THE NEW ALBUM ''My World'' (Nov. 4)

By EW Staff
Updated September 09, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Avril Lavigne: Gabrielle Revere/Corbis Outline

The scoop on Avril Lavigne’s sophomore album

HER STORY The 19-year-old Canadian hit MTV and radio like a one-girl cultural revolution last summer, as her hit ”Complicated” convinced teens to abandon Britney-esque dance-pop for pop-rock. She sparked fashion trends (wristbands, neckties), caused singers from Liz Phair to Hilary Duff to remake themselves in her image, and sold about 6 million copies of her debut, ”Let Go,” which also spawned the smashes ”Sk8r Boi” and ”I’m With You.”

HER STATUS In a bold move for someone with just one studio CD, Lavigne will soon release a live album, ”My World,” which includes a cover of Green Day’s ”Basket Case.” She’s also working on songs for a new effort, due sometime next year, which she says will include fewer contributions from outside songwriters like The Matrix, who penned ”Complicated.”

SHE SAYS ”People are like, ‘Well, she doesn’t know the Sex Pistols.’ Why would I know that stuff? Look how young I am. That stuff’s old, right?”

VERDICT If she really intends to write all the songs herself this time, things could really get complicated.