Newly engaged couple Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger have been in the lab together working on music with former Evanescence member David Hodges. They've been clocking lots of hours, to the point where Avril says she has almost an album worth of new material. Below, Avril talks about writing songs with her new fiance and Hodges, and the status of her new album:

I’ve just spent 17 days working with Chad Kroeger and David Hodges [formerly of Evanescence]. And the three of us have been writing a lot of songs together. A lot. And recording and having a really good time, having a really great time. They’re very talented musicians and it feels good for me to be around people like that. Music is my life, it’s my world and to be back in the studio, it feels really good.
I’m having a lot of fun. Actually I just got home from tour and just hanging out in the studio and getting a lot of work done, like 12-16 hour work days — nothing else really exists in my life right now, other than music. It’s awesome.
I’m pretty far [into the album]. Almost done. But for me I’m not really thinking about when I want to put it out and hurry up. I’m taking my time and while I’m in that mood and in that mode to create and to write and to record I’m just going to keep doing it because I have the energy for that right now. And it feels good right now. It’s what I’m supposed to be doing and I’m having a good time.

[via CBS Local]