The pop princess might be newly married to Nickelback frontman and album collaborator Chad Kroeger , but as she so proudly declared on the album’s lead single, she has no plans to grow up anytime soon.
Nestled between more-adult ballads like “Hush Hush” and “Let Me Go,” the 29-year-old is as bratty and fun-loving as ever, singing about cute bad boys, make-out sessions and being “the motherfreaking princess.” She lets loose just as much as ever on the follow-up to 2011’s Goodbye Lullaby .
With the album ready for public consumption, MTV News is taking a look back at what the singer had to say about some of the standout tracks on the release.
“Here’s To Never Growing Up” Avril set the tone for the release on this pop-punk track, which was co-written by her hubby. The album’s lead single celebrates being young and free forever. “It’s pop rock, up-tempo. It’s a fun song,” Lavigne shared back in May. “It’s about wanting to be young forever. Doesn’t matter what age you are; it’s all about your spirit, state of mind. And I know I certainly don’t want to grow up, so there are more songs on the record like this.”
“Bad Girl” What happens when Marilyn Manson and Avril hook up on a track? Something very naughty. “I have a song called ’Bad Girl’ and it’s one of the heavier, more darker tunes on this record,” she told MTV News. “[It’s] one of my favorite songs on this record. Manson and I have been quite friendly over the years and when I heard the song, it kind of made me think about him. So I called him up and he came into the studio and we played each other some music. And he laid some vocals on the track and he killed it. It was definitely an honor.”
“Let Me Go” Lavigne has never been afraid to show her vulnerable side and she does just that on this ballad, which features Kroeger. “So working with Chad was awesome because I found a husband and that was the best thing that came out of the experience,” she joked back in September. “No, we had a great time. We really just celebrated music together and we both love writing and creating; it’s nonstop. Even though the record’s done now and we recorded it, like, we’re always around the house coming up with new ideas and concepts. It’s really inspiring.”
“Hello Kitty” Avril embraced her inner Skrillex on this rave-ready ode to Sanrio’s most famous cat. “I love Hello Kitty so much there’s a song on the record called ’Hello Kitty.’ Pink is my favorite color … I’m really excited about this song. I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty and it’s really fun and the sound is different,” she told Ryan Seacrest earlier this year.
She later told MTV News, ” ’Hello Kitty’ … has an electronic feel. All the sounds and styles hit on sounds that I’ve touched on before, and I’ve also experimented.”