By Niy Birden
This summer was an ultimate blast from our reigning pop and hip hop musicians. The music we were hit with resonated with the summer expectations, political climates imitated our harrowing weather, and some of our old faves came back with music that made us remember just how much we loved them way back.
P!nk was recently awarded with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV VMA’s, Miley Cyrus has mysteriously decided to return back to her country and rock roots, and even Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have amped up their sexuality in their tunes. Which is why the recent album rumors coming from teen sensation Avril Lavigne and Black Eyed Peas member Fergie are worthy of being called Music’s Christmas Present for 2017.
Who wouldn’t remember Avril Lavigne, our friendly Canadian who came bursting through the teenage airwaves in the 90’s with hits like “Complicated” and “Sk8ter Boi”? While Avril has had a few hits and misses with album sales, her core fan following have been the torch-bearers for her music, helping her gain numerous chart-topping hits and a cemented place in Pop-Rock music history. People loooooove Avril Lavigne. And this is not an understatement. You can find a true fan through almost any type in the last two generations, thanks to her musical outreach and quality. Nerds, ego kids, punk kids, bubblegum pop kids, and even our friends over in Japan adore her and her ever-evolving lyrics.
People are so well-aware of Avril Lavigne that there is a highly-discussed theory located almost everywhere on the internet that she was at some point replaced with a clone, by proof of her supposed physical transformations. And frankly, we all know that you are an influential musician if you start to get government conspiracy theories made up about you.
Aside from her contributions to the soundtrack of the live action film Alice In Wonderland, that epic sample we heard in Rihanna’s 2010 hit “Cheers (Drink To That)” and her last album which was released in 2013, Avril has been a bit quiet behind the scenes. She’s definitely done a few guest appearances, but to the dismay of her hardcore audience, no recent album releases. So what could she possibly have cooked up during those few years?
That same question can of course go to fellow B.E.P. Member Fergie, who had booty-shakin’ hits in the early 2000’s as a solo artist with her debut album such as “London Bridge” , “Fergalicious”, “Glamorous”, “Clumsy”, and of course, the bigger Pop hit “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. Her continued success with the Black Eyed Peas made her respected as both a singer and rapper, in addition to the other contributions she’s made with other artists.
Her most recent singles, “L.A. Love (LaLa)”, “M.I.L.F $” (which has highly-praised video appearances by models/actresses Chrissy Teigan, Kim Kardashian-West and others), and now “Life Goes On” show what seems to be an engraved marking of ultimate Mommy confidence. And once again, it seems like Beyonce may have to watch out, because last week, Fergie surprised her fans with a hyped, speedy trailer video previewing what seems to be a collection of music videos for her upcoming album Double Duchess, which she has been spreading news about since 2015. So a visual album from Fergie-Ferg? Fergalicious indeed. Let’s just hope we won’t have to wait so long for the next album after this one:)