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.
“‘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.”