with Lauren Christy, one of the writers behind Avril’s earliest hits (“Complicated,” “I’m With You,” etc.). Indeed, this new song does sound a bit Let Go, just more grown up. Avril sings, “Everyone’s got an opinion, but I don’t care. Oh, oh, oh.”
Talking about “It Was In Me,” Avril stated:
It was so beautiful to sit down with @TheLaurenChristy and reconnect. We talked. We reminisced. We laughed. We created. We wrote again. We prayed together. We spoke about all things. Spirituality. God. #ItWasInMe talks about how we search everywhere for the answers in life, but they’re actually buried within us… listen to yourself. Don’t be afraid to speak out. Go with your gut. Don’t look elsewhere for happiness with possessions or people.. In the end, you just have to look inside yourself and find it there.
Head Above Water
“Tell Me It’s Over,” “Dumb Blonde,” and “It Was In me” will all appear on Avril Lavigne’s upcoming 6th album, Head Above Water. Featuring 12 new songs, the album will be out in just one week on February 15th. Pre-order it now to get instant downloads of the first two singles, “Head Above Water” and “Tell Me It’s Over.” Find streaming, digital, and physical options here. Avril’s official site also includes several merch bundles.
What do you think of the three new song clips? Which one is your favorite? Which one was the most unexpected? Let us know your thoughts below!
Now that we’ve gotten nine song previews in the last two days, we’re certain Avril will share previews of the final three songs in tomorrow. Get ready to finally hear snippets of the remaining three songs soon! See the full Head Above Water tracklist below:
- Head Above Water
- I Fell In Love With The Devil
- Tell Me It’s Over
- Dumb Blonde
- It Was In Me
- Bigger Wow
- Love Me Insane
While we await the final song previews – and, of course, the full album! – you can enjoy Avril’s first two singles. Check out “Head Above Water” and “Tell Me It’s Over” as we get through this last week. You can also catch up on all that went into making the comeback album. Keep checking back here for all the latest Avril Lavigne music news. Get ready to hear all of Head Above Water on February 15th.