The pop sen­sa­tion doesn’t care about pleas­ing the crit­ics – that’s not what it’s about, he tells Jonathon Mo­ran

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One hot rookie with one hot girl­friend.

WITH his all-im­por­tant sec­ond al­bum two months from re­lease, Ja­son Derulo be­lieves he’s got noth­ing to prove. The Amer­i­can pop star says he is driven by his fans.

‘‘ Ev­ery­thing I do at this point is about them and noth­ing else. I couldn’t care less about prov­ing my­self. That’s not what I’m in it for,’’ he says.

‘‘‘ I want to keep on mak­ing it in­ter­est­ing and I think peo­ple will re­ally con­nect to it.

‘‘ I don’t think my fans think I’m go­ing to dis­ap­pear any time soon so it would be prov­ing my­self to crit­ics, which I re­ally care noth­ing for.’’

The 21-year-old burst on to the charts in 2009 with his in­fec­tious pop track Whatcha Say.

His self-ti­tled de­but al­bum sold mil­lions around the world and spawned hits with sub­se­quent sin­gles In My Head and Ridin’ Solo.

But his on-off ro­mance with Lara Bin­gle has also kept him in the pub­lic eye, es­pe­cially in Aus­tralia. They were first linked af­ter they pre­sented an award to­gether at last year’s ARIAs.

The cou­ple were then linked a num­ber of times, with Bin­gle say­ing at a David Jones launch in Fe­bru­ary: ‘‘ We’ve spent some time to­gether and will con­tinue to spend time to­gether.’’

How­ever, their love af­fair now seems to be well and truly over. Derulo says: ‘‘ No, we’re not dat­ing but, yeah, we are friends.’’

And it’s just as well, as he dis­cov­ered his for­mer flame is now dat­ing rugby union player Danny Cipri­ani when the pair outed their ro­mance in a mag­a­zine last week.

Now Derulo wants to con­cen­trate on his mu­sic. Don’t Wanna Go Home has been cer­ti­fied gold in Aus­tralia, peak­ing at No. 5 on ARIA sin­gles charts. It is hugely pop­u­lar on com­mer­cial ra­dio.

His next sin­gle off Fu­ture His­tory, It Girl, is keep­ing it sim­ple.

Asked if it is a ref­er­ence to Bin­gle he says no, adding: ‘‘ I wanted to put my­self in a po­si­tion as if I’d found my It Girl, to make my­self feel like if I found that one true love. I’ve ba­si­cally de­scribed what it would be like if I found her.’’

The al­bum, he says, will be filled with sur­prises with the singer promis­ing to pro­vide a range of dif­fer­ent styles.

His in­flu­ences range from Michael Jack­son to Madonna, Prince and Elvis Pres­ley. ‘‘ I didn’t hide any­thing,’’ he says. ‘‘ There’s that as­pect with the per­sonal and then there’s me turn­ing 21 and the party life, that point of time where I was writ­ing up-tem­pos and about fun and then there were songs I recorded when I was drunk.

‘‘ There are all kinds of songs on the record and I had to whit­tle it down from 150 songs.’’

The al­bum ti­tle Fu­ture His­tory re­flects Derulo’s de­sire for longevity in the com­pet­i­tive and of­ten ruth­less mu­sic busi­ness.

All too of­ten, artists emerge on the scene as the next big thing but then fall off the radar.

‘‘ I would like my mu­sic to live af­ter me,’’ he said. ‘‘ I want my mu­sic to be what is in the his­tory books in the fu­ture.’’ JA­SON DERULO WILL TOUR AUS­TRALIA NEXT FE­BRU­ARY Sin­gle Don’t Wanna Go Home is out now Al­bum Fu­ture His­tory is due in Septem­ber

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