Demi Lovato - La La Land

September 14, 2017 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

La La Land - Demi Lovato |

How have I not reviewed this music video yet? This is totally my jam at times, so I'm glad I'm finally getting to cover it on my Thursday Revisit; since I reviewed "Sorry Not Sorry" for my Chart Mondays review. This was the song that made me a fan of Demi Lovato, and I have followed her career ever since. The song is beyond catchy and was her first solo single release in the UK, even though "Get Back" was released previously in the US. As for the music video, it relates to the song very well, with an annoyance or two here. Watch Demi Lovato perform her song as she walks through Hollywood passing many celebrities and deciding to not conform and just be herself in this music video for "La La Land".

Demi Lovato has really come a long way since this music video. She's totally grown up, which we all know what that's like because we've grown with her. This song definitely launched her as a female solo artist in the UK and I remember buying the CD Single back then. The music video is highly memorable, and like I said, I thought I had already reviewed the visual. The song charted at number 35 in the UK, she later charted higher with future singles, but she still hasn't managed to get a number one, not yet. The song was written by Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Jonas.

Directed by Brendan Malloy, the music video is a pure performance piece set in front of a slight narrative. These sort of videos were popular way back then, but they never stood the test of time and are just known as a phase in a long history of music videos. The video was used to promote the Disney Channel's sitcom, Sonny With A Chance, hence why many of the stars from the show feature in the visual; these include Allisyn Ashley Arm, Doug Brochu, Sterling Knight, Michael Kostroff, Brandon Mychal Smith, and Tiffany Thornton.

The opening scene sees Demi Lovato on a talk show, titled Rumour Has It with Benny Beverly, where she's speaking to Doug Brochu. He asks her to "tell us what it is like to be a star". We then launch into Hollywood where the track kicks in.

We see many literal translations of the lyrics, although there is one problem that everyone has; they've changed "McDonald's" to "Ronald's" in the song due to sponsorship. It's annoying as people who know the song from her album and repeated plays will recognise the change straight away. It's a shame they never changed it across all platforms.

Overall the video is interesting and engaging. There are digs at the paparazzi. There are digs at people who try to change her. Yet, she stays strong throughout it all. This is really a star's life; yet, to make it in the world you need to be original and stick to yourself, even though many people think that's not the way to go. Has Demi Lovato changed from then to now? Of course she has, but I bet you've changed since 2009. It's part of growing up where perceptions and reality change over years.
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