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October 2010 was a turning point in Demi Lovato’s promising trajectory. She dropped out of a massive concert tour with the Jonas Brothers after punching a back-up dancer while flying out of Colombia. Lovato, at the height of her career, was lost in the midst of bulimia, stress, and self-injury.
She went into therapy and vanished from the public eye while tabloids put the young star on the spot. Her skinny silhouette and, especially, the revealing scars that suggested Lovato was hurting herself shocked the whole world.
Months later, instead of steering away from her highly-publicized troubles, she openly addressed the issue to help other young girls. A brave Demi Lovato took full responsibility for her actions in front of millions of viewers, and announced she was quitting her Disney Channel show to focus on her comeback album.
Record labels and artists sometimes fight their way through endless meetings to pick the track that will serve as the first single. Some other times it simply doesn’t work out the way they expected. This time, Lovato wanted everyone to see that she now stands fearless against rumors and detractors; she is healed, and ready to prove it.
“Skyscraper,” her first single in months, skyrocketed to the number one slot on iTunes within hours of its release, generating more buzz and talk than any other current song. The video, directed by Marc Pellington, was shot at Bonnevilla Sat Flats Desert in Utah, and features the young diva clad in pale hues, singing her heart out while trying to find her way.
She has been dubbed the best thing that came out of the Disney franchise since Christina Aguilera, whose talents have been cited as a strong influence in Lovato’s career. And that is a huge compliment in the era of auto-tune, where bombshells and buff Jersey-shore-like guys can camouflage their lack of talent to the beat of some repetitive mix.
Just like Christina Aguilera did back in 2002 with “Stripped,” which sold 12 million copies, Lovato’s new album, “Unbroken,” holds a heartfelt meaning, introspected reflections on her personal life, and lyrical maturity. “Unbroken” marks the natural transition from Disney girl into a beautifully imperfect soul.
Some lines bring you back to those sassy hints of Rihanna. Some other tunes resemble the emotional power of P!nk’s “Family Affair” when Demi Lovato sings about her family issues, and begs her dad to put the bottle down for the love of his daughter.
The new Lovato has awed fans, critics, and celeb friends who made the singer’s comeback album a trending topic on Twitter. “Unbroken” debuted within Billboard’s top five with impressive first week sales that might force the 19-year-old to go on tour now that her comeback has proven stellar.
She recently performed on numerous award shows to promote the record, including a Spanish rendition of “Skyscraper” at the Alma awards. Her second single, “Who’s That Boy?” and the fan-favorite, “Fix A Heart’” are set to become her new anthems. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato is rubbing shoulders with the music elite, only this time on a full stomach and with two tattoos that read Stay Strong on her wrists, a reminder that scars can be put behind.