Avril Lavigne Debuts Dark, Defiant New Album Cover

Lavigne's self-titled album will feature a stark and striking portrait, she reveals to fans.

On her new single “Rock N Roll,” Avril Lavigne defiantly declares “I am the motherfreakin’ princess” … and now, she’s got her royal portrait.

Late Thursday, she revealed the cover art for her upcoming album, a stark and striking photograph in which she gets decidedly dark (What would Winnie Cooper think?) Her eyes are ringed in smeared eyeliner, her hair is pulled back tight on her head, and her stare is piercing And as if the image wasn’t statement enough, well, consider the fact that this album is self-titled … that’s about all you need to know.

The album is reportedly due in September, and has already been preceded by a pair of singles — the aforementioned “Rock N Roll” (co-written by her husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger ) and “Here’s To Never Growing Up.”

She’s been working on the follow-up to Goodbye Lullaby since late 2011 with producers Martin Johnson, Max Martin and David Hodges, and as recently as April, she was still writing and recording. In fact, Lavigne has written so many songs that she’s reportedly considering releasing a second album in the near future:

“I definitely wrote a lot of songs. I’ve got about two records worth of music, so maybe I’ll do back-to-back records,” she said in a recent interview. “I kinda want to do the back-to-back records because I’ve worked so hard on writing a ton of songs and I just want to tame it perfect. And then, because there were so many, it was like ‘Okay, well, what makes sense?’ ”

Makes sense to us. And given how cool this cover is, we can’t wait to see what she’ll do for an encore.