By EW Staff
Updated January 23, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

What do you do after remaking the pop world in your tank-topped, necktied image? If you’re 19-year-old Avril Lavigne (whose 2002 debut, Let Go, sold 6 million records), you take a break. For, like, a week. Then you get to work on your (not yet titled) second CD.

EW You’ve said that you wanted to make a heavier rock record. How’d that work out?

AL If I really did it exactly the way I wanted, I’d make every song more rock. But you need kind of, like, pop songs for radio. You need to be smart.

EW What’s it like, then?

AL We aimed to get more catchy ones, but not cheesy pop like some songs off the last record. As soon as I got home from my tour, I was like, ”Oh, my God, I need to write!” So I got together with [Canadian singer-songwriter] Chantal Kreviazuk. We’re, like, best friends. And we’d go get a chai tea latte and write a song together every night for two weeks in a row. We had so much fun, because I didn’t tell my manager or record company.

EW Most important, what big fashion trend will you be inspiring next?

AL I wouldn’t deliberately try to start something. But who knows if it’ll happen again? I don’t think it’ll ever be as big as the tie. [Laughs] I was thinking about that the other day. I can’t believe I wore a tie every day! I am so over that. (late spring)