Ahead of the release of her sixth studio album Head Above Water, Avril Lavigne has dropped yet another single. This time, however, she has joined forces with rap queen Nicki Minaj in ‘Dumb Blonde.’ A song that definitely sounds very old-school Avril, and has what seems to be hints of the Lipps Inc song ‘Funkytown.’ I’m also getting a little Gwen Stefani influence, no?
Minaj was thrilled to work alongside Lavigne for this new record. She admitted to being a long-time fan tweeting, ‘I used to drive to my job at Red Lobster playing this woman’s album for an hour straight everyday for months. Crying to ‘I’m With You,’ blasting ‘Complicated’ ‘Things I’ll Never Say’ ‘Nobody’s Fool’ ‘Sk8er Boi.’ Omg. This woman is so unbelievably talented.’
Likewise, Lavigne praised Minaj tweeting, ‘Nicki Minaj is my favorite!!! I’ve bee listening to her for so long. As soon as I recorded Dumb Blonde, I kew she’d be the perfect artist to collaborate with on it. When she said yes it was like a dream come true.’
Check out ‘Dumb Blonde’ below. Head Above Water is out this Friday, Feb. 15.