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Jason Derulo is Jason Derulo's debut studio album that was released on March 2, 2010 by Beluga Heights, TM3 Records, Asylum and Warner Bros. Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Whatcha Say
  2. Ridin' Solo
  3. In My Head
  4. The Sky's The Limit
  5. What If
  6. Love Hangover
  7. Encore
  8. Fallen
  9. Blind

Album BackgroundEdit

Jason Derulo wrote songs for many successful artists from 2006 to 2009.

His debut single "Whatcha Say" was released on August 4, 2009. Produced by J.R. Rotem with additional production by Fuego, the song samples the Imogen Heap song "Hide and Seek".

In late August 2009, it debuted at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 before peaking at number one in November 2009. Due to Derulo's sudden success, he began work on his debut album.

By December 2009 the album was completed, and he subsequently released the second single from his album, "In My Head", on December 8, 2009. It debuted at #63 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and has since reached number five, becoming another top-ten hit for Derulo.

Derulo began promoting the album in late November 2009 by appearing as one of the opening acts for Lady Gaga's The Monster Ball Tour, which will end in 2011.

The track, 'Ridin' Solo' originally sampled "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve; however, the sample was not cleared and was subsequently replaced.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Jason Derulo" debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 with approximately 43,000 copies sold in its first week released.

The album debuted at #8 on the UK Albums Chart, and returned to that position in late July following the release of its fourth single "What If."

As of April 2012, it has sold 315,000 copies in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Jason Derülo received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, receiving an average score of 56 out of 100 (indicating 'mixed or average' reviews), according to music review aggregator Metacritic.

The most positive of reviews coming from Los Angeles Times's August Brown who gave the album two and half stars out of four, praising the album for its "array of earnest trance-pop, glossy guitar rock and buttoned-down R&B." and called it "a pleasure-packed debut."

He went on to praise Derulo's vocal ability for knowing "exactly when to deploy his Caribbean lilt to ramp up a song's melodrama, and it's one of his best vocal tricks."

AllMusic's David Jeffries was less impressed and gave the album three out of five stars criticizing the album for its "overall flow" and for only having nine tracks.

Despite this, Jeffries went on to praise the album for its ability to "get stuck in your head" and went on to call the album "one to admire rather than advocate", he went on to label the album's music as R&B.

The most critical of reviews came from BBC Music's Mike Diver who criticized the album as a whole and called it "a deafening hollowness, an unashamed fakery akin to a dream-state where fantasy and reality have become mixed and hopelessly muddied" and "this soulless Auto-Tune-fest is one to avoid."

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