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Go on and try to tear me down...

Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American singer, songwriter and actress.

After featuring in the main cast of Barney & Friends as a child, Lovato later gained prominence as a teen idol singer associated with Disney projects. She starred in the 2009 Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock (and its 2010 sequel) opposite the Jonas Brothers, as well as kidcom Sonny with a Chance in the title role.

During her time with the company, she released two studio albums: 2008's Don't Forget, and 2009's Here We Go Again. She also co-starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Program opposite childhood friend Selena Gomez, whom she previously acted with on Barney & Friends.

Amid creative differences and personal issues, Lovato quit Sonny With a Chance and parted ways with Disney. Her third studio album, 2011's Unbroken, featured a new sound that diverged from her original pop rock leanings to more of an Contemporary R&B-inspired profile.


In 2012, she joined the judging panel of the American X Factor for its second season, eventually being assigned mentorship of the Young Adults category. She returned to the show for its third (and final) season in 2013, this time mentoring the Girls category. While on the show, she helped form the group that would later become Fifth Harmony.

Following her stint on X Factor, she released her fourth album, 2013's self-titled Demi. During this time, she also recurred on the fifth season of Glee as a love interest for Santana, and recorded the pop version of "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. She has since released an additional two more albums: 2015's Confident and 2017's Tell Me You Love Me.

Compare to her Japanese counterpart May'n. She has apparently been around since the 70's.



  • Don't Forget (2008)
  • Here We Go Again (2009)
  • Unbroken (2011)
  • Demi (2013)
  • Confident (2015)
  • Tell Me You Love Me (2017)
  • Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Starting Over (2021)

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Selected filmography:

Tropes that apply to Demi Lovato's work:

  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: "Cool for the Summer" is a primo example.
    • Likes to Invoke this on her Tell Me You Love Me Tour with her some of her female backup dancers.
    • Her live performance of "Lonely" features her kissing, serenading and grinding on surprise guest artist Kehlani's lap.
  • Her Own Worst Enemy: "I Love Me" is about being self-destructive: "I'm a black belt when I'm beating up on myself," "Jedi level sabotage," "I'm my own worst critic," and "I always got my finger on the self destruct."
  • Hopeless Suitor: The subject of "Something That We're Not".
  • Hotter and Sexier: Big time.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: "I Hate You, Don't Leave Me" says, "Just hold me, don't touch me" and "Don't listen to a single word I've said / Just hear me out before you run away." Played for Drama, reflecting the narrator's conflicting feelings, fears, and insecurities caused by her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Intercourse with You: "Cool for the Summer".
  • Ironic Episode Title: "I Love Me" is about being Her Own Worst Enemy.
  • Just Friends: "Give Your Heart a Break", her hit in 2012, is about a girl trying to convince a male friend that they should be more.
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "Daddy Issues" is a synth-pop track about how her relationship with her dad negatively affects her relationship with her lover.
    • "I Love Me" is a peppy song about being Her Own Worst Enemy.
  • Melismatic Vocals: Not to Christina Aguilera levels, but Demi still goes pretty hard on this.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Unbroken falls halfway between hip-hop party anthems and Creator Breakdown fueled ballads. Justified as her breakdown occurred in-between the recording the album.
    • The standard edition of "Confident" ends with the emotional "Father", a ballad that serves as a goodbye to her late father. However, the deluxe edition cuts straight to "Stars," an uptempo pop song.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She posed completely nude for Vanity Fair to promote her fifth album Confident
  • New Sound Album: Unbroken has a more electro and R&B/Hip-Hop sound to it compared to her two previous albums, which were more rock oriented.
  • Precision F-Strike: There's a video of her rapping a song by Drake feat. Big Sean, and she shouts "HOE, SHUT THE FUCK UP!" along with the music. It didn't attract anywhere near as much controversy as expected.
    • Demi actually curses a lot in real life, even if she normally doesn't in her music.
    • Her first F-strike in a song comes from "Cool for the Summer": "Even if they judge/Fuck it, I'll do the time"
  • Promoted Fanboy: worked with John Mayer, William Beckett JR of The Acadamy Is and Jon McLaughlin for Here We Go Again. Working with Britney Spears for The X Factor.
  • Power of Friendship: "Two Worlds Collide" about her relationship with Selena Gomez.
  • Queer Colors: Her song "Cool for the Summer", which is about a heavily-implied same-sex relationship, employs blue, purple, and pink lighting in a club setting.
  • Reality Ensues: She dreams about waking up to roses, champagne, and kisses from her partner in "In Real Life". However, she wakes up and realizes how delusional her fantasies her considering how absent he is from her life.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Because of personal issues, she didn't return to Sonny with a Chance, causing the series to do a Retool into So Random!.
  • Rearrange the Song: "I Love Me" got an "emo" remix featuring Travis Barker, which replaces the synthesizers and drum machine of the original mix with chugging electric guitars and live drums. While not as "emo" as advertised, it does feel like a throwback to her earlier pop/rock style.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Everytime You Lie", "Mistake", "Everything You're Not.
  • Rock Star Song: "La La Land".
  • Runaway Bride: She plays one in "Tell Me You Love Me".
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Not always, but it does happen (e.g. 'Catch Me'). Otherwise, she's had people like the Jonas Brothers and Kara DioGuardi as her backing singers in the studio.
  • Self Empowerment Anthem: "Skyscraper"
    You can take everything I have/You can break everything I am
    Like I'm made of glass/Like I'm made of paper
    Go on and try to tear me down
    I will be rising from the ground/Like a skyscraper/Like a skyscraper
  • Self-Titled Album: Her FOURTH album.
  • Silly Love Songs: "Catch Me", "Trainwreck", "Hold Up", "In Real Life", "Unbroken", "Lightweight", "Stop the World", "My Love Is Like A Star", "Made in the USA", "Neon Lights", "Two Pieces", "Nightingale", "Never Been Hurt".
  • Stalker with a Crush / Obsession Song: Until You're Mine treads the fine line between both of these concepts.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: "Get Back", "Here We Go Again".
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "For The Love Of A Daughter" and "Skyscraper" provide calm thoughtful moments on the Unbroken album.
  • Take That!: La La Land is aimed at Hollywood AND Disney for their need to artificially perfect their teen idols.
    • For The Love of A Daughter to her father.
    • Everytime You Lie to the guy who did those things to her.
    • Really Don't Care appeared to be one to Joe Jonas (though they're since reconciled).
    • Waitin' For You and Sorry (Not Sorry) to her detractors.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: "Cool for the Summer", again.
  • Title Track: All her albums but the self-titled one.
  • Transparent Closet: In an 2020 interview with Cohen, Lovato reveals that both her parents were "so supportive,". Her dad had a particularly sweet reaction to the news. "My dad was like, 'Yeah obviously!' And I was like, 'OK, Dad,'" she recalls, laughing. "He said like, 'Hello? 'Cool for the Summer!'' And I was like, 'Ok, I get it.'"
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In Confident, compared to Michelle's Strong and Skilled.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!:
    • Cher Lloyd in the bridge of "Really Don't Care" plays with this - she's not a rapper on her own, and the first half of said bridge has her singing and not rapping, but the second half has the latter.
      • Not too surprising, considering Cher Lloyd got noticed on the UK X Factor for rapping along with singing, and Cher's first album features her rapping on most of the tracks.
    • Iggy Azalea on "Kingdom Come" from her fifth album Confident. Not surprising as the two are close friends.
    • Lil Wayne on "Lonely".
  • Woman Scorned: In "Mr. Hughes", Lovato scornfully sings about a man who walked out on her after leading her on.

I'll come rising from the ground, like a skyscraper'

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