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ARTICLE: Demi Lovato Q&A: On ‘Demi,’ Her ‘X Factor’ Return and Being Sick of Party Songs
“‘Unbroken’ wasn’t my favorite album, and this one is my favorite one so far,” the 20-year-old pop star tells Billboard.
Last Tuesday (May 7), Demi Lovato asked her 13 million Twitter followers, “What’s your favorite song off #DEMI??” Her fourth studio album, “Demi,” was to be released on May 14 through Hollywood Records, but the 20-year-old pop singer posted the full album online eight days earlier, and wanted to get some instant feedback. The question was retweeted 18,000 times, with responses ranging from the sassy synth flare-up “Fire Starter” to the yearning ballad “Nightingale” to “Heart Attack,” the album’s lead single, which currently sits at No. 12 on the Hot 100 chart.
“I actually wanted to see what everyone’s favorite was,” Lovato tells Billboard, “but there wasn’t one song that stood out as everyone’s favorite. A lot of the time the fans were like, ‘Oh, there’s too many good ones to name!’ And that was really cool… but I actually wanted to know what their favorite was.”
It’s a good problem for Lovato to have — two and a half years after withdrawing from a world tour to enter a treatment facility and confront “physical and emotional issues,” the singer has become one of the most in-demand young artists in pop music, thanks in part to a comeback album, 2011′s “Unbroken,” that spawned the radio smash “Give Your Heart a Break” and netted her a spot on the judges panel of the U.S. version of “The X Factor” last year. “Demi” is a more diverse album than “Unbroken” (read the Billboard track-by-track review here), expanding Lovato’s repertoire while keeping her powerful pipes front and center; it’s an album that carries a wealth of Top 40 offerings, and could very well continue the singer’s upward trajectory towards ubiquity.
Before “Demi’s” release, Lovato chatted with Billboard about idolizing vocal powerhouses, re-upping with “The X Factor” and why “Demi” captures who she is in a way that “Unbroken” did not.
Billboard: “Demi” is out this Tuesday. Are you the type of person that keeps a close eye on first-week album sales?
Lovato: I’m definitely the type of person that’s gonna be watching it and wanting it to do well, but I have to tell myself that music isn’t just coming out for a week — it’s about the long run. I’m putting this music out there to be around for a long time, so if it does well this next week, great, and if it doesn’t, whatever, because I’ll hopefully be around in this industry for a long time.
Your last album, “Unbroken,” became your best-selling album and had the biggest hit of your career. Did you go into “Demi” with more pressure or less pressure on yourself?
I think with every album there’s more pressure, because you always want to do better than the last album. I want a career that’s going to last me a long time, so in order to do that, you have to keep making great music. For me, “Unbroken” wasn’t my favorite album, and this one is my favorite one so far. I put a lot of work into it, and I think it’s going to be my most successful album to date.
What about “Unbroken” made it resonate with you less?
I don’t know! I got sick of the songs. When I would play them onstage, I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t play these anymore.’ And I have to wonder, was that album really who I was? Was I just experimenting with sounds? I think I wanted to try something more R&B, but when I tried that, it wasn’t really me. And so with this album, I’m so excited to play new music rather than getting tired of the songs.
What message did you want these new songs to convey?
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. Maybe a couple years ago I would have loved it, but I’m not the same person I was a few years ago. Now when I listen to the radio, I can’t relate to a lot of it.
With my album this time, I wanted to go into it keeping in mind that I want to listen to stuff on the radio that I can relate to. I think the reason why artists like Adele and Taylor Swift are so relatable is because they talk about their experiences and pour it out in their songs. There’s a lot more to their music than just partying and going out.
It could have been easy for you to bring in a bunch of guest vocalists for the album, but there’s only one feature — Cher Lloyd on “Really Don’t Care.”
I think I needed to make an album where I established my artistry before I collaborated with a ton of people. On the last album, I collaborated with a lot of people, and at the end of the day, I felt like, ‘Is it my album, or a bunch of people’s album?’ If I’m coming out with something that represents who I am today, as an independent woman, I want it to be very obvious that my album is about me and my life, and not about a bunch of people coming together and making music. That’s great, and it’s fun to collaborate with people, but I have an opportunity to express who I am, and I didn’t want a bunch of people on the album trying to help me do that.
The most personal song on the album is the final track, “Warrior,” which references everything you went through before “Unbroken.” How hard is it to write a song like that?
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 — you can’t put all of the emotions into one song. It was the hardest song to write because it was the most vulnerable for me, and you can’t sum up that experience in three or four minutes. But it was the easiest song at the same time because it’s something that I wanted to say. Like I said in the first line [of the song], ‘This is a story that I’ve never told/I gotta get this off my chest to let it go.’ I wanted to let it go.
What was your reaction the first time you heard the finished song?
I… was really pleased with it. It’s still one of those songs that I don’t like to listen to in front of other people, because I feel really vulnerable and almost naked when other people hear it.
When you were at the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference last fall, you talked about never having to go the “sexy route” with your music, because that never felt true to your personality. Who were some of your female musical idols growing up?
My [recent] inspirations are people like Kelly Clarkson, and the people that I listened to when I was growing up were more known for their vocals rather than their sex appeal. I had a lot of respect for Whitney Houston, and Christina Aguilera, on some songs where she was really amazing and wasn’t trying to be sexy or anything like that. I just found that I had more respect for artists that didn’t talk about that stuff, and those were the ones that were more successful.
I feel like, if you have talent, you don’t have to go down that route. If you don’t have to sing about drinking and partying and sex, then don’t. I have a little sister that’s listening to this music — the last thing I want to do is release music that is gonna influence her in a way that will take her down the wrong path. My dad and my family hear this music! I don’t want to feel too uncomfortable when they’re listening to it.
Are there any up-and-coming pop artists who have impressed you with their vocal ability?
Ariana Grande. She has vocals that are just unbelievable, and I have so much respect for her because she is a true singer. She’s someone that I feel like is going to have a long career because of her voice, and I think she’s going to be a huge name. She’s gonna be great.
“Demi” is being released a few months before “The X Factor” comes back in the fall — no one would have blamed you for taking a break from the show, or leaving it altogether, to promote your new album, but you decided to come back for the third season. Why?
There are multiple reasons. When you have the opportunity to be in front of America every single week several times a week, that’s a very incredible opportunity, not only because your fans get to know you better, but… I was on the Disney Channel forever, and was waiting for that right job that would help me cross over to the mainstream world. I was not only in front of my fans every week, but I was also in front of adults. I never used to get recognized by adults, and now when I’m at the airport or the grocery store, the guy behind the register will be like, “I love you on ‘X Factor’!” It’s really awesome to have expanded my fan base.
And there’s also how much ['X Factor'] did for me last year. I learned so much, and I just want to do it again. I don’t like it when you attach yourself to a judge, and then the judges switch up and you’re like, ‘Oh no!’ I didn’t want any of my fans to think that was me — I didn’t want them to get excited for me to come back, and then I don’t come back, you know? I’m so excited to learn even more next season.
The Canadian TV block party also gave the pop singer a nomination in its best international artist competition.
TORONTO – Pop singer and X Factor judge Demi Lovato is set to perform at next month’s MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, organizers said Thursday.
Canadian cable channel MuchMusic’s annual TV block party on June 16 will feature Lovato a month after her upcoming album Demi, which includes the hit single Heart Attack, debuts on May 14.
The MMVAs, which last year featured performances by Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Nelly Furtado, also gave Lovato a nomination in the audience-voting Fave International Artist/Group of the Year competition.
There’s also nods for One Direction, Psy and Taylor Swift.
The Fave Artist/Group of the Year for Canadian talent will be fought over between nominees Jepsen, Bieber, Deadmau5 and Drake.
“I am so excited to perform for the first time at the MMVAs,” said Lovato in a statement Thursday. “I always love coming to MuchMusic and am thrilled to be a part of this year’s show!”
MMVA organizers will make additional talent lineup announcements in the coming weeks.
‘I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year,’ Simon Cowell confirms in a statement.
Demi Lovato might be giving your heart a break, but she has no plans to take a break from “The X Factor.” On Thursday (March 28), Simon Cowell confirmed that the singer will be back for the third season of the Fox reality show, marking her second season on the series.
“I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year. She’s a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. Even though she can be really, really annoying — I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists,” he said in a statement, Deadline reports. “I’m especially pleased she’s back even during her world tour!”
Lovato may be back to bicker some more with Cowell, but it’s already been confirmed that Britney Spears and L.A. Reid have parted ways with the show, leaving two additional empty spots on the panel. Cowell has yet to announce who might join him and Lovato on the new season.
Earlier this year, when MTV News caught up with the singer, she played coy about a possible return to the series. “It’s hard, ’cause at the end of the day, I’m a musician. So I could take the opportunity to tour, and, you know, I have to be a businesswoman and I have to, like, balance it out on both aspects,” she told MTV News last month. “But at the same time, I had so much fun. And I would love to go back.
“It’s just a matter of making things work,” she added. “And, you never know, I may do both; I may just pick one or the other.”
In addition to her world tour and returning to the show, Lovato is slated to release a new studio album later this year, already filming a music video for lead single”Heart Attack.” She will appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Dancing With the Stars” next week (Monday and Tuesday, respectively) to perform the tune on TV for the first time.
Amid a judges overhaul, Demi Lovato could be returning to The X Factor, with executive producer Simon Cowell admitting that “we’d be crazy not to have her back.”
In an interview with his former American Idol cohort Ryan Seacrest, Cowell said that “I liked having Demi on the show” and that “she’s fun to work with.” But, of course, “nothing is official.”
Season three of X Factor quickly is approaching, with the first round of auditions kicking off March 6 in Los Angeles. So far, replacements have not been named for exiting judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears, nor have co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian been confirmed to return.
“We’re talking to people all the time, and hopefully within a couple of weeks we might announce the first two,” said Cowell of the judges panel.
And while Seacrest is committed to Idol for at least one more season after its current cycle wraps, he is hoping for an onscreen reunion with the Brit that hired him for Idol’s 2002 U.S. debut.
“Would you allow me to guest-host one live X Factor?” he proposed to Cowell, confessing that he misses their banter.
“Yes,” was Cowell’s immediate reply, though there was a disagreement over whether Seacrest would shill for Coca-Cola (American Idol’s sponsor) or Pepsi (X Factor’s sponsor) during the stint.
Demi Lovato has “no idea” if she’ll return as a judge on the next season of “The X Factor,” but if she does, well, she’s got a pretty good idea of who, she’d like to see join her on the panel: Lady Gaga.
Yes, in a new interview with Extra, Lovato said that she’s hoping to see the Mother Monster replace departing judge Britney Spears on the show (or perhaps departing judge L.A. Reid … she’s just that versatile), but was also quick to add that landing Gaga for the gig might be a long-shot.
“I would love to see Lady Gaga,” Lovato said. “I don’t know if that’s possible or not.”
Hey, you never know … Gaga’s schedule has just gotten a whole lot lighter. And while she’s campaigning for LG to join her on the third season of the struggling show, the fact remains that Lovato herself still isn’t sure if she’ll return. After all, she’s got her musical career to focus on.
“I have no idea what’s gonna happen next season, and I don’t think anybody does,” Lovato told MTV News. “It’s just crazy ’cause at the same time, just like L.A. is, I’m trying to build a career for my own too. It was an amazing experience and I loved doing this show. It’s just, there’s no way to tell.
And a part of that career is her new single “Heart Attack,” and an upcoming album, which, as she explained to MTV News, shows her continued maturation as an artist.
“For a while, I could tell that when people would talk to me, they knew my story. I think I’ve opened up more on this album. My life began to evolve and I started to grow,” she explained. “These are songs about the celebration of life and how rewarding it can be. This is what this album is about.”
Would Gaga make a good ‘X Factor’ judge? Let us know in the comments below!
Replacing Britney Spears on the X Factor won’t be easy.
While her work may not have gotten great reviews, it certainly generated a lot of publicity for the singing competition show.
“I don’t know,” fellow judge Demi Lovato said at last night’s Topshop dinner at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood when I asked her to name a possible replacement. “I mean, who can replace Britney, let’s be honest.”
Very good point.
Spears announced about a month ago she was leaving the show after just one season—and a $15 million paycheck! “I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season,” she said in a statement. “I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my Teens, but it’s time for me to get back in the studio. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”
Also not returning for a third season is L.A. Reid.
Meanwhile, Lovato hobbled into the party on crutches. She’s been in a cast since falling at home about 10 days ago when her roommate apparently cleaned the floor with Pledge.
The cast, which Lovato needs to wear for another four weeks, is now decorated with silver studs.
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VIDEO: One Direction, X Factor hosts and judges exclusively with Sweety High
Published on Nov 9, 2012 by SweetyHigh
Find out what gives One Direction that “One Thing” as we interview them and X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears about girl power and a few other “Little Things.”
VIDEO: Demi Lovato’s Thoughts on X FACTOR’S Emblem3!
Published on Nov 9, 2012 by younghollywood
Young Hollywood is exclusive with “X Factor” judge Demi Lovato backstage at their live show where she shares her thoughts about finalists Emblem3, contestant makeovers, and what she feels she brings to the judging panel! Hosted by Tracy Behr (@tracybehr).
ARTICLE: Demi Lovato Stays ‘Focused’ On Her ‘X Factor’ Team
With the “X Factor” live shows under way, judge Demi Lovato now has the responsibility to make sure her team is show-ready week after week. As the mentor to the Young Adults group, the former Disney star has been tasked with sharing her experiences with her team, but also making sure the focus stays on them.
“I don’t know if it’s so much what they want to know about me; I’m really focused on them,” she told MTV News on Monday night. “I’m spending all the time that I have with them basically critiquing them and getting them ready for the show.”
While she is making sure that she gives them as much advice as she can, she said she doesn’t get to spend as much time with her contestants as one might think, given her busy schedule.
“I don’t really have a lot of time to sit and chitchat with them. So any second that I get with them, I’m like, ‘This is what you need to do. Practice your pitch. Do this. Bye, have a good show.’ It’s so rapid, but I do have a little time during interviews and stuff when we do get a little closer and open up. So it’s nice. I do get to spend a little time with them.”
Last week, Lovato lost her first contestant. Willie Jones sang his swan song and gave his mentor a big hug before departing the show for good.
“Sucks that I have to go home, but it was really fun to be here,” he said of being one of the first contestants cut when the shows went live last Wednesday with new hosts Khloé Kardashian and Mario Lopez.
What do you think of Demi’s mentoring style on “The X Factor”? Tell us in the comments!