Demi Lovato - 'La La Land'
Newsflash: Hollywood is a weird place. A lot of the people who hang out there act weirdly. You probably don't really need me, or indeed Demi Lovato, to tell you that, but just in case you were in need of some convincing, she's written a song about it, with a bit of help from the Jonas Brothers.
As a rule, songs about being famous can be a bit cringeworthy, especially if the whole point of them is to prove that you're not like the rest of those Hollyweirdos. Jennifer Lopez was kind of obsessed with doing this - she just about got away with 'I'm Real', but then completely went overboard with 'Jenny From The Block' (sample lyric: "Love my life and my public/Put God first and can't forget to stay real/To me it's like breathing"), the end result being that most people suspected if you really had to make that much of a point of how your feet are totally on the ground, then they probably aren't.
(Here's the video. LOVE the kiddy bouncer for the child star.)
So, essentially doing a song like this is rocky ground, but the good news is that Demi generally comes across as the kind of bright, scrappy, girl-next-door type, so it doesn't sound quite so preposterous when she insists that she's still quite normal, really. Indeed, the song's more about acknowledging that Celebland is a minefield, and that it changes people, and making a vow to avoid that temptation.
Which is all very laudable, but is it any good to listen to? Actually yes: it's from the same stable of Disney-rock that the likes of Miley and the Fraternity Of Jonas have carved into the musical landscape, with a thumping bassline and a gradually increasing sense of mania and seriousness, which fits the idea of the song rather well. It's like "I'm going to stay a normal person, no really I am, noreallyIam, NO REALLY I AM."
You can almost hear the paparazzi cameras going off as she's singing.
Of course, the only thing she has to worry about now is that having made this very public declaration, if she slips up for a second, we'll all be watching...
Download: Out now
CD Released: June 1st
RandomEnigma says: "It has to be the only bubblegum pop song with a big guitar and piano solo."
Strawberry Tart Music says: "Demi has a very powerful voice and the rock music with her vocals makes this track a must listen!"
Maddy Pumilia says: "The song has very amusing lyrics that makes her fans relate to her"