Review | Demi Lovato ‘Don’t Forget’

Nostalgia has been running wild as we were forced into our homes and into Quarantine. I don’t know about you, I’d be listening to all the music of my youth. Feeling the feels that those songs that bring up. One of those albums I had to listen to was Demi Lovato’s first-ever album, “Don’t Forget.” While I wasn’t a Demi fan during the original release of the time (Team Miley 4 Lyfe), the singles and the videos were kind of everything. Who doesn’t love a queen singing a pop-rock banger in the rain with a light show fountain?

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“Don’t Forget” is the debut album of Demi Lovato. Released in the fall of 2008, the album is in the pop-rock genre. It’s followed suit with most of Demi’s Disney counterparts during this time. Most of the records released in 2008 by Disney Stars were pop-rock. The Jonas Brothers produced the album with John Fields. Demi chose to have the Jonas Brothers work with her on the album.

“I tend to write songs that are, I guess, a little bit more intense and less catchy, and I needed help writing catchy songs,” Demi told MTV back in 2008, “So that’s where they came in. I put a lot of my musical input and lyrics into these songs, and they just helped me with hooks and stuff like that.”

The album is hugely front-loaded with “La La Land” and “Get Back,” starting the record, aka the first two singles. It also doesn’t help that the two songs sound so similar and just blends. It all sounds like one track. This is one of the downsides with the 2008 teen pop-rock. It wasn’t until you get to the titular track that the album started to sound different. Even then, it sounds like one big track. The album also feels like songs that should have been on the Jonas’ third album “A Little Bit Longer” but they didn’t want. It’s sounds like we’ve heard all these songs before.

Lyrically, it doesn’t suffer from the Jonas’ wordy lyrics, which is a perfect thing. The words get a little more emo after “Don’t Forget,” but they are your standard Disney lyrics. It just doesn’t sound like Demi. It seems like Demi is trying to be the Jonas Sister. That hurts the album because, as I mentioned above, it sounds we’ve heard them before. That hurts the replay of the album. Out of all 11 songs on the record, I’ve only listened to 4 of them on repeat: “Until You’re Mine,” “La La Land,” “Get Back,” and “The Middle.”

Verdict

“Don’t Forget” is a good album, but it suffers from the first half of the album blending together. It also suffers from sounding like a Jonas Brother reject record. It might have to do with the fact that they did everything on this album, but it definitely hurts the record. I do recommend this album because it’s not a bad listen. In fact, it’s a good listen. Just one that is familiar and won’t last a long one.

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Demi vs Selena: The Battle of the Magic Kingdom

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It’s time to go to war! In the Pop Project Arena, we are going to find out who is the true Princess of the Magic Kingdom. Two former best friends and co-stars are going to square off. It’s Demi Lovato vs Selena Gomez! Will Demi give Selena a “Heart Attack” or will Selena “Hit the Lights” on Demi? It’s time to find out.

This battle will be a four five round battle, with each round being an album. Based on US album sales, the one with the best sales will be declared victorious. In the event of a tie, we will go to overall single sales. Let’s get this bad boy started. (Note: While “Stars Dance” is considered to Selena’s début album as a solo artist, we are considering the three album with “Selena Gomez & The Scene” as apart of her solo discography.)

 

Round 1: Kiss & Tell vs Don’t Forget

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Demi’s début album was released on September 28, 2008 and reached to number two on the Billboard 200 charts. It spawned three singles including the iconic single of the same name. The record managed to sell 534,000 in the United States and be certified Gold.

Selena Gomez and the Scene released their début “Kiss & Tell” a year after Demi on September 29,2009. The album spawned two singles and managed to sell 922,000 in the United States. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 9 and went Gold.

Round 2: A Year Without Rain vs Here We Go Again

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Little less than a year after the release of “Don’t Forgot,” Demi gave us “Here We Go Again” on July 21, 2009 and it gave Demi her first, and so far only, number one album on the Billboard 200 charts. The album spawned only two singles with the best-selling one being “Here We Go Again,” and that one reached number 15. It also sold 496,000 in the US.

Almost one year later, SG&TS released “A Year Without Rain” on September 21, 2010 and reached the number four spot on the Billboard 200. The album sold 812,000 and managed to go Gold.  It also spawned two singles that got mediocre success.

Round 3: When The Sun Goes Down vs Unbroken

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After a two year hiatus to get her life back on track, Demi released “Unbroken” on September 20,2011 and it’s her least charting album,as it reached number four on the Billboard 200, but did give her more sales than “Here We Go Again with sales for “Unbroken” being 500,178 originally. When updated as of February 2017, it went down to 492,000. It still manage to keep Demi swimming in Gold records while only have two singles.

“When The Sun Goes Down” was released on June 28,2011. It spawned three singles that help send the album to Gold and to the number three spot on the Billboard 200. It also sold 694,ooo in the US, which is the lowest SG&TS sales. The group took split after this album, which allowed Selena to go solo.

Round 4: Stars Dance vs Demi

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“Demi,” was released two years after “Unbroken” on May 10, 2013.  The album reached number three on the charts and still gave Demi that Gold she’s had for the last three albums. It also had four singles for the album. The album sold 463,000, which was Demi’s lowest. Fun Fact: the album is certified Diamond in Brazil and she is the only Disney-star ever to have a Diamond album.

Selena’s solo debut album “Stars Dance” was released on July 19, 2013. It was her first album to reach number one in the Billboard 200. The album is also her fast-selling album yet, which led Selena to sell 392,000 in the US. It also spawned two singles and went Gold…in Canada.

While after four rounds, Selena is up 3-1. In order to find a winner….wait! We can’t forget about the newest releases!!!!

Round 5: Revival vs Confident

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Demi’s latest album “Confident” was released in October 16, 2015. The album reached to 2 on the Billboard 200. It got Demi her first Grammy nomination in 2017 (YAY Demi!!!). “Confident” also gave Demi two singles in the Hot 100 and one hitting number 2 in the Bubbling under Hot 100 singles.

“Revival” was released in October 9,2015. The album is her second album to become number 1 on the Billboard 200. Three of the singles made the top ten of the Hot 100, with the last single “Kill Em with Kindness” breaking the top 50.

Now, that we have all the albums set up. Let’s compare and figure out who will rule the kingdom.

Let’s tally up the money…..

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While we already knew that Selena ultimately sold more album than Demi, the overall total sales in the US helped prove that fact. Now if we were to go by how each album did on the charts, then Demi would definitely win that race. It’s safe to assume that Selena sold the most albums because of the popularity of her TV show, movies. Demi did popular TV shows and movies, they just weren’t as popular as Selena’s was.  So here’s Selena kissing you haters goodbye….

…because she’s now the reigning Princess QUEEN of the Magic Kingdom. Bye Felicia.

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