Avril Lavigne On New Album: It’ll Be Here Before You Know It

New Avril on the way.

I'm going to give Avril more slack with this forthcoming release than Christina Aguilera (Xtina, sis, where is it?!). The "17" singer has dealt with some serious health issues over the last couple of years from complications with Lyme disease, so it's understandable she's taking her time recording a followup to 2013's self-titled. Avril wrote a note to fans on social media thanking them for their patience and promises it'll be out sooner than later.

“I just want to thank everyone for their patience as I work on putting together this new album,” she wrote. “It’s been a long recovery and I want to make sure that this is perfect for you guys!! You only deserve my best effort and that’s what I’m going to deliver! I can’t wait to share the new music I’m working on, I promise it’ll be here before you know it!!”

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Last month, a source told E! News the new music is expected to drop "by the end of the year."

"She writes her own material and she's been through a lot with her marriage and her illness," they explained. "She has a lot to say."

Avril has been pretty active on Instagram this past week. She shared a bunch of in-studio snaps working on the new tunes, including a few shots with her new boo/producer, JR Rotem. Check them out below:

Studio today 🎤🎧🎼

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Recording last night with @jrotem

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@jrotem

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#repost @jrotem Bae putting in that work 🎤

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Guitars today with @zanecarney and @jrotem #AL6 🎸🎸🎸

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