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Pop - Released September 19, 2011 | Beluga Heights - Warner Bros.
Deep down, R&B singer Jason Derülo is probably as complicated as anyone, but in pre-release press for his sophomore release he made the telling, youthful comment that “so much had happened” since he made that journey from 18 to 21. Granted, he went platinum and topped charts around the world, but for most that means the journey from being able to vote to being able to drink, along with a ton of other things that don’t seem so monumental down the road. Future History -- and that title fully displays the level of cleverness found here -- is an ambitious stab at growth in the pop-R&B world of 2011, where triumphant declarations of love are delivered over a sample of Toto’s “Africa” (“Fight for You”) and jamming together Robin S.’s "Show Me Love" and Harry Belafonte’s "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" (“Don’t Wanna Go Home”) gives you a shot at topping will.i.am. Derülo’s still saying nothing -- which is fine, since these are hooky, club cuts -- but it’s the talking louder that’s the issue, as cringe-worthy lines like “No matter, what you say/You always sound sexy to me/That’s when you know” are delivered with such conviction they become unavoidable. Luckily, the base formula remains the same as last time out, and when you parse out Future History in singles and slices for the weekend, titles like “That’s My Shhh” and “Don’t Wanna Go Home” come true. ~ David Jeffries
Pop - Released October 7, 2016 | Beluga Heights - Warner Bros.
Once Everything Is 4 ran its course, Warner Bros. compiled Jason Derulo's most popular singles for Platinum Hits. The gold-certified "Don't Wanna Go Home" and new track "Kiss the Sky" excepted, the 12-track anthology indeed consists of platinum singles, ranging from his 2009 debut "Whatcha Say" -- which was quickly followed by "Replay," a platinum hit Derulo co-wrote for Iyaz -- to 2015's "Want to Want Me." It affirms that Derulo was one of the most popular singers and songwriters of the early 2010s -- not that anyone who frequented a chain restaurant or amusement park during the period would contest the fact. This is a succinct, convenient summary of the manchild dance-pop specialist's output. Casual listeners won't miss much by avoiding the albums it distills. ~ Andy Kellman
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