Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is celebrating the release of his third solo album by dropping a new single called “Get Over It” that features a number of unexpected elements, including a pop-punk melody, a flash of spunky attitude, and a guest appearance from Avril Lavigne.
Opening with a crunchy guitar riff, the song sounds like a track straight out of the early 2000s, a slightly watered-down version of something you'd hear from a band like Sum 41, the group fronted by Avril's ex-husband Deryck Whibley. The lyrics read like “Billie Jean” meets “Dirty Diana,” as Carter tries to fight off a crazy stalker fan who claims she's carrying his child.
With a vocal tone reminiscent of Blink 182's Mark Hoppus, Carter sings, “I messed up, took you home / Just my luck, you're a psycho / Now I'm locking up my door / You had my mail, stole my phone / And how the hell did you change my passcode? / I can't take this anymore / First time, it was amazing / Two times, you acting crazy / Three times, you say it's my baby.”
The payoff comes with the big hook, as Carter croons, “Now I got a stage five clinger / Tryin' to put a ring on my finger / Only want me cause I'm a singer / Get over me.” Lavigne joins the party on the second verse, turning the tables on Carter by implying that he's the crazed stalker. She complains, “You follow me like every weekend / And you're freaking out my friends.”
“Get Over Me” isn't breaking any new ground, but fans of BSB and Lavigne may enjoy the nugget of melodic pop, which offers a bit of nostalgia as the performers behind “I Want it That Way” and “Sk8er Boi” finally team up on a track many years after they first met. “Get Over Me” appears on Carter's new self-released album All American, which hit retailers last week.
Nick told iHeartRadio that the idea for working with Lavigne came last year. “I talked to Avril about doing a collab together, and we became friends,” he said. “We were on tour together with the Backstreet Boys. She was into the idea... She liked the song that I had written, and she put her vocals on the song, and it was really cool.”
Carter has announced a solo tour beginning in late February to support the new record. The trek opens on February 25 in Beverly Hills and continues for a month, hitting up theaters in most major markets across North America. His biggest solo hit to date was 2002's “Help Me,” which cracked the Top 40 on the Pop Songs chart.