Demi Lovato Reaches For The Sky In New Single “Skyscraper”

Yesterday brought plenty of news about Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” as we learned that the video will drop this Wednesday, then took a peek at a teaser for the clip. Of course, far better than either of those bits of business is actually getting to hear the song itself — and now it’s here! As we expected, the track is an emotionally raw power ballad about staying strong and walking tall, just like the titular building — and we also get some rather raw vocals from the young star, who, thankfully, clearly hasn’t been Auto-Tuned as she bares her soul on this moving track. Hear it below.

Written by Estonian songbird Kerli and Lovato herself, the lyrics here are solid and genuinely inspiring: “You can take everything I have / You can break everything I am / Like I’m made of glass, like I’m made of paper / Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper.”

The piano and vocals that begin the track are mournful, fitting in with the somber vibe we predicted from this tune. But it all builds to a much stronger and more upbeat finish, sending a message to Lovato’s fans that she isn’t letting her recent struggles keep her town — or stop her from taking her career in a more mature, emotionally naked direction than we’ve seen yet from the Disney star.

Do you think Demi Lovato towers in “Skyscraper”?