"Skyscraper" is a song performed by American singer Demi Lovato. The song was released on July 12, 2011, as the lead single from her third studio album ''Unbroken'' (2011). The song was written by Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins and Kerli Kõiv and produced by Gad. When the song was recorded, Lovato was very emotional which triggered outbursts and caused her to start crying. In November 2010, Lovato entered a treatment facility to deal with her personal struggles. After completing her treatment and leaving the treatment facility in late January 2011, Lovato re-recorded the song, but kept the original recording as she felt it was "symbolic" to her. According to Lovato, the song represents the journey she had been on the previous year.
The song is a ballad and the lyrics speak of staying strong and believing in yourself. The song opens with a lonely piano and as soon accompanied by heavy percussion. Lovato showcases breathy and quivering vocals throughout the song. "Skyscraper" was critically acclaimed by music critics; many praised Lovato's vocals and the inspirational lyrics of the song. The song debuted at number ten on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100, spending a total of 17 weeks on the chart. The song became Lovato's highest-peaked single on the chart since "This Is Me", peaked at number nine in August 2008. "Skyscraper" sold 176,000 paid digital downloads in the first week of release in the United States, setting a sales record for Lovato. Internationally, the song reached the top 20 in Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The song was certified Gold in Australia.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2012 Singles )〕 The song has sold over 1.5 million digital downloads in the United States and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
Lovato performed "Skyscraper" for the first time at the Do Something Awards on August 18, 2011.
In December 2013, Sam Bailey, winner of the tenth series of ''The X Factor'', released a cover version of "Skyscraper" as her winner's single after she won. Bailey's version reached number one on UK Singles Chart.
"Skyscraper" was written by Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins and Estonian singer Kerli Kõiv and produced by Gad.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Skyscraper (Legal Title) )〕 Kerli said they wrote the song while drawing inspiration from a picture of the apocalypse.〔 In an interview with ''Seventeen'', Kõiv elaborated on the picture, stating, "The world was in ruins and in the middle of all the collapsed buildings was one skyscraper still standing tall. It was slightly raining and the first rays of sun were starting to shine through thick clouds of smoke. I was actually feeling amazing when I wrote it. It came from a really empowered place." Kerli revealed that the song is also personal to her, stating, "I come from a very small place in Eastern Europe so my whole life has kind of been one big fight to live my dream against all odds. But I think it's hard to be a human in general — we all have our own struggles and things to overcome."〔 When asked what she wants girls to feel when they hear the song, Kerli said, "I think the lyrics say it already. You can hit the lowest low and face the darkest dark, but you can always get back up and get in the light."〔 Kerli recorded a demo version of the song before Gad was offered the song to Lovato.〔〔 Lovato wanted to record the song because she felt a "huge emotional attachment to it" and believed both she and her fans could relate to it.〔 Lovato explained the rest of ''Unbroken'' is "a lot lighter and more fun" and they chose to release "Skyscraper" as the first single from the album because they wanted to show "something very inspirational" that represents the difficult journey she had been on.〔
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