and Avril Lavigne
each performed a song on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars
Tuesday night (May 15). The British boy band — appearing as a foursome while Nathan Sykes recovers from throat surgery
— threw a curveball by by singing “Fill a Heart,” instead of new song “Walks Like Rihanna.”
The reason the guys did the ballad, as they explain after the performance, is because it was written to help fight child hunger in America (the group has teamed up with ConAgra for the Child Hunger Ends Here
A black-clad Lavigne followed the Brits, performing her new hit “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” presumably to fight childhood ending. More »
L.A.’s 102.7 KIIS FM Wango Tango concert this year proved to be quite a star-studded event. The concert held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California rocked last night (May 11), as everyone in pop, rock and beyond showed up for the occasion. Among them was Demi Lovato
, who brought fans a bunch of songs from her latest album Demi,
including the above performance of “Give Your Heart a Break.”
At this point, I’m probably biased when it comes to Avril Lavigne
‘s “Here’s To Never Growing Up,”
which I maintain is an absolute masterclass in pop nostalgia, so I greeted the song’s video with high expectations — and the punk-pop princess didn’t disappoint.
Like the song, the video is bratty and adolescent; also like the song, it’s sort of marvelous, with a sly reference to “Complicated” that’s an absolute delight. More »
Fact: Avril Lavigne
‘s stubbornly juvenile summer anthem “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
is one of the most infuriatingly catchy pop songs of the year. Another fact: Last night, the mallrat songstress took the stage at Los Angeles’ Viper Room for an intimate set, where she premiered a new song from her upcoming studio album (due out in September) that isn’t just as good as that single — it might be better
! Wistful and nostalgic and gloriously emotional and why can’t it just go on forever?
In video from the performance, she introduces the new song, titled “17″ (or maybe “Seventeen” — which would be better? Probably “17,” right?) in the most quintessentially Avril way imaginable: “I wrote this song about — duh! — being seventeen. That’s pretty much it.” Oh, Avril. Never change. More »
A very, very
giggly Avril Lavigne
sat down with ET Canada
to intermittently talk between bouts of laughter about all the impending Big Events in her life — namely, the new album and the wedding. She also joked that she was giving the show the exclusive report that she’s pregnant. To reiterate: she is not pregnant.
But amongst all the celeb interview chaff, and despite Avril’s largely nonexistent answers, ET Canada was able to report that the Chavril wedding will be in July or August, followed by her album release in September. Watch the interview up top, if you’re not blinded by her enormous fruit-shaped engagement ring (never growing up really seems to have paid off, huh?) More »
After last week’s colossal battle
between Demi Lovato
, Selena Gomez
and Miley Cyrus
, this week’s Ibrawlator
saw One Direction
and The Wanted
fans going head-to-hit out for the title of supreme supreme boy band. (Didn’t see the final result of the duel? Go look!
Meanwhile, Selena, Avril Lavigne and Psy all dropped their new singles (perhaps they should all come together for one super collaboration? Actually, maybe not), Demi rocked out on Good Morning America, Cassie dropped her new mixtape and, not to be outdone by Bey, Taylor Swift debuted her Diet Coke commercial. See you next week — and make sure to tune into the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday.
Check out some of the best comments of the week below! More »
may be putting on the front of being young at heart with new single “Here’s To Never Growing Up,”
but in real life the rowdy Canadian pop singer is about to embark on the very grown-up journey of her second marriage, to Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger
. Lavigne swung by Chelsea Lately
and wound up discussing the upcoming nuptials. “I’m gonna go all out this time, and there’s gonna be a theme,” she told host Chelsea Handler
. “I wanna have a lot of fun with it and go kinda nuts.”
The 28-year-old also brought up the surprising fact that, when she met her future husband while recording her upcoming album, he didn’t have a single tattoo. “The second day in the studio I was like, I’m so getting you your first tattoo,” Lavigne explained. Sure enough, she and Kroeger came away from a trip to France with matching “live in the moment” ink on their arms.
Guess that’s a bit classier than the matching “f***” tattoos she and ex Brody Jenner got a few years back on their ribs? More »
:: Looks like Justin Bieber
may not be the most followed person on Twitter
after all. A report has emerged suggesting nearly half of his followers are fake accounts, meaning of his 37 million followers, only 17.8M are real. That puts Lady Gaga
back in the top spot with an estimated 19M real followers. [Digital Spy
:: Jay-Z is reportedly thinking about buying an island in the Bahamas, reportedly so that he and his family can “have quality time with minimum staff and security.” The great news is, they wouldn’t ever have to visit Cuba again and face the wrath of politicians. [NME]
:: Details are finally starting to emerge about one of music’s most adorably mismatched couples. Avril Lavigne talked about Chad Kroeger ‘s proposal and a bit about their impending wedding, which will have a theme. [RyanSeacrest.com]
:: Azealia Banks has sparked up another Twitter feud, this time with fellow Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky. After Rocky said in an interview that only fair-skinned women should wear red lipstick, Banks implied Rocky was gay for speaking about makeup. Banks went on to claim his comment really hurt her and made her cry. [Gigwise]
:: Gucci Mane was indicted on one count of aggravated assault stemming from a nightclub incident last month in which he allegedly hit a US veteran in the head with a champagne bottle. [The BoomBox]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
Good news for all you Peter Pan complexes roaming the land out there: Avril Lavigne
is back, and she’s pulled a youthful, if not slightly familiar-sounding, anthem called “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
out of her Abbey Dawn cap! With the song being released today and steadily climbing up the iTunes chart (currently it’s at #25), we thought it was the perfect time to go snooping around the Internet and seeing what others have to say about the future Mrs. Kroeger
‘s comeback jam.
Head below to see our roundup of reviews for Avril’s new single. More »
is a funny artist, isn’t she? It’s tough to think of anyone in the pop game who’s changed her image less
over the course of her career: While her solo pop-rock contemporaries (Kelly Clarkson
, Ashlee Simpson
) switched their sound up — shifting into dance-pop, putting ’80s synths to work, attempting sonic departures both big and small — Lavigne’s staunch refusal to be anything other than the moody, scrawny girl with eyes smudged in kohl, making the same infectious punk-lite radio pop in the same likably ridiculous Hot Topic ensembles, has been one of mainstream radio’s most comforting reliabilities.
Now, having been releasing albums for over a decade (!) and rapidly approaching the age of 30 (!), it seems like time to quit with the adolescent posturing, even just a little bit — which is part of what makes the stubborn nostalgia of her new single, “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” one of our favorite pop songs in a long time. More »