We asked, and you answered: "Smile" is your favorite Avril Lavigne song! But did you know Avril at first didn't want to release the song as a single? It's true! In an interview with DigitalSpy back in 2011, AvLav revealed that she was having problems with her label over the direction of Goodbye Lullaby, and hinted that those disputes extended to the choice of the album's singles:
I read an interview in which you mentioned that the record has been sitting on the shelf for a year. Why's there been a delay in releasing it?
"Because my record company were being a typical record company and trying to give me their version of how it should be—trying to get me to go in a different direction. I had to fight with them over and over. I was like, 'No, this is a really special record to me and this is what I'm doing'."
By different direction, do you mean back to the more classic Avril sound?
"Radio's very rhythmic and urban and dance today. I think they wanted me to do something more like that, but that's not what my vision was for this album. I was signed by L.A. Reid on Arista Records when I was 16. He understood me and believed in me. Arista folded and I got put on RCA or whatever, then there were new people there, and every six months it changes and more new people come in. It's funny when someone new comes in and they've got an opinion too."
Have you decided on a second single yet?
"I'm really hoping it's going to be 'Push'."
Contrary to Avril's wishes, "Push" was never released as a single. Whether through industry pressure or her own democratic spirit, Avril let her fans choose between it and "Smile" for the album's second single instead—and they chose "Smile"! Clearly, two years later, the Black Stars' love for the song has not abated: