Avid youtube watchers, Avril fans, and faux punk-rock merge – thanks to Avril Lavigne’s Chinese version of Girlfriend.
I too, was wondering why Canada’s mainstream-punk princess was doing a serious (blink) 182 with Girlfriend – and if you look at the itunes response page, apparently I’m not alone.
But seeing it done in Chinese clears all that up. Girlfriend is made for Chinese audiences – that she sings the chorus in Chinese is just icing on a song that combines bad-ass with cute, punk with pop, black with pink. It’s what’s normally regurgitated from Japan or Hong Kong – except that Avril does it herself, essentially meeting a demand for this type of product and spoon feeding her fans in the three Chinas.
So nevermind the naysayers and disappointed American fans. Going Chinese (and 12 other languages) with Girlfriend makes Avril the shrewdest woman in music since…Madonna.