Demi Lovato says Paramore’s Hayley Williams is her “dream collaborator”

"She’s one of my biggest influences"

Demi Lovato has named Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams as her “dream” collaborator in a new interview.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Lovato revealed that the sound of her eighth album ‘Holy Fvck’ – out tomorrow (August 19) – had been inspired by ’00s female artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Ashlee Simpson.

She cited the former’s 2004 hit ‘Since U Been Gone’ as “one influence that really changed where I wanted to go directionally”, hailing the single as “a monster record”.

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“And I saw the transformation of [Clarkson] as an artist go from R&B soul pop to pop rock,” Lovato continued. “And I was like, wait, that’s what I want to do.” The star would later go on to discover bands like Paramore and Flyleaf.

“I’ve known Hayley [Williams] since… I think I met her when I was 15,” Lovato told Lowe.

“I had a lot of people pulling for me that I didn’t necessarily talk to. She seems like the type of person that would be pulling for me during those times. But yeah, I didn’t get to know her that well but…she’s one of my biggest influences.”

She added: “Vocally – oh my God. I mean, she’s still my dream collaboration. It’s never happened, but she’s still my dream collaboration. To be honest, I gave up on that dream collaboration. So I didn’t say it for years, but that’s always been my dream collaboration.”

Discussing her vision for ‘Holy Fvck’, Lovato explained: “I wanted two things with this album: I wanted the sound to be emotive – I wanted people to feel from the sound – but I also wanted people to feel from the lyrics.”

The singer recently previewed the project with the single ’29’, on which she appears to reflect on the 12-year age gap in her former relationship with That ’70s Show actor Wilder Valderrama.

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Demi Lovato has also shared the songs ‘Substance’ and ‘Skin Of My Teeth’ from her imminent new record – check out the full tracklist below.

1. ‘Freak’ (ft. Yungblud)
2. ‘Skin Of My Teeth’
3. ‘Substance’
4. ‘Eat Me’ (ft. Royal & The Serpent)
5. ‘HOLY FVCK’
6. ’29’
7. ‘Happy Ending’
8. ‘Heaven’
9. ‘City Of Angels’
10. ‘Bones’
11. ‘Wasted’
12. ‘Come Together’
13. ‘Dead Friends’
14. ‘Help Me’ (ft. Dead Sara)
15. ‘Feed’
16. ‘4 Ever 4 Me’

Meanwhile, Paramore are due to make their return to the stage this autumn with an intimate North American headline tour. A new album from the trio is also on the horizon.

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