Jason Derulo has been writing songs for artists including Diddy, Grant Goan, Danity Kane, Donnie Klang, Sean Kingston, Cassie, Lil Wayne since he was young, intent on becoming a solo performer. After attending performing arts schools and honing his talents as a singer and dancer, as well as acting in theatre productions like Ragtime and Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Derulo won the grand prize on the 2006 season finale of the TV show Showtime at the Apollo. Derulo 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 Derulo’s dedication to his art by saying, « Jason Derulo 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. »
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 heavily samples the Imogen Heap song « Hide and Seek ». In late August 2009, the song debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number 1 in November 2009. The single’s music video was released in September 2009; after the single became successful, Derulo 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.
Derulo’s debut album, Jason Derulo, stylised with an umlaut as Jason Derülo, was released on March 2, 2010. Jason Derulo first charted within the top ten of the UK and Irish Albums Charts in early March 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. Derulo has also 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 titled « Coming Home » from the re-released edition of her album Turn It Up.
In 2011, Derulo recorded a track with Demi Lovato titled « Together » for her album Unbroken. His second studio album, Future History, was released on September 27, 2011. Derulo is currently detailing his journey recording the album via a series of webisodes that are posted on his official website every Friday. 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. Derulo planned 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. However, on January 3, 2012, while Derulo was rehearsing for his Future History Tour, he broke one of his vertebrae. As a result, he canceled all of his tour dates.
On March 28, 2012, Derulo appeared on American Idol to announce he would allow fans to help him finish the lyrics for a new song entitled « Undefeated », as part of a partnership with American Idol and Coca Cola. Fans were given the opportunity to submit their own lyrics to complete the song, and fans were then given the chance to vote on which lyrics they liked the most. On May 5, 2012, Derulo announced that his first post-neck injury television performance would be on the eleventh season finale of American Idol, on May 22, 2012. In August 2012, Derulo became a dance master alongside Kelly Rowland, for the first season of the Australian dance talent show Everybody Dance Now. The show was cancelled shortly after its fourth episode aired due to poor ratings.
On July 9, 2012, Derulo announced that he had signed Australian singer-songwriter Arlene Zelina to his record label Future History (owned with his manager Frank Harris) after he attended one of her performances at Whisky A Go Go in 2011 before she returned to Melbourne, Australia. On July 10, 2012 Derulo confirmed this on his Twitter.
On April 16, 2013, Derulo released his single, « The Other Side » to radio on April 23, 2013. As of July 4, 2013 « The Other Side » peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Derulo announced via Twitter that his third album will be called Tattoos. The album was released on September 24, 2013. The album’s second single, « Talk Dirty », was released internationally on July 27, 2013 (digitally). « Talk Dirty » has peaked at #3 on the « Billboard » Hot 100.
The album features American hip-hop recording artist 2 Chainz; it is the first single from Derulo to contain a feature. The tracks accompanying music video had already been shot and was released in early August 2013.
On July 22, 2013, it was announced that Derulo would be featured on Jordin Sparks’ lead single, « Before It Breaks », off of her third album. The single is set to be released on August 1, 2013. « Marry Me » made its US radio premiere on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on August 26, 2013. It is scheduled to be released to all digital retailers as the second single to the U.S. market, third overall, on the same day. On Wednesday December 11, 2013, he was the headline act for Radio City Live in the Echo Arena, Liverpool. He performed Ridin’ Solo and Talk Dirty.
6 months after Derulo’s third album Tattoos was released (Other than in the U.S) he announced on March 18, 2014 that he would be releasing an album with 4 newly recorded songs and 7 from « Tattoos » as the U.S album and that it would have different artwork and be re-titled « Talk Dirty ». Talk Dirty was released on April 15, 2014.
Along with a great deal of soon to be revealed projects, Derulo managed to make the most of the following years.
Between 2015 and 2016, the artist was proposed, owing to his long shot earned recognition, to get a seat as a judge of the 12th Season of « So You Think You Can Dance ». On March 9, keeping an eye on his own work, he finally releases his fourth album, titled « Everything is 4 ». Major hit right away, the single « Want To Want Me » is ranked 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 weekly rating.
Eventually, Derulo keeps good connections with the TV industry and widens his network for getting on the September 20, 2016 his first appearance as a guest star in « Lethal Weapon » Fox drama series.
The year 2017 is the start of something even bigger. Truly prolific in music, collecting featurings with Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign and even David Guetta, he gets slightly involved with Pitbull, releasing the « Educate Ya ».
Finally, his past experiences in the TV world got his talent a chance to be appreciated on wider screens. On December 20, 2019, « Cats » is released and Derulo has a great role in it: Rum Tum Tugger.
The future seems even brighter, as he shall also play in the upcoming biographical movie « Spinning Cold ».