Jason Derulo Debut Set For Release
A gifted, genre-hopping songwriter who has created tracks for a multitude of artists such as Lil Wayne, Sean Kingston, Pitbull, P. Shiddy, Danity Kane, and Iyaz (the five-week No. 1 "Replay"), Derulo's album reflects his love for all different types of music with an uncategorizable blend of pop, rock, electronic, and R&B elements that showcases this exciting newcomer's many talents. "It's definitely a music lover's album," the Miami-born 20-year-old says. "It reflects all my different influences, but it's deeply rooted in pop."
"My vision for the album was to make music that would impact the world," Derulo says. "And by that I mean that music is a healing thing. When you play your favorite song, you can forget all your troubles for three minutes. I want to provide those getaway moments for people." To that end, Derulo spent eight months in the studio, often working 20-hour days, to record more than 300 songs that he narrowed down to the nine that appear on the album. "I wanted to make sure I had something special that would endure and sound timeless," Derulo says.
Derulo wrote or co-wrote each track on the album, which was produced by Rotem, who has also worked with Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Rick Ross, and many others. "J.R. is a musician like myself, and has the ability to work within all different types of genres," Derulo says. "We can literally do whatever we want in the studio and experiment, which is really important to me because I want to break down barriers and do things that have never been done before." The album features songwriting contributions from in-demand hit-makers Claude Kelly (Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," Britney Spears' "Circus," Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA"), Evan Bogart (Beyonce's "Halo," Rihanna's "S.O.S."), and Alex James (Adam Lambert's "Sure Fire Winners," Tata Young "My Bloody Valentine").
Derulo has already seen his star ascend with the blockbuster success of his debut single "Whatcha Say," which quickly climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Rhythmic, and Pop charts and remained atop the Pop chart for four consecutive weeks, making Derulo one of two new artists who debuted in 2009 to go to No. 1 at all three formats with a debut single. "Whatcha Say," which climbed to No. 2 on the iTunes singles chart, has sold four million copies worldwide, including three million in the U.S., and has been certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Derulo's new single, "In My Head," is moving even faster at radio with more than 160 Pop and Rhythm stations on board and is already Top 15 on the Pop chart. The accompanying video, among YouTube's most-viewed music clips, has been added to MTV's "AMTV" and "Credit Squeeze" rotation, MTV Hits, TeenNick, and Music Choice.
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