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Music Review: Jason Derülo – Jason Derülo

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If you’re looking for an album from an artist with endless talent, Billboard hits, and award nominations, look no further. Jason Derülo’s self-titled debut album is one you could listen to over and over again.

Since the age of five, Miami-born Jason Derülo has been performing for crowds. He attended Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Derülo began his music career at the age of 16 producing hit songs for other great artists including Diddy, Sean Kingston, Cassie, Lil Mama, and several artists on the Cash Money Records label.

This amazingly talented young man became the first artist signed to Warner Bros. Records’ joint venture with the Beluga Heights label. He has had quite the year and is quickly establishing himself as one of the breakout stars of 2010. This album is taking him to great places; his biggest single, “Whatcha Say,” was released in May 2009 and not only went triple platinum, but also had five million digital downloads topping two of the U.S. Billboard charts and the New Zealand singles chart. Between “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head,” Derülo became the first male solo artist to score consecutive No. 1’s on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart in the chart’s 17-year history.

If that wasn’t enough, his third single, “Ridin’ Solo,” is quickly approaching one million units sold, top ten on the U.S. Billboard charts and is also ranking high on the U.K. charts as well. I can totally see why! “Ridin’ Solo” really got my attention — I love the beat. For those of you who are conscious of explicit lyrics this song does have a few curse words in it, so you may want to get the clean version.

Going back to the actual album, I love the mixes, and how fun and upbeat these love-themed songs are. Being mommy to a three-year-old and four-month-old I’m at the point where if I listen to “The Wheels on the Bus” one more time my head will fall off. Luckily, I get to listen to adult music occasionally when the girls aren’t with me. “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head” are both great songs to dance to, total club songs or songs to rock out to in the car. Derülo reminds me of a mix of Usher, Ne-Yo, and Rihanna and whatever he’s doing, it’s working. I want to listen to this CD over and over again and wish there were even more songs on this album. I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for his listeners in the future.

Jason Derülo just keeps getting hotter and has recently been nominated for three 2010 Teen Choice Awards in the music category, including the highly coveted Choice Music: Breakout Artist – Male. His double platinum-selling single “In My Head,” has been nominated for Choice Music: R&B Track, while the album has been nominated for Choice Music: Album – R&B. Check out the Teen Choice Awards when they air August 9 and be sure to get your album. Jason Derülo is a great addition to your collection.

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