Lovato Celebrates Five Years of Sobriety

It’s a special milestone for Demi Lovato

The 24-year-old part-Mexican American singer is celebrating five years of sobriety this week.

Demi Lovato

Lovato posted an Instagram photo documenting her journey with a heartfelt message expressing her gratitude and pride for making it this far.

“So grateful. It’s been quite the journey. So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession,” writes the Grammy-nominated singer. “I’m so proud of myself but I couldn’t have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me. Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me.”

Lovato checked into alcohol rehab orlando fl, in 2010 for three months after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She has since been an activist for mental health and encourages self-love to her fans through her music.

Skyscaper” — the first single she released after opening up about her struggles — reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 2011.

Her latest album, Confident, earned Lovato her first-ever Grammy nomination. And, it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in November 2015.

Lovato Releasing “Made in the USA” as Her Next Single

Demi Lovato is officially Made in America

The 20-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress and The X Factor judge has officially set “Made In The USA” as the second single to her fourth studio album, Demi. It will follow “Heart Attack,” Lovato’s second Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (following 2011’s “Skyscraper” in 2011).

Demi Lovato

“Made In The USA” will hit Top 40 radio on June 27, on the same day that Lovato will appear and perform on Good Morning America as part of their Summer Concert series. One week later, the singer will play the annual Philly 4th of July Jam alongside John Mayer, the Roots, Jill Scott and more.

Although a date hasn’t been set for the release of the official “Made In The USA” music video, which Lovato co-directed, the clip apparently includes “some special surprise actors,” according to a press release.

“Made In The USA” is an uptempo, red-white-and-blue-tinged celebration of everlasting love.

Lovato Releases Cover Art for Fourth Album “Demi”

Demi Lovato isn’t afraid to channel her inner silver screen goddess…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer released the cover art for her upcoming fourth studio album this week, featuring Lovato covered in silver body paint.

Demi Lovato's Demi Cover Art

In February, Lovato released “Heart Attack,” the lead single from the album Demi, which will go on sale on May 14 through Hollywood Records. The song, which scored her biggest sales week for a single upon its debut, currently sits at No. 21 on the current Hot 100 chart.

Meanwhile, the official music video for the single will premiere this coming Tuesday night (April 9) on E! News.

Demi is the follow-up to 2011’s Unbroken, which has sold 448,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was led by the ballad “Skyscraper,” which gave Lovato her first Top 10 single, and also spawned the hit “Give Your Heart a Break,” which spent 32 weeks on the Hot 100 in 2012.

The Suspex, Ryan Tedder, Carl Falk, Jonas Jeberg, Matt Rad and Rami Yacoub are among the producers and writers with credits on Demi.

“It’s better than anything I have ever done! I experimented with a variety of different sounds and poured my heart into writing these songs,” said Lovato, who will be returning as a judge on The X Factor, in a statement. “I’m so excited for everyone to finally get the chance to hear them!”

Pre-orders for Demi began on Tuesday in North America, and this coming Tuesday (April 9) for the rest of the world.

The Full Version of Lovato’s New Track “Heart Attack” Leaks Online

Don’t have a heart attack… Demi Lovato’s brand new single has made it on to the internet.

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer’s track “Heart Attack” has leaked online a week before it was expected to premiere on Ryan Seacrest‘s syndicated radio show.

Demi Lovato

Following the release of teaser snippets, the complete version of Lovato’s sweeping electro-pop track leaked online, a hint at the former Sonny with a Chance star’s upcoming fourth album.

Unbroken,  Lovato’s 2011 album, was led by the somber ballad “Skyscraper.” But “Heart Attack” is closer in intensity to Lovato’s breakout hit “Give Your Heart a Break.” Produced by the Suspex, “Heart Attack’s” hook rests upon a breathy guitar lick that leads directly into a monstrous percussion breakdown, and Lovato is in full, Kelly Clarkson-esque belting mode as she declares that she’s “putting my defenses up/’Cuz I don’t wanna fall in love.”

Earlier this month, Lovato released a teaser of the song, and announced that her still-untitled next album will be more personal.

“For a while, I could tell that, when people would talk to me, they knew my story,” she said. “I think I’ve opened up more on this album. My life began to evolve, and I started to grow.”

“Heart Attack” is now available on iTunes, and Lovato’s follow-up to Unbroken is expected to arrive later this spring.

Hernandez & Cabello’s Group to Perform with Lovato on ‘X Factor’ Finale

This season, Ally Brooke Hernandez and Camila Cabello’s all-girl group Fifth Harmony has performed two Demi Lovato songs on this season of The X Factor. But now the ladies will be sharing the stage with theshow’s impartial judge during the show’s finals…

Following suit with last year’s tradition each of the final three acts will be joined by a celebrity musician for a star-powered duet. During a press conference to promote the finale on Monday, judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Lovato and L.A. Reid joined their mentees Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens, respectively, and answered questions from reporters, where Cowell revealed his plan to have the ladies sing with Lovato.

Fifth Harmony

“Kinda irritating to say, the person we’ve decided to duet with is Demi Lovato,” said Cowell of his all-girl group.

Following a season of sparring between judges Cowell and Lovato, it will be nice to see the 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer support one of Cowell’s acts — especially after two of their most memorable performances came during covers of her tracks (“Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart a Break“).

Meanwhile, Stevens  will perform with Grammy nominee Little Big Town.

“It’s gonna be awesome,” Stevens said of performing with the country quartet.

Spears’ 13-year-old mentee Sonenclar also landed a country act for her collaboration: LeAnn Rimes. It’s somewhat of a surprise choice since the tween sensation hasn’t once performed a country song all season.

“I think she’s amazing,” Sonenclar said of Rimes.

Last season, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette and R. Kelly appeared on the closer, which saw Chris Rene, Josh Krajnik and Melanie Amaro battling for the $5 million recording contract.

Cabello & Hernandez’s 1432 to Get New Name on “The X Factor”

Camila Cabello and Ally Brooke Hernandez’s all-girl group are playing the name game with America.

During Thursday’s results show, which saw 1432 (formerly the LYLAS), sing for the save against Sister C, the girls’ mentor Simon Cowell announced the all-girl group would be getting a new name and he invited the public to help choose it.

1432

“It was just crappy, the name. And I just couldn’t say it week after week,” Cowell said in a post show interview. “I think the public will get it right. It doesn’t have a natural flow to it. Emblem 3, Lyric 145, 1432 — just too many numbers.”

L.A. Reid was the first to announce his disapproval of the name during Wedneday night’s episode, which saw Cabello, Hernandez and their band mates tackle Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” He’d later talk about his own experience in helping pick the right name for his acts.

“I had an artist I worked with and her name was Alicia Moore. She was in a band named Choice, and I talked her into leaving the band to become a solo performer, but said she also needed a name,” he said. “She came in with the name Mr. Pink. We dropped the Mr. and she became just Pink.”

Cowell claims there was method to his madness when he chose 1432 to sing for the save against against Sister C, and this all played into his strategy to pick a more fitting moniker for the group.

“I was going to save 1432, and then I got a bit tactical because I’d heard them sing ‘Skyscraper‘ and I thought, ‘If the audience can hear this before next week, they are going to appreciate them as better singers,’ ” said Cowell. “The risk was they could’ve screwed it up, and we could have lost them. So it was kind of a risky thing to do, but I think it worked.”

Simon now says the girls have a higher public profile, which could lead to an even better name.

“Now they got to know them a bit better I think it will be a help,” he said.

Garcia Lands Safely in “The X Factor” Top 12

It’s back to rehearsals for The X Factor contestant Jennel Garcia

Following an impressive performance during Wednesday’s first live performances, the 18-year-old half-Puerto Rican rockera has advanced to the Top 12 on Fox’s reality singing competition.

Jennel Garcia

During Thursday night’s episode, where one contestant from each of the judges’ teams would be sent packing, Garcia was the first person declared safe by her Young Adults mentor Demi Lovato.

“I’m so happy for myself, but my two best friends are out there still,” said an in-tears Garcia backstage after the announcement that CeCe Frey and Willie Jones would be the two who’d have to perform for the last remaining spot in their category. “But I’m super happy.”

But the night wasn’t as stress-free for the show’s other Latino contestants…

Ally Brooke Hernandez and Camila Cabello, members of the all-girl group 1432 (formerly the LYLA) had to face-off against country group Sister C after finding themselves in the bottom two in Simon Cowell’s Groups category.

Sister C performed Miley Cyrus’ ballad “When I Look at You,” while 1432 opted the perform Lovato’s “Skyscraper.”

“You know what they say, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ And you know what, you did it,” decreed judge L.A. Reid. “And, I’m proud.”

Britney Spears said the ladies’ performance made her “a believer,” while Lovato heaped on the praise.

“I don’t know who that song is by,” joked Lovato. “But regardless, you did better than the original singer.”

Cowell – who admitted the group had a “wobble” on Wednesday night, but was “much, much, much better” this time around – ultimately picked 1432 to advance to the Top 12.

But David Correy didn’t have the same luck.

The the 26-year-old Brazilian-born singer ended up in the bottom two in Reid’s Over 25s category with Jason Brock.

Despite a soulful, slowed-down rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” Correy couldn’t catch a break from any of the judges, except Spears.

“I really didn’t like the rendition of that song,” declared Lovato. “I felt It was way too forced. It just felt like you were screaming the whole time.”

In the end, Reid elected to advance Brock to the Top 12 and send Correy packing.

“I’ve been through a lot in my life, like we all have. But it’s never stopped,” said Correy after the announcement. “And I promise you this is not gonna be the last time you see my face.”

Lovato: The Top-Ranking Latweeno on Billboard.com’s 21 Under 21

Billboard.com is back with its list of this year’s hottest minors in music, with five Latweeno artists/groups making the cut… And Demi Lovato isn’t only the highest ranking Hispanic artist, she’s also the top-ranking female…

The 20-year-old part Mexican singer/actress, who ranked at No. 7 last year, moved up four spots on Billboard.com’s latest 21 Under 21 installment, which ranks the most powerful minors in music.

Here’s a look at the Latweenos making the grade this year:

No. 3: Demi Lovato
Following the personal problems that threatened to derail her career two years ago, Lovato has come back Unbroken, which happens to be name of the album she released last year. It’s an album that’s still garnering attention. The album’s first track Skyscraper” recently picked up an MTV Video Music Award, while follow up single “Give Your Heart a Break” has resulted in Lovato’s first-ever No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

But that’s not all… Lovato scored a high-profile primetime television gig by joining Fox’s The X Factor, where she’s currently judging other aspiring artists alongside Simon Cowell and Britney Spears.

Throw in a popular summer tour with Hot Chelle Rae and hosting gigs at the Teen Choice Awards and MTV’s live New Year’s Eve Special, and 2012 is proving to be the year the former Disney Channel star is reaching new heights in her already impressive career.

Scotty McCreery

No. 4: Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery is holding steady on the 21 Under 21 list, coming in at No. 4 once again. That’s probably because the 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer’s career has been going full steam ahead since he won American Idol in 2011. McCreery, who graduated from high school this year, saw his debut album Clear as Day reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Even though he hasn’t placed a single in the top 10 on the country charts, McCreery has developed a very loyal fan base at a young age. Clear as Day helped him claim prizes from the American Country Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards.

McCreery even toured with Brad Paisley and performed on the CW’s Hart of Dixie.

McCreery is following up his debut album, which was certified platinum, with a holiday set, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, will hit stores on October 16.

No. 6: Selena Gomez
She may have dropped three spots on the 21 Under 21 list, to No. 6, but Selena Gomez has not fallen off the radar. In the last year, she’s released another hugely popular album (When the Sun Goes Down), which spawned the hit singles “Who Says” and “Love You Like a Love Song,” which earned Gomez her first-ever MTV Video Music Award nod. And the 20-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress performed the album’s third single, Hit The Lights, on Dancing with the Stars.

And Gomez has broadened her appeal while taking a break from recording music. This spring, she launched a brand new fragrance and focused on her film career. Her voice will be heard in the animated film Hotel Transylvania, and she’s set to appear in two films that could help shatter her Disney image: Spring Breakers with James Franco and the crime drama Getaway.

And she’s currently dating the No. 1 on the 21 Under 21 list, Justin Bieber, which has resulted in countless tabloid placements. Selena Gomez and the Scene will hopefully be back soon, but in the meantime, she continues to leave her indelible imprint on pop culture.

3BallMTY

No. 17: 3BallMTY
3BallMTY may not be huge in the United States, but they could be very soon. The Mexican DJ collective, comprised of 19-year-old Erick Rincón, 19-year-old Alberto Presenda (DJ Otto) and 20-year-old Sergio Zavala (DJ Sheeqo Beat), have managed to turn their hobby into a huge business that’s reached a global audience thanks to their signature “tribal guarachero” sound. They’ve achieved success via radio airplay and synch deals with brands like Pepsi. And they recently dominated the list of finalists for the upcoming Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Despite their newfound fame, 3BallMTY has kept a cool and down-to-earth attitude about the group’s ascent in the music business. This past summer they opened up for Justin Bieber in a special concert at the famous Zócalo, the main square in the heart of historic Mexico City in front of about 200,000 music fans. “It was a bit nerve-wrecking,” says Rincón, “but once we were out on stage it was an amazing experience that we will never forget.”

Victoria Justice

No. 21: Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice has taken a tumble on the 21 Under 21 list, dropping from No. 10 to No. 21. But that has nothing to do with the 19-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/actress’ talent. The star of had a relatively quiet recording year. She’s the breakout star of the Nickelodeon hit show, even while co-stars like Ariana Grande are seeing their stock rise. The release of the show’s latest soundtrack, Victorious 2.0, coincided with the release of Justice’s recent solo single, “Make It In America,” and in August Justice embarked on her first solo tour in support of the pop tune.

With Victorious ending it’s run on cable, Justice will be setting her sights elsewhere. She has a new film Fun Size coming out this October; and she plans to release a solo album shortly after that.

Click here to see this year’s complete list of music’s hottest minors.

Lovato Wins Her First-Ever MTV VMA Award

It’s turning out to be a banner year for Demi Lovato

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer, who will make her debut as a new The X Factor judge next week, has picked up her first-ever Moonman.

Demi Lovato

During the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Lovato’s “Skyscraper” clip won the award for Best Video With a Message. Lovato beat out Rise Against’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side,” Gym Class Heroes’ “The Fighter,” K’Naan and Nelly Furtado’s “Is Anybody Out There?” and Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” for the award.

Lovato was presented with the award during the 2012 MTV VMA PreShow, which featured the former Disney Channel star performing her hit single “Give Your Heart a Break.”

Later Lovato and Rita Ora appeared on stage together during the main ceremony to present the award for Best Male Video.

The awards show took place on September 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The winners were chosen by the public through online voting.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper” — WINNER
Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”
Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
Gym Class Heroes, “The Fighter”
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
Lil Wayne, “How to Love”

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close” — WINNER
Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”
Avicii, “Le7els”

Most Share-Worthy Video
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” — WINNER
Just Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Beyonce, “Countdown”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Best Pop Video
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” — WINNER
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”

Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music” — WINNER
Usher, “Climax”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR” — WINNER
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”

Best Female Video
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
Beyoncé, “Love on Top”
Nicki Minaj, “Starships” — WINNER
Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, “Paradise” — WINNER
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”
Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”
Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”

Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” — WINNER
The Wanted, “Glad You Came”

Video of the Year
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Rihanna, “We Found Love” — WINNER
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”

Gomez Receives First-Ever MTV VMA Award Nomination

Love You Like a Love Song” is one Selena Gomez’s greatest hits, with James Franco even singing along to the track… And, now the inescapable hit is getting a little love from MTV

Selena Gomez

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American singer has received her first-ever MTV VMA award nomination for Best Female Video for “Love You Like a Love Song,” which peaked at number 22 on Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than two million copies.

Gomez’s high-style video—which finds her in an underground Japanese karaoke club and magically mixes elements of reality and fantasy—will face stiff competition from Rihanna’s “We Found Love,”
Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,”
Beyoncé’s “Love on Top”
and Nicki Minaj’s “Starships.”

Gomez’s one-time BFF Demi Lovato has been nominated in the Best Video With a Message category for her anthem “Skyscraper.” She’ll face off against Rise Against’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown,”
 Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side,”
Gym Class Heroes’ “The Fighter,K’Naan and Nelly Furtado’s “Is Anybody Out There?” and
 Lil Wayne’s “How to Love

Meantime, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s “Dance Again” video has been nominated for Best Choreography. Other nominees in the category include:
 Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music,”
Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been,”
Beyoncé’s “Countdown”
and Avicii’s “Le7els

This year’s MTV VMA Awards ceremony will take place on September 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.