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Demetria Devonne Lovato (/ləˈvɑːtoʊ/ lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She made her debut as a child actress on the children’s television series Barney & Friends. She rose to prominence starring as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel musical television film Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010).
Lovato has released six studio albums: Don’t Forget (2008), Here We Go Again (2009), Unbroken (2011), Demi (2013), Confident (2015), and Tell Me You Love Me (2017), all of which debuted in the top five of the Billboard 200. She has earned seven top-20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with “This Is Me”, “Here We Go Again”, “Skyscraper”, “Give Your Heart a Break”, “Heart Attack”, “Cool for the Summer”, and “Sorry Not Sorry”. In 2017, Billboard reported that Lovato has sold over two million albums and 20 million tracks in the United States. Her collaboration with Luis Fonsi on “Échame la Culpa” went number one in numerous Latin American countries, while her feature on Clean Bandit’s “Solo” went number one in numerous European countries.
Lovato’s television credits include starring as the titular character on Sonny with a Chance (2009-2011), serving as a judge and mentor on the U.S. version of The X Factor in its second and third seasons, and appearing as a recurring character on Glee. In film, she has released two autobiographical documentaries, Demi Lovato: Stay Strong (2012) and Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated (2017), and voice acted in Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) and Charming (2018).
Lovato has earned numerous awards and nominations, including an MTV Video Music Award, 14 Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, and two Latin American Music Awards. She also holds one Guinness World Record, and was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2017. Outside the entertainment industry, Lovato is an outspoken activist for several social causes. In 2013, she received a “Mental Health Award” at the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day annual event, and in 2016, she was honored with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her services to LGBT activism.
Life and career
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. It also became her highest selling song in the US for its quadruple Platinum certification by RIAA. 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 and became Lovato’s first album to be certified Platinum in the US. On October 17, Lovato released Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated on YouTube, a documentary focusing on her life, career, and personal struggles. It was nominated for “Best Music Documentary” at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. 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. On May 11, 2019, via an Instagram post, Lovato revealed that she had signed with a new manager, Scooter Braun. She shared that she “couldn’t be happier, inspired and excited to begin this next chapter”.