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Singer Demi Lovato released a new YouTube docuseries and single titled “Dancing with the Devil,” which also serves as the titular track for her upcoming album “Dancing with the Devil … the Art of Starting Over,” which is set to be released April 1. This marks Lovato’s first album since 2017’s “Tell Me You Love Me.”

Throughout the song “Dancing with the Devil,” Lovato’s powerful vocals are haunting as she provides listeners with her usual runs and high notes. The lyrics chronicle her struggles with addiction and serve as a poignant reminder of her near-fatal overdose July 24, 2018.

“I was dancing with the devil, out of control / Almost made it to Heaven / It was closer than you know / Playing with the enemy, gambling with my soul / It’s so hard to say no / When you’re dancing with the devil,” Lovato belts during the chorus. 

The song’s release comes after the first two episodes of her four-part YouTube docuseries of the same name were released. The first episode, titled “Losing Control,” chronicles the months, days and hours leading up to Lovato’s overdose. The second, “Five Minutes from Death,” detailed the moment she was found and transported to the hospital. Lovato said in episode two she had three strokes, a heart attack, suffered brain damage from the strokes, had pneumonia and multiple-organ failure.

Most of our generation grew up listening to Lovato’s music or watching her on Disney Channel in “Camp Rock” and “Sonny with a Chance.” Many of us might even remember where we were in 2018 when it was announced she had overdosed. I know I do, and it was one of the scariest days because I didn’t know if someone I looked up to was going to live. 

Both the song and docuseries serve as narratives of Lovato’s life behind the scenes in 2018 and show her followers that she is still alive today for a reason. In fact, Lovato said if her assistant hadn’t found her when she did, she would’ve died if it had been five or 10 minutes later.

Overall, Lovato finding the courage to talk about this time in her life in full for the first time is extremely brave. Lovato is still someone I admire today and I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the docuseries and listening to her album when it comes out.

Rating: 8/10