Although Avril Lavigne supposedly completed her final week of recording in early May, it looks like she may still be working on her long-awaited sixth studio album. Tonight she posted about working with songwriter Bonnie McKee on the new music:
Bonnie McKee is a pop singer, as well as a popular songwriter. Some of her best-known collaborations are with Katy Perry on songs like “Roar,” “Wide Awake,” and “Teenage Dream.”
This is not the first time Avril and Bonnie have collaborated, but if the song is released, it would be the first time fans get to hear the resulting song. In 2014, Bonnie spoke about working with Avril:
Bonnie also mentioned their collaboration again last year:
@AvrilLavigne was really sweet and playful, can sing her face off, and had great ideas. I think she's a real doll! Also a super babe ?
— Bonnie McKee (@BonnieMcKee) June 14, 2017
It’s not clear if Avril and Bonnie were just working on the new music, or if it happened weeks/months ago. If they are just now in the studio together, that may mean further delays for Avril’s upcoming album.
Avril’s sixth studio album has been a long labor of love. After releasing her self-titled fifth record in late 2013, she came down with Lyme disease the following spring, announcing it in 2015. Overcoming the illness inspired her new music. Though she officially began recording it last spring, Avril began writing and demoing three years ago. And despite multiple predictions of finishing – first last November, then this February – it had looked like Avril finally wrapped the recording process last month. Is she still writing and recording, or is this Bonnie post about a previous studio session?
Avril has described her upcoming album as being more rock this time around, and worked on a few songs with Travis Clark of We The Kings. She’s also returning to her roots in some ways. As proof, she co-wrote two songs with Lauren Christy, the songwriter behind “I’m With You” and “Complicated.” Avril has also worked with producer J.R. Rotem. Some songs fans may hear on album #6 include “Lucky Ones,” “It Was In Me,” “Warrior,” and “Crush.”
In non-album news, Avril has kept busy in the last couple of years. She recorded a few new songs with other artists, including tracks with Japanese band ONE OK ROCK and new production duo Grey. In time for the winter holidays, she released a cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Jonny Blu last November. Avril also returned to her acting ambitions, voicing Snow White in the upcoming animated film, Charming. For the movie, Avril also joined Ashley Tisdale and G.E.M. to sing “Trophy Boy,” written by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump.
Avril’s “next level” album will come later out this year via BMG Records. Catch up on all we know about the new record so far, and keep checking back here for more on Avril’s new music.
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