"Here's To Never Growing Up," out April 9, will likely lead the pop star's next studio album.
Avril Lavigne is toasting the eternal sunshine of the bratty mind on her new single, and is asking fans to help out with its official lyric video. On Wednesday night (Mar. 20), the newly engaged pop star shared 15 seconds of "Here's To Never Growing Up," which will be released in full on Apr. 9, and immediately began collecting videos of fans singing or mouthing along to the chorus on her Facebook page.
Based on the released snippet, the fantastically snotty song title has been paired with a shout-along hook that recalls Lavigne's 2007 smash "Girlfriend." The crowd-sourced concept of the lyric video also harkens back to Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" music video, in which fans submitted clips of themselves demonstrating the fact that what does not kill you often makes you stronger (Lavigne is also taking submission of photos of fans "never growing up," for those who like to capture their rebellion in still-frame form).
"Here's To Never Growing Up" will presumably serve as the lead single to Lavigne's fifth studio album, which will be her debut on Epic Records. Last September, Epic chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid told Billboard that the follow-up to 2011's "Goodbye Lullaby" was in the "mixing process" and that he hoped to release the full-length by the top of 2013. The album's timetable has obviously been pushed back since then, but the impending single release is a good sign for Lavigne diehards.
"Goodbye Lullaby," Lavigne's last album for RCA, underperformed compared to her first three releases, selling 362,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (the singer has sold an eye-popping 12 million U.S. albums overall). However, the 28-year-old pop singer's next full-length has a secret weapon: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger -- who popped the question to Lavigne last year -- wrote a song alongside his betrothed for the new LP.