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TORONTO – Jason Derulo has been writing songs for the past 16 years – a remarkable fact considering he only just turned 24.
By the time he was a teenager, the Miami native was penning tracks for artists like P. Diddy, Lil Wayne and Pitbull.
It wasn’t until 2009, though, that Derulo – the surname is a simplified version of his birth name Desrouleaux – made a name for himself around the world, by stepping into the spotlight and pumping out hits like “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head.”
His self-titled debut album and the 2011 follow-up Future History earned him two Teen Choice Awards as well as a nomination for an American Music Award.
Derulo’s third album, Tattoos, was released last month and has already spawned the hits “The Other Side” and “Marry Me.”
The singer said he is happy with the different sounds on Tattoos.
“Every song is different from the other,” Derulo explained. “You can tell by how different ‘The Other Side’ and ‘Marry Me’ are. They are total opposites.”
Derulo believes the album is truly a collection of singles.
“In 2013 people just buy singles off these albums because they feel the rest of the [songs on an] album are just watered-down versions of what the singles are,” said Derulo, “but this album is very different in the sense that every song can stand on its own.”
In the video for “Marry Me,” he sings to real-life girlfriend Jordin Sparks, the former American Idol winner (who, coincidentally, had a hit single called “Tattoo” in 2007).
While Derulo hasn’t said if an actual proposal happened or will happen anytime soon, he admitted he’d like to be a father.
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