Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer," was the quickest climb to Billboard's dance charts in reaching number one after only a handful of weeks this past summer. Despite sitting at the top of the dance charts, this woman is a rock star. She was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this past Saturday, and everything about her performance proved to me that she's got way more ahead of her than her Disney days. "Cool for the Summer" struck me as another tease-song for men to fantasize about some girl on girl action, or for club heads to dance to, but this performance put me under the impression that Lovato isn't looking to please anyone but herself with her music, and that's definitely not what I get from her recordings. She is an entertainer, and she is meant to perform live. Her voice is raspy, raw, and enormous. The title of her album Confident that just released this past Friday finally made even more sense than it did after her nude, untouched photo shoot with Vanity Fair. She performed a medley of "Cool for the Summer" and the follow up single "Confident," radiating the confidence she found after years of battling depression, alcoholism, and eating disorders. She later performed "Stone Cold," a heartbreaking piano ballad that she nearly cried while singing.
Her songs are so much better to listen to with a live band versus what you'd hear on the radio. I'm almost offended that Selena Gomez, whose voice arguably can't go past a monotone minor-key whisper, is so close in the charts against someone as indispensably talented as Lovato is. Watching this performance is a must for anyone, even if you think you hate the pop star.