Avril Lavigne updates fans on progress of new album: "These songs are so close to my heart"

Avril is gearing up to release her first album in almost five years.

Avril Lavigne has updated fans on the progress of her new album, revealing it's in the final stages and nearing completion. 

It's approaching five years since the singer-songwriter released her last self-titled album. Since then, she has signed a new record deal, split up with her former husband Nickleback's Chad Kroeger and has battled with lyme disease that at its worst left her bedridden for five months. Unsurprisingly, she has a lot to say. 

Posting on Instagram, she said: "I’m so f---ing pumped. Waking up so excited. February is a great month. I’ve started mixing my album and all of the pieces are finally coming together.

"These songs are so close to my heart. Wish me luck while I throw every last drop of me into these final stages."

She continued: "Time is power. And I needed this time. To live. To write. To go through my ups and downs. And while I am eager to get this done ha I’ve finally learned to enjoy the journey, the ride, the present time."

Avril announced last year that she'd signed to BMG after releasing her first five albums via Sony Music Entertainment. The label is also home to You Me At Six, Blondie, Jack Savoretti and recently Kylie Minogue.

Three of Avril's five previous albums have reached Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, putting he on the list of female solo artists with the most chart-topping albums in the UK. See where all of Avril's singles and albums have charted in the UK here.