This Thanksgiving, it’s Avril’s world, and we’re just writing about it. After winning our Pop Star Poll earlier this month on who should take over the site this holiday, we now bring you all that is Lavigne.
When the world learned that Avril Lavigne was engaged to Chad Kroeger back in 2012, people old enough to remember the morass that was early aughts pop radio let out a collective snicker. For one thing, it brought the increasingly (mercifully) irrelevant Nickelback back into the national consciousness for a brief moment. Which was bad enough, but many assumed the Canadian butt-rockers would use the opportunity to launch a media blitz reminding everyone of “How You Remind Me,” the reanimated specter of Nickelback glomming onto Avril’s legacy and forever tainting the sing-and-shout memories we had from songs like “Girlfriend” or “Complicated.” After 2011′s Goodbye Lullaby failed to produce any top 10 singles, it was even plausible that Avril herself would be overshadowed by her corporate rock beau.
But in fact, the fallout from the Lavigne-Kroeger union has been quite pleasant! If anything, seeing Lavigne next to her decade-older partner only made her seem reinvigorated and more in touch with her inner sk8r girl (which may have contributed to the preserved-in-amber Avril of Avril Lavigne). There was no Nickelback rebirth, and the mere association with Lavigne has, against all odds, made Kroeger palatable to those who spent years giddily shunning him (myself included).
Here’s how Avril transformed the most air-quote-worthy “rock” star of this generation into a tolerable character in her endearing pop narrative. More »
Since slinging massive pop choruses and brilliantly high-concept videos has done virtually nothing for Avril Lavigne
‘s career, she’s gone the adult contemporary route with her latest single “Let Me Go,”
featuring squinting human goatee Chad Kroeger
notoriety), her real-life husband. (They are
de facto Canadian royals, after all.)
The song, a crunching midtempo ballad, gets an old-fashioned video treatment with a glammed-up Avril at a piano, all tortured and melodramatic; Kroeger creeps in halfway through to make some growling noises out of his face-hole. Love is truly extraordinary. More »
released her duet with husband Chad Kroeger
, “Let Me Go,” which appears on Avril’s self-titled album
(out November 5). And anyone who feared the Chavril track would be some unholy union highlighting the most obnoxious aspects of Avril’s snotty pop and Chad’s rock-by-numbers mookery can breathe a sigh of relief. Because “Let Me Go” is a lush, high drama ballad. We already knew Lavigne can slay a love song, but we had no idea she could keep her husband’s butt-rock tendencies in check on one.
The track is refreshingly straightforward, and it eschews crunch, with piano chords driving the verses paired with a soaring, orchestral chorus. Well done, Chavril!
Check it out below. More »
Here’s to growing up
, sort of: After months of hinting
of an “all-out” wedding, Avril Lavigne
and Chad Kroeger
were married on July 1
at the Chateau de la Napoule, a restored medieval castle located just outside of Cannes, France. Lavigne wore a black Monique Lhuillier
tulle gown and carried a bouquet of black roses (!), as pictured in the latest issue of Hello!
“I wanted it to be over the top,” Lavigne said. “I’m obsessed with castles and I love French décor and goth… I found this castle in France and we visited it and it was perfect.” More »
and Chad Kroeger
will wed Monday, July 1 in Cannes, France, Us Weekly
reports. The couple
kicked off the celebration early with a party thrown Friday, as part of the big ‘do that Lavigne has planned.
“I’m going to go all=out this time, and there’s going to be like a theme, and I want to have a lot of fun with it and kind of go nuts this time,” Lavigne said on Chelsea Lately earlier this year. (She kept mum on other details, but as Us points out, wedding planner Mindy Weiss has been posting photos from Cannes.) 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 »
Welcome back to the Hype Index
, our opinionated look on the week in pop. In case you’ve just come back from an silent meditation retreat, Avril Lavigne
and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger
are engaged. (We were just as surprised as you are.) This week also brought brought us new releases from the likes Mariah Carey
and Nicki Minaj
. But none of these divas could steal the crown from Christina Aguilera
. So just who ranked where? Watch to find out. More »
The masses have already mashed up engaged Canadian sweethearts Avril Lavigne
and Chad Kroeger
‘s names. Now, like icing on the proverbial (wedding) cake, there’s the inevitable musical mashup of their respective songs to be reckoned with, thanks to Insanity Wolf
. This charming Internet wiz has taken Nickelback
‘s “How You Remind Me” and “Rock Star” and whipped them together with Avril’s “Complicated”. The result: Chavril Krovigne’s “This Is How You Remind Me That Being A Rock Star Is Complicated”.
As for the “new” song itself, well, fans of both artists will probably find it to be simply Chavtastic. Listen here.
:: Soon-to-be first lady of Nickelback
, Avril Lavigne
, showed the world her engagement ring on the cover of Hello! Canada
‘s September 10 issue. But that rock of love didn’t come cheap. Jewelry experts estimate that the 14-carat sparkler put her fiancé, Chad Kroeger
, back $350,000. [Us Weekly
:: Nelly Furtado‘s agent is indestructible! The “Big Hoops” singer has been tapped to perform in a fall episode of 90210. She joins Carly Rae Jepsen, Haley Reinhart and Kellie Pickler as musicians who have appeared on the show. [E! News]
:: TJ Jackson, nephew of Michael Jackson, has been named the new co-guardian of the late King Of Pop’s three kids. He shares the guardianship with MJ’s 82-year-old mother Katherine. [Billboard]
:: After LL Cool J gave him beat down of his life, 56-year-old transient Jonathan A. Kirby faces up to 38 years to life in prison for breaking into the rapper’s Sherman Oaks, Calif. mansion. [TMZ]
:: Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn — aka the boys of One Direction — will host their very own special about their debut MTV Video Music Awards performance. Called “One Direction: My First Time”, the special will air on MTV on Aug. 30 at 11 p.m. — and no, they won’t be discussing their virginity. [MTV Buzzworthy]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can find on the tube today. More »
Welcome back to Extended Cut
— our Soundbytes
segment where we take a closer look at the biggest pop story of the week. Today, our focus is on the most surprising news to surface this week: Avril Lavigne
and Chad Kroeger
‘s engagement. (We had no idea these Canadian kiddos were even dating!) Shortly following their announcement on Tuesday (Aug. 21) “Chavril” (as the Internet has dubbed the new power couple) showed off the 14-carat ring with which the Nickelback frontman proposed on the cover of Hello Canada
. Is this a relationship upgrade for the pop punk princess? What could this holy matrimony mean for Avril and Chad’s respective careers? Watch as we tackle these questions — and look back at pop music’s most WTF couples.