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Demi Lovato played to her hometown on Wednesday night, headlining the American Airlines Center in Dallas alongside DJ Khaled. After her performance, the singer tweeted about the experience.

“Just played my hometown in Dallas in the arena I watched so many concerts in growing up and I feel like crying,” she wrote to her 55 million-plus followers. “There were so many people, people were watching from BEHIND the stage!!! I can’t thank you guys enough for the love… truly grateful.”


Lovato has been cognizant of moments like these for years. When I chatted with her in the summer of 2013, the artist talked about how happy she was for her peers, especially Selena Gomez.

“I’ve known (Selena) since I was seven years old,” Lovato explained. “We went from being in the backseat of a car with her parents driving us to a radio show to listen to our favorite artists that were on the radio at the time to us having songs on the radio.”


And of course, performing those shows as well. Lovato’s reflection came on the eve of “International Women’s Day,” which the United Nations marks annually on March 8. According to the UN, the Day is marked, “to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”

Through music, activism, advocacy and philanthropy, Lovato continues to set a positive example for not just her fan base, but women across the world. And on Wednesday night, her hometown witnessed that yet again.

If you’re wondering whether artists who were once tour mates of singer Ed Sheeran’s have congratulated him on his pending nuptials, the answer is yes, at least in one instance.

“I did actually congratulate him,” Lauv told me on Tuesday before performing in front of a live audience at Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17. “It’s crazy. I remember him saying like, ‘I think I have the one, for real.’

“And then to see that they’re actually engaged now is beautiful.”

Sheeran popped the question to long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn before the New Year and then announced the engagement shortly after the first on his Instagram.

Lauv supported the “Shape of You” artist on the leg of his “Divide Tour” that stopped in Asia this past fall. He played HMH Stage 17 as the single “I Like Me Better” becomes a global hit, charting in a handful of countries and already cracking the top 10 in Australia and Germany. The singer, nee Ari Leff, has written all of his songs thus far about the four years he lived in New York City while attending New York University. Following graduation, Lauv moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dream.

“The weather is beautiful,” he remarked, noting that it is a cliché description of moving west to LA. “But I just feel like New York is a kind of a more ‘real’ place, if that makes sense?”

And for Lauv, that’s a good thing, as he always loves returning to the Big Apple. He’ll be back again next month as a part of his “I Met You When I Was 18 World Tour” – the first Lauv has ever embarked on as a headliner.

It was the day before The 2017 American Music Awards and we were very, very busy at our backstage perch by Microsoft Theater. The day started with a visit from K-Pop boy band BTS. Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha and many more swung through as well to talk about the AMAs, holiday plans and more. Watch and listen below!



Julia Michaels is attempting to complete a transition that a handful of other artists are familiar with: Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Jason Derulo and Ryan Tedder come to mind immediately.

The songwriter is now keeping the hits for herself, and singing them. It all started with a track that is currently climbing up the pop radio charts: “Issues.”

“The song was so personal to me,” Michaels explained to me. “It felt uncomfortable thinking that someone else was going to sing such a personal song of mine.”

So Michaels sang it and now radio stations are playing it. It’s far from the first time she’s heard her lyrics on the airwaves though; the songstress has a co-write credit on Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and has also penned tracks for Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and the aforementioned Derulo to name a few.

“Of course I had respect for them before, but now I’m like, ‘You guys are my heroes,’” Michaels said of her newer-found-respect for the artists she has worked with. “This is so different.”

In example: instead of at an event or in the studio on GRAMMY Week, there Michaels was at our backstage broadcast, granting interviews with radio stations across the globe regarding her past discography and current single. But with

“The first time I heard ‘Issues’ on the radio I bawled like a baby,’” she admitted. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this is happening. It’s so crazy.’”

And if the success of her prior hits is any indication, it’s only going to get crazier.

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are still friends, despite what you may have read, regardless of its accuracy.

Let’s rewind to June of 2013 when I spoke with Lovato following her “Good Morning America” performance in Central Park. At the time, Gomez was experiencing a career-high in radio airplay with the single, “Come And Get It.”

“I’m really, really excited for (Gomez),” Lovato told me. “And I’m excited for all of the people I’ve grown up with… Selena especially because I’ve known her since I was seven years old.”

A lot can change in two years: chart positions, relationship statuses, hair colors… and much did. So it makes sense that in a recently released interview with Complex, Lovato had changed her tone on the relationship she shares with Gomez.

“But, you know, when you’re young and you get older, you change and people change,” she said after clarifying that the distance that grew between the two former Disney stars had nothing to do anymore with Justin Bieber. “You have things in common, and then all of a sudden, you don’t. It’s just a part of life.”

But it didn’t make sense, at least not to fans of Lovato and Gomez, who saw the two pose for a selfie on Instagram just a few weeks ago.

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Were they no longer friends after that selfie? Was Demi throwing shade at Selena? Was the “Cool For The Summer” singer misquoted?

According to a tweet posted on Wednesday by Lovato, none of the above.


“Interviews are done months and months before the issue is published. I lot (sic) can change between then and now,” she wrote. “Don’t read into the bullsh–.”

Or rather, read it knowing that at first it was accurate but at the present moment it may no longer be.

A celebrity beef squashed while another was allegedly started. A host spewing many expletives but for most of the show, not wearing nearly as many articles of clothing. A crying pop star. A presidential campaign announced.

And in between, a few solid performances and a couple of awards.

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards contained a bit of everything Sunday night. Live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, the network’s flagship broadcast set Twitter ablaze and caused more of a dumpster fire when the ratings came out.

Perhaps a large chunk of the decline in viewership can be attributed to the host. No one knew what to expect from Miley Cyrus, and afterwards the correct response would have been “not much.” There is a certain ebb-and-flow to hosting live television and it is a skill that doesn’t come easy to many; thus the reason why a guy like Seacrest gets paid so much to do it.

The VMAs averaged about five million viewers on MTV according to Nielsen, down 39 percent from last year.

But offer credit where it is deserved: Sunday night’s VMAs set a U.S. Twitter record for a non-sports TV broadcast with 2.2 million people generating over 21 million tweets. That can probably also be attributed to Cyrus, who surprised everyone by closing out the show and releasing an album online for free at its conclusion.

Oh, and the awards. Taylor Swift took home four, including Video Of The Year for the cameo-filled “Bad Blood” featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar. Of course Swift showed up with her “squad” in tow, including model Karlie Kloss and fellow singer Selena Gomez.

An outdoor stage set-up downtown provided some of the best musical moments of the night – Macklemore offered up a theatrical rendition of his new single “Downtown,” Demi Lovato received some assistance from surprise guest Iggy Azalea on “Cool For The Summer,” and Pharrell Williams struck a vastly different tone than most of the show with his performance of “Freedom.”

Inside, Justin Bieber returned to the VMA stage. The 21 year-old performed a medley of “Where Are U Now” and his latest single, “What Do You Mean?” Following the performance, Bieber was seen visibly weeping on stage. Reaction seemed to be generally positive, especially considering what has happened in the five years since he last performed at the VMAs.
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Kanye West was there and relatively speaking was well behaved. MTV bestowed upon West the Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, and rightfully so. But of course, it did not come without spectacle: Once-foe-now-friend Swift presented him to the stage and West followed with a rambling speech in which he both trashed award shows and admitted he had smoked weed beforehand.

He finished the rant by announcing that in 2020 he would seek the Oval Office. Then, he dropped the mic. Not surprising and certainly fitting.

Demi Lovato’s fans are calling the release of her latest single “Cool For The Summer,” “a new era” for the singer. Lovato concurs.

“It’s definitely sexier, it’s more mature and it’s fun,” she said of the new track. “That’s the thing about my music that I feel that sometimes I lack is, the fun element of it because I get so deep with my story and blah-blah-blah-blah-blah.

“It’s just like, ‘f— this!’ I just want to have fun with my music. I want to talk about things… sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll – let’s do it.”
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Yep, it’s a new era alright. By her own account, Lovato’s trials and tribulations are well documented. She’s dealt with an eating disorder, substance abuse and a stint in rehab. Through her autobiography and music that was subsequently released, Lovato has addressed all of this with a strong front, inspiring other young girls that they too can overcome their obstacles.

The current state of Lovato may be perhaps the greatest evidence of that achievement. The singer exudes confidence and is as busy as ever: a joint record label venture with Nick Jonas, a skincare line, hair extensions, a new iPhone game and music are all on her plate at the moment.

“I have never been more confident in my music, in myself and just ready to go,” she confirmed. “I’ve never wanted it this bad my whole life and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make this album the biggest album I’ve ever released.”

Lovato’s fifth studio LP has no street date as of yet. While she elaborated on the direction of her art, she admitted that she has “no idea of what the track listing is going to look like yet,” although did confirm that she plans to record a collaboration for the project with rapper Iggy Azalea.

And that in itself should tell you that regardless of how it appears, the final set will look much different from anything Lovato has released before.




If you thought that Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea were unlikely to be best friends, then you thought wrong. The two artists met briefly in mid-October, and now Lovato will stand with Azalea as a bridesmaid for her upcoming nuptials to NBA star Nick Young.

On October 10, Lovato posted a photo with Azalea on Twitter along with the text, “Being a super fan at @Vevo’s #VCSFF w @IGGYAZALEA… Next time our butts will take a picture with each other.”

“It was like, quick in passing,” Lovato told me a few weeks later of the encounter before adding, “but she was cool, and I want to do a collaboration for sure.”

When I brought this up last week to the “Really Don’t Care” singer and asked how less than a year later she was “suddenly” a bridesmaid, Lovato started laughing.

“(Azalea’s) so cool and down-to-earth,” she gushed. “I don’t like hanging out with people that are ‘Hollywood.’ Yunno what I mean? You don’t see me hanging around too many people that are ‘scene-y’ or ‘Hollywood’ or whatever.

“She’s just real as f—. The first time we hung out, we went to Target and got gingerbread houses to make and we made gingerbread houses. That’s how chill she is.”

If nothing else, the stars’ admiration for the department store is one that’s documented. Lovato is a brand ambassador for a beauty line sold at Target, and her last album included a store-exclusive bonus track. As for Azalea, she hit up Target (at her request) on the first date with fiancé Nick Young. The couple returned to the store to celebrate their one-year anniversary.

Photo: twitter.com/ddlovato

Photo: twitter.com/ddlovato




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