Avril Lavigne is sick and tired of pesky reporters bugging her for the inside scoop on her new album, which she’s been working on for nearly a year now — in between getting married to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, making head-scratching cameos in flicks like “Fast Food Nation,” voicing a melodramatic possum in the animated comedy “Over the Hedge” and spitting on paparazzi, that is.
So rather than announce details of said album via traditional means — breathy press release, hastily assembled press conference, messenger pigeon — Av’s decided to stick it to the media once again, by announcing those details in an exclamation-mark-heavy post on her MySpace page (behold, the future!).
“Hey guys!!!!!!! I keep getting asked about my record and what it is called … so I wanted to give u guys all the info directly … I’m calling the record The Best Dam Thing, and the first single is called ’Girlfriend,’ ” Lavigne wrote. “The single comes out February and the record in April. I promise you guys will love this record, it is my favorite one!!! And I can’t wait!!!!! It is really fast, fun, young, bratty, aggressive, confident, cocky in a playful way … all the good stuff.”
Though Lavigne offered no explanation of Dam’s punny title (perhaps she’s a fan of barriers built across watercourses for the purpose of impounding water?), she did add that the record “will make a great live show” and that it will only feature “like three slow songs.”
“My last tour helped inspire me. So because I am a touring artist and spend so much of my time playing live shows, I wanted to make sure the songs were fun,” she wrote. “I am working on my last song right now in the studio. I should be all wrapped up in time for the Christmas holidays.”
For months Lavigne remained less than forthcoming with information about the new album — her first since 2004’s Under My Skin (see “Avril Gets Acting Tips From Richard Gere, Remains Mum On LP” ) — but when MTV News spoke to Whibley last month, he was quite the opposite, dishing the dirt on a host of musicians and producers who have worked on Dam (see “Sum 41 Promise Return To Killer Form — Without Avril — On Next LP” ).
“I produced a couple of songs, but I don’t know if they’re going to make the record. The way she does records, she’ll record, like, 25 songs and then just pick the best,” Whibley said. “She’s worked with a lot of great producers and musicians on this record: Travis Barker played drums on there, [Vandals drummer and super-session dude] Josh Freese is on a bunch of songs. Chris Cheney from Jane’s Addiction played some bass on there. Rob Cavallo [Green Day, My Chemical Romance] produced a couple of songs. It’s a great collection of people, and it’s really fun, because we’re usually all there together, and sometimes I’ll get on guitar and Travis will be on drums and we’ll just jam some stuff out.”