Avril Lavigne: The Story Behind Her Self-Titled Album of 2013
Avril Lavigne is one of the most successful pop-rock singers of her generation. She rose to fame in 2002 with her debut album Let Go, which spawned hit singles like \"Complicated\" and \"Sk8er Boi\". Since then, she has released four more albums, each showcasing her evolution as an artist and a person.
Her fifth studio album, Avril Lavigne, was released on November 1, 2013, through Epic Records in North America and Sony Music Entertainment worldwide. It was her first and only album under Epic Records, after leaving RCA Records in 2011. The album was also her last release for Sony Music, to which she signed in 2000.
Avril Lavigne is a self-titled album because it represents who she is as an artist and a person at that point in her life. She said in an interview with Billboard: \"It's just very me. There's so many different styles and sounds on this record. It's very diverse. It's pop-rock. It's got some electronic music. It's got some piano ballads. It's got some punk-rock songs.\"
The album features two vocal collaborations: Chad Kroeger, her then-husband and the lead singer of Nickelback, and Marilyn Manson, the controversial industrial metal icon. Both of them co-wrote and co-produced some of the songs on the album with Lavigne.
Kroeger appears on the power ballad \"Let Me Go\", which was released as the third single from the album. The song talks about letting go of a past relationship and moving on with life. Lavigne said that she wrote the song before she met Kroeger, but he helped her finish it and added his vocals to it.
Manson appears on the rock song \"Bad Girl\", which was inspired by his song \"The Beautiful People\". The song explores the dark side of Lavigne's personality and her attraction to bad boys. Lavigne said that she was a fan of Manson since she was a teenager and that he was very supportive of her music.
The album also includes some of Lavigne's most personal songs, such as \"17\", which reminisces about her teenage years, \"Hello Heartache\", which deals with the pain of a breakup, and \"Hush Hush\", which is a piano ballad that closes the album with a hopeful note.
The lead single from the album was \"Here's to Never Growing Up\", which was released on April 9, 2013. The song is an anthem for staying young at heart and having fun no matter what age you are. The song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a top-ten hit in several countries.
The second single was \"Rock N Roll\", which was released on August 27, 2013. The song is a tribute to Lavigne's rock influences and her rebellious attitude. The song peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a top-20 hit in Japan.
The fourth single was \"Hello Kitty\", which was released on May 23, 2014. The song is an electronic dance-pop song that incorporates elements of J-pop and dubstep. The song was inspired by Lavigne's love for Japanese culture and fashion. The song received mixed reviews from critics and fans, some of whom accused it of being culturally insensitive.
The fifth and final single was \"Give You What You Like\", which was released on March 30, 2015. The song is a dark pop song that talks about giving in to temptation and satisfying your desires. The song was used in the soundtrack of the Lifetime movie Babysitter's Black Book.
Avril Lavigne received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its diversity, energy, and emotion. However, some critics also criticized its lack of cohesion, originality, and maturity. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 44,000 copies in its first week. It also peaked at number two in Japan, selling 47,873 copies in its first week.
Worldwide, the album sold over one million copies as of 2015. It was certified gold in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, and Venezuela. It was also aa16f39245