Demi Lovato is working hard on her new, as-yet-untitled album. The first single from the Sept. 20 release, “Skyscraper,” dropped earlier this month and was a hit with fans and supporters of the recovering young singer, debuting in the Billboard top ten. Its buzzed-about video was directed by Mark Pellington, the man behind clips from Alice in Chains, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy and, most famously, Pearl Jam’s 1993 MTV VMA Best Video-winning “Jeremy.”
So that’s weird (in a good way)!
The former Disney diva is currently in the studio working on tracks with Timbaland and Missy Elliott. That’s right, not Dr. Luke or RedOne or The-Dream … Timbaland and Missy Elliott. (Which is also kind of strange, isn’t it?)
These guys are pros, of course, and are sure to deliver the goods, but the entire endeavor feels straight out of the early aughts. Maybe that’s what she’s going for? After years of crafting very successful teen pop, Lovato is ready to change things up, and let’s face it, moving from the “Camp Rock” soundtrack to a Dr. Luke jam isn’t much of a change. (It’s pretty much the same trajectory Britney Spears et al took after leaving their Disney days behind … except the Dr. Luke of 1999 was Max Martin.) So she decided to go in a different direction. Go, Demi!
But it got us thinking about where young Lovato was when her most recent collaborators were first making their mark on the music industry. Let’s take a look.
>>> March 17, 1962 – Mark Pellington is born in Baltimore, Maryland. His father is legendary Baltimore Colts lineman Bill Pellington.
>>> March 10, 1971 – Timothy Zachery Mosley (“Timbaland”) is born in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
>>> July 1, 1971 –Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliott is born in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Patricia and Ronnie Elliott.
>>> Spring, 1992 – Pellington makes debut as music video director with Public Enemy’s “Shut ‘Em Down.”
>>> August 1, 1992 – Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” video, directed by Pellington, debuts on MTV.
>>> August 20, 1992 – Demi Devonne Lovato is born in Dallas, Texas, to Patrick Lovato and Dianna Hart de la Garza, a former Dallas cowboys cheerleader.
>>> September 2, 1993 – “Jeremy” wins the MTV VMA for Best Video.
>>> December 21, 1993 – Jodeci’s Diary of a Mad Band, featuring the first-ever album appearances by both Timbaland and Missy Elliott, is released.
>>> August 27, 1996 – Timbaland breaks through as a producer with the release of Aaliyah’s One In A Million.
>>> June 29, 1997 – Elliott’s single “The Rain” drops and is an immediate sensation thanks to its Hype Williams-directed video.
>>> July 15, 1997 – Missy Elliott’s platinum-selling debut studio album Supa Dupa Fly is released.
>>> November 24, 1998 – Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment, Timbaland’s debut LP, is released.
>>> August 28, 2003 – Elliott’s “Work It” wins the MTV VMA for Video of the Year.
>>> May 7, 2004 – A then-7-year-old Lovato appears on the children’s show “Barney & Friends.”
>>> June 20, 2008 – “Camp Rock” starring Lovato and former boyfriend Joe Jonas premieres on the Disney Channel.
>>> September 23, 2008 – Don’t Forget, Lovato’s debut studio album, hits stores.
>>> July 21, 2009 – Lovato’s second album, Here We Go Again, debuts at No. 1.
>>> June 23, 2011 – Elliott he is in the studio with Lovato.