Avril Lavigne, Title TBD (RCA)
Release Date: First half of 2010
Plenty has changed in Avril Lavigne's world since 2007's "The Best Damn Thing," which sold 1.6 million in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She split with manager/Nettwerk Music Group CEO Terry McBride, launched divorce proceedings against husband Deryck Whibley of Canadian pop/punk act Sum 41 and then joined forces with Irving Azoff's Front Line Management. Given the turmoil, it wasn't altogether surprising that Lavigne's latest album, originally scheduled for release last November, was quietly taken off the schedule. The artist's management won't give a release date for the new record, recorded in Los Angeles and helmed by longtime producer Butch Walker, but a spring appearance is heavily rumored. It will include the atmospheric-yet-poppy "Black Star," the chorus of which was used in 2009 TV ads to promote Lavigne's perfume brand.