Made in the USA (song)

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"Made in the USA"
Single by Demi Lovato
from the album Demi
Released July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)
Format Digital download
Recorded Larrabee Studios, California
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:16
Label Hollywood
Writer(s)
  • Jonas Jeberg
  • Jason Evigan
  • Corey Chorus
  • Blair Perkins
  • Demi Lovato
Producer(s)
  • Jonas Jeberg
Demi Lovato singles chronology
"Heart Attack"
(2013)
"Made in the USA"
(2013)
"Let It Go"
(2013)

"Made in the USA" is a song recorded by American recording artist Demi Lovato. The song was released on July 16, 2013 by Hollywood Records, as the second single from her fourth studio album, Demi (2013). The song was written by Lovato, Jason Evigan, Corey Chorus, Blair Perkins and Jonas Jeberg and produced by Jeberg. "Made in the USA" is an uptempo pop rock song that celebrates an everlasting American romantic relationship.[1] Lovato released the song to coincide with Independence Day.[2] The song peaked at number 80 on Billboard Hot 100.

Background and composition[edit]

"Made in the USA" is an uptempo pop rock[3] song with a running length of three minutes and sixteen seconds.[4]

The patriotic love song[2] was composed by Corey Chorus, Lovato, Jason Evigan, Jonas Jeberg and Blair Perkins.[4] It was written in 2011, originally intended for R&B artist Blair Perkins, though after producer Mio Vukovic heard it, he knew it was "meant" for Lovato. Producer Evigan told MTV News that the song was "Demi-fied" in response, though still contains an "R&B feel", explaining: "[Now] it's got like a country vibe mixed with this R&B feel, which makes it kind of pop country rock thing." Lovato reacted to the track instantly, and made a few changes to it. Lyrically, "Made in the USA" is inspired by "American romantic love stories" in the 1930s.[3]

Upon the album's release, Billboard stated the song was "the right comparison of bubblegum fun and Lovato's overpowering pipes" and compared the track to the song "Party in the U.S.A." by fellow former-Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus. Billboard also described the song as "an up-tempo, red-white-and-blue-tinged celebration of everlasting love" and stated that the song contained a "wistful guitar lick and some fierce romanting statements".[5]

Lovato's vocals in the song expands two and a half octaves from the low note of E3 to the high note of A5.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"Made in the USA" received generally positive reviews from music critics. Billboard reacted positively to the song, praising it as a "grown-up version" of "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus, noting its opening line which contains a reference to Chevrolet, describing it as "unusual" and "coy".[5] Female First gave a generally positive review, saying that the song was not the best on the album however that it was "fun" and "upbeat" and praised its reference to Chevrolet as well as its "positive shout-outs" to America's coasts.[7] Pop Spoken described the song as "slightly lackluster".[8] iMedia Monkey also offered a mixed reaction, complimenting the song's "perfect balance of radio friendly choruses and interesting instrumentation", however stated that the song was not "ground-breaking" and was generally "more of the same".[9] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic criticized the song for "copying" Cyrus' song.[10]

Music video[edit]

Official video[edit]

The music video was released on July 17, 2013. The video was directed by Ryan Pallota and Demi Lovato. The video marks a directorial debut of Lovato, where she is co-directed. Lovato explained the video, about the couple "who meet at a carnival and they fall head over heels in love".

Synopsis[edit]

The video begins when Lovato visits a carnival and performs the opening of the song. Soon, the focus switches to follow the love story of a young American couple (portrayed by Dustin Milligan and Aimee Teegarden). Initially, the video shows the pair throughout their dating phase. One day, the boy must leave, and it is revealed he is a soldier being deployed in the middle of the war. He promises to return, and meanwhile, the girl is left alone at home. The two attempt to stay in contact by writing letters to one another, and the girl anxiously awaits his correspondence. The next scene shows a flashback to the carnival from the beginning of the video, where the girl hangs out with her friends until she sees the boy for the first time, working at the carnival. As the boy follows her around the carnival, Lovato performs the song. The climax of the story portrays a chaotic scene with the boy in a battlefield, shots ringing all around him. Simultaneously, the girl begins to shut herself in her room, worried about her boyfriend, and it seems as if he will die. In the end, the boy returns and reunites with his girlfriend. The video ends with Lovato smiling at the camera.

Reception[edit]

MTV Style's Chrissy Mahlmeister noted that Lovato is getting in the "patriotic spirit" in the music video, sporting an "all American" look which included a "crocheted white dress with a brown belt, denim jacket". Mahlmeister stated that she "ditched her typically edgy, all-black ensembles" seen in her previous music video for "Heart Attack".[11]

Live performances[edit]

On June 28, 2013, Lovato performed "Made in the USA" during her appearance at the Good Morning America concert series, sporting a similar outfit to what she was seen wearing in the single's music video behind-the-scenes sneak peek. On August 11, 2013, Lovato performed at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards with Nick Jonas as drummer.[12]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Demi album liner notes.[13]

Recording
Personnel
  • Demi Lovato - lead vocals, songwriter
  • Jonas Jeberg – songwriter, producer, instruments, vocal producer, programming
  • Jason Evigan – songwriter, vocal co-producer
  • Corey Chorus – songwriter
  • Blair Perkins – songwriter, vocal producer
  • Corky James – guitar, banjo, piano
  • Kyle Moorman – engineer
  • Serban Ghenea – mixer
  • John Hanes – mix engineer
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering

Track listings[edit]

CD single[13]
No. Title Length
1. "Made in the USA"   3:16
Total length:
3:16

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 17
European Hot 100 Singles[15] 87
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 50
Indonesia (Creative Disc Chart)[17] 1
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[18] 20
Slovakia (IFPI)[19] 62
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 89
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 80
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 40

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States[23] July 16, 2013 Contemporary hit radio
Germany[24] September 27, 2013 Digital download
New Zealand[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Lipshutz (June 24, 2013). "Demi Lovato Preps 'Made In The USA' Single". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ugen, Rume (July 4, 2013). "Demi Lovato Releases 'Made In The USA' Just In Time For Independence Day". Entertainmentwise. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Vena, Jocelyn (July 4, 2013). "Demi Lovato's Fourth Of July Single 'Made In The USA' Is About 'Real Love'". MTV News. Viacom International, Inc. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Made in the USA - Demi Lovato". Allmusic. Allrovi Corporation. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Jason Lipshutz (May 9, 2013). "Demi Lovato, 'Demi': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Unsupported Browser or Operating System". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Demi - Demi Lovato Album Review". Female First. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Demi Lovato "Demi" Album Review & Giveaway!". Popspoken. June 1, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ James Fyfe (June 10, 2013). "Demi Lovato – 'Demi' (LP)". iMediaMonkey. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (May 14, 2013). "Demi - Demi Lovato". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (July 11, 2013). "Demi Lovato's 'Made In The USA' Video: What We Know So Far!". MTV. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mahlmeister, Chrissy (June 28, 2013). "Demi Lovato Sports Denim Jacket And White Dress In 'Made In The USA' 'GMA' Performance And Behind-The-Scenes Video". MTV Style. Retrieved June 29, 2013. She is also set to perform at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards
  13. ^ a b Demi (liner notes). Demi Lovato. Hollywood Records. 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Demi Lovato – Made in the USA" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  15. ^ "Demi Lovato Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Demi Lovato. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  16. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Creative Disc Top 50 Chart – 19 August « Creative Disc – Music Weblog". Creativedisc.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  18. ^ "The Official Lebanese Top 20 - Demi Lovato". Olt20.com. 8 November 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201333 into search.
  20. ^ "6, 2013/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Demi Lovato Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Demi Lovato.
  22. ^ "Demi Lovato Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Demi Lovato.
  23. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases / Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates (Archive)". All Access. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Made in the USA [+video]: Demi Lovato: Amazon.de: MP3-Downloads". Amazon.de. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  25. ^ "iTunes - Music - Made in the USA - Single by Demi Lovato". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2014-02-13.