06 Apr Demi Lovato Releases New Album and Music Video
The wait is over! Demi Lovato has finally released her new album, “Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over.”
Demi Lovato has a reputation for shedding light on tough topics, and her new music is no exception. Her seventh studio album dropped Friday through Island Records.
The album’s deluxe edition features 23 confessional tracks, depicting Lovato’s personal growth over the past two years.
Lovato touches on intense issues, including the artist’s tragic slide into a drug relapse in 2018.
No topic is off limits as the popstar sings about her eating disorder, and her on-and-off drug addictions in the song “Dancing with the Devil.” In “Melon Cake,” Lovato sings of issues with her former management team and her toxic romance with ex-fiancé, Max Ehrich, gets put on blast in “15 Minutes.”
The soul-barring album also features the song “ICU,” where Lovato reveals the first interaction with her sister in a California ICU, after a nearly fatal drug overdose left her temporarily blind. In 2017, Lovato revealed that her younger sister, Madison De La Garza, was her biggest inspiration to work toward sobriety.
Lovato’s album goes hand-in-hand with her new documentary, where she gets more real than ever. As a result, the album’s eponymous track takes its name from her four-part YouTube Originals documentary, “Dancing With the Devil.”
The documentary’s latest installment, which debuted on YouTube on March 28, details Lovato’s struggles with substance abuse, sexual assault and body dysmorphia.
New Music Video
Alongside the new album, Lovato gave her fans a new video as well.
The singer recreated her 2018 overdose in the “Dancing with the Devil” music video, pulling back the curtain on her traumas. At the beginning of the video, Lovato croons, “It’s just a little red wine / I’ll be fine.” The singer is shown in a hospital bed, with blood-filled tubes attached to her neck.
As the video unfolds, more doubt is cast on the song’s opening lyrics.
We see the star’s worsening addiction play out, as the initial hospital scene is interrupted by flashbacks to various stages of the star’s addiction.
Later, fact and fantasy collide as news coverage of Lovato’s overdose plays before the song’s second verse. Another scene shows a defenseless Lovato sexually assaulted by the drug dealer who supplied the drugs that nearly took the pop star’s life.
Jordan Jackson, Lovato’s assistant, appears in the video. She is shown calling for help after discovering Lovato on the brink of death. In the video’s final scene, a nurse gives Lovato a sponge bath, revealing the word, “survivor,” tattooed on the artist’s neck.
At the end of the video, links to a crisis center website, a drug addiction hotline and sexual assault resources appear.
You can listen to the pop star’s new album on all streaming platforms.