Jason Derulo

  • R&B singer and songwriter born Jason Desrouleaux in 1989 in Miramar Florida.
  • Derulo showed talent at singing and songwriting at an early age. He attended a performing arts school as a boy, and he was writing by the time he was eight years old. While in school, he acted in theater productions, honing his singing and dancing talents. In 2006, a rap song that he wrote was picked up by rapper Birdman, and Derulo provided backing vocals to the song. Later that year, he entered the television talent show Showtime at the Apollo, and he won the grand prize on the season finale at 16 years old. Other artists began to pick up songs that he had written – he was paying the bills with songs recorded by artists like Pitbull and Lil Wayne – but he aspired to a solo career.
  • By 2008, record companies had noticed him, and he signed a recording contract. His debut single was released in August 2009 – Watcha Say. The song took Imogen Heap’s 2005 single Hide and Seek and turned it into a soul classic. The single topped the Hot 100 chart and it was top ten in 15 international charts. Just like that – Derulo was a star.
  • His next two singles – In My Head and Ridin’ Solo – peaked at #5 and #9 respectively on the Hot 100. All three singles were included in Derulo’s debut album, the self-titled Jason Derulo, released in 2010. The album reached #11 on the Billboard 200 album chart and was certified platinum. The following year, he released his second studio album, Future History. The singles Don’t Wanna Go Home and It Girl were top 20 hits on the Hot 100 chart, and top six hits on the Dance Club songs chart. A tour was planned to support the album, but it was cancelled after Derulo broke a vertebrae in his back during rehearsals.
  • Two more full length studio albums were released during the 10s decade. Tattoos was released in 2013 (and re-released with an expanded number of tracks in 2014, titled Talk Dirty). Everything Is 4 was released in 2015. Hits from the albums included The Other Side (#18 in the U.S., #2 in the UK), Talk Dirty (#5 in the U.S., #1 on eight international charts), Trumpets (#14 in the U.S., top ten in eight international countries), Wiggle (#5 on the Hot 100) and Want to Want Me (#5 in the U.S., #1 on six international charts). Now a multimedia star, Derulo participated in reality talent shows like Everybody Dance Now, Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Entering the 20s, he released five non-album singles in 2020. He had his first Hot 100 number one single since 2009 with Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) – it became his most success global hit, topping charts in 20 countries. A remix version of the song that included Korean boy-band BTS was the version that topped the Hot 100 chart.
  • Unfortunately for Derulo, he was part of the cast of the disastrous 2019 film Cats, performing the role of Rum Tum Tugger. The film makes nearly every list of the worst films ever made. Despite this hiccup, the future remains bright for Derulo. He knows how to appeal to his young audience – he has 52 million follows on TikTok, which puts him at #13 on the list of most followed people on the platform. He is driven to be a pop music phenom – listen to his work, and you’ll hear songs that are carefully produced to appeal to the masses. Watch his video to Want to Want Me, and you’ll see what I mean.

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