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Avril Lavigne Returns With New Song About Lyme Disease Battle

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“Head Above Water” marks her first new song in five years

Is it 2018 or 2008? It’s hard to tell judging from the current pop culture landscape. Ashlee Simpson is back on the Billboard charts, The Hills is getting a reboot, and Avril Lavigne just released her first song in five years.

Co-written by the singer, “Head Above Water” is a power track about her fight with Lyme disease. “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” she said about the single in a statement. “My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed, ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’” She describes the moment as a “spiritual experience,” and says the lyrics poured out of her following that. “God, keep my head above water,” she sings on the track. “I lose my breath at the bottom/ Come rescue me, I’ll be waiting.”

Alongside the release, The Avril Lavigne Foundation has also launched a t-shirt campaign to raise funds for those affected by Lyme who can't afford treatment. Lavigne’s own struggles with the condition (which she revealed in 2015) are what she says kept her from creating new music. It’s nice to have her back.



Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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