“Cool for the Summer” is a song recorded by American singer Demi Lovato. It was released as the lead single from her fifth studio album Confident (2015) on July 1, 2015, by Hollywood Records and Island Records, and premiered on radio on the same date via Republic Records. Lovato co-wrote “Cool for the Summer” with Alexander Erik Kronlund, Savan Kotecha, and the song’s producers Max Martin and Ali Payami. It is a pop rock song that features an electronic instrumental arrangement with a synthesized beat, and an electric-guitar riff is heard during the chorus.
The song attracted attention for its bi-curious insinuations and sexually suggestive lyrics. “Cool for the Summer” was included in several year-end lists and received nominations for MTV Video Music Awards and 2015 Teen Choice Awards in the category “Song of the Summer”. It also received an award for being one of the most-performed songs of 2015 at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Commercially, it reached number one in Greece, and reached the top 10 in the Czech Republic, Lebanon, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United Kingdom. The song also reached the top 20 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Slovakia, Spain, and the United States.
A music video for the song was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and was released on Vevo on July 23, 2015, on Vevo. The video was positively received; publications praised Lovato’s sensuality and growth in her artistry. To promote the song, Lovato performed it at pool parties a few days after its release, and on several television programs such as The Voice Australia, Sunrise, 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The singer also performed the song in a medley with “Confident on Saturday Night Live during the show’s forty-first season. Wearing a T-shirt featuring an inclusive bathroom symbol, Lovato showed her support for the LGBTQ community and demonstrated against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bathroom bill during her performance of “Cool for the Summer” at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on May 22, 2016. She included the song as an encore on her set list for the Future Now Tour and during her sixth headlining concert tour Tell Me You Love Me World Tour.
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