One of the major tenets of addiction recovery is owning one’s past, and Demi Lovato takes the latest stab at sobriety with the release of her latest single “Dancing With the Devil.”

Telling her story of addiction and substance abuse as both a confession and a cautionary tale, the talented singer/songwriter combine forces with YouTube in support if her documentary, album, and newly released lead single, “Dancing With the Devil.”

Supported by an intensely dramatic, instrumental backing track, the 28-year-old sings about how close she was to dying: “I was dancin’ with the devil, out of control / Almost made it to heaven, it was closer than you know / Playin’ with the enemy, gamblin’ with my soul / It’s so hard to say no, when you’re dancin’ with the devil.”

Listen to Lovato’s “Dancing With The Devil” and watch this space for updates on her April 2-scheduled album of the same name.

Going hand-in-hand with the song, Lovato’s four-part YouTube Originals documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, opened the 2021 SxSW festival. “It’s hard to recall another musician, or any other recent celebrity, who’s been as open about as much personal upheaval as has Lovato, who emerged as a big-voiced child performer and whose pop music career has closely tracked the evolution of her emotional and physical wellness,” Variety wrote. “Onscreen titles [from the film] inform us that the in-control, tactically charismatic entertainer we see at first was filmed for a planned concert documentary in 2018, shortly before Lovato (who has since re-emerged and restarted her music career) was hospitalized for a life-threatening drug overdose.”

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