Avril Lavigne finished her fourth manuscript — though her label, RCA Records, wasn’t meddlesome in an album’s value of introspective, acoustic numbers. “They were like, ‘Uh, can we make a new record — something that’s some-more today?‘” says Lavigne, still sounding pissed as she sips white booze in New York’s Plaza Hotel. “It unequivocally harm my feelings when they didn’t say, ‘We’re unapproachable of you.’” On Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne, 26, meets a tag halfway: Softer songs like “Remember When” and “Darlin” share space with stroke productions by Swedish hitmaker Max Martin — including “Wish You Were Here” and a initial single, “What a Hell.” (“I had to recover that first,” she says. “It sounds like something a fans are used to, like ‘Sk8er Boi’ or ‘Girlfriend.’”) The large turn is that half of a manuscript was constructed by Lavigne’s ex-husband, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, from whom she was divorced final year. “Everyone’s always astounded that we’re still so close,” she says. “Like, ‘Really?!’”
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Goodbye Lullaby is apparently a dissection album, and we done many of it with a man we pennyless adult with. How’d that go?
Deryck is a many gifted chairman we know. He produced, mixed, played guitar and bass. we wouldn’t contend it’s a dissection record. It’s about life. we went into it with a mind-set of not perplexing to write hits. People will make assumptions, though they’d be astounded what certain songs are about.
This essay appears in a Apr 14, 2011 emanate of Rolling Stone. The emanate is accessible now on newsstands and will seem in a online repository Apr 1.
What’s a knowledge behind a line “Last night we blacked out/I think/What did we put in my drink?”
That’s a fun, playful, other side of me that only arrange of popped adult for a notation on this album. Like a line “Because we was creation out with your friend” — apparently that didn’t happen. we only suspicion it was funny.
Do we remember assembly Deryck?
we done out with him a initial day we met him. He gave me my initial shot of Jäger. we had a tie on — it was behind in a days of a tie. we was 17. As we was removing carried out of a bar we saw Chad from Nickelback! Isn’t that funny?
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What’s your residence like in L.A.?
It’s in Bel-Air. we flashy my residence like a Gothic medieval castle, European-style. Chandeliers and red velvet curtains. My bedroom is pinkish and black, my lavatory is totally Hello Kitty, we have a large pinkish cot and a large antique bullion cross.
Is it a enormous house?
Yeah, I’m not gonna lie, it’s 12,000 block feet. It’s so large it scares me. At night we like to put on candles and jazz music, and we like to cook.
What’s your specialty?
Homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli, with butter-sage sauce. And we get out a wine! we like to put my TV on to a Rat Pack station; it’s a song channel. And we like listening to Radiohead and Coldplay. we like going to a beef restaurant, or a Beverly Hills Hotel, and listening to a piano player or wedding bands Melbourne. It’s relaxing and romantic.
What are your thoughts on Ke$ha and Katy Perry?
Their music’s fun. They’re cute. Ke$ha has some unequivocally humorous lyrics that remind me of how light and witty my lyrics are in “Girlfriend.” It reminds me of me.
You always wanted to be famous. Is it like we imagined?
we only wanted to sing in front of people. we came from nothing, a little Canada city with no connections. I’m here since we worked hard.
Do we ever skip your hometown of Napanee, Ontario?
Just a pizza place. we mentioned La Pizzeria when we was on my initial cover of Rolling Stone, and it’s finished adult being a place where fans go. They have a special Avril Lavigne pizza there. And we eat giveaway for life.