Demi Lovato, never “more sure of myself and my music,” set to release new album Aug. 19

It has been a little more than a year since Demi Lovato, 29, released the album “Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over.”

Now the artist has made an eighth studio album, “Holy Fvck,” which aims to be something totally different than the usual pop albums fans know and love. In a press release promoting the album, Lovato said, “I’m pissing people off by living my truth.” So, there’s certainly change ahead when it is released on all music streaming platforms on Aug. 19.

“I’m getting emotional listening to my new album because I’m so proud of it,” Lovato said in an Instagram story. “It’s my absolute best yet and so representative of me, where I started and who I am today.”

Singles such as “Skin of my Teeth,” released June 10, and “Substance,” released July 15, act as windows into the album, revealing anti-drug sentiments and a complicated, sometimes chaotic, journey in finding one’s self.

Lovato even conducted an impromptu funeral with manager Scooter Braun and other Island Record executives for the singer’s pop career. The album is said to carry elements of pop-punk and rock, and the singer posted a TikTok video teasing that it is “rock n’ roll … but more importantly, a rebirth.”

The two-time Grammy Award nominee also released the full album track list on July 15, which includes 16 songs and collaborations with artists such as Yungblud and Dead Sara, as well as indie pop singer/songwriter Royal & The Serpent.

“The process of making this album has been the most fulfilling yet, and I’m grateful to my fans and collaborators for being on this journey with me … never ever have I been more sure of myself and my music, and this record speaks that for itself,” Lovato said in a press release. “To my Lovatics who have been rocking out with me since the beginning and those who are just now coming along for the ride, thank you … this record is for you.”

Lovato – who hasn’t been on the road since 2018, skipping a tour for the “Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over” album – will indeed have shows to support this album. The tour will launch with its South American leg in late August, with shows across Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.

It will pick up in North America in Sacramento, California on Sept. 22 and hit 24 cities, including two stops in Florida. On Oct. 28 Lovato will be at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa and on Oct. 30 at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

The tour will feature performances from Dead Sara and Royal & the Serpent, as well.

David Espinosa, a senior at Florida International University, is majoring in journalism, with a concentration in film. He enjoys writing, music and art.