stars and put him in the same league as artists such as Usher.
He has spent a lot of time in Australia ( briefly dating Lara Bingle) and subsequently reaped the rewards with hit after hit on commercial radio.
The last time E Guide caught up with Derulo, in October, he sounded tired and as if he was going through the motions.
But this time around, promoting his new single, Fight For You, he sounds fresh and excited.
The accident, he says, forced him to appreciate life, and his many successes, more than he has in the past.
‘‘ My dreams came true but I didn’t take a second to take that in and enjoy it,’’ he says.
Speaking from a Los Angeles recording studio, Derulo is working on new material with a third album likely to be released by the end of the year.
He says the accident has opened him up to a whole new world of creativity.
In the past, he was more structured when writing songs.
Now, he’s finding the songs are coming to him . . . at all hours.
‘‘ They say that to write great songs, you have to live and experience things and this whole near- death experience has just opened so many new ideas and new concepts of what really matters in life to me.’’
Derulo was to bring his Future History World Tour to Australia in April but because of the accident was forced to cancel all performances.
He’s not sure when he’ll tour here again, but is definitely keen to venture our way soon, most likely for a holiday.
‘‘ It’s my favourite place in the world. Hopefully I’ll be there soon for a vacation. It’d be cool to just go and enjoy Australia for what it is and not be working at the same time.’’
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