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