Avril Lavigne ‘Excited’ That Rihanna Sampled Her Song

'She's a really great singer, so yeah I was excited,' Lavigne says of Rihanna sampling 'I'm With You' for 'Cheers (Drink to That).'

During “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special, Avril Lavigne will unveil her brand-new single “What the Hell.” However, before she debuts any new music, fans can listen to the Canadian singer’s signature yodel from her 2002 hit “I’m With You” on Rihanna’s new drinking anthem, “Cheers (Drink to That).”

In a Q&A session with Entertainment Weekly, Lavigne spoke about the celebratory party track, admitting that the Barbadian songstress has some great vocal chops.

“It was really exciting because ‘I’m With You’ is one of my favorite songs that I’ve done, I always love performing it,” the punky popster admitted. “And I think Rihanna’s awesome, she has great songs, she’s a really great singer, so yeah I was excited. I think it’s really cool.”

When MTV News spoke to Rihanna about “Cheers (Drink to That)” in November, the red-headed star told us that the cut is one of her favorites off her latest release, Loud. “I love that song,” she gushed. “That is one of my favorite songs on the album. It makes you feel like celebrating. It gives you a great feeling inside like you want to go out and have a
drink. … People can’t wait for the weekend.”

When asked why the she didn’t just ask Lavigne to come into the studio to re-record the song’s signature yodel, Rihanna explained, “I asked the same thing, but when I heard the track, it was already embedded in the music, so the producers already had it that way.”

As for Avril’s own celebratory music, the 26-year-old singer/songwriter described her new single as “more pop and uptempo and kind of reminiscent of my old stuff.” The songstress also confessed that her next album, Goodbye Lullaby — due in stores March 8 — will be “more stripped and raw and a little deeper.”

What do you think of the Avril-sampled “Cheers (Drink to That)”? Share your reviews in the comments.