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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music -

JA­SON Derulo says suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous neck in­jury makes him feel blessed.

The 22- year- old Amer­i­can pop star ( pic­tured) frac­tured his neck last month when he fell and landed on his head while per­form­ing an ac­ro­batic move in re­hearsals for his now­can­celled world tour.

Derulo, world- fa­mous for his hits Whatcha Say, Ridin’ Solo and It Girl, has of­fi­cially been off work re­cu­per­at­ing since the Jan­uary 3 ac­ci­dent and will wear a neck brace for the next few months. ‘‘ I feel so blessed,’’ Derulo says. ‘‘ I could not be here right now, it was very close. The in­juries I sus­tained could have ended in three ways: I could have been paral­ysed for life; I could have been gone [ dead] or I could have a neck brace on for six months. I came out blessed, so I’m feel­ing very pos­i­tive.’’

Since smash­ing on to the charts with his catchy sin­gle Whatcha Say in 2009, Derulo has sold more than 13 mil­lion sin­gles and al­bums world­wide.

His self- ti­tled de­but al­bum peaked at No. 11 on the Amer­i­can Bill­board Chart and at No. 4 in Australia.

Fol­low- up Fu­ture His­tory, re­leased last Septem­ber, ce­mented Derulo’s po­si­tion as one of the world’s top

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