Demi Lovato: Top 5 Debut of ‘Unbroken’ is ‘A Little Different’

30 09 2011

Demi Lovato notched the second-biggest debut on the Billboard 200 this week when “Unbroken,” her third album, started at No. 4 with 96,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although Lovato has frequented the Top 5 of the albums chart before — 2009’s “Don’t Forget” debuted at No. 2, while “Here We Go Again” topped the chart in 2009 — the 19-year-old singer tells Billboard.com that the debut of “Unbroken,” her first album since checking into a treatment center last fall, represents a special achievement for her.

“This one is a little different,” says Lovato, who dropped out of a Jonas Brothers tour in 2010 to overcome an eating disorder and self-injury issues. “I took a long time on this album, and I’ve been on such a journey over the past year that it just feels awesome to be able to release music that I’ve worked really hard on, and now that it’s done well [on the chart] it feels even better.”

Since “Unbroken’s” release on Sept. 20, Lovato has received copious shout-outs from her 4.4 million Twitter followers as well as artists like Timbaland, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Derulo.

Next up for Lovato is next month’s release of breezy pop track “Who’s That Boy” as the second single off “Unbroken,” following the somber “Skyscraper,” which debuted at No. 10 on the Hot 100 in July. Lovato says that she hasn’t shot a music video for the single yet, but that one is coming “soon.”

Meanwhile, she hopes to release more remixes of “Unbroken” tracks in some fashion, after Wizz Dumb’s remix of “Skyscraper” ended up on the final cut of the album. With an album as diverse as “Unbroken,” however, Lovato isn’t sure what the sonic direction of such remixes would be. “One of the best parts about making this album was that there wasn’t anything holding me back, as in a genre of music. Ultimately it’s pop, but I have songs that are really dance-like, songs that are more R&B, and songs like ‘Skyscraper’ that are not really R&B at all. And so it just depends on the song. I always love it when it turns into a house remix, like something you hear in the club, or something totally different. It just depends.”

ALSO, The Insider interview:

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Miley Cyrus Fan Meetings #12

30 09 2011





Demi Lovato @ VH1

29 09 2011

When Demi Lovatocame to our offices last week to record a Top 20 Live set, she not only surprised us with a Lil Wayne cover, but also proved extremely genial. “Hey guys, thanks for having me! I’m Demi. What’s your name?” she introduced herself, before kicking her set off with the medley, above, of “Catch Me,” a deep cut from 2009′s Here We Go Again, and “Don’t Forget,” the title track from her 2008 debut. That same temperament shines through in the series of photographs our own Jen Marigliano snapped for our Music Seen feature, as she followed Lovato during her day in New York City. After the jump, look behind the scenes at VH1′s Top 20 and check out the elements of Lovato’s bohemian-chic style, and be sure to check back for the rest of her Top 20 Live set.

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“Party In the U.S.A.” Amongst VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s

29 09 2011

VH1 has selected what it considers the “100 Greatest Songs of the ’00s,” a list sure to generate plenty of debate.

The #1 spot is occupied by “Crazy In Love,” Beyonce’s huge 2003 hit with hubby Jay-Z.

OutKast (“Hey Ya!”), Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”), Eminem (“Lose Yourself”) and Kelly Clarkson (“Since U Been Gone”) round out the Top 5.

After that, the eclectic rankings get mighty interesting.

The VH1 special, hosted by Pete Wentz, airs over five nights, starting next Monday, October 3.

Miley’s hit song, “Party in the U.S.A.” came in at #38!

See the full list UNDER.

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Demi Lovato @ Crave Cafe

29 09 2011

Demi grabbed some dinner with a friend last night in Sherman Oaks. The pair stopped at Crave Cafe and then made a quick exit to avoid the paps. (September 28)

ALSO, Joe Jonas supporting Demi:

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‘Unbroken’ Debuts at #4!

28 09 2011

4. Demi Lovato, Unbroken, 96,000. This new entry is Lovato’s third album. All three have made the top five. The album sold 53,000 digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Seven songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by “Skyscraper,” which rebounds from #42 to #31.

In other music news, “Skyscraper” has now been certified GOLD!

YAY! Congrats, Demi!!! 😀

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21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors 2011

28 09 2011

They’ve got hit records, millions of fans, and the kind of success most musicians only dream of — and they can’t even buy a glass of champagne to celebrate their success. Welcome to Billboard.com’s 2011 installment of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors.

From bubbly boy bands to white-hot producers, sexy K-Pop princesses to pint-sized Reggeaton powerhouses, rising hip-hop stars to international pop icons, these are the fresh faces whose careers will continue to pack the biggest punches over the next 12 months. Get used to this crew, because they’re all just getting started.

No. 7. Demi Lovato

Birthdate: Aug. 20, 1992 (age 18)

Rank Last Year: 8

Why She’s Hot: After launching her career with starring roles in the Disney Channel franchises “Sonny with a Chance” and “Camp Rock,” Demi Lovato dropped out of her spot on the Jonas Brothers tour last fall and entered a treatment facility for an eating disorder and self-injury. Luckily, the pop singer returned from what she described as “the darkest time of my life” with a new album, “Unbroken,” that featured collaborations with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, as well as a lead single, “Skyscraper,” that debuted in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. After experiencing such a harrowing experience at a young age, Lovato remains extremely grateful to her fans, and said in March, “I will never forget the support you guys gave me.”

 

No. 21. Miley Cyrus

Birthdate: November 23, 1992 (age 18)

Rank Last Year: 10

Why She’s Hot: Miley’s had quite the year — some ups, some downs — but despite lackluster sales of her third studio album and that whole Salvia snafu, Ms. Cyrus is still a teen force to be reckoned with. Miley kicked off 2011 by hosting “Saturday Night Live” and bringing her sexy new image to fans from South America to Australia on her successful Gypsy Heart Tour. Her live show earnings, as well as revenue from album sales, Disney’s “Hannah Montana” franchise, and feature films such as “The Last Song,” helped to bring her in at No. 18 on Forbes’ Hollywood Highest Earners List in at the tail of 2010.

Check out the rest of the list HERE.