Stone Cold (Demi Lovato song)

"Stone Cold"
Single by Demi Lovato
from the album Confident
Released March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded MXM Studios (Los Angeles)
Length 3:11
Producer(s) Laleh Pourkarim
Demi Lovato singles chronology
"Stone Cold"
"Without a Fight"
Music video
"Stone Cold" on YouTube

"Stone Cold" is a song co-written and recorded by American singer Demi Lovato for her fifth studio album, Confident (2015). The song was written by Lovato with Laleh Pourkarim, who also served as the song's producer, and Gustaf Thörn. It was released to digital retailers on October 9, 2015 through Hollywood Records and Island Records as the first and only promotional single off the album, one week prior to the album's release.[4] The song was initially premiered on radio via 97.1 FM on February 6, 2016.[5] It was sent to contemporary hit radio on March 21, 2016 as the third and final single from the album.[1] On April 4, the song was sent to hot adult contemporary radio.[6]

A ballad, "Stone Cold" discusses the pain of watching an ex move on and be happy with someone else.[7] The song incorporates pop and soul influences, and is centered on a piano melody, with a stripped down production aimed at highlighting Lovato's vocals.[8] Some critics compared "Stone Cold" to Lovato's 2011 single "Skyscraper" and the work of English singer Adele.[7][9]


"Stone Cold" is a pop[3] and soul sentimental ballad.[7][10] It was written by Lovato, Laleh Pourkarim and Gustaf Thörn. According to the digital sheet music published by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., "Stone Cold" was originally composed in the key of F minor with a "moderately fast" tempo of approximately 144 BPM.[8] Lovato showcases a vocal range on the track, alternating between belting the verses and delivering other lines such as "I'm happy for you" softly,[7] and spans from a low note of F3 to a high note of G#5.[8] The song features a stripped down production style that focuses primarily on piano and vocals.[11]

The song's lyrics portray the pain of watching an ex move on after a break-up and trying to be happy for them once they find happiness with someone else.[12][13] A writer from Billboard compared the song to Lovato's own "Skyscraper" (2011), and to Adele.[7][9] During an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Lovato stated, "This song is your heartbreak song. I wanted to have a song that people can listen to when they're going through it, or they're thinking about a time they were heartbroken." She also added that "Stone Cold" "is the type of song that I wanted people to feel in their hearts and ripped their guts out."[14]

Critical reception

Christina Garibaldi of MTV complimented Lovato's vocals, claiming that they have "reached new heights" on the song, as well as her emotional delivery.[12]

Music video

A video featuring a "live in studio" rendition of the song was uploaded to Lovato's Vevo account on October 7, 2015 in promotion of the song's release.[9][12][15] On February 19, 2016, Lovato revealed a teaser video for the song's official music video on Twitter.[16][17] The full music video, directed by Patrick Ecclesine, was released via her Vevo channel on February 23, 2016.

Synopsis [18]

The music shows Lovato at various locations such as snowy mountains, a bathtub, etc singing in a depressive manner. The video ends with a shot of Lovato in the snow.

Live performances

Lovato debuted the song on September 29, 2015 during her performance at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.[19] On October 17, 2015, she performed "Stone Cold", as well as a medley of "Cool for the Summer" and "Confident" on Saturday Night Live during the series' forty-first season.[13][20] Furthermore, "Stone Cold" was a part of Lovato's setlist at the 2015 106.1 KISS FM Fall Ball on November 14, 2015.[21] On December 11, 2015, she performed the song at Billboard Women in Music 2015 event in New York City where she was honored with the first Rulebreaker Award.[22] Lovato also included the song in her setlist during the 2015 Jingle Ball Tour.[23] On February 10, 2016, she performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[24] Lovato performed "Stone Cold" on American Idol on March 3, 2016 and on The Late Late Show on March 16, 2016.[25][26] On April 2, 2016, she performed the song at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles where she received the GLAAD Vanguard Award.[27] The next day, she gave another rendition of the song at the 3rd iHeartRadio Music Awards joined by Brad Paisley on guitar.[28] On May 14, 2016, Lovato performed "Stone Cold" as a part of her setlist at the 2016 edition of Wango Tango.[29] She performed the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden for the second time, during the Carpool Karaoke segment, which appeared online on May 16, 2016.[30]

Cover versions

Credits and personnel

Recorded at MXM Studios, Los Angeles, United States.

  • Demi Lovato – lead vocals, songwriter, piano, background vocals
  • Laleh Pourkarim – songwriter, producer, engineering, cello arranging, drum programming, piano, synth, bass, background vocals
  • Gustaf Thörn – songwriter, engineering assistant, string arranging, synth, piano, background vocals
  • Eru Matsumoto – cello, drum programming
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Tom Coyne – mastering

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Confident.[34]

Chart performance

Chart (2015–16) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[35] 27
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[36] 79
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[37] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[38] 36


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[39] Golddagger 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

dagger Since May 9, 2013, RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[40]

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United States October 9, 2015[4] Digital download – Promotional single
March 21, 2016[1] Contemporary hit radio
April 4, 2016[6] Hot AC radio


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  21. "106.1 KISS FM's Fall Ball 2015". 106.1 KISS FM. November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  22. Lee, Ashley (December 11, 2015). "Demi Lovato Performs 'Stone Cold,' Accepts Rulebreaker Honor at Billboard Women in Music 2015". Billboard. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  23. Michele Amabile Angermiller (December 12, 2015). "Jingle Ball NYC 2015: Demi Lovato Slays, Charlie Puth Home for Christmas & Fetty Wap Plays Santa". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  24. Daw, Robbie (February 10, 2016). "Demi Lovato Performs "Stone Cold" On 'Ellen', Is Ready To Be Engaged To Wilmer Valderrama: Watch". Idolator. Gawker Media. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
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  27. The Hollywood Reporter (April 4, 2016). "Demi Lovato, Caitlyn Jenner Receive 2016 GLAAD Media Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
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