Avril Lavigne is "working on the final few tracks" of her forthcoming album.
The pop-rock singer hasn't released a full length project since 2013's self-titled. Since then, Avril's focus shifted from making music to fighting for her life after doctors diagnosed her with Lyme Disease. "I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move," she recalled in 2015 after first experiencing symptoms several years before. "I thought I was dying."
Now that the "17" singer is on top of her health, she's back to doing what she loves. Avril has quietly worked on new material for the last year, and it's entering its final stages. She inked a new deal with record label BMG and has plans to drop the record before the year's end, though she didn't offer any specific timeline aside from "When it's ready... Which will be soon."
"I challenged myself as a songwriter and I wanted to write about topics I hadn't hit on before," Lavigne tells Billboard. "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."
She adds: "I'm working on the final few tracks. BMG and I are now choosing the right producer for this project."
The 32-year-old says she's listening to a lot of Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes because they are "artists that showcase their vocals and songwriting skills," as well as "a lot of Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and jazz."
"[I'm] going back to my roots a little bit... I got my start in church and at country fairs when I was a young child, and I think those earlier influences are definitely coming out now."