Demi Lovato’s groundbreaking seventh album, Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over has become the biggest pop female album streaming debut of the year in the US.
The album, released via Island Records, has topped the Billboard album sales chart, debuted at No.2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, as well as No.2 on the UK albums chart, her highest debut ever in the country.
She also has had her career-best chart debut in Germany. To top it off, since signing to Island Records, all of Demi’s albums have hit the top three on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Lovato has had a wildly successful year, most recently, premiering her powerful four-part documentary series from YouTube Originals and director Michael D. Ratner entitled Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil. It debuted at SXSW’s virtual festival, where it opened the program
Aside from commercial success, the album has been lauded by critics, with Billboard writing, “… the full-length finds Lovato applying her still-dazzling voice to an examination of her current state, exploring, love, loneliness, sobriety, and peace with a soulful pop filter; it’s a towering achievement that blends high drama (‘Anyone,’ ‘Good Place’) with righteous fun (‘My Girlfriends Are My Boyfriend’ with Saweetie) to present where Lovato is today.”
Additionally, Vulture says, “Abandoning the old, safe, controlled narrative has worked wonders, but it’s the exploration that makes Starting Over great.”
Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over features three major collaborations, all of which were recorded with female artists. “My Girlfriends Are My Boyfriend” finds Lovato teaming up with rapper Saweetie and “Easy” features Noah Cyrus.
The standout pairing of the album comes with “Met Him Last Night,” the smooth R&B track recorded with Ariana Grande, who penned the track with collaborators Stanaj, Tommy Brown, and Xavi.