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5 Takeaways From Demi Lovato's New Album 'Holy Fvck'
Demi Lovato's eighth studio LP, 'HOLY FVCK,' brings the singer back to her rocker-girl roots — but this time, with a new perspective and a whole lot more sex appeal.
"HOLY FVCK gave me the freedom to express myself in ways I didn't know were possible and find joy I'd been missing when making music," she wrote in a social media post. "It's cathartic and grounded, yet exhilarating and a hell of a good time."
That pretty much sums up HOLY FVCK's 16 tracks. The album is a whirlwind of hard rock sounds and hard-felt emotions, but overall, it feels like Lovato is home.
Those who have been following Lovato since her 2008 debut Don't Forget remember that her pop music is rooted in rock. As she makes a return to her guitar-heavy beginnings, Lovato does so with growth both personally and musically — making HOLY FVCK a wild ride that has seemingly set Lovato free.
As you dive in yourself, take a look at five takeaways from Demi Lovato's HOLY FVCK.
She's Back Where She Belongs
Four days after Lovato held a "funeral" for her pop music this past January, she shared a photo of a sweaty, teenage Demi performing with the caption "15 & it wasn't a phase." Lovato was a teenager in the emo era of the mid-2000s — the "Warped Tour days," as she put it — which in part inspired the rock-leaning sound of her first two albums. That influence makes a comeback on HOLY FVCK.
While "SUBSTANCE" and "HAPPY ENDING" are more reminiscent of the pop-rock she displayed on her first two albums, Lovato channeled her heavy-metal interests on "HEAVEN," "FREAK" and "EAT ME." But whatever the rock route she takes, every song sounds like Lovato is fully in her element.
She Can Scream With The Best Of Them
From the moment she wailed on the bridge of her debut single "Get Back," it's been no secret that Lovato has insane vocal power. But as even Lovato herself admits, "I never went this hard."
There are several high notes across HOLY FVCK that will have you saying exactly that — particularly the final notes of "CITY OF ANGELS" and "SUBSTANCE," or the bridge of "COME TOGETHER." Demi goes hardest on "EAT ME," with thrashing guitars that pair with Lovato's impressive scream-singing for one hell of a headbanger.
She's Feeling Sexier Than Ever
If you thought Lovato couldn't get any more provocative than 2015's "Cool For the Summer" or 2017's Tell Me You Love Me deep cut "Concentrate," brace yourself for HOLY FVCK. (She's not in bondage on the cover for nothing!)
Several tracks on the album make it clear that Lovato is feeling herself, including the title track which flips the idiom into a confident remark for the bedroom: "I'm a holy f—." Elsewhere, she feels the adrenaline rush of attraction ("BONES"), fantasizes about a sexual venture through Los Angeles ("CITY OF ANGELS"), and sneakily praises the climax ("COME TOGETHER").
At the same time, Lovato's hyper-sexual vibe may inspired by a new love, as she teases in the metaphorical anthem "WASTED" ("The highest high can't hold a candle to/ Getting wasted on you," she belts). Whatever is bringing it out, she's not afraid to let it be known.
She Has A New Perspective On A Few Things
After Lovato posed the question, "Demi leaves rehab again/ When is this s— gonna end?" in HOLY FVCK's lead single "SKIN OF MY TEETH," it seemed the album may be another detailed account of her complicated relationship with addiction like 2021's Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over. Instead, she takes a step back and reflects on much of what she's been through.
Perhaps the most surprising perspective comes on "29," which assesses her relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama — which began when she was 17 and he was 29 — in scathing fashion. "Finally 29/ Funny, just like you were at the time," she sings. "Thought it was a teenage dream, just a fantasy/ But was it yours or was it mine?"
According to HOLY FVCK's balladic closer "4 EVER 4 ME," some of Lovato's realizations about her relationship with Valderrama came from her newest romance, which might be a bit more stable. "I can't hold back/ I've fallen in love," she gushes on the final chorus. "I think this is forever for me."
Other revelations seemed to come within Lovato herself. She admits survivor's guilt on "DEAD FRIENDS" and questions whether she'll find peace on "HAPPY ENDING," but ultimately asserts on "FEED" that she has a hold on her demons — at least for now: "I got two wolves inside of me/ But I decide which one to feed."
She No Longer Gives A Fvck
"I know the part I've played before/ I know the s— that I've ignored/ I know the girl that you adored/ She's dead, it's time to f—ing mourn," Lovato proclaims on the chorus of "EAT ME." Though it's not the opening track, the song serves as the singer's predominant declaration from HOLY FVCK: I'm done caring what you think.
Whether she's shutting down haters on "HELP ME," inviting everyone to her freakshow on "FREAK," or delivering headline-worthy lyrics on "29," Lovato brings plenty of statement pieces to HOLY FVCK. She seems to have grown from the lessons she's learned, and put in the work to feel better than ever — so now it's time to rock.
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Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith: Most Anticipated Fall Album?
New albums from Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and St. Vincent also on the way this fall — which release are you most excited to hear?
2017 has been a big year already in music, especially for streaming, festivals and Latin pop. With summer sneaking into the rearview and stores filling up with Halloween paraphernalia, we want to know which upcoming fall album release you're looking forward to the most.
So here's your chance to be heard: From Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift to in-the-works new offerings by Sam Smith and Nicki Minaj, what's album are you looking forward to the most in fall 2017?:
Music Saved My Life: Mental Health Awareness Month 2018
Recognize and celebrate the healing power of music for our mental health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Every year since 1949, the entire month has been reserved to raise awareness about the importance of managing mental health, shed light on the universal struggle of depression, anxiety and other aspects of mental well-being, and encourage people to reach out for help.
The Recording Academy recognizes the healing power of music and how the indescribable feelings of the right song at the right time can be both a sonic salve and an emotive line of communication that tells a listener, "No, you truly are not alone."
Throughout May, we will share important quotes and stories from artists who have made the choice to speak publicly about how their mental health has directly affected their lives, and how the healing power of music has helped them on their path toward a more peaceful, present and mindful life.
Check back daily for inspirational messages from your favorite artists, and each week for more expansive stories about how musicians have addressed their mental health. You'll learn how some of your favorite artists have benefitted from the healing power of music in their own lives, which we hope will serve as inspiration in yours.
Additional 12th Latin GRAMMY Performers Announced
Alex, Jorge Y Lena, Los Tigres Del Norte with Paulina Rubio, Demi Lovato, and Wisin Y Yandel among latest performers announced for the biggest night in Latin music
(For a complete list of 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY nominees, click here.)
Pablo Alborán; Alex, Jorge Y Lena; Intocable; Los Tigres Del Norte with Paulina Rubio; Demi Lovato; Reyli; Black Eyed Peas' Taboo; and Wisin Y Yandel are the latest artists added to the lineup for the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. Confirmed to present awards are current Latin GRAMMY nominees Héctor Acosta, Banda Los Recoditos, Saúl Hernández, and Natalia Jiménez; actress and singer/songwriter Adrienne Bailon; boxer Juan Manuel Marquez; and actress Sofia Vergara. The biggest night in Latin music is set for Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will air live on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).
Additionally, the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will be streamed live internationally at www.latingrammy.com (as part of Latin GRAMMYs en Vivo's live online coverage) beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT. Winners in approximately 33 of the 46 Latin GRAMMY categories will be announced prior to the evening's telecast, kicking off a full evening of celebrating excellence in recorded Latin music from around the world. The Pre-Telecast will take place from 1:30–3 p.m. PT at Mandalay Bay, and the live stream will remain on the site for 30 days following the event. Presenters and performers for the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast will be announced shortly.
Alborán has three nominations: Best New Artist, Song Of The Year for "Solamente Tú," and Best Male Pop Vocal Album for Pablo Alborán.
Alex, Jorge Y Lena have two nods: Album Of The Year and Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Alex, Jorge Y Lena.
Los Tigres Del Norte also are up for two awards: Record Of The Year for "Golpes En El Corazón" (with Paulina Rubio), and Best Norteño Album for Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends MTV Unplugged.
Wisin Y Yandel have two nods for Best Urban Music Album for Los Vaqueros: El Regreso and Best Urban Song for "Estoy Enamorado."
Intocable are nominated for Best Norteño Album for Intocable 2011.
Rubio has a nod for Record Of The Year for "Golpes En El Corazón" (with Los Tigres Del Norte).
Previously announced performers are Pepe Aguilar, Calle 13, Franco De Vita with Alejandra Guzmán, Paula Fernandes, Maná with Prince Royce, Pitbull with Marc Anthony, Romeo Santos with Usher (in their live television debut together), Shakira, Sie7e, and Marco Antonio Solís. Previously announced presenters are Angelique Boyer, Chiquinquira Delgado, Sandra Echeverría, Erik Estrada, Kermit the Frog, Adamari López, Silvia Navarro, Sebastián Rulli, Zoe Saldana, Blanca Soto, and David Zepeda. Cristián de la Fuente and Lucero will co-host the Latin music industry's 12th annual premier event.
The 12th Latin GRAMMY Awards will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet at www.latingrammy.com and www.univisionmusica.com, including video interviews and photos, an extensive archive of past shows, and dedicated forums for fans to share their excitement leading up to the live broadcast. Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 100 countries.
For the first time ever, LatinGRAMMY.com will feature Latin GRAMMYs en Vivo, which will feature live coverage of the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards and interviews from various locations such as the green carpet, the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, backstage, and the media center beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT.
Preceding the Awards telecast, Univision will present exclusive "Noche De Estrellas" ("Night Of The Stars") coverage of the celebrity arrivals direct from the Latin GRAMMY Awards green carpet starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central). Presented by "Nuestra Belleza Latina" host Giselle Blondet and "Sal Y Pimienta" host Lourdes Stephen, "Noche De Estrellas" will feature live interviews and commentary on the stars and their fashions, and will provide viewers with an intimate and up-close look at Latin music's most glamorous gala event.
Demi Lovato performs at Super Bowl 2020
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Watch Demi Lovato Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl 2020
Following a touching performance at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last month, the two-time GRAMMY nominee delivered a powerful rendition of the U.S. national anthem at the big game
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato is known for pouring her heart and soul into each of her songs and live shows, and her performance of the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl 2020 today (Sunday, Feb. 2) was no different.
Dressed in a stunning, all-white suit, Lovato took on the highly coveted slot with confidence, tackling the song's high notes and powerful vocal melodies with poise and aplomb. Lovato now joins previous GRAMMY winners like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood among the artists who have performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the big game.
In what may seem like a cosmic coincidence, Lovato, who was announced as a guest singer for the big game last month, actually predicted she would one day "sing the national anthem at a Super Bowl" in a tweet she posted on Feb. 7, 2010, nearly 10 years to the day when she finally accomplished that same feat.
The Super Bowl show is the latest major performance for Lovato this year. Last month, she made her grand return to the stage when she delivered a touching performance of her new song, “Anyone,” at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. Her rendition, her first televised performance following a drug-related medical emergency in 2018, quickly became one of the most unforgettable moments from this year's GRAMMYs.
Other musical highlights from Super Bowl 2020 included a dazzling, star-studded halftime show from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, which featured surprise performances from Bad Bunny and J Balvin, plus a beautiful rendition of "America the Beautiful" from four-time GRAMMY-winning gospel icon Yolanda Adams.