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Demetria Devonne Lovato (/ləˈvɑːtoʊ/ lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After appearing on the children’s television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010).
Since signing with Hollywood Records, Lovato has released six studio albums, including Don’t Forget (2008), Here We Go Again (2009), Unbroken (2011), Demi (2013), Confident (2015), and Tell Me You Love Me (2017). Lovato earned seven top 20 entries on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart: “This Is Me”, “Here We Go Again”, “Skyscraper”, “Give Your Heart a Break”, “Heart Attack”, “Cool for the Summer”, and “Sorry Not Sorry”. Of her television credits, Lovato starred as the titular character on Sonny with a Chance from 2009 to 2011; was featured as a judge and mentor on the American version of The X Factor in 2012 and 2013; and appeared as a recurring character on Glee. Her struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction, an eating disorder, and self-harm received significant media attention in the 2010s, in response to which she published the book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year (2013) and a YouTube documentary about her life and career, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated (2017).
Lovato is a pop, pop rock, and R&B artist. She has received a number of accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, 13 Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, an ALMA Award, and a Latin American Music Award. Outside the entertainment industry, she 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 in Washington, D.C.. She has also become an advocate for the LGBT community. In 2014, she became the face for the Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign. In April 2016, she was honored with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her activism.
2017–present: Tell Me You Love Me
In February 2017, Lovato executive-produced a documentary, Beyond Silence, which follows three individuals and their experiences with mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Lovato featured in Cheat Codes’ song “No Promises”, released in March 2017, and Jax Jones’s “Instruction” along with Stefflon Don, released in June 2017. In 2017, Lovato was included in Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people. On May 8, 2017, she announced a collaboration with sportswear line Fabletics to support the United Nations’ initiative, Girl Up.
In July 2017, Lovato released “Sorry Not Sorry” as the first single from her sixth album, which became her highest charting song in New Zealand and the United States at number 6 as well as Australia at number 8. The album, titled Tell Me You Love Me, was released on September 29 and opened at number three on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 48,000 copies. It received positive reviews from music critics. On October 17, Lovato released a documentary titled Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated on YouTube. In October 2017, Lovato announced tour dates for the North American leg of her Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, with special guests DJ Khaled and Kehlani. She confirmed European and South American legs of the tour in the following months, and the tour commenced in February 2018.
In November 2017, Lovato released a song titled “Échame la Culpa” with Luis Fonsi. Lovato performed at the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018. In May, Christina Aguilera released a track from her album Liberation titled “Fall in Line” featuring Lovato, and she was also featured on Clean Bandit’s song “Solo”. The latter became Lovato’s first number-one song in the United Kingdom. On June 21, the singer released a new single titled “Sober” which she referred to as “my truth” and discusses struggles with addiction and sobriety. In mid 2018, Lovato began working on her upcoming seventh studio album.