Avril Lavigne has recently veered into Christian rock territory, and isn't usually one to dabble in hip hop. But as Minaj would have it, this is a more natural collaboration than it seems. She's apparently a longtime Avril stan, tweeting that she used to blast Let Go hits on her way to work at Red Lobster back in the day. She called Lavigne "unbelievably talented."
I used to drive to my job @ Red Lobster playing this woman’s album for an hour straight everyday for months. Crying… https://t.co/JdbYAkqGeY
Lavigne posted about the new song on Instagram, sharing a short clip that unfortunately doesn't feature Nicki, as well as some choice lyric snippets. Sounds like we can expect some guitars! She said the song's concept is inspired by a bad relationship with a "loser in my life who was threatened by my strength, confidence and independence as a woman" and encouraged listeners to "Never let anyone put you down for being who you are. Stand up. Fight. Be you. Love. Be genuine. Kind. Find yourself and own it."
A feminist empowerment anthem from Nicki Minaj and Avril Lavigne in this year 2019? Believe it. The track will feature on Lavigne's sixth studio album, Head Above Water, due for release this Thursday February 15.