After more than a year from the release of the last single from her fifth studio album, on December 25, 2016, Lavigne announced via her Instagram account that she was working on new music for her upcoming sixth studio album.
On August 18, 2018, Lavigne posted on Instagram that new music is coming in September. At the end of August, the song "Head Above Water" was registered and Lavigne deleted almost all her pictures on Instagram.
On September 1, Lavigne shared a picture of her underwater via her social media. Several people reported that the image was related to the song "Head Above Water". On September 6, Lavigne posted a lengthy letter to her fans on her website detailing her struggle in the past few years and how she overcame it, this also included a release date for "Head Above Water". She wrote on the letter about the song "I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather."
Lavigne shared a 30-second-snippet of the song on September 13, 2018.
Critical reception Edit
"Head Above Water" garnered positive reviews from critics, who implemented the mature sound that Lavigne showed on the song and praised its theme about her Lyme disease. According to Nolan Feeney from Billboard, "Lavigne has gone and made a truly grown-up song." Anna Gaca, from SPIN, described the song as "a dramatic piano ballad of resilience that takes thematic inspiration from Lavigne’s recovery from Lyme disease."
Idolator's Mike Wass, wrote that "Avril opens her heart and delivers the best vocal of her career on a song that is destined to help a lot of people get through tough times." He added "This is everything I wanted from Avril and more. It’s raw and personal — yet still true to her rock-girl-with-pop-hooks roots."
Live performances Edit
The debut televised live of "Head Above Water" was recorded for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 12, 2018.
Music video Edit
The music video for "Head Above Water" was directed by Elliott Lester, it was shot between August 22 and 23, 2018. Lavigne announced that the video will be released on September 27, 2018, by teasing a 32-second-snippet.
Behind the scenes Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Avril Lavigne Returns With Powerful Pop/Rock Ballad “Head Above Water”
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official letter to fans on avrillavigne.com
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Music New Facts on Twitter
- ↑ Avril Lavigne Teases “Exciting Things Coming” This September
- ↑ Mike Adam on Twitter
- ↑ Avril Lavigne on Twitter
- ↑ Twitter - Avril Lavigne on Twitter: 1st snippet of 'Head Above Water'
- ↑ YouTube - Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water (Lyric Video)
- ↑ Spotify - Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water
- ↑ Avril Lavigne puts lean legs on display in double-slit dress while heading to chat show taping in LA
- ↑ Avril Lavigne on Twitter: "BTS first music video shoot 🎬 Elliott Lester..."
- ↑ Youtube - Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water (Official Trailer)