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Confident is the fifth studio album by recording artist Demi Lovato which was released on October 16, 2015. On August 26, Demi, along with some of her celebrity friends, including Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas and Jennifer Lopez released the official tracklist on Twitter. It is also Lovato's first album with a "Parental Advisory" label.

Background

On December 18, 2013, Lovato confirmed that she would not return to the The X Factor for a fourth season to focus on touring and recording her fifth album: "I've already started recording for my new album, and I have plans to record during the tour. The sound just evolves into everything that I've been and everything that I want to become." She also said, "I've never been so sure of myself as an artist when it comes down to confidence, but not only personal things, but exactly what I want my sound to be and what I know I'm capable of and this album will give me the opportunity to show people what I can really do".[1]

Singles

  • Cool for the Summer was announced as the lead single from the album on June 25, 2015. It was released on July 1, 2015.
  • Confident was announced as the second single from the album and was released on September 18, 2015. 
  • Stone Cold was released as promotional single from the album on October 9, 2015. On February 6, 2016 the song was sent to contemporary hit radio as the third and final single off the album.

Critical Reception

Upon its release, Confident received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a "weighted average" rating out of 100 from selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a Metascore of 74, indicating "generally favorable reviews" from 9 critics. Awarding the album four star at AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine writing, "the cumulative result is a messy, colorful modern pop record that is greater than the sum of its parts." Annie Zaleski from The A.V. Club gave the album a B+, saying, "Confident is an impressive album by a pop star who knows what she wants—and also knows exactly how to get there." The Guardian gave a mixed review of the album, saying, "Only a certain sheen that turns her vocals into a generic hybrid of Sia and Kelly Clarkson stops Confident from being one of the pop albums of 2015." Mike Wass from Idolator gave a mixed review, saying, "There's no right or wrong approach, but if you're going to relaunch as an irreverent pop siren like Teenage Dream-era Katy Perry, you better have an album full of surefire hits to back it up. And Confident is lacking in that department." Nick Levine gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, saying, "It's powerful stuff, especially from a singer who has bravely spoken out about her past struggles with depression, drug and alcohol abuse and an eating disorder, but ultimately Confident feels a bit relentless."[2]

Commercial Performance

The album debuted number two on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 98,000 units (77,000 in pure album sales), behind Pentatonix's self-titled album.[3] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart becoming her highest-charting album in the country thus far.[4]

Tracklist

# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Confident" Demi Lovato, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Max Martin Ilya, Martin 3:25
2. "Cool for the Summer" Lovato, Martin, Ali Payami, Alexander Erik Kronlund, Kotecha Martin, Payami 3:34
3. "Old Ways" Jason Evigan, Scott Hoffman, Olivia Waithe Evigan, Babydaddy, Mitch Allan 3:24
4. "For You" Johan Carlsson, Dalton Grant, Susan H. Catanzaro J. Carlsson, Payami, Peter Carlsson 3:41
5. "Stone Cold" Lovato, Laleh Pourkarim, Gustaf Thörn Pourkarim 3:11
6. "Kingdom Come"
(featuring Iggy Azalea)
Lovato, Julia MichaelsAmethyst Kelly, Steve Mac Mac 4:04
7. "Waitin' for You"
(featuring Sirah)
Lovato, Michaels, Evigan, Sara Mitchell, Mac Evigan, Mac, Allan 3:12
8. "Wildfire" Nicole Morier, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, Ryan Tedder Stargate, Allan 3:19
9. "Lionheart" Mac, Ina Wroldsen Mac 4:04
10. "YesLovato, Pourkarim Pourkarim, Thörn 3:10
11. "Father" Lovato, Pourkarim Pourkarim 3:55
Deluxe Edition
12. "Stars" Lovato, Carl Falk, Kotecha, Kronlund, Rami Yacoub Falk, Rami 3:08
13. "Mr. Hughes" Lovato, Carlsson J. Carlsson, Ilya, P. Carlsson 3:41
14. "Cool for the Summer" (Jump Smokers Remix) Lovato, Martin, Ali Payami, Alexander Erik Kronlound, Kotecha Payami, Martin, Jump Smokers 4:25
15. "Cool for the Summer" (Suraci Remix) Lovato, Kotecha, Martin, Kronlund, Payami Payami, Martin, Suraci 4:45

Personnel

Main article: Confident/Personnel

References

  1. mtv.com - Album background
  2. metacritic.com - Critical reception
  3. billboard.com - Billboard charts
  4. officialcharts.com - UK Charts

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