Demi Lovato’s fourth album, “Demi,” is a big hit with music fans and has gotten mixed reviews from critics. The album (which was released in the U.S. and Canada on May 14, 2013) has debuted in the Top 10 on iTunes in several countries. In addition, the “Demi” album has been getting mixed notices from music critics, who seem to either love or hate the album.
Here are some of the countries where “Demi” has debuted in the Top 10 on iTunes:
- United States
- New Zealand
The Billboard 200 chart debut for “Demi” will be announced on May 22, 2013. Lovato said in a recent Billboard interview that she thinks her “Demi” album will be her biggest-selling album so far.
On May 6, 2013, the entire “Demi” album was streamed on Vevo and Lovato’s official YouTube channel.
“Heart Attack,” the first single from the “Demi” album, is Lovato’s fastest-selling single so far. The song reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified gold (500,000 copies shipped) by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In the first week that “Demi” has gone on sale in the U.S., five songs from the album are on the iTunes (U.S.) Top 100 Songs chart: “Heart Attack,” “Really Don’t Care,” “Warrior,” “Neon Lights” and “Something That We’re Not.”
Here is a sampling of critics’ reviews of the “Demi” album:
“‘Demi,’ her fourth album, could have been a victory lap for Lovato, but it’s far more than a paint-by-numbers pop album engineered to produce three radio singles and not much else … Most impressively, however, ‘Demi’ takes risks. Some of them don’t work out too well — the most glaring example being the misguided dance stunt ‘Neon Lights’ — but it’s more entertaining to hear Lovato take a few sonic detours, on songs like the pensive ‘Shouldn’t Come Back’ and prodding ‘Without The Love,’ than exist in one immobile position. The singer has a strong grip on her skills as a performer, but is still chiseling away at the formula that works best for her as an artist, and is unwittingly putting that self-discovery on display here. ‘Demi’ may or may not launch Lovato to a new level of stardom, but it demands attention for fully capturing a singer’s personality at a fascinating moment in her career. It’s an imperfect album, but it’s better that way.”
“On ‘Demi,’ the ‘X Factor’ judge sounds like she’s trying to make up for lost time by dumbing down and eradicating whatever personality she can. Her voice, once a Kelly Clarkson blowtorch set to low, is now a Katy Perry arc welder, and she pillages Top 40 radio for whatever isn’t nailed down … ‘Demi’ sounds like Lovato’s grasping for hits, when she used to sound like she was making music and having fun.”
“Most of Lovato’s musical influences aren’t old enough to rent a car. The beach-ball bounce of ‘Something That We’re Not’ could’ve been swiped from a One Direction album, and “Made in the USA” has Miley Cyrus’ name written all over it in lipstick. Worse yet, some lyrics yank back the curtain to expose the older songwriters behind these songs. Why is Lovato asking some guy to ‘take me home like you’re DiMaggio’? Wasn’t A-Rod available? Even the confessionals, like the pretty piano ballad ‘In Case,’ don’t reveal much beyond the usual lovesick-girl struggles. It’s as if some PR rep went through her lyrics with a Sharpie, eliminating anything too personal, subbing in words like ‘you’ and ‘me’ and ‘baby.’ Eventually that Sharpie must’ve crossed out so much, it erased Lovato herself.”
“Her largely female teen audience has embraced her for her ability to sing about complicated issues in an uncomplicated fashion in a manner that rings true and full of self discovery and hope, yet seldom sugary. So there’s reason to believe that when she calls an album, ‘Demi,’ as she has her fourth collection, out May 14, that she will be revealing some thing about herself in a way that we may not have previously experienced. Sadly, for much of ‘Demi,’ that is not the case. The problem with ‘Demi’ is that too much of the music here is so generic that it could be any teen queen—or king, the peppy ‘Something That We’re Not’ is melodically cut from the same cloth as any number of One Direction songs—delivering these tunes.”
“Demi Lovato’s ‘Demi,’ her fourth studio album (out May 14 on Hollywood Records) is her most cohesive effort to date, a pop album that’s classy and smart, even as it plays it safe. It’s not a deeply confessional album, nor defined by its sonic risks: Demi is polished commercial pop, but it’s as great as polished commercial pop comes. The ballads are appropriately squishy, the uptempo tracks are alternately sweet and sassy.”
New York Times
“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.”
“Sonically, ‘Demi’ isn’t necessarily breaking new ground, but it does expand outside of Lovato’s comfort zone a bit — and it shows. When she dips her toes into EDM, it can come off as forced. Perhaps that’s also because on certain tracks, ‘Demi’ also channels earlier Lovato efforts that had more of a pop-punk feel. In terms of themes, while ‘Unbroken’ was a testament to her resilience in the face of adversity and dealing with lots of issues many can’t even fathom, from self-harm to bi-polar disorder to bulimia to drugs to media scrutiny of it all, ‘Demi’ combines the same honesty with a bit more romance and pep in the singer’s step. She feels good now, and she wants you to know it — but also to be aware that feeling good is a concentrated effort in and of itself. And when Lovato feels good — and even when she feels awful — she sounds fantastic.”
Lovato became a judge on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2012. As of now, Lovato and “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell are the only two judges announced for “The Factor” U.S. in 2013. The replacements for Britney Spears and Antonio “L.A.” Reid should be announced sometime in May 2013.
“The X Factor” U.S. Season 3 auditions in front of the judges begin May 21, 2013, in Charleston, S.C.
Lovato has has several appearances lined up to promote her “Demi” album, including:
May 15, 2013: NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in New York City.
May 16, 2013: KISS 108’s Kiss Concert 2013 at Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass.
June 16, 2013: MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic headquarters in Toronto.
June 28, 2013: “Good Morning America” Concert Series at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield in New York City.