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I always want to make positive music. Obviously I'm gonna have my songs about heartbreak and break-ups, but with this album... I get sick of listening to the radio and hearing only music that's talking about partying and drinking and getting high. That's not what I do. It's not what I stand for.
Lovato on Demi[1]

Demi is the fourth studio album by Demi Lovato. It was released on May 14, 2013. It was available for pre-order in the US and Canada on April 9, 2013.

The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 with the first-week sales of 116,000 copies—the highest first-week album sales of Demi's career.[3] The album also reached the top five in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, and Spain.

Background

In April 2012, Lovato began writing songs for their fourth studio album, following the commercial success of their third studio album Unbroken (2011). The album was recorded during Lovato's appearance as a mentor during the second season of The X Factor.[4] Lovato chose the title of the album Demi, because it was their first album intended for a more mainstream audience, and those who did not know their music.[5] Lovato also explained a "sequel" of the song "Skyscraper" (2011) is included. After the album was released, it was revealed that "Warrior" was intended to be a sequel of "Skyscraper".[6] They stated "I'm incredibly proud of this album" and "It's better than anything I have ever done! I experimented with a variety of different sounds and poured my heart into writing these songs. I'm so excited for everyone to finally get the chance to hear them!"[7] On May 6, 2013, Lovato asked their Twitter followers to "unlock" the entire album by putting song titles in hashtags. A special website lovaticsspeeduptime.com was launched, displaying all the songs next to a clock that would turn as tweets would be sent. Once a song became a trending topic, its YouTube video was made available on VEVO. All the songs were unlocked within four hours.[8][9] An iBooks-exclusive e-book titled Demi: The Book was released on June 11, 2013. The book gives fans behind-the-scenes access to the singer, including never-before-seen footage and interviews. In one clip, they said that being honest and open is not only the message they're sending their fans in the book but also on their album. They said, "This album I've had enough time to really reflect on personal experiences and look back at my life after having overcome a bunch of things. I've been more aware of myself; therefore, when you listen to the album, you can really tell in the lyrics and in the emotion and everything I worked really, really hard on this album, and hopefully you'll be able to hear that."[10]

Composition

Lovato described Demi as "good old American pop music", which was deeply influenced by their breakout single "Give Your Heart a Break" and they felt the "super catchy" lyrics as well as the beat of the song resonated with fans, which they wanted to further explore on the album.[11] According to Lovato, their previous album Unbroken contained songs that they got sick of "a lot faster", so they wanted to "have songs that excited" them on Demi.[12] Musical genres on the album range from pop rock to synthpop and bubblegum pop.[2] Apart from "catchy songs" such as the mid-tempo track "Without The Love",[12] "emotional songs" are also included on Demi.[11] This is demonstrated on "Shouldn't Come Back" and "Warrior"; which Lovato states are too personal to perform live, comparing them to a song from Unbroken entitled "For The Love Of a Daughter".[13] Billboard states that "Warrior" has Lovato declaring theirself "a phoenix that has risen from all-too-public ashes", with emotional lyrics such as: "I've got shame, I've got scars, that I will never show/I'm a survivor, in more ways than you'll know".[2] Speaking of "Warrior", the singer stated: "That song was probably the hardest and easiest song to write on the album. I was writing about personal experiences, and it's the type of song where you can't fit all of it into one song".[14] The theme of Americanism on the album is evident on the track "Made In The USA", a patriotic love song inspired by "American love stories" in the 1930s.[15] The song incorporates pop, rock, and country.[16] Stripped down piano ballads on Demi includes, "In Case", which contains lyrics about heartbreak and "Nightingale".[17] The upbeat songs "Really Don't Care" and "Something That We're Not" are produced to suit of Lovato's "overpowering pipes".[2]

In June 2013, Lovato stated: "My life has changed so much. I am vulnerable and honest in this record, the way I've always wanted to be. I was ready to come out of the darkness". They referred to the writing process for the album as "therapeutic", further stating: "It helped me get rid of my demons, I am a warrior now. I've been through so much in the past years, it was hard to find the courage to get out of it and write about it, I was afraid no one would understand my message. I spent so much time trying to figure out what the right thing to do was, that I got distracted along the way by fun and temptations and that's why I ended up in rehab at 18".[18]

Singles

  • "Heart Attack" was released as the album's lead single on February 25, 2013. The song was written by Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Sean Douglas, Nikki Williams, Aaron Phillips and Lovato and produced by The Suspex.[19][20] The song debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, with first week sales of 215,000 copies, becoming a sales record for Lovato at the time.[21] The song reached number 10 on the chart, becoming Lovato's third song to do so. The song also reached a peak at number 3 in the United Kingdom, their first single to reach the top ten in the country. The music video was filmed on March 14, 2013[22] and released on April 9, 2013.[23] Lovato performed the song live on several shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[24][25] The song has since been certified 2× platinum in the United States and Canada, as well as platinum in Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden, gold in Australia, Mexico and Ireland, and silver in the United Kingdom.
  • "Made In The USA" was released as the album's second single on July 16, 2013. Lovato performed the song live at several concerts including the 2013 edition of Wango Tango on May 11, 2013[26] and Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on June 28. The music video was released on July 17, 2013.[27] It peaked at number 80 on the US Billboard Hot 100, managed to peak within the top 20 in Lebanon, as well at number 40 on the US Mainstream Top 40 and number 45 on the US Digital Songs charts.
  • "Neon Lights" was released as the album's third single on November 19, 2013. On September 29, 2013, Lovato announced the name of their concert tour, the The Neon Lights Tour, and soon after that "Neon Lights" would become the third single from the album.[28][29][30] The song, with its prominent EDM influences, covered new ground for Demi, who had been previously known for their pop ballad singles. The accompanying music video was released on November 21, 2013.[31] In New Zealand, the song peaked at number 12 and was certified gold. It reached number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at this position for three non-consecutive weeks. It topped the US Wikipedia:Hot Dance Club Songs and became Lovato's third top 10 single on the Mainstream Top 40, by reaching at number 7. It was certified platinum in the United States.
  • "Really Don't Care" featuring British recording artist Cher Lloyd, was released as the fourth single from the album on May 20, 2014. The week before it was officially serviced to US radio, it charted at number 7 at Mainstream Top 40, being their fourth top 10 single on the chart. It later on peaked at number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs. The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 98, and has peaked at number 26. Lovato performed the song on several occasions before its official release as a single. Once released in May 2014, they performed the song on the Season 13 live final of American Idol,[32] Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.[33] "Really Don't Care" was later certified 2× platinum in the United States.

Promotion

The Neon Lights Tour

After the album's release in May 2013, Lovato announced they would not go on tour, instead choosing to return as a judge for the third season of The X Factor. In September 2013, Lovato announced The Neon Lights Tour due for a start in February 2014, once The X Factor had finished. It would mark Lovato's first arena tour. The tour included all girl opening acts, with Lovato stating "I want it to be about girl empowerment, I want it to be a huge part."[34] These opening acts included girl groups Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, as well as Cher Lloyd on select dates. The tour covered 41 shows in total across North and South America, as well as Canada and Mexico; beginning in Vancouver on February 9, and closing on May 17 in Monterrey.[35]

Demi World Tour

Not long after the closing of the Neon Lights Tour, Lovato announced their first world tour, entitled the Demi World Tour. The tour would bring new opening acts, Christina Perri and MKTO, as well as playing shows in bigger venues, such as the Staples Centre. It would mark the first time one of Lovato's albums had spawned two separate concert tours. The 2014 dates consisted of 25 shows across North America and Canada, with world tour dates due for 2015. The tour began on September 6 in Baltimore, with the first leg concluding on October 27 at the Barclays Center in New York City.[36] On November 28, 2014, Lovato announced shows in Australia and New Zealand, marking their first time performing in these countries. The leg consists of five shows beginning April 17 in Brisbane, and ending on April 26 in Auckland.[37] They went on to complete the tour with their most extensive Asian tour to date, performing a total of six shows. The tour concluded on May 19 in Ho Chi Minh City to a crowd of 50,000.[38]

Other promotions

On May 6, 2013, Demi asked their Twitter followers to "unlock" the entire album by putting song titles in hashtags. A special website lovaticsspeeduptime.com was launched, displaying all the songs next to a clock that would turn as tweets would be sent. Once a song became a trending topic, its YouTube video was made available on VEVO. All the songs were unlocked within four hours.[39][40] An iBooks-exclusive e-book titled Demi (book) was released on June 11, 2013.[41] Lovato also posted three videos on May 13, 14, and May 17, 2013, titled "The Story of Demi" to talk about their album.

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 110,000 copies, behind Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and George Strait's Love Is Everything, thus becoming the highest selling opening week of Lovato's career.[42] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number ten on the UK Albums Chart, with sales of 10,658 copies sold in its first week.[43] With the debut, it became their first album to breach the Top 40 in the country.[43] The album was certified Gold in the US on September 16, 2014.[44]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[45]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/Template:Plural[46]
Artistdirect5/Template:Plural[47]
Billboard4/Template:Plural[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[17]
Rolling Stone3/Template:Plural[48]
HitFixB–[49]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. According to review aggregator Metacritic, the album has a score of 64/100 based on 6 reviews. Jason Lipshutz from Billboard gave a positive review, saying that "the singer has a strong grip on her skills as a performer, but is still chiseling away at the formula that works best for her as an artist, and is unwittingly putting that self-discovery on display here."[2] Jon Caramanica from The New York Times also gave a positive review, saying that it is "[an] often impressive fourth album."[50] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic gave a more mixed review, rating the album three stars out of five, saying that "Ultimately, this isn't an album of purpose, it's a collection of moments, and it has just enough good ones to solidify Demi Lovato's comeback."[46] Jody Rosen from Rolling Stone awarded the album three stars out of five, saying that "It's predictable stuff—sassy songs, lovelorn songs, a couple of pop-psych pep talks—but Lovato is good company, and her voice has gustiness and character."[48]

Melissa Maerz from Entertainment Weekly, however, gave the album a mixed review and graded it C+, saying that "it's too bad that her new album Demi, sounds like such a decisive return to teen pop. Transformed from an edgier young woman back into America's sweetheart."[17] Marc Hirsh from The Boston Globe was also mixed, saying that "Demi sounds like Lovato's grasping for hits, when she used to sound like she was making music and having fun."[51] Melinda Newman from HitFix gave the album a B-, commenting "The problem with Demi is that too much of the music here is so generic that it could be any teen queen delivering these tunes." However, she went on to conclude "For those who are looking for a largely uptempo album that fits squarely into much of the pop landscape on radio today, Demi will be a pleasing fit."[52]

Videos

Gallery

Tracklist

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Heart Attack"Demi Lovato, Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Sean Douglas, Nikki Williams, Aaron PhillipsThe Suspex3:30
2."Made In The USA"Lovato, Jonas Jeberg, Evigan, Corey Chorus, Blair PerkinsJeberg, Evigan3:16
3."Without The Love"Lovato, Matt Squire, Roy Battle, Freddy WexlerSquire, Battleroy, David "DQ" Quiñones3:55
4."Neon Lights"Lovato, Mario Marchetti, Tiffany Vartanyan, Ryan Tedder, Noel ZancanellaTedder, Zancanella3:53
5."Two Pieces"Olivia Waithe, Allan, EviganThe Suspex4:25
6."Nightingale"Lovato, Anne Preven, Matt Rad, Felicia BartonRad, Preven3:36
7."In Case"Emanuel Kiriakou, Priscilla ReneaKiriakou3:34
8."Really Don't Care" (featuring Cher Lloyd)Lovato, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Savan Kotecha, Cher LloydFalk, Yacoub3:21
9."Fire Starter"Jarrad Rogers, Lindy Robbins, Julia MichaelsRogers, Quiñones3:24
10."Something That We're Not"Lovato, Kotecha, Kiriakou, Andrew GoldsteinKiriakou, Goldstein3:17
11."Never Been Hurt"Lovato, Evigan, Stefan Johnson, Jordan K. Johnson, Ali Tamposi, Marcus LomaxEvigan, The Monsters and the Strangerz3:56
12."Shouldn't Come Back"Lovato, Yacoub, Falk, KotechaYacoub, Falk3:48
13."Warrior"Lovato, Goldstein, Kiriakou, RobbinsKiriakou, Goldstein3:51
Total length:47:48
Target bonus track[53]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."I Hate You, Don't Leave Me"Lovato, E. Kidd Bogart, Goldstein, KiriakouKiriakou, Goldstein3:33
Total length:51:21
UK bonus tracks[54]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Give Your Heart a Break"Josh Alexander, Billy SteinbergAlexander, Steinberg3:25
15."Skyscraper"Toby Gad, Kerli, RobbinsGad3:41
Total length:54:54
Japan bonus track[55]
No.TitleLength
14."Heart Attack" (Manhattan Clique Edit Remix)3:23
Total length:51:11
Japan deluxe edition bonus tracks[56]
No.TitleLength
14."Heart Attack" (The Alias Radio Remix)3:10
15."Heart Attack" (Belanger Remix)4:06
Total length:55:35
Latin American deluxe edition[57]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."I Hate You, Don't Leave Me"Lovato, Bogart, Goldstein, KiriakouKiriakou, Goldstein3:33
15."Nightingale" (Live)Lovato, Preven, Radosevich, BartonJohn Zonars3:36
16."Really Don't Care" (Live)Lovato, Falk, Yacoub, Kotecha, LloydZonars3:31
17."Neon Lights" (Live)Lovato, Marchetti, Vartanyan, Tedder, ZancanellaZonars4:22
Google Play exclusive bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Give Me Love" (Live at the Capital FM Studios in London, UK / May 30, 2014) (Ed Sheeran cover)Ed Sheeran, Jake Gosling, Chris Leonard4:56
Total length:52:44
International deluxe edition[58]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Up" (with Olly Murs)Wayne Hector, Maegan Cottone, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen, Mich HansenWallevik, TommyD, Quiñones3:44
15."I Hate You, Don't Leave Me"Lovato, Bogart, Kiriakou, GoldsteinKiriakou, Goldstein3:33
16."Let It Go" (single version)Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-LopezKiriakou, Goldstein3:45
17."Give Me Love" (Live at the Capital FM Studios in London, UK / May 30, 2014) (Ed Sheeran cover)Sheeran, Gosling, Kiriakou 4:56
18."Nightingale" (Live from Honda Center/Anaheim, CA/2014)Lovato, Preven, Radosevich, BartonZonars3:36
19."Neon Lights" (Live from Honda Center/Anaheim, CA/2014)Lovato, Marchetti, Vartanyan, Tedder, ZancanellaZonars4:22
20."Really Don't Care" (Live from Honda Center/Anaheim, CA/2014)Lovato, Falk, Yacoub, Kotecha, LloydZonars3:31
Total length:75:15
Latin American deluxe edition DVD[57]
No.TitleLength
1."Heart Attack" (Music video) 
2."Made In The USA" (Music video) 
3."Neon Lights" (Music video) 
4."Really Don't Care" (Vevo Presents) 
5."Heart Attack" (Vevo Presents) 
6."Nightingale" (Live) 
7."Neon Lights" (Live) 
8."In Case" (Live) 
9."Neon Lights" (Cole Plante with Myon & Shane 54 Remix) 
Japan deluxe edition DVD (DVD: Live in London)[56]
No.TitleLength
1."Heart Attack" (Music video) 
2."The Story of Demi" (Episodes 1, 2 & 3) 
3."Heart Attack" (VEVO Presents: Live in London) 
4."Really Don't Care" (VEVO Presents: Live in London) 
5."Made In The USA" (VEVO Presents: Live in London) 
6."Skyscraper" (VEVO Presents: Live in London) 
7."Give Your Heart a Break" (VEVO Presents: Live in London) 

Cut tracks

References

  1. Demi Lovato Q&A: On 'Demi,' Her 'X Factor' Return and Being Sick of Party Songs
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Demi Lovato, 'Demi': Track-By-Track Review
  3. http://www.hollywoodrecords.com/artists/demi-lovato/
  4. Demi Lovato Starts Work on Her Fourth Album
  5. Demi Lovato Talks About People Who Inspired Demi's 'Emotional' Songs
  6. Demi Lovato, 'Demi': Track-By-Track Review
  7. Demi Lovato's Upcoming Album Gets a Release Date, and We Have the Details!
  8. Demi Lovato Unveils 'Demi' Album with 'Release Timer' Twitter Campaign
  9. Demi Lovato Is Premiering Songs Based on Intensity of Tweets
  10. Demi Lovato's 'Candid' E-Book Takes Fans Behind The Scenes – Music, Celebrity, Artist News
  11. 11.0 11.1 Demi Lovato Explains How 'Give Your Heart a Break' Influenced 'Demi': Video
  12. 12.0 12.1 Demi Lovato: 'If you want to be famous, just make a sex tape'
  13. Demi Lovato talks new album: 'I'm aiming for global success' – Music Interview
  14. Demi Lovato Q&A: On 'Demi,' Her 'X Factor' Return and Being Sick of Party Songs
  15. Demi Lovato Releases 'Made in the USA' Just in Time For Independence Day
  16. Demi Lovato's Fourth of July Single 'Made in the USA' Is About 'Real Love'
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi' now streaming online – read EW's review here
  18. Demi Lovato: Making New Album Was 'Very Therapeutic'
  19. HEART ATTACK (Legal Title) BMI Work #15436573
  20. Demi Lovato Gives Lovatics A 'Heart Attack' – Music, Celebrity, Artist News
  21. Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Still Atop Hot 100, Although Lead Shrinks
  22. Demi Lovato 'Heart Attack' Music Video Shoot
  23. Demi Lovato To Release 'Demi' Album in May
  24. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack
  25. Video: Demi Lovato Performs "Heart Attack" On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
  26. Demi Lovato Performs New Song, 'Made In The USA', and Covers 'Titanium' (VIDEO)
  27. Demi Lovato – Made in the USA (Official Video)
  28. Demi Lovato Announces 'Neon Lights' As New Single (LISTEN)
  29. Demi Lovato announces 'The Neon Lights' tour for 2014
  30. Demi Lovato's Neon Lights Tour Kicking Off on Valentine's Day
  31. Demi Lovato – Neon Lights (Official)
  32. American Idol – Idol Finale – Demi Lovato & Top 13 Girls 'Really Don't Care' and 'Neon Lights'
  33. Best and Worst of the 2014 Teen Choice Awards
  34. Demi Lovato Says ‘Absolutely’ To Fifth Harmony Collaboration – MTV
  35. Demi Lovato Announces 2014 Tour with Little Mix, Cher Lloyd, Fifth Harmony | Billboard
  36. Demi Lovato Announces First World Tour Dates! | E! Online Australia
  37. Live Nation | Demi Lovato
  38. Demi Lovato entertains 50,000 Vietnamese audiences
  39. Demi Lovato Unveils 'Demi' Album with 'Release Timer' Twitter Campaign
  40. Demi Lovato Is Premiering Songs Based on Intensity of Tweets
  41. DEMI LOVATO'S 'CANDID' E-BOOK TAKES FANS BEHIND THE SCENES
  42. Week Ending May 19, 2013. Albums: Strait Ties McCartney
  43. 43.0 43.1 Official Charts Analysis: Daft Punk LP sells 165k to hit No.1
  44. American album certifications – Demi Lovato – Demi
  45. Demi by Demi Lovato
  46. 46.0 46.1 Demi – Demi Lovato : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards
  47. Demi Lovato "Demi" Album Review – 5 out of 5 stars @ARTISTdirect
  48. 48.0 48.1 Demi Lovato, 'Demi'
  49. Lovato's new album 'Demi': Review
  50. New Albums by Demi Lovato and Talib Kweli
  51. ALBUM REVIEW: Demi Lovato, 'Demi' – Music
  52. Demi Lovatos new album Demi: Review
  53. Demi Lovato – Demi – Only at Target
  54. Demi – Album by Demi Lovato
  55. CDJapan: Demi – Demi Lovato
  56. 56.0 56.1 -デラックス・エディション- (ALBUM+DVD) (CD+DVD)
  57. 57.0 57.1 Demi – Deluxe – DVD + CD
  58. Demi (Deluxe)

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