Demi Lovato Describes 'Soulful, Gospel' Sound of New Song 'Father'

Demi Lovato
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Demi Lovato attends the 2nd Annual unite4:humanity presented by ALCATEL ONETOUCH at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

The singer also explains why "Cool For The Summer" almost wasn't her new album's lead single.

Demi Lovato’s fifth studio album, Confident, is due out on Oct. 16, which the pop star revealed last week when some of her famous friends helped her revealed the new full-length’s track list. One of the as-yet-unheard songs on the album is titled “Father,” dedicated to her late father Patrick, and Lovato told Billboard during her Pop Shop Podcast appearance that the song is going to be the one to surprise fans the most.

“The last song that I recorded [for the album] was called ‘Father,’ and I’m particularly excited for this song,” says Lovato. “I get very, very honest about the passing of my dad. My fans expect me to be honest, [but] what I think that people in general aren’t going to expect is the way that I sing the song. I took it more to a soulful, gospel kind of sound, and it’s the song that I think I might be most proud of on the album.”

Lovato also noted that “Cool For The Summer,” which has peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100 chart, was not originally going to be the lead single of Confident. Fans can chalk up that decision to timing more than anything.

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“‘Cool For The Summer’ actually wasn’t going to be my first single — it was actually going to be ‘Confident,’” says Lovato, referencing the title track which leaked online last month. “But ‘Cool For The Summer,’ you can’t really release in October, so we were like, ‘Okay, you know what? I think we have a change of plans, and we’ll go with “Cool For The Summer.”’ It was really spontaneous but it worked, and I’m super excited with the way that things have played out so far.”

For more with Demi, including her thoughts on collaborating with Iggy Azalea, listen to the new episode of the Pop Shop Podcast below, and subscribe to the show on iTunes now!