Avril Lavigne Says Her New Album 'Is A Departure'

Pop princess poised to make triumphant return.

[artist id="1228637"]Avril Lavigne[/artist] spent the better part of a year waiting for her record label to decide what to do with her upcoming album. So now that all the release-date drama has finally been settled, she's not about to waste any time before promoting the first single.

On Sunday, Lavigne hit the American Music Awards to promote her triumphant return, and, as she told MTV News, she can't wait to get back into the swing of things.

"My single's coming out in January; it's called 'What the Hell,'" she said, "And my record's coming out in March, so I'm pretty excited."

Lavigne said that "What the Hell" will probably strike a chord with fans that have been with her since her snotty "Sk8r Boi" days, but added that the song isn't exactly indicative of the material she's compiled for the new album as producer Alex da Kid revealed last week. The still-untitled disc sees the former pop-rock princess pushing her musical boundaries, which means that, this time around, there's a lot less sneering, and a lot more, well, maturing.

And that's understandable: After all, it's been nearly four years since Lavigne's last album, and in that time, she's grown up, and her music has too.

"This album is different ... I'm older now, so I think that comes across in my music, it's not as pop-rock and it's a little more mellow and it's deep," she said. "But my first single is very 'up' and pop-rock. The first single is very much like my older stuff, but the rest of the album is a departure."

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