It’s a story of fire and Ice(land) for Demi Lovato…
The 27-year-old half-Mexican American actress stars in Netflix‘s new film EurovisionSong Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, in which she performs the single “In The Mirror.”
In the film, Lovato portrays a singer from Iceland named Katiana Lindsdottir, who’s a shoo-in to win the Icelandic Song Contest and sing her way to the top of the highly competitive Eurovision Song Contest.
But tragedy strikes… And Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams‘ lead characters take the spot that Katiana, considered the greatest Eurovision contestant ever to come from Iceland, would have had.
“I got everything I wished for/ If everything is so right/ Then why does it feel/ Like I’m the loneliest girl in the world/ Like I’m the loneliest, loneliest girl/ Like there’s a dark other half of me/ A part of me I can’t see/ Unless I’m looking in the mirror,” she sings in the chorus.
“Can’t wait for you to meet Katiana,” Lovato captioned an Instagram video she released that previewed her Netflix movie character singing the track.
Demi Lovato is calling for people to honor the memory of Breonna Taylor…
The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has taken to social media to ask her fans to honor Taylor’s memory with a different kind of social action on what would’ve been the slain African-American woman’s 27th birthday.
“It’s Breonna Taylor’s birthday this Friday (June 5). Her favorite colors were blue and purple @iamkevingates was one of her favorite artists. She was an EMT on the frontlines during corona(virus),” Lovato wrote of the Louisville woman who was killed when a squad of police used a battering ram to enter her apartment using a “no-knock” warrant and opened fire. “Around midnight on March 13th police broke down her door and shot her 8 times, no evidence of a crime was uncovered. The sole crime was the murder of Breonna Taylor. Her crime being asleep in her own home.”
Taylor’s name is among those most frequently mentioned these days by protesters marching to demand justice for George Floyd, who was killed when a now-fired white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
During a week in which she’s been sharing resources for Lovatics interested in donating to or showing solidarity for groups seeking racial justice and police reform – as well as participating in Black Out Tuesday – Demi Lovato offered up a new way to make a statement.
Drawing inspiration from writer/feminist Cate Young‘s suggestion, Lovato encouraged fans to honor Taylor’s memory by sending cards to Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron.
“The most underserved demographic in America is black women, we cannot allow them to forget Breonna,” she wrote.
To date, a GoFundMe effort to support Taylor’s family has collected more than three times the initial $500,000 goal.
The three officers in the case have been placed on administrative reassignment and the attempted murder of a police officer charges against Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker— who reportedly fired on police when they burst through the door — were dropped last month; the FBIis investigating Taylor’s shooting.
Jennifer Lopez is ready to motivate this year’s graduates…
YouTube has added several speakers and musical performances to Dear Class of 2020, its global virtual commencement ceremony set for June 6, including the 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar.
In addition to Lopez, others joining Barack and Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and more as part of the special event are Beyoncé Knowles-Carter— who will deliver an inspirational message to the graduates — La La Anthony, Andy Cohen, Lana Condor, Misty Copeland,Kevin Durant, FINNEAS, Bill & Melinda Gates, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Demi Lovato, Hasan Minhaj, Janelle Monáe,Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Phoebe Robinson, Yara Shahidi, Michael Strahan, Taylor Swift, Ciara & Russell Wilson, the casts of Euphoria and Riverdale, Today’s Jenna Bush Hager and Natalie Morales, and YouTub ecreators Emma Chamberlain, John Green, NikkieTutorials, and Mark Rober.
The multi-hour event premieres on Saturday, June 6 on YouTube. Other speakers and performers include BTS, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Chloe x Halle and Zendaya, among others.
Barack and Michelle Obama each will deliver commencement speeches – as well as a joint heartfelt message – to this year’s high school and college seniors who are missing graduation celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, Michelle Obama’s Higher Reach Initiative will host a full hour of content to kick off the celebration.
“Graduation is a tradition that students and families look forward to and with the current state of the world, YouTube is lending some inspiration in the form of a virtual commencement,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Content for YouTube. “We hope bringing together noteworthy, influential speakers along with performances from some of their favorite artists will provide encouragement for the students who have worked so hard to get here.”
In “Dear Class of 2020,” people from around the world will join the class of 2020 as a singular community to celebrate their resilience, and the endless possibilities of their future, says YouTube.
“The festival-style line up combines classic commencement day themes with a diverse array of entertainment that will capture all of the emotions of graduation including pride, hope, optimism, and camaraderie.”
YouTube is working in partnership with Higher Reach, Born This Way Foundation, Malala Fund, TODAY, and Ideas United to showcase student stories and feature graduates around the world, including a crowd-sourced commencement speech. The special will be produced by Done + Dusted.
“Dear Class of 2020” can be streamed on the YouTube Originals channel and the Learn@Home site.
The full schedule of commencement events is available on the Learn@Home site.
Directed by David Dobkin, the comedy tells the story of aspiring duo Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams), who land the opportunity of a lifetime when their song is selected to represent their country in the annual global song competition.
Lovato will appear as Katiana in the film, as well as perform a song for the movie soundtrack from Arista Records. She’ll sing “In The Mirror.”
The soundtrack will also include sounds from Ferrell and other cast members, including the silly first single, “Volcano Man.”
Netflix will release the film and soundtrack on June 26.
The 27-year-old half-Mexican America singer/actress has released the official remix of her latest single “I Love Me” featuring Travis Barker.
Complete with a Myspace-themed lyric video, the new version of the song is every former emo kid’s dream as Lovato transforms the single into something that would sound perfectly at home amid the punchy pop-rock of her 2008 debut album, Don’t Forget.
“‘Cause I’m a black belt when I’m beating up on myself/ But I’m an expert at givin’ love to somebody else/ I, me, myself and I, don’t see eye to eye, me, myself and I/ Oh, why do I compare myself to everyone?/ And I always got my finger on the self-destruct/ I wonder when I love me is enough/ I wonder when I love me is enough,” she belts out over crunchy guitars and the iconic Blink-182 drummer’s roiling percussion.
First released back in March following her triumphant performance at the 2020 Grammys,“I Love Me” is set to serve as the lead single for the pop star’s forthcoming seventh studio album, and has thus far peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lovato has since collaborated with Sam Smithon the bombastic “I’m Ready” from the non-binary singer’s as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2017’s The Thrill of It All.
The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has announced plans to release a remix of her latest track “I Love Me,“ featuring Travis Barker.
“#ILoveMe but make it… emo? Out tomorrow night with @travisbarker!!!” Lovato captioned a photo of the remix’s official cover art on Instagram, along with a string of emojis including a black heart, a drum, a “rock on” hand and an excited face.
Lovato also joined an Instagram Live with Tori Kelly on Tuesday, where the two powerhouse singers performed an a capella rendition of her 2016 Confident-era single “Stone Cold” and revealed they’d love to collaborate together in the studio.
“You are one of the best vocalists in this generation and it would be just an honor to do something with you, so we got it…Scooter, hello!” Lovato said, referencing the pair’s shared manager Scooter Braun, while Kelly replied, “Yes, I feel the same, I feel the same. I’m so down.”
The platform has greenlighted Pillow Talk with Demi Lovato(working title), a 10-episode series fronted by the Grammywinner that will feature candid, unfiltered conversations between Lovato and guests — both experts and celebrities — exploring topics such as: activism, body positivity, gender identity, sex, relationships, social media and wellness.
“I’ve always considered myself someone that speaks honestly about issues that face my generation,” Lovato said. “We’re excited to bring those frank conversations to a public forum, where people can have the opportunity to relate to the topics and guests, while finding room for laughter and learning.”
Produced by Goodstory Entertainmentand SB Projects, Pillow Talk with Demi Lovato is executive produced by Lovato, Scooter Braun, Allison Kayeand Scott Manson, JD Rothand Adam Greener.
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The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress helped kick off Super Bowl LIV on Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami with a soaring rendition of the National Anthem.
Wearing an all-white pantsuit with a belt, Lovato delivered a note-perfect rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, nailing both the dramatic “land of the free” climax and the elongated closing “brave” note.
The anthem has been performed at the Super Bowl in recent years by P!nk, Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight.
Lovato’s “Anyone” was the most downloaded song in the U.S. on Grammy Day, with more than 11,500 sales on the day of the show and more than 27,000 sales within 24 hours of her performance, according to data from BuzzAngle and Spotify.
Camila Cabello‘s ode to her father, “First Man” — which she sang to her father in the Grammy audience, causing him and untold thousands of dads across the world to weep — led to a whopping 68,000% gain, according to BuzzAngle.
The song went from selling a handful of units per day prior to the show to 6,159 sales on the day of the show and over 11,400 sales within 24 hours of her performance. “First Man” increased by 310% the day of her performance and nearly 900% the day after her performance, for 1.4 million streams. Spotify said streams of the song increased more than 1,000% after her performance.
Here’s a look at the post-Grammy reporting:
Top Songs Performed/ Day Of % Impact/ 2 Day Sales/ 2 Day % Impact
Anyone/Demi Lovato 27,071/ Debut
Nobody But You/Blake Shelton 103%/ 14,159/ 54%
First Man / Camila Cabello 68,333%/ 11,415/ 81,435%
Old Town Road/ Lil Nas X 263%/ 7,878/ 207%
What’s A Man Gotta Do/Jonas Brothers 192%/ 7,104/ 142%
Demi Lovato‘s back, and she’s bringing the house (and the tears) down…
In the 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress’ gave her first live performance in two years at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, debuting her new, highly personal single “Anyone.”
Lovato, who was so overcome with emotion that she had to restart the performance a second time, took the stage in a dramatic white gown, and backed only by piano to sing the song’s somber, pain-filled lyrics.
“I feel stupid when I sing / Nobody’s listening,” she sang, with tears running down her face.
Lovato has said that she recorded “Anyone,” four days before her near-fatal overdose in July 2018. And it’s easy to believe someone near rock bottom penned those lyrics.
“I tried to talk to my piano, I tried to talk to my guitar,” she begins. “Talked to my imagination / Confided into alcohol / I tried and tried and tried some more / Told secrets ’til my voice was sore.” She goes on, singing that she felt dumb for praying, that her wishes upon shooting stars were for naught, that even with “a hundred million stories / and a hundred million songs / I feel stupid when I sing / Nobody’s listening to me.”
Lovato’s emotional performance earned rave reviews from her peers online…
“Oh Demi Lovato, you just tore me down,” wrote P!nk. “I’m so glad you’re here to sing those words, to sing like that.”
“I am in tears. That is singing. That is heart and that is truth,” said Sam Smith in his Instagram Story.
Lovato’s longtime friend Selena Gomezposted a pic of the performance and wrote, “I wish there were words to describe how beautiful, inspirational and DESERVED this moment was. Demi I’m so happy for you. Thank you for your courage and bravery.”