Neon Lights (Demi Lovato song)
|Single by Demi Lovato|
|from the album Demi|
|Released||November 19, 2013|
3:38 (radio edit)
|Demi Lovato singles chronology|
"Neon Lights" is a song by American singer Demi Lovato from her fourth studio album, Demi (2013). The song was released as the album's third single on November 19, 2013. Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella produced and co-wrote the song along with Lovato, Mario Marchetti, and Tiffany Vartanyan. On September 29, 2013, Lovato announced the name of her concert tour, the Neon Lights Tour, and soon after that "Neon Lights" would become the third single from the album. The song, with its prominent EDM influences, covered new ground for Demi, who had been previously known for her pop ballad singles. The song received mixed reviews, with critics praising the song, but criticizing its placement on the album, despite the single beginning relatively well, with the accompanying music video being released on November 21, 2013.
The song has since reached number 2 on the Ukraine Dance Charts. The song has done moderately well internationally, most significantly in New Zealand, where it has since peaked at number 12 and been certified Gold. It reached number 36 on the Hot 100, peaking at this position for three non-consecutive weeks. It also topped the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart at number one and became Lovato's third top 10 single at Mainstream Top 40, reaching number 7. The song has since been certified Platinum in the US.
An accompanying music video for "Neon Lights" was directed by Ryan Pallotta, and was premiered through Vevo on November 21, 2013. Lovato has performed the track on several television programs, and has also included the song on the set list of her Neon Lights Tour (2014).
Background and composition
"Neon Lights" is a dance and an electropop song. In October 2013, Tedder explained his idea to produce the dance record, stating "That record, Neon Lights, we did intentionally because I wanted to. I heard it on [a friend's] demo-reel and the next day I woke up and the melody was in my head, and I couldn't get it out of my head for two days, that's when I knew." Tedder also went on to compliment Lovato's vocals, stating, "She came in and just ripped it. She in pop music has one of the biggest ranges, possibly the highest full voice singer I've ever worked with. She can belt full voice like three octaves above middle C, it's just crazy, and with complete power and complete control. At the beginning she's singing the lowest note she's ever done and by the end she's going as high as she's ever gone." Tedder says the song was a "fun dance record." According to Musicnotes.com, Lovato's vocals span from the low note of C♯3 to the high note of D5. The song moves at a tempo of 126 beats per minute in the key of F♯ minor.
Lovato announced that the song would be the third single from Demi on September 27, 2013 by posting a short teaser video to her Facebook page featuring the words "Neon Lights" formed out of neon light tubes, with the background music being "Neon Lights". The words "SUNDAY 6 PM EST" appeared on screen just before it ended, suggesting the release of the music video or the new single. However, this was actually a reference to a live Facebook chat Lovato had with her fans on September 29, where she confirmed "Neon Lights" as the next single of Demi and also announced her associated tour of the same name in support of the album. Despite the announcement in September, the official release of the single was on November 19, with the music video being released two days later on November 21.
The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics upon the release of Demi. Although critics praised the song overall, its placement upon the album was criticized. Jason Lipshutz of Billboard called "Neon Lights" a "misguided dance stunt". He explained that the song "covers well-worn electro-pop territory" and does so very effectively. He also states that the song is well done for "the blinking synthesizers and clomping bass that receive a boost from the singer's unflappable power."  Alter The Press! gave the song a positive review, stating that "Most recent single Neon Lights is certainly a standout track on the album, and well deserving of a solo release, with a huge chorus that allows Lovato to push her voice and show off the power harbored in her vocal chords, it's an ideal seller for the whole album."
The music video was released on November 21, 2013. The video was directed by Ryan Pallotta, who previously worked with Lovato, who co-directed for the music video, "Made in the USA". The video begins as Lovato emerging from a pool of water. In the next scene, Lovato performed the introduction of the song in a room wired with neon lights and another scene where Lovato is later shown dancing and singing with the backup dancers in a club. During the video, Lovato is wearing neon makeup and neon rain starts falling down. The scenes are shown repeatedly throughout the video.
Lovato first performed the song at We Day on September 20, 2013. She then promoted it on October 3, 2013 at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with a performance, the first on television. On October 7, 2013, Lovato performed the song during her interview at the The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Lovato performed the song during the results show of the third season of The X Factor (U.S.) on November 28, 2013. On December 31, 2013, Lovato performed it at ET Canada 's New Year's Eve televised show. On May 21, 2014, Lovato performed the song along with "Really Don't Care" at the thirteenth season finale of American Idol along with the Top 13 female contestants. The song was also a part of Lovato's setlist for The Neon Lights Tour (2014) and the Demi World Tour (2014–2015). On August 31, 2015, Lovato sang it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as well as promoting "Cool for the Summer".
Awards and nominations
|2015||Vevo Certified Awards||100 Million Views||"Neon Lights"||Won|
Formats and track listings
- Digital download
- "Neon Lights" – 3:53
- Digital remixes – EP
- "Neon Lights" (Radio Version) – 3:38
- "Neon Lights" (Betty Who Remix) – 3:17
- "Neon Lights" (Cole Plante with Myon & Shane 54 Remix) – 6:04
- "Neon Lights" (Jump Smokers Remix) – 4:06
- "Neon Lights" (Belanger Remix) – 5:17
- "Neon Lights" (Tracy Young Remix) – 7:26
Charts and certifications
Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.
|United States||November 19, 2013||Digital download|||
|United Kingdom||June 15, 2014|||
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