Lovatics react to Demi Lovato’s ‘Dancing With The Devil’

Demi Lovato performing in San Antonio, Texas
Ralph Arvesen Demi Lovato performing in San Antonio, Texas (2016-09-10)

Happy Sunday, Hollywooders! And what a happy Sunday it is.

We’ve now had about 48 hours to enjoy new Demi Lovato songs thanks to the Friday release of Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over and we have been listening to it over and over again from top to bottom, just like Demi Lovato asked us…how about you?!

Between this and the Demi Lovato documentary on YouTube, we’re totally immersed in Demi’s world and are loving it.

Also, we have to mention the emotional  “Dancing With The Devil” music video, which is just as raw and real as her documentary. In the video, she relives the night of her heroin overdose. Demi Lovato co-directed the video with Michael D. Ratner, who also directed the docuseries.

What Demi Lovato says about each track

In the iTunes Editor’s Note for the album, Demi Lovato shares some words about each song that add a bit of color to each song, and explain why it’s so worth listening to from top to bottom like she recommended in her tweet. We’ll share some snippets with you here!


“‘Anyone’ was the first song I shared with the world in regards to what I’ve been going through the past couple years,” Demi Lovato says. “I feel like it was really the catalyst of the new beginning of this journey, so it was the perfect song to open the album right out of the gate.”

“Dancing With The Devil”

“I wrote this song with a really good friend of mine named Blush at the end of 2018,” Demi Lovato says. “That was a very difficult year for me, and I wanted to tell that story in a song.”

“ICU (Madison’s Lullabye)”

“Madison is my baby sister. When I woke up in the hospital after my overdose, I was legally blind and couldn’t see,” Demi Lovato recalls. So when she came to my bedside I actually asked her, ‘Who is standing there? Who are you?’ It was a really emotional moment for everyone who was there. I was able to take that situation, write a beautiful song out of it, and also be able to express to my little sister how much she means to me and how clearly I do see her on a daily basis.”


“I wanted it to be a brief intro to this new chapter of my life which I feel is [about] the art of starting over.”

“The Art of Starting Over”

“This song came about in a writers’ camp for the album that took place in Malibu,” Demi Lovato says. “When they played me the idea, I remember I jumped on it right away. I’ve been obsessed with the song ever since and knew it was going to be the title track.”

“Lonely People”

“My favorite lyric from this song is ‘All that love is/Is a means to an end/Romeo and Juliet are dead.’ It’s so dark and it doesn’t even rhyme that well, but when I sing it, it does.”

“The Way You Don’t Look at Me”

“In ‘Dancing With the Devil’ I talk about my struggles with substances, and in this song I talk about my struggles with food,” Demi Lovato explains. “Sometimes it’s difficult. People can really internalize not feeling seen or heard in a relationship.”

“Melon Cake”

“I used to eat melon cake on my birthday in place of an actual birthday cake, Demi Lovato recalls. “It was this watered-down, diet version of a birthday cake that was basically fat-free Cool Whip or coconut cream on top of a watermelon cut like a cake. It was never the vibe.” 

“Met Him Last Night” (feat. Ariana Grande)

“She’s always been super supportive of me and my career, and it’s so awesome to have a friend like her in the industry,” Demi Lovato recalls about her friendship with Ariana Grande. “She started writing this song and immediately thought of me, so when she gave it to me I was like, ‘We should just sing this together.’”

“What Other People Say”

Sam Fischer and I did this song together, and I’m so grateful to know him because he’s so fun to work with,” Demi Lovato says. 


“This is a song about wanting to be loved—but wanting it to be done carefully. It’s kind of self-explanatory, but it’s really about offering yourself up to somebody.”

“The Kind of Lover I Am”

“I feel like this is the song I’m going to play people if we start dating so they can get a sense of who I am,”  Demi Lovato says. “I’m just an open, free-spirited person who wants to be happy, and I deserve that. Everyone deserves that.”


“I fell in love with it the second I heard it and immediately thought of how incredible Noah [Cyrus]’s voice would sound on it,” Demi Lovato says. “I’ve always wanted to collaborate with her because she’s so brilliant.”

“15 Minutes”

“Crickets. Is that an answer?”

“My Girlfriends Are My Boyfriend” (feat. Saweetie)

“Saweetie’s so good at those best-friend hype songs and I knew she’d be perfect on this,” Demi Lovato says. “She killed it. It’s such a great song and definitely an anthem for anyone who has just gone through a breakup.”

“California Sober”

“I wrote this song to try and explain that sometimes recovery is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and in my case, it looks a little different than maybe other people’s journeys,” Demi Lovato says. “But it’s working for me, and this song explains why.”

“Mad World”

“I saw this song in Donnie Darko when I was 14 and have listened to it over and over,” Demi Lovato says about her cover of the classic song.


“I wrote this song about my birth dad. I always had a complicated relationship with him, and I felt like it was in his death that we actually grew closest,” Demi Lovato says. “…When a butterfly came right up to my finger on Father’s Day last year, around the anniversary of his passing, I knew I had to write a song about it.”

“Good Place”

“This song best represents where I’m at today,”  Demi Lovato says. “It is the message I want to get across to anyone who’s ever struggled and can relate to my story. It’s an example of where you can be when you do the work on yourself. I hope people listen to this album and hear the struggles, but also come to a happy ending. Maybe this song can help them find the happy ending in their own journeys.”

We love Demi’s idea to find the happy ending in our own journeys!

Lovatics react to Dancing With The Devil

The COMFORT though

Absolute fire

So wholesome

Fans are loving the Ariana Grande x Demi Lovato collab on “Met Him Last Night”

We will say this over and over again if necessary:

We’ll wrap it up with this one:

Listen to Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over on your preferred streaming platform, including Spotify and Apple Music.

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