In the last few months Demi Lovato has been on fire. She’s hit the studio with an all-star list of collaborators including Timbaland, Jason Derulo, Ryan Tedder, and Missy Elliot; the first single off Unbroken, “Skyscraper,” debuted at #1 on iTunes chart, #2 on the Billboard Hot Digital Singles chart, and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100; her stirring new video is in heavy rotation on VH1 and MTV, her emotional comeback performance at the VH1’s Do Something awards was met with overwhelming praise, and both her LA and New York album release shows sold out minutes after being announced. It’s the kind of exhilarating whirlwind most nineteen-year-old pop stars dream spend their early teens dreaming about but Lovato has been living this life for a while now.
The singer and actress started in show business as a pre-teen and rose quickly. By the time she was fifteen she was a bona fide TV star cultivating a promising singing career. In the late 2000s, while maintaining a rigorous TV and film shooting schedule, Lovato released two massively successful solo albums, Don’t Forget (2007) and Here We Go Again (2009); the former debuted at #2, the latter at #1. But in the fall of 2011 it all caught up with her. Lovato dropped out of a world tour in order to seek treatment for a series of psychological issues including anorexia.
Nearly a year later, Lovato is in a completely different place emotionally, psychologically and professionally. What could have been a derailing experience has actually resulted in clarity of purpose and creative focus the singer’s not sure she would have achieved otherwise. “When you go through something hard you come out the other side with a new appreciation of the things you love, which for me is music and singing and performing,” Lovato explains. “This record is everything to me right now. I sleep, eat, breathe, and dream about this record right now. I’ve given it everything. And that feels really good.”
“I’m psyched for people to finally hear it. I’m psyched that people like ‘Skyscraper’ so much. And I’m psyched to go out on tour and play these songs for my fans. After all I’ve been through, I really wanted to sing songs I’m going to have fun performing onstage, songs I’d want to hear on the radio. I wanted to make music that makes me feel happy and keeps my fans company, whether they’re happy or sad or whatever.” With the release of Lovato’s third solo LP, Unbroken, she’s done just that – put together a collection of tracks that reveal a young woman with enough real life experience to appreciate the value of letting loose and enjoying herself. “I love really raw music,” the singer says, “and that’s still a part of me, it’s there on this album but I also want to have some fun!”