- Album Title: TBD
- Release Date: Late 2017
- Label: BMG
- Writing & Demoing Dates: Fall 2015 - May 2017
- Recording Dates: May 16, 2017 - Present
- Status: Began recording vocals in August; also working on 4 additional songs as of late August
- Singles: TBD; Avril says it may be one she wrote when on verge of death with Lyme disease
- Possible Song Titles:
- Expected Sound: Back to her roots (country, gospel, jazz); potentially more rock than pop; more lyrically complex, inspired by singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran
- Expected Themes: Lyme disease, empowerment, divorce, love
- Collaborators: J.R. Rotem, Zane Carney, Chad Kroeger, Dan Ellis, Dave Immerman
Avril Lavigne released her self-titled 5th album in November 2013. It had several delays, with Avril going back into the studio to record more radio friendly material. By the time she finally did finish recording it, she had a huge number of songs to choose from. It was a similar situation to the Goodbye Lullaby album, in which she also had plenty of leftover tracks. In both cases she said she had enough songs for two albums, and said she would love to release the remaining tracks soon. So far we haven't heard the Goodbye Lullaby leftovers ("Gone," "Candy," "Fine"), and the Avril Lavigne extras also remain to be heard.
Avril Lavigne ended up being half made up of some of Avril's more indie rock, introspective songs, and the other half was more radio friendly pop rock, similar to her earlier albums. Despite the pop songs on the first half of the record, Avril initially seemed to be heading in a new musical direction and had a full album worth of indie rock songs before going back into the studio. Fans would love to hear those songs, and Avril expressed interest in releasing them. Will those ever come out? Or will her 6th album be all new material?
In April 2015, Avril revealed she'd been battling Lyme disease for months. She was left bedridden, but that time gave her a chance to look at her career with a clear point of view. Avril made the negative positive, and out of her year-long illness she got a fresh perspective on what she wants to do with the rest of her career.
Avril says that besides a few singles ("Fly," released in support of the Special Olympics, and another song she wrote about her battle with Lyme disease), her next music projects will be a Christmas album and her sixth studio album. Avril has been writing and recording since fall 2015, with writers like her ex Chad Kroeger and Zane Carney.
In early 2017, Avril began sharing song lyric hints, suggesting that future songs may be titled "Warrior" or "Crush." On March 1st, she announced that she has signed with BMG. She is nearly done writing, and the next step is to find a producer. This album will go back to her country, jazz, and church roots and will tackle subjects beyond love and breakups. Avril promises to release the album in 2017. The first single will likely be a song she wrote about her Lyme disease. On May 16, 2017, Avril officially began production for the new album. She has not yet revealed who will be producing the record.