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Jason Derülo

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Not to be confused with Jason Rullo.
This article is about the singer. For his self-titled album, see Jason Derülo (album).
Jason Derülo

Derülo at KISS FM Chicago’s Coca Cola Lounge 2010
Background information
Birth name Jason Joel Desrouleaux
Born September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21) (age 22)
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres R&B, pop, dance[1][2]
Occupations Singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actor
Years active 2007–present
Labels Warner Bros.,
Beluga Heights,
TM3 Records
Associated acts The Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa, Birdman, Diddy-Dirty Money, Lil Wayne, Big Boi, Kid Cudi, Melody Thornton

Jason Joel Desrouleaux[3] (born September 21, 1989), better known by his stage name Jason Derülo, is an American singer-songwriter, actor and dancer. After producing records for several artists and writing songs for Cash Money Records, co-founder of the label Birdman, Young Money Entertainment owner Lil Wayne and rapper Diddy, Derülo signed to minor recording label Beluga Heights. After Beluga Heights became part of the Warner Music Group, Derülo released his debut single, “Whatcha Say” in May 2009, which sold over five million digital downloads, gaining an RIAA certification of double platinum, and reaching number 1 in the US and New Zealand. Derülo released his second single, “In My Head“, in December 2009. His debut album, Jason Derülo, was released in 2010.



Early life

Derülo was born in Miami, Florida,[4] to Haitian parents. His birth name is Desrouleaux, but he changed the spelling for his stage name to make it easier to pronounce.[5]

Derülo has been performing since the age of five. He wrote his first song, “Crush on You”, at age eight and was heard singing part of the song on a Galaxy FM interview. Derülo spent his youth studying opera, theater, and ballet. He attended Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

At age 12, Derülo met his future manager, Frank Harris, a law school student who was helping him improve his basketball skills.[6]

Music career

2007–2009: songwriting and musical beginnings

Derülo has been writing songs for artists including Diddy, Danity Kane, Donnie Klang, Sean Kingston, Cassie, Lil Wayne since he was 16, intent on becoming a solo performer.[7] After attending performing arts schools and honing his talents as a singer and dancer (plus acting in theatre productions like Ragtime and Smokey Joe’s Cafe),[8] Derülo won the grand prize on the 2006 season finale of the TV show Showtime at the Apollo. Derülo was discovered by music producer J. R. Rotem, who signed him to his record label Beluga Heights Records and Warner Bros. Records.

In a HitQuarters interview, Rotem highlighted Derülo’s dedication to his art by saying, “Jason Derülo has one of the most impressive work ethics I’ve ever come across – he just keeps knocking out songs in the studio. That’s an amazing quality.”[9]

Derülo’s music career began in 2006, when he was featured on Birdman’s song “Bossy”, which was featured on his album, 5 * Stunna.

2009–present: Jason Derülo and Future History

On August 4, 2009, Jason released his debut single, “Whatcha Say“. It was produced by J. R. Rotem with additional production by Fuego. The track samples the Imogen Heap song “Hide and Seek“. In late August 2009, the song debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100[10] and hit number 1 in November 2009.[11] The single’s music video was released in September 2009; after the single became successful, Derülo began work on his debut album. He released the second single from his album, “In My Head“, on December 8, 2009. It debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100]], and reached number five.[12]

Derülo’s debut album, Jason Derülo, was released on March 2, 2010. He spent six weeks promoting the album in his appearances as one of the opening acts for Lady Gaga‘s 2009–2010 The Monster Ball Tour. The third single of the album is “Ridin’ Solo,” which was released worldwide on April 26, 2010. By July, the single had reached number nine in the Billboard Hot 100.[12] Derülo has also recently been featured in a song by new artist Will Roush called “Turn it Up,” which also features Stat Quo and Young Buck. He also collaborated with UK singer Pixie Lott on a song called “Coming Home” which will be on Lott’s new album Turn It Up Louder to be released in the United States in 2011.

Jason Derülo first charted within the top ten of the UK and Irish Albums Charts in early March 2010.

Derülo’s second studio album, Future History, was released on September 27, 2011.[13] Derülo is currently detailing his journey recording the album via a series of webisodes that are posted on his official website every Friday.[13] Its lead single, “Don’t Wanna Go Home“, was released on May 20, 2011. It landed the number-one spot in the UK and in the top five in Australia.[14] Derülo plans to embark on an eight-date UK tour in support of the album in February 2012, including a show at Wembley Arena on March 1.[15]



Main article: Jason Derülo discography

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards[16] Choice Breakout Male Artist Himself Nominated
Choice R&B Track In My Head Nominated
Choice R&B Album Jason Derülo Won
MTV Video Music Awards[17] Best Male Video “In My Head” Nominated
Best New Artist “In My Head” Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards[18] Best New Act Himself Nominated
Best Push Act Himself Nominated
ARIA Music Awards[19] Most Popular International Artist Himself Nominated
2011 NAACP Image Award[20] Outstanding New Artist Himself Nominated
BMI Pop Music Awards[21] Songwriter of the Year “In My Head”, “Ridin’ Solo“, “Whatcha Say, Replay Won
50 Most Performed Songs of the Year “Replay” Won
Teen Choice Awards[22] Choice Male Artist Himself Nominated
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Track Don’t Wanna Go Home Nominated
Choice Summer: Music Star Male HImself Nominated
MOBO Awards[23][24] Best International Act Himself Nominated

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