Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato
Background information
Birth name Demetria Devonne Lovato
Born {{birth date and age|1992|August|20|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • actress
  • philanthropist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass
  • keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Labels Hollywood

Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

As a solo musical artist, Lovato released her first album, Don't Forget, on September 23, 2008. The album started at number two on the Billboard 200. It sold 89,000 copies in the first week. It has since shipped over 500,000 copies in the United States. This earned it a gold certification in the United States.[3] Lovato released her second album, Here We Go Again, on July 21, 2009.[4] The album started at number one on the Billboard 200. It sold 108,000 copies in the first week.[5] Her third studio album, Unbroken, was released on September 20, 2011. It peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.[6] Her fourth studio album is Demi. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200.[6]

Early life[change | change source]

Demetria Devonne Lovato was born on August 20, 1992 in Dallas, engineer and musician[7] Patrick Martin Lovato (1960 — June 22, 2013)[8] and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader[9] Dianna Lee Hart (born Dianna Lee Smith; August 8, 1962).[10] Lovato has an older sister, Dallas (born February 4, 1988);[11] a younger maternal half-sister, actress Madison De La Garza,[12] and an older paternal half-sister, Amber,[13] to whom she first spoke when she was 20.[14]

Her parents divorced in the late summer of 1994, shortly after her second birthday.[15] Lovato's father was of Mexican and Spanish descent,[16] and her mother is of Italian, English and Irish ancestry.[17][18] Patrick's patrilineal great-grandmother, Maria Cristina Perea, was a daughter of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea (1830–1913) and a great-granddaughter of Santa Fe de Nuevo México governor Francisco Xavier Chávez.[19]

[20][21] and she received her high-school diploma through homeschooling in April 2009.[22][dead link] She began playing piano at age seven and guitar at ten,[23] when she also began dancing and acting classes.[24] Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so badly that she asked for homeschooling.[25]

Albums[change | change source]

Acting career[change | change source]

In 2007 and 2008, Lovato played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series As the Bell Rings.[26] Lovato auditioned for the channel's television film Camp Rock and series Sonny with a Chance during the summer of 2007, and got both parts.[27] Lovato played the lead character, aspiring singer Mitchie Torres, in Camp Rock.[28] The film premiered on June 20, 2008 to 8.9 million viewers.[29]

Lovato's Disney Channel sitcom Sonny with a Chance, with her character Sonny Munroe the newest cast member of the show-within-a-show So Random!, premiered on February 8.[30] Lovato's acting ability was described by Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times as "very good", and he compared her favorably to Hannah Montana star (and friend) Miley Cyrus.[31] That June, she co-starred as Princess Rosalinda with Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel film, Princess Protection Program. The film, the third highest-rated Disney Channel original movie, premiered to 8.5 million viewers.[32]

In May Lovato guest-starred as a teenage schizophrenic in the sixth-season Grey's Anatomy episode, "Shiny Happy People".[33] Critics praised her versatility.[34]

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, with Lovato reprising her role as Mitchie Torres, premiered on September 3, 2010.[35][36] The film premiered to eight million viewers, the number-one cable-television movie of the year by the number of viewers.[37]

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Demi Lovato performing Good Morning America, Summer Concert Event 2012.

That month Lovato also announced her departure from Sonny with a Chance, putting her acting career on hiatus and ending the series;[38] she later said that she would return to acting when she felt confident doing so.[39] Her departure led to the spin-off series So Random! with the Sonny cast, featuring sketches from the former show-within-a-show. The series was cancelled after one season.[40] Lovato released her third album, Unbroken, on September 20, 2011.[41] Begun in July 2010, the album experimented with R&B and featured less pop rock.[42] The album and the stylistic change received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who saw a growth in musicianship because of her struggles and have praised Lovato's vocals but found the music more generic than her previous efforts.[43] The record was a commercial success, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200, with sales exceeding 97,000 copies in its first week of release, and going on to sell over 500,000 copies in the United States, being certified Gold.[44]

The album's lead single, "Skyscraper", was acclaimed for its messages of self-worth and confidence,[45] peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 176,000 downloads during the first week of release, becoming Lovato's highest first week sales, until the release of "Heart Attack" by Lovato in 2013.[46] The song also Lovato's highest-peaked single since "This Is Me" reached number nine in August 2008.[46] The song also debuted at number two on the Hot Digital Songs chart.[47] "Skyscraper" received the Best Video With a Message award at the September 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.[48] The album's second and final single, "Give Your Heart a Break", peaked Billboard Hot 100 at number 16, making Lovato's fourth highest peaking song.[49] Also, it has peaked at number 12 on the US Adult Top 40 chart, number 1 on the US Pop Songs chart and became the longest climb by a female artist to #1 in the Pop Songs chart history. In April 2014, the song was certified three-times platinum by the RIAA; as of October 2014, it has sold 2.1 million digital copies.[50]

In May, she became a judge for the second season of the American version of The X Factor, with a reported salary of one million dollars.[51] Joining Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid,[52] it was speculated that she was chosen to attract a younger audience.[53] Mentoring the Young Adults category, her final act (CeCe Frey) finished sixth.[54] At the Minnesota State Fair in August, Lovato announced that after a pre-show performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards[55][dead link] she would release a single by December.[56][dead link] On December 24, she released a video on her YouTube account of herself singing "Angels Among Us" dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[57] In March she was confirmed as returning for The X Factor's third season,[58] with her salary reportedly doubling.[59]

Personal life[change | change source]

Lovato has had an EDNOS[60] and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[61][62]

She dated Joe Jonas, whom she first met while filming Camp Rock in 2007 through 2010.[63] Lovato has been dating actor Wilmer Valderrama on-and-off since 2010.

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Camp Rock Mitchie Torres TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience Herself Concert film
2009 Princess Protection Program Princess Rosalinda/Rosie Gonzalez TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2010 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Mitchie Torres TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
Year Title Role Notes
2002–04 Barney & Friends Angela Recurring role
2006 Prison Break Danielle Curtin 1 episode
2007–08 As the Bell Rings Charlotte Adams Main role (season 1)
2007 Just Jordan Nicole 1 episode
2008 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Herself 2 episodes
2009–11 Sonny with a Chance Allison "Sonny" Munroe Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series
2010–11 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Herself 2 episodes
2010 Grey's Anatomy Hayley 1 episode
2011 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself 1 episode
2012 Punk'd Herself 1 episode
2012–13 The X Factor Herself Judge/mentor
2013–14 Glee Danielle "Dani" recurring role; season 5

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