The success of the film and its soundtrack resulted in a recording contract with Hollywood Records.Her debut album, Don't Forget (2008), debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200.
Outside the entertainment industry, Lovato has been involved with several social and environmental causes since the launch of her career.
In May 2013, she was cited for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental health challenges at a National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, D. She has also become an advocate for the LGBT community, and women's rights.
The sound just evolves into everything that I've been and everything that I want to become." She further stated, "I've never been so sure of myself as an artist when it comes down to confidence, but not only personal things, but exactly what I want my sound to be and what I know I'm capable of and this album will give me the opportunity to show people what I can really do." In May 2015, Billboard revealed Lovato was in the process of starting an "artist-centric" new record label, Safehouse Records, of which she will be co-owner.
The label will be a partnership between her, Nick Jonas, and Lovato's manager Phil Mc Intyre, and will form part of a new collaborative arrangement with record label Island.
Work on her third studio album, Unbroken (2011), continued after she completed treatment. Its lead single, "Skyscraper", became Lovato's second top 10 entry in the US, while its second single, "Give Your Heart a Break", was certified triple platinum in the country.
Lovato was a judge and mentor on the American version of The X Factor in 20.
The album's second and final single, "Remember December" failed to match the success of its predecessor, but it peaked at number 80 on the UK Singles Chart.
The entertainer made her first 40-city national concert tour, Live in Concert, in support of Here We Go Again.
The following year, Lovato was cast as the titular character in the television series Sonny with a Chance (2009–2011), and released her sophomore album, Here We Go Again, which became her first to top the Billboard 200 chart.