Avril Lavigne is a modern Renaissance woman. Despite her sassy songs, her girlish attitude and youthful energy, Lavigne isn't a girl anymore. She's an exemplary woman, an entrepreneur, an artist that has shifted আরো than 30 million copies of her albums in her career so far and a lady with a lot on her plate. Her fourth album, Goodbye Lullaby, is set for release on March 8th via RCA and the singer/songwriter/fashion designer/perfumer admits it's a "bittersweet" set of songs.
Goodbye Lullaby could be Lavigne's best, most personal album to date, thanks to the way she lays her cards on the table, unafraid to let her অনুরাগী have a look-see over her well-clothed shoulder. Goodbye Lullaby is raw and personal in ways that other pop stars, whose names have been omitted to protect the not-so-innocent, can only dream about. Lavigne draws আপনি in with her gutsy, Alanis Morissette and Joni Mitchell-inspired vocal delivery and she holds আপনি there, captive, with her polished hooks and unforgettable melodies.
Lavigne has also expanded her empire, with her Abbey Dawn clothing line, formerly sold only at Kohl's, upgraded from a junior's line to something a bit আরো grown up and universally wearable. She has issued two fragrances to date, with a third on the way. Clearly, Avril, who has the best hair this side of Jennifer Aniston, is a busy gal, but she found time to chat with ARTISTdirect.com News Editor and makeup maven Amy Sciarretto and discussed her Lullaby and following her nose, literally, figuratively and fragrancefully!
আপনি are immersed in music, fashion and perfumes. Does the creative process for each project meld into the others? Do they all relate in some way for you?
They all 100 percent tie into my music, which is why I am here. Abbey Dawn, my fashion line, ties into my music, since I am designing for me, creating what I want to wear at ছবি shoots, onstage, at video shoots, on red carpets অথবা offstage. I am a chick, so I প্রণয় clothes [laughs]. I get to নকশা and make a cool line that I প্রণয় and be creative there. It is nice to be able to do something outside of music. I just launched AbbeyDawn.com.
You've upgraded the line, it seems.
I made a huge change to my tees. It's not a tween অথবা juniors anymore. It's আরো for girls and women now. It's better quality and will have a higher price point. I have a whole new team, from people I work with to the manufacturer. I started over and I am excited, since now it's international. I hurried to get it online, so it's out and I will be taking it into stores soon. It's revamped. It's going to include heels, like rock 'n' roll heels, flats, purses and other good stuff. I am so excited that I tattooed the name on my forearm. I প্রণয় it so much. I went to জাপান last week and got great ideas from all the Tokyo fashion.
They are always six months ahead of us when it comes to fashion trends, aren't they?
It is so dope. I প্রণয় the jeans with rips and bold rock 'n' roll pieces and they have that there. আপনি can find extraordinary rock pieces there when আপনি can't find anything here. Everything is plain. So I get to make what I want to wear.
How are your fragrances a reflection of you?
'Black Star' is the first one and 'Forbidden Rose' is the সেকেন্ড one. It's funny to talk about it, since each has a message and tagline; that is how we create them. Black Star, since I প্রণয় পরাকাষ্ঠা and black and stars and studs…the bottle is a তারকা with a studded ring and the tagline is 'Be Your Own Star' and the message is reach for stars, go for your dreams and believe in yourself. I wrote a piece of সঙ্গীত for the commercial and that is the intro to my album. 'Forbidden Rose' has a message to dare to discover and be rebellious.
How much are আপনি involved in the development of the scent? Are আপনি sniffing vials that come over from the chemistry lab?
Believe it অথবা not, it takes two years to create a scent. How it smells? That is the last thing that goes into it [laughs]. I spent a lot of time going over boxes, colors, fonts, messages, the story, consumer testing, etc.
Does that feeling of creating a scent match that of creating an album?
Outside of music, oh my god, I get so excited and then I have ideas when I get the product. When I see people wearing it অথবা smell it on my mom and sister অথবা friends, it's so cool.
'Black Star' opens the album and is like a pretty, lullaby. It has a fairytale, haunting emotion behind it and sort of sets আপনি up for what comes next.
Yes! That is the intro. The last song is 'Goodbye,' and it has the same lullaby feel.
Then there is 'What the Hell,' which is sassy Avril. What got আপনি into those headspaces for the mood of the album, especially since আপনি just went through a public break up?
Well, 'What the Hell' is আরো pop rock and a lot of my sassy, like আপনি said, style. It's lighter and fun and the rest of the album is আরো raw and vulnerable and it's deeper and stripped down. My vision, production wise, for this album, was that. I wanted acoustic guitars and for it to be stripped down with pianos. I wanted to go there more. All my records are pop rock and upbeat, and I was ready to do something a little different. As far as lyrics and the subject matter, it is a bittersweet. I didn't know what I was going to write; I just knew what I wanted the production to sound like and what I wanted the style to be. Then, the lyrics just come and it was bittersweet lyrically.
Do আপনি think people see আপনি beyond that whole 'Sk8er Boi' persona? Have আপনি moved past that? Do আপনি think আপনি empower girls still?
It's been really nice and rewarding, over the years. I have had অনুরাগী meet and greets and signings, and when I have অনুরাগী come up to me, they've written me letters and have told me that my সঙ্গীত has touched them অথবা helped them, and then they get into specific details and hard situations, and say that my songs help them. When I hear that, I feel really happy that I could have an effect on someone. I hope this album inspires people and gives them strength.