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Rock N Roll is a song by Canadian recording artist Avril Lavigne. It was released as the second single from her upcoming self-titled fifth studio album by Epic Records on August 27, 2013. The song was written by Avril Lavigne, David Hodges, Chad Kroeger, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Rickard B. Göransson and Peter Svensson. It was produced by Svensson and Martin Johnson.
Background and releaseEdit
"Rock N Roll" was produced by Martin Johnson and Svensson. Lavigne released the full song on to her official YouTube channel on 18 July 2013.
Lavigne announced via Twitter that "Rock N Roll" would be digitally released on 30 July 2013, but later announced on the day that it had been pushed back and would be released to coincide with the song's music video. The date was later confirmed to be 27 August in a teaser for the music video.
"Rock N Roll" peaked at No. 3 on the official Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart. The single also debuted at No. 2 in South Korea with sales over 26,000; in the next week it took over the No. 1 spot with over 23 000 downloads sold. In Japan "Rock N Roll" peaked at No. 26 on the Oricon Daily List and peaked at No. 48 on the Oricon Weekly List with physical sales of 1,405 copies. The single fell to No. 97 in it's second week with sales of 538 copies.
Background and releaseEdit
On 25 July 2013, Lavigne began shooting the music video for the song, directed by Chris Marrs Piliero.It features actress Danica McKellar, Billy Zane, and Sid Wilson of the band Slipknot. Four teaser videos were released on August 13, 16, 18 and 19 August 2013 respectively, followed by the full video on August 20, 2013.
The Tank Girl-influenced music video opens with a promo for Sony Xperia which includes a reference to one of Lavigne's earliest hits "Sk8er Boi" during which the singer recites a few of the song's lyrics on the phone. As she hangs up, the phone screen shows the opening scene of the storyline, where Lavigne is dressed in army wear, dancing in front of a diner and a vehicle. The theme of the video revolves around the singer and her crew taking on the mission of "Saving Rock N Roll."
An attack by bear and shark crossbreed hybrids called the "Bearsharks" threatens the existence of Rock N Roll. The Bearshark kills off the character Billy Zane portrays. In a diner, Lavigne is on a date with her girlfriend. She shreds the waitress's outfit to make her look hotter, then she notices the Bearshark in disguised form and fights him. He throws a baby at her but she tosses the baby away. The Bearshark gets away after scaring Avril and her crew with a lobster. After defeating the lobster, the singer, her girlfriend and their dog follow the Bearshark. During the car chase, the drunken dog crashes into a tree, dying. After a dialogue between Avril and her girlfriend, they mourn the dog, agree that it will all be alright and then kiss, followed by a brief monologue from Lavigne talking about the former.
During the dog's funeral, Lavigne unlocks a magical guitar from his casket, which she plays the song's guitar hook with in the front yard of a church (which is inspired in the Guns n Roses Music Video, "November Rain", where Slash appears doing a solo with his guitar in the front of a church), then she uses it to slay the Bearshark, who finally appears in his real form. After her victory, Lavigne gets a thumb up from Billy Zane, who flies off into the sky on a segway. She smiles and raises her guitar into the sky. The picture turns into a drawing and the credits roll.
A lyric video for "Rock N Roll", featuring fan-made videos submitted through Instagram, was released onto Lavigne's official Vevo account on 12 August 2013. Irish duo, Jedward, make a cameo in the lyric video.
"Rock N Roll" received generally positive reviews from music critics. B30 Music Reviews lauded the song, calling it "pretty spectacular". B30 stated that the "pure gratitude" track "tears it apart on production value", however stated that the song was slightly similar to her previous single "Here's to Never Growing Up". Israel Defeo of Jam n Bop reacted positively to the song, saying the chorus was "full of attitude", comparing it to her 2007 single "Girlfriend", and praised the song's guitar solo. Defeo stated "everything about the single is golden except its lyrical content", noting the song's theme was redundant due to its similarity to her preceding single. Direct Lyrics gave a positive review, stating the song "rocks" and should have been picked as the album's lead single. Direct went on to praise the song's "epic production, cheeky lyrics" and "catchy melody", favorably comparing to her 2002 single "Sk8er Boi", however noted the song's potential lack of radio appeal.
Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush gave the song 2 and a half out of 5 stars. Sciarretto called the song "overly enunciated" and "standard issue Avril", however praised the guitar solo which provided a "tougher timbre" and compared the song to Weezer's "Beverly Hills". Sciarretto concluded her review by stating Lavigne's fans would "love" the song however that it likely wouldn't bring her any new fans.
- Digital download
- "Rock N Roll" - 3:26
- CD single (Walmart exclusive)
- "Rock N Roll" - 3:26
- "Rock N Roll" (Instrumental) - 3:27
Credits and personnelEdit
- Songwriting – Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger, David Hodges, Peter Svensson, Rickard B Göransson, Jacob Kasher Hindlin
- Production – Peter Svensson, Martin Johnson, additional by Kyle Moorman and Brandon Paddock
- Mixing – Serban Ghenea
- Engineering – Kyle Moorman, Brandon Paddock