Blockbuster films like Twilight and The Hunger Games have produced soundtracks that have topped the Billboard 200 album charts. The upcoming teen flick The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is hoping for similar success with its accompanying album. It chances look good with a new track by Demi Lovato.
“Heart By Heart” is, at its core, a pop ballad but with a gritty, rock edge. it showcases The X Factor judge’s powerful vocals, particularly when she lets it rip at the end with a major diva belt.
Mortal Instruments has also tapped Bassnectar, Ariana Grande, Zedd, Colbie Caillat for its August 20 soundtrack, which drops one day before the film is released.
Before the soundtrack officially drops on August 20, Demi is giving fans an early taste of her sultry new ballad.
Demi Lovato doesn’t wear her heart just on her sleeve, but also in her music. Following the chart-topping success of 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break” and this year’s “Heart Attack,” Demi is once again singing about love on her “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” track, “Heart By Heart.”
The singer gave fans an early taste of the sultry ballad on Wednesday (July 3) with a minute-long preview posted online.
“When your soul finds the soul it was waiting for/ When someone walks into your heart through an open door/ When your hand finds the hand it was meant to hold/ Don’t let go,” Lovato sings on the simmering slow jam. As the crescendo builds, she adds, “Someone comes into your world/ Suddenly your world has changed forever.”
Lovato joins a diverse batch of artists on the release, including Zedd, Owl City, Jessie J, AFI, Youngblood Hawke and Colbie Caillat, among others. The soundtrack will officially hit retailers on August 20, one day before the movie, starring Lily Collins, is released to theaters. (It also happens to be Lovato’s 21st birthday.)
The film, based on the best-selling novel by Cassandra Clare, is about a Brooklyn teen Clary Fray (played by Lily Collins) who learns that she is a member of a race of demon destroyers known as Shadowhunters. The film also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, Kevin Zegers and Godfrey Gao.
The wait is officially over Lovatics!
Demi Lovato‘s latest album Demi dropped today and the 20-year-old songstress phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk her excitement and revealed which songs are the most personal to her.
The “Heart Attack” singer decided to name her fourth studio album Demi because she’s “never had a self titled album … I feel like this album represents me the best that any album has ever represented me.”
The newly-blond singer continued: “I’m starting a new chapter and a new world in my career coming out in radio songs and more of the mainstream world and some people are hearing me for the first time and I want them to see this is who I am and this is my music and this is what I’m all about.”
And Demi didn’t hold back on letting people know who she is and what she’s about with tracks like “Warrior.” In fact, she revealed: “In this song, I wrote it about something that I had never really talked about before and I’m pretty open with my story but the lyrics kind of say it all it in that song.”
“It was really emotional and hard for me to write that song because I was so vulnerable and was so raw with the lyrics. And just when you’re in the recording booth and you’re singing a very vulnerable song, there were tears. It was intense, and it’s heavy. When I play it for people I almost feel like I’m naked in a way, like I don’t want to be in the room when people listen to it.”
And this isn’t the first track Demi says makes her feel uneasy. “I released another song awhile ago called ‘For the Love of A Daughter’ and that one is a pretty heavy song, as well, and I’ve never performed that live, so I don’t know if I’ll even perform this one live, but it depends on how comfortable I feel when I go on tour.”
Where Demi did feel comfortable was on stage at Wango Tango last weekend. “It felt amazing, even just being a part of Wango Tango felt awesome,” she says. “Obviously, I’ve never played and I was super excited. I love performing in front of huge crowds like that. It’s such a great feeling.”
Another great feeling? The Demi and Taylor Swift mashup that made it’s way onto the Internet last month. So has Demi heard the tune?
“Yeah isn’t that awesome? I heard that and I was like, ‘isn’t that awesome?!’”
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Aggrievedness suits Demi Lovato well; always has. In her Disney days, she was — relatively speaking — the hellion of the crew, interested in abraded rock, tough-girl postures and smiles that cracked to reveal sneers.
Her years since teen-idol days have been chaotic: some great music and some not-so-great music, public struggles with bulimia and cutting, and in her latest phase, a role as empowerer in chief on the judging panel of “The X Factor.” Compared to the near-catatonic Britney Spears, Ms. Lovato was refreshingly direct, stern when she needed to be, but more often a source of wisdom. She was also a surprisingly good foil for Simon Cowell, whose signature disdain rolls off Ms. Lovato like so much rain and whom Ms. Lovato rightly sees as a bloated target, not an unstoppable monster.
She has dealt with far worse: that is clear from her music, which has been credibly tense and wounded almost from the start, a tone that continues unabated and even enhanced on “Demi,” her often impressive fourth album. Produced by the Suspex, the duo of Mitch Allan and Jason Evigan, it smartly abandons the pop-R&B songs of her last album, “Unbroken” — easily her shakiest to date — and recasts Ms. Lovato, rightly, in the Kelly Clarkson mold of big-throated singers who have had quite enough, thank you very much.
Unlike Ms. Clarkson, though, Ms. Lovato’s armor is not primarily vocal (though when she abandons the heavy vocal processing, she sings with firmness and an evident touch of vulnerability). “Heart Attack,” the single, has Ms. Clarkson’s familiar loud-soft pop-rock dynamics, matched with Ms. Lovato’s familiar self-doubt: “Never had trouble getting what I want/but when it comes to you I’m never good enough.” And throughout this album, from the chipper “Really Don’t Care” to the theatrical “Warrior,” to the bruising “Fire Starter,” she’s showing off her thick skin.
The production, too, is part of that skin, and it’s generally when it’s stripped down that Ms. Lovato confesses to any weaknesses, as on “Shouldn’t Come Back,” the latest in a suite of songs aimed at her estranged father, and also on the outstanding “In Case,” strikingly written by Priscilla Renea and Emanuel Kiriakou, which echoes the pomp of her 2011 hit “Skyscraper.” It places Ms. Lovato somewhere unusual: at someone else’s mercy — “Strong enough to leave you, but weak enough to need you.”
Ms. Lovato wears that frailty well, but not for long. A few songs later is the album’s other highlight, the breezy and tart “Something That We’re Not.” It’s a sign of pop’s out-of-whack gender relations that a song like this, in which an empowered woman blows off a guy who wants more, is so rare and therefore so bracing. “Don’t introduce me to any of your friends,” she commands. “Delete my number, don’t call me again/We had some fun but now it’s gonna end.” No arguments here. JON CARAMANICA
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OFF THE DEMI ALBUM?
Demi Lovato will return next month with her fourth studio album, as “Demi” has been slated to hit stores on May 14 through Hollywood Records. On Monday (Apr. 1), the album’s release date and cover art — which shows a dead-serious Lovato covered in silver body paint — were officially unveiled.
The official music video for the album’s first single, “Heart Attack,” will premiere next Tuesday night (Apr. 9) on E! News. After the song scored Lovato’s biggest sales week for a single upon its debut in February, “Heart Attack” sits at No. 21 on the current Hot 100 chart.
“Demi” is the follow-up to 2011’s “Unbroken,” which has sold 448,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That album was led by the ballad “Skyscraper,” which gave Lovato her first Top 10 single, and also spawned the hit “Give Your Heart a Break,” which spent 32 weeks on the Hot 100 in 2012.
The Suspex, Ryan Tedder, Carl Falk, Jonas Jeberg, Matt Rad and Rami Yacoub are among the producers and writers with credits on “Demi.” Of the new album, Lovato says in a press statement, “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!”
This week, Lovato kicks off an ambitious press run, stopping by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night, “Dancing With The Stars” on Tuesday, “Good Morning America” next Wednesday (Apr. 10) and “Kelly & Michael” next Thursday (Apr. 11). The 20-year-old pop star will also return as a judge on the U.S. version of “The X Factor” this fall.
Pre-orders for “Demi” begin on Tuesday in North America, and next Tuesday (Apr. 9) for the rest of the world.