At some point we’re going to have to stop being shocked when Jason Derulo releases yet another genre-defying chart topper. It’s not that we don’t realize how incredibly talented Derulo is. Instead, it’s that we can’t believe someone can be so experimental while simultaneously knowing what is going to get eaten up by the masses.
Derulo has been one of the most consistent artists in recent history, releasing single after single that all reach the top of the charts. His efforts even scored Jason the 2014 title of ‘Most played male singer on the radio’. So why aren’t we sick of him yet? Because Broke.
Derulo’s latest single Broke is exactly like all his previous singles in that it’s nothing like them at all. Teaming up with Keith Urban (really?) and Stevie Wonder (no, really?), the trio have crafted a song that your little sister will love, your dad will love, and you will love.
The new song is a perfect representation of the three musical heavyweights, with inspiration taken from country, soul, R&B, pop, blues, funk, jazz, and just about every other category you can think of from the record store. Rather than sounding too busy or like a messy mash up, each influence is clearly established and compliments rather than competes with the other sounds.
Derulo understands that the best way to get better is to surround yourself with people who are the best at what they do, hence the Urban and Wonder session.
It’s not like we weren’t warned that Derulo was going to shake up the music world. His first single Whatcha Say featured Imogen Heap’s Hide And Seek, taking a hauntingly beautiful synthpop track and making it a radio-friendly pop hit. Whatcha Say showed the music world right out the gate that the Miami native had an innate ability to take chances without alienating listeners.
With four albums in five years we should probably be tired of Jason Derulo, but in reality we can’t get enough. Time to add Broke to our long list of Jason Derulo tracks we can’t stop listening to.
Check out Broke don’t miss Jason Derulo’s performance alongside Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, The Weekend, and MMVA co-host Ed Sheeran at the 2015 MMVAs on Sunday, June 21 at 9E/6P.