Demi Lovato, Katy Perry among YouTube original programming

YouTube is expanding its original programming slate with Demi Lovato and Katy Perry, among others. After announcing its first competition reality show, Best.Cover.Ever. last week, the company has revealed it will premiere a Demi Lovato documentary and Katy Perry live concert later this fall.

I Am: Demi Lovato takes fans inside the pop star’s year long journey of personal discovery. Exposing raw emotions and deeply moving moments, Lovato provides fans with exclusive access into the creation of and meaning behind her newest album. It’s a side of Lovato fans have never seen before, as she explores regions of the world — and parts of herself — using her voice and star power to influence change in issues important to her.

“This past year has been one of the most transformative years of my life, and I’m looking forward to bringing my fans on this journey of continued growth and self discovery in both my music and my personal experiences,” states Lovato.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been inspired by creativity and reinvention, and Demi Lovato’s journey in this new series I Am: Demi Lovato epitomizes what can happen when inner strength, determination and drive combines with artistic vision,” says Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube.

“This past year has been one of the most transformative years of my life.”

Lovato, who originally started posting videos to YouTube in 2008, is one of the biggest names on social media with three billion video views on YouTube alone, plus 43 million Twitter followers, 57 million Instagram followers and over 38 million fans on Facebook.

The Katy Perry Live Special will take fans inside of Perry’s world, revealing the experiences and emotions she poured into her all-new soul baring music on the eve of her highly anticipated album launch. With unique access, global reach and surprise fun packed along the way, Perry will break it all down in this album listen along, and there just might be fireworks if fans stick around long enough. After the main event, Perry will perform a set of her blockbuster hits including “Dark Horse,” “Teenage Dream” and “Firework,” along with new songs “Chained to the Rhythm” and “Bon Appetit.”

Last week, the company announced Best.Cover.Ever., a cutting-edge talent competition created by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. Best.Cover.Ever. gives emerging musicians from around the world a chance for international fame. The series is hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Ludacris and features Lovato, Backstreet Boys and Jason Derulo.

Lovato, Perry and Ludacris join Kevin Hart, Rhett and Link, Ellen DeGeneres and The Slow Mo Guys as seven new series debuting this fall. These new shows will be ad-supported, meaning brands can be a part of content that’s generating buzz around the world. No specific release dates have been announced.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.