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Avril Lavigne’s New Single ‘Head Above Water’ is Powerful and Inspiring

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Avril Lavigne, the singer known for her edgy, punk attitude and alternative style, is finally back. After five years of no releases, Avril is at it again. She’s been promoting her upcoming album on social media for weeks now, but the wait for a sneak peek is over.  Avril Lavigne’s new single ‘Head Above Water’ is a ballad about her struggle with Lyme Disease. Three years ago, Lavigne revealed that she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. But now that her new album is closer to fruition, she’s been even more vocal about how the disease has made its mark on her music.

Her Letter to Her Fans

Avril posted a letter to her fans on her official website last week, explaining how music was able to help her through “the worst years of [her] life.”  

I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of. I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly. Truly… by keeping my spirits up, having goals to reach and a purpose to live for, my music helped to heal me and keep me alive.

Avril Lavgine’s New Single ‘Head Above Water’ is a Powerful, Inspiring Ballad

Avril Lavigne’s New Single ‘Head Above Water’

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Lavigne wrote the album during the toughest moments of her life. Lyme Disease left Avril bedridden for five months, according to her 2015 interview with People. The first song she wrote was “Head Above Water.” In a statement to People, Lavigne discussed a night where she believed she was dying. “I had accepted that I was going to die…I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed, ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the songwriting of this album began.” Although it’s extremely rare to die from Lyme Disease, the symptoms can be debilitating.

Avril’s struggle with Lyme Disease inspired the new album, and clearly the newly released single. The song expresses a helpless, but powerful feeling of wanting to stay alive. More than a typical, sad ballad “Head Above Water” is powerful and inspiring. Rather than giving in to her struggles, the singer expresses her desire to continue on and regain her strength. The lyrics are honest as she sings, “Yeah my life is what I’m fighting for / Can’t part the sea, can’t reach the shore / And my voice becomes the driving force.”

Watch the “Head Above Water” Lyric Video from Avril Lavigne’s Official YouTube Channel

 

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Avril Lavigne’s New Single ‘Head Above Water’ is Powerful and Inspiring. Featured Photo Credit: BMG

 

Lana Del Rey Announces New Album Coming in 2019

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Lana Del Rey just released a new song this last week. The tune, called “Mariners Apartment Complex,” has Lana’s signature moody sound. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can give it a listen below. A new single is exciting, but it isn’t nearly as exciting as the prospect of another full-length Lana Del Rey album. After “Mariners Apartment Complex” was released, Lana announced the new album, which is set to drop in 2019. Lana will release another single from the upcoming album in the next couple days, so stay tuned for that as well. This is Lana’s sixth album, and the first release since her 2017 album Lust for Life.

Lana’s Album Will Drop After She Releases a Book of Poetry

Who knew that Lana was a poet, too? Apparently, even she didn’t know. The singer told DJ Annie Mac, “I was having a little bit of writers’ block with the music last Fall and so just sat down to write some words without music and I realised there was just a couple of things I wanted to say through some poems, which is funny.” Whether Del Rey chooses to self-publish or seek a publisher, we will probably be seeing them on the internet eventually. 

Lana Del Rey Announces New Album Coming in 2019: What Do We Know So Far?

Lana Del Rey Announces New Album Coming in 2019

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There is no official title or album artwork yet, but we do know who is producing the album. Jack Antonoff—who has worked with the likes of Lorde, Taylor Swift, and St. Vincent—has been confirmed as the producer.

The sound will be unmistakably Lana, but according to  what the singer told R1, the album will have “some surf elements to some of the songs” and “a little Red Hot Chili Peppers influence.”

As of yet, there are no set tour dates or scheduled performances for the 2019 release.

What the Single, “Mariners Apartment Complex” Tells Us About the New Album

So far, we know that Lana is working with Jack Antonoff, there will be a blend of influences in the sound and it will drop sometime in the early months of 2019. If we take a look at the first released single, “Mariners Apartment Complex,” the lyrics give a hint as to the vulnerable strength that may be behind the rest of the album. If the song is any indicator, we can only hope to find more haunting tracks that express not only an inner-strength and vulnerability but some dramatic self-realization. These are the things that most of us find behind Lana’s honesty: relatable sadness, experiences and raw emotion.

Listen to Lana Del Rey’s “Mariners Apartment Complex” from her official YouTube channel:

 

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Lana Del Rey Announces New Album Coming in 2019. Featured Photo Credit: Neil Krug