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Avril Lavigne, Cloned Or Not, Is A Pop Legend Who Deserves Better

It’s not that complicated!

Guys, Avril Lavigne is an actual queen. While the popstar suffered from some minor backlash for a slightly-culturally-appropriative song back in 2014, the truth is she’s a legend. She makes bops, and she has done so consistently for the past two decades. And so, without further ado, let’s explore the 6 main reasons why we should remember and respect the discography of Avril Lavigne.

1. She made ties cool

Fun fact: the sales of ties skyrocketed 7835736180% after the debut of the “Complicated” music video. Okay, while that isn’t true, you can’t deny the fact that you wanted a cool tie to wear loosely over your singlet? Fashion icon in the making, I say. 

2. She took creative risks

One doesn’t need to look past the hit-single ‘Sk8er Boi’ to see her overflowing creative juices. Firstly, it has to be acknowledged that adapting Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ was a bold choice on its own, but to make them a punk and a ballet-dancer? Genius. Also, the use of the number “8” in “Sk8er Boi”… Someone thought outside the box!

3. She wasn’t afraid to love a guilty-pleasure

Bravery. The mere thought of admitting that you like Nickleback back in 2013 was an absolute no-go, but that didn’t stop Queen Avril. The punk-rock icon loved Nickleback so much that she tied the knot with him back in that year. While they did separate in 2015, the two are on excellent terms, so much so that they’ve kept collaborating with each other! Gotta love a healthy relationship with your ex. 

4. She’s a multi-lingual queen

We’re not sure how fluent Avril Lavigne is in languages other than Canadian, but that didn’t stop this icon from singing in Japanese, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German and Portuguese for her hit song, “Girlfriend”. Dora the Explorer who?

5. She’s started her own foundation

The queen of pop is also a queen of philanthropy! In 2010, Avril launched the Avril Lavigne Foundation aimed to help “individuals with Lyme disease, serious illnesses and disabilities.” Her 2018 comeback single was actually about her struggle with Lyme disease. 

6. She’s dead and has been replaced with a clone. 

Whether you believe this conspiracy theory or not, you entertained the idea that Avril Lavigne could have died and been replaced by an actress when it went viral a few years back. Only legends get conspiracy theories! Case closed.

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Mac Miller Delivers Us A Posthumous Album Directly From Heaven

Come back to earth.

In overwhelming news, we’re about to get a new Mac Miller album. 

This will mark the first bit of new music since his passing in 2018.

According to a statement made by Mac’s family earlier today, the late rapper was well into the process of making a new album when he passed away in 2018. He was working on a project called Circles which was set to be a companion album to his last LP, Swimming. The unheard project will see the light of day on the 17th of Jan. The note read, “Swimming in Circles was the concept… Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle.”

Posthumous albums are always contentious when they’re released, often garnering mixed reviews from critics and fans. Posthumous albums from Michael Jackson, Lil Peep and XXXtentacion received backlash and were criticised for not following the vision of the artist or for being made as a cash grab. Mac’s family are seemingly aware of this, saying in the statement: “This is a complicated process that has no right answer. No clear path.”

As a result, this upcoming album seems different. Mac’s family seems to have his best interests at heart. The note read “We simply know that it was important to Malcolm for the world to hear it. One of the most difficult decisions in the process is how best to let people know about it, how to communicate meaningfully while keeping sacred what should be kept sacred.”

Furthermore, they put the project in the hands of Jon Brion who has been working with Mac Miller throughout the process. The Instagram post said “After his passing, Jon dedicated himself to finishing Circles based on his time and conversations with Malcolm. We are eternally grateful to Jon and to those who gave their best to the difficult and emotional task of putting out this body of work.”

Also, the family has come out and rejected any marketing gimmicks to promote the album; “this will be the only post on any of his channels.”

As a result, Circles seems like a posthumous album done right. Considering the project was meant to correlate to his previous efforts in a conclusive way, his family are ultimately fulfilling his vision and overall wish. Let’s take this album with a grain of salt, knowing that it’s not 100% Mac’s vision, but ultimately a gateway into the last few moments of his life.

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The First Look Of Avatar 2 Reminded Us Why We Hated Avatar 1

Literally, who asked for this?

Amongst all the futuristic sex toys that were unveiled at this year’s CES tech conference, something nostalgic also took everyone by surprise. 

Titanic director, James Cameron, has unveiled some concept art from the upcoming film Avatar 2. The result saw everyone in the world remember that they did, in fact, see that movie, in addition to questioning whether or not they even liked it. 

Honestly, I could not tell you what happened in this movie.

Check out the concept art which depicts the future world of Pandora:

The Avatar content doesn’t even stop there. The conference also saw the debut of a Mercedes Benz concept car that was inspired by the world of Avatar, described as “a completely new interaction between human, machine and nature”. Right.

Given the sequel-reboot-mania that we’re currently in the midst of, it’s not surprising that a movie that was once the highest-grossing film of all time is getting a sequel. However, what is surprising, is that Avatar is signed on for four more films (release dates in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027), with a plot that happens more than a decade after the first.

Over a decade? Really?

A lot of time has happened since the premiere of the first Avatar flick, which means a lot of advancement has been made in the world of CGI. But, much of the chat that followed the unveiling on Twitter didn’t take the form of excitement but merely reflected on the forgettable nature of the blockbuster. 

Me, running away from the cinema.

With the filming wrapping up at the end of last year, we should expect Avatar 2 to hit theatres at the end of this year. Are you excited? Because we’re not sure we are… 

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