Avril Lavigne Is No “Dumb Blonde”

Avril Lavigne teases “Dumb Blonde” and more from her forthcoming sixth album.

Avril Lavigne solidified her princess-of-punk status by channeling teenage angst into early 2000s pop-rock bops like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi.” The era of raccoon-eye makeup, spiked wrist-bands, and t-shirts accessorized with suit ties wouldn’t have been the same without her, and while those fads may be in the rear-view mirror, Lavigne has survived. Her forthcoming album, sixth in all and her first in over five years, Head Above Water promises to tackle mature subject matter that reflects her resilience in the industry and in life.

On “Dumb Blonde,” one of several new songs that Lavigne teased on Twitter yesterday, is generating buzz thanks to featured artist Nicki Minaj. A multi-dimensional anthem of female empowerment, the song was reportedly inspired by an unhealthy relationship from Lavigne’s past. In a series of missives to her followers, Lavigne, now married to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, wrote,  “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.”

Bearing one’s scars, both internal and external, seems to be the force Head Above Water, which takes its title from Lavigne’s hit 2018 single of the same name, a reflection on her harrowing battle with Lyme Disease. This deep candor, coupled with a few obligatory middle-fingers, is sure to give fans young and old a new perspective on this everlasting icon. We hope we won’t have to wait another five years for the next.



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