After rocking the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas yesterday (September 21), Avril Lavigne went backstage to tell Billboard's Jason Lipshutz about her new self-titled album which includes her collaboration with Marilyn Manson, working with exec Antonio "L.A." Reid again, her wild new "Rock N Roll" video, and more.
Lavigne shares that on the new album she, "worked with a a lot of new people so I experimented with the production and lyrically really pushed myself." Among those new people is rocker Marilyn Manson, who she says is actually an old friend. "Manson and I met when I was 18. I went to one of his shows and we hung out backstage," the now-28-year-old says. "We were friendly over the years. And then I wrote this song called "Bad Girl" and it's darker and heavier; it's one of the rock tunes on the record, so I called him up."
The eponymous album, due in November on Epic Records, also finds Lavigne reunited with one person who was there at the beginning of her career. "L.A. Reid's amazing, he's someone who is really passionate about music. He signed me when I was 15, he discovered me. So it's a really nice experience to work with him again."
And about that way-out "Rock N Roll" video? "I didn't want to just make a standard music video," she says. "I wanted to step it up so we have Danica McKellar who is starring in the video and Billy Zane. Danica and I are on a mission together save rock and roll and then we make out somewhere on the way. There's a bear shark. It's a post-apocalyptic comic book adventure."
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