Ten years to the week after the release of "Girlfriend," her first ever Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, Avril Lavigne has some big news for fans. The pop singer-songwriter has signed with a new record label, BMG, and plans to have a new album out before the end of 2017 -- her sixth, and first since 2013's self-titled effort.
"I challenged myself as a songwriter and I wanted to write about topics I hadn't hit on before," Lavigne tells Billboard over email of her process behind the upcoming record. "There's the love topic, but a lot of these songs are about life. I've experienced a lot over the past few years, and some of the songs just came to me. Concepts and lyrics were flowing and I would have to grab my phone to sing into voice memo and write out my lyrics."