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Demi Lovato Bio
Demi Lovato (born August 20, 1992 as Demetria Devonne Lovato) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After making her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends, Lovato rose to prominence in 2008 when she starred in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and released her debut single This Is Me which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the film and its soundtrack resulted in a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Her debut album, Don’t Forget (2008), debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. The following year, Lovato was cast as the titular character of the television series Sonny with a Chance and she released her sophomore album, Here We Go Again, which became her first one to top the Billboard 200 chart.
After the release of additional television films and their soundtracks in 2010, including Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Lovato’s personal issues put her career on a hiatus and led to the discontinuation of Sonny with a Chance after a second season. She entered a treatment center in November 2010 to seek help for addictions, an eating disorder, and self-harm. While there, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Work on her third studio album, Unbroken (2011), began after she successfully completed treatment. The album addresses several of her difficulties. Its lead single, “Skyscraper“, became Lovato’s second top 10 entry in the US, while its second single, “Give Your Heart a Break“, was certified triple platinum in the country. Lovato was a judge and mentor on the American version of The X Factor in 2012 and 2013. Her third album, Demi (2013), opened with first-week sales of 110,000 copies. The lead single from her eponymous album, “Heart Attack“, became her third top 10 in the US and the album spawned three more singles. While promoting the project, Lovato released a book titled Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year (2013). She also returned to acting as a recurring character in Glee, and released a memoir in 2014. Lovato’s fifth album, Confident (2015), reached number two on the Billboard 200. Its lead single “Cool for the Summer” was eventually certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. All five of Lovato’s albums have received a gold certification in the US.
Musically, Lovato is considered a pop, pop rock, and R&B artist. Lovato has received a considerable number of accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, 13 Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, an ALMA Award, a Latin American Music Award and a Grammy Award nomination. In 2013, Maxim ranked her 26th on its Hot 100 list and Billboard ranked her second on its Social 50 Artists of the Year list. Outside the entertainment industry, Lovato has been involved with several social and environmental causes since the launch of her career. In May 2013, she was cited for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental health challenges at a National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, D.C.. She has also become an advocate for the LGBT community, and women’s rights. In 2014, she was announced as the Grand Marshal for LA Pride week, and that same year she became the face for Human Rights Campaign‘s Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign. In April 2016, Lovato was honored with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people.
1992–2006: Early life and career beginnings
Lovato was born on August 20, 1992, in Albuquerque, New Mexico to engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato (1960 — June 22, 2013) and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Dianna De La Garza (nee Dianna Lee Smith; born August 8, 1962). Lovato has an older sister, Dallas (born February 4, 1988); a younger maternal half-sister, actress Madison De La Garza; and an older paternal half-sister, Amber, to whom she first spoke when she was 20.
Lovato’s parents divorced in the late summer of 1994, shortly after her second birthday. Lovato’s father was of Mexican descent and had distant Portuguese and Jewish ancestry, while her mother has English and Irish ancestry. Through her father, Lovato is a descendant of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea (1830–1913) and Santa Fe de Nuevo México governor Francisco Xavier Chávez. Lovato discovered through AncestryDNA in February 2017 that she is also 16 percent of Scandinavian and one percent of African descent.
Lovato was raised in Dallas, Texas. In 2002, she began her acting career on the children’s television series Barney & Friends as Angela. She began playing piano at age seven and guitar at ten, when she also began dancing and acting classes. Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so badly that she asked for homeschooling, and she received her high-school diploma through homeschooling in April 2009. She later became a spokesperson for the anti-bullying organization PACER and appeared on America’s Next Top Model to speak out against bullying. In 2006, Lovato appeared on Prison Break, and on Just Jordan the following year.
As of September 2015, Lovato’s name appears on the “Unclaimed Coogan” list, which is a fund for child actors whose earnings were partially withheld, but which remain unclaimed by the former child performers.
2007–2008: Camp Rock and Don’t Forget
In 2007 and 2008, Lovato played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series As the Bell Rings. Lovato auditioned for the channel’s television film Camp Rock and series Sonny with a Chance during 2007 and got both roles. Lovato played the lead character, aspiring singer Mitchie Torres, in Camp Rock. The film premiered on June 20, 2008, to 8.9 million viewers. Its soundtrack was released three days earlier; however, the music was considered less current than that of High School Musical. Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Lovato’s acting skills were underwhelming and she “has the knee-jerk smile of someone who is often told she has a great smile”. Lovato sang four songs on the soundtrack, including “We Rock” and “This Is Me“. That summer, she began her Demi Live! Warm Up Tour before the release of her debut album and appeared on the Jonas Brothers‘ Burnin’ Up Tour.
Lovato’s debut album, Don’t Forget, was released on September 23, 2008, and was met with generally positive reviews from critics. Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly said, “Demi Lovato might satisfy her ‘tween fans but she won’t be winning any rockers over with Don’t Forget“. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 89,000 copies. Ten of its songs were co-written with the Jonas Brothers. Don’t Forget was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales of over 500,000 copies. Its lead single, “Get Back“, was praised for its pop rock style and peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100, selling over 560,000 copies in the United States. The album’s second single, “La La Land“, was cited for its strong rock elements and peaked at number 52 in the US, and cracked the top 40 in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The music video was directed by Brendan Malloy and Tim Wheeler.
2009–2010: Sonny with a Chance and Here We Go Again
In 2009, Lovato recorded “Send It On“, a charity single and the theme song for Disney’s Friends for Change, with friends the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. All proceeds from the song were donated to environmental charities supported by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Lovato’s Disney Channel sitcom Sonny with a Chance, with her character Sonny Munroe, the newest cast member of the show-within-a-show So Random!, premiered on February 8. Lovato’s acting ability was described by Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times as “very good”, and he compared her favorably to Hannah Montana star (and friend) Miley Cyrus. That June, she starred as Princess Rosalinda / Rosie Gonzalez in the Disney Channel film, Princess Protection Program. The film, the fourth highest-rated Disney Channel original movie, premiered to 8.5 million viewers.
Lovato’s second album, Here We Go Again, was released on July 21, 2009; she described its acoustic style as similar to that of John Mayer. The album received favorable reviews from critics who appreciated its enjoyable pop-rock elements, echoing reviews of Don’t Forget. Lovato’s first number-one album, it debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 108,000 copies. Before its release, she began her Summer Tour 2009. The album’s lead single, “Here We Go Again” peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and managed to peak at number 15, becoming Lovato’s highest peaking solo single at the time, The song peaked at number 68 on the Canadian Hot 100 and 38 in New Zealand. The album’s second and final single, “Remember December” failed to match the success of its predecessor, but it peaked at number 80 on the UK Singles Chart.
The entertainer made her first 40-city national concert tour, Live in Concert, in support of Here We Go Again. The tour, from June 21 to August 21, 2009, had David Archuleta, KSM and Jordan Pruitt as opening acts and Lovato and Archuleta received the Choice Music Tour award at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. In March 2010, Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded “Make a Wave” as the second charity single for Disney’s Friends for Change. In May, Lovato guest-starred as a teenage schizophrenic Hayley May in the sixth-season Grey’s Anatomy episode, “Shiny Happy People”. Although critics praised her versatility, they were underwhelmed by her acting and felt that her appearance was designed primarily to attract viewers. Later that year, she headlined her first international tour, the South American Tour, and joined the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour as a guest.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, with Lovato reprising her role as Mitchie Torres, premiered on September 3, 2010. Critics were ambivalent about the film’s plot, and it has a 40-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, Lovato’s performance was called “dependably appealing” by Jennifer Armstrong of Entertainment Weekly. The film premiered to eight million viewers, the number-one cable-television movie of the year by the number of viewers. Its accompanying soundtrack was released on August 10 with Lovato singing nine songs, including “Can’t Back Down” and “Wouldn’t Change a Thing“. The soundtrack debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies. The Jonas Brothers Live in Concert was reworked to incorporate Lovato and the rest of the film’s cast; it began on August 7, two weeks later than planned. The Sonny with a Chance soundtrack was released on October 5; Lovato sang on four tracks, including “Me, Myself and Time“. It debuted (and peaked) at number 163 on the Billboard 200, her lowest-selling soundtrack.
2011–2012: Unbroken and The X Factor
That month, Lovato also announced her departure from Sonny with a Chance, putting her acting career on hiatus and ending the series; she later said that she would return to acting when she felt confident doing so. Her departure led to the spin-off series So Random! with the Sonny cast, featuring sketches from the former show-within-a-show. The series was cancelled after one season. Lovato released her third album, Unbroken, on September 20, 2011. Begun in July 2010, the album experimented with R&B and featured less pop rock. The album and the stylistic change received mixed reviews from critics, who saw a growth in musicianship because of her struggles and have praised Lovato’s vocals but found the music more generic than her previous efforts. The record was a commercial success, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200, with sales exceeding 97,000 copies in its first week of release, and going on to sell over 500,000 copies in the United States, being certified Gold.
The album’s lead single, “Skyscraper“, was acclaimed for its messages of self-worth and confidence, peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 176,000 downloads during the first week of release, becoming Lovato’s highest first week sales, until the release of “Heart Attack” by Lovato in 2013. The song also Lovato’s highest-peaked single since “This Is Me” reached number nine in August 2008. The song also debuted at number two on the Hot Digital Songs chart. “Skyscraper” received the Best Video With a Message award at the September 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The album’s second and final single, “Give Your Heart a Break“, peaked Billboard Hot 100 at number 16, making Lovato’s fourth highest peaking song. Also, it has peaked at number 12 on the US Adult Top 40 chart, number 1 on the US Pop Songs chart and became the longest climb by a female artist to No. 1 in the Pop Songs chart history. In April 2014, the song was certified three-times platinum by the RIAA; as of October 2014, it has sold 2.1 million digital copies.
In May, she became a judge for the second season of the American version of The X Factor, with a reported salary of one million dollars. Joining Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, it was speculated that she was chosen to attract a younger audience. Mentoring the Young Adults category, her final act (CeCe Frey) finished sixth. At the Minnesota State Fair in August, Lovato announced that after a pre-show performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards she would release a single by December. On December 24, she released a video on her YouTube account of herself singing “Angels Among Us” dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In March, she was confirmed as returning for The X Factor‘s third season, with her salary reportedly doubling.
Demi was released on May 10, 2013, the album features influences of synthpop and bubblegum pop and was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, although Jon Carmichael of The New York Times found Lovato’s transition fun, according to Entertainment Weekly it signified a less-mature image. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 110,000 copies, the best-selling debut week of Lovato’s career. It was also successful internationally, charting in the top ten in New Zealand, Spain and the UK. and has been certified Gold in the US.
On June 11, Lovato released an e-book, Demi, on iBooks. Her lead single, “Heart Attack,” debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 215,000 copies. The song peaked at number 10 (Lovato’s third showing in the US top ten), and was also successful in the UK, Australia and Europe. The second single, “Made in the USA” peaked at number 80 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. The third single from Demi, “Neon Lights“, peaked in the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 36 and in the US Hot Dance Club Songs at number one. The fourth single; “Really Don’t Care” featuring British singer Cher Lloyd, became Lovato’s third number one hit on the US Dance chart and debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 before rising to peak position number 26.
Lovato later released a deluxe version of her fourth studio album, which was to include 7 new tracks, consisting of 4 live performances and 3 studio recordings. One of these songs included a collaboration with Olly Murs on a song for his fourth studio album, entitled “Up“. Lovato contributed to the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack album with “Heart by Heart”.
Lovato planned to appear in at least six episodes of the fifth season of Glee, however she only appeared four episodes in the series. She played Dani, a struggling New York-based artist who befriends Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) and interacts with fellow newcomer Adam Lambert‘s character. Lovato debuted in the season’s second episode, which aired on October 3. On November 19, she released a book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, which topped The New York Times bestseller list. The entertainer has agreed to write a memoir, which is expected to be published in 2014.
She announced her upcoming Neon Lights Tour (including a Canadian leg) on September 29, 2013, which began February 9, 2014 and ended May 17. On October 21, she released “Let It Go” for the Disney film Frozen, which was released in theaters on November 27, and the song was promoted as the single for the film’s soundtrack. The song peaked in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 38, spending twenty weeks on the chart. On December 18, 2013, Lovato confirmed that she would not return to The X Factor for a fourth season. On May 18, 2014, “Somebody to You” featuring Lovato was released as the fourth single from The Vamps‘ debut album, Meet the Vamps. On May 29, she announced her fourth concert tour (and first world tour, covering 25 cities), the Demi World Tour, and its first North American dates. In November 2014, Lovato opened the UK shows on Enrique Iglesias‘s Sex and Love Tour. She also worked with her longtime friend Nick Jonas on a song for his self-titled album called “Avalanche,” released November 2014. Lovato was featured on “Up“, the second single from Olly Murs‘ fourth studio album, Never Been Better.
Lovato announced her skincare line called Devonne by Demi to be available in December 2014. She released a music video for her song “Nightingale” on December 24, 2014 as an early Christmas present for her fans.
Lovato’s fifth album, Confident, was released on October 16, 2015, and received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 98,000 copies. During the album’s production, Lovato commented: “I’ve already started recording for my new album, and I have plans to record during the tour. The sound just evolves into everything that I’ve been and everything that I want to become.” She further stated, “I’ve never been so sure of myself as an artist when it comes down to confidence, but not only personal things, but exactly what I want my sound to be and what I know I’m capable of and this album will give me the opportunity to show people what I can really do.” In July 2016, the album was certified gold by the RIAA, and has sold 211,000 copies in the United States. In May 2015, Billboard revealed Lovato was in the process of starting an “artist-centric” new record label, Safehouse Records, of which she will be co-owner. The label will be a partnership between her, Nick Jonas, and Lovato’s manager Phil McIntyre, and will form part of a new collaborative arrangement with record label Island. Confident was released through the new venture deal. This will be Lovato’s second multi-label venture of her career; she was formerly part of Jonas Records, a UMG/Hollywood/Jonas Brothers partnership, which is now defunct.
Lovato released the lead single from Confident titled “Cool for the Summer” on July 1, 2015. On September 18, 2015, the title track “Confident” was released as the album’s second single. On October 17, 2015, she performed a “Cool for the Summer” and “Confident” medley, as well as “Stone Cold” on Saturday Night Live during the series’ forty-first season. Lovato was also featured on the re-release of “Irresistible“, the fourth single from Fall Out Boy‘s sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho. The same month, she signed with the major modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models. Lovato released the music video for her R&B-infused song “Waitin for You” featuring American rapper Sirah on October 22, 2015. On October 26, 2015, Lovato and Nick Jonas announced that they would tour together on the Future Now Tour. She was honored with the first-ever Rulebreaker Award on December 11, 2015 at the 2015 Billboard Women in Music event. On March 21, 2016, “Stone Cold” was serviced as the third and final single from Confident. On July 1, 2016, Lovato released a new single titled “Body Say” to promote her tour.
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