By Radio.com Staff
“I have so many different dimensions as a person, as we all do,” he explains to Radio.com. “This album is a package. It’s not about one tune. It’s about taking the whole entire masterpiece if you will.”
Derulo then compares the album to a painting, explaining that you wouldn’t just take a chunk off the left corner to represent the painting, you instead look at the entire work as a whole.
“During the writing of this album I wanted to make sure that I was being true to myself and explaining the stories of my life and in turn I would be explaining the stories of other people’s lives,” he says. “You can find yourself in my stories because we go through very similar things.”
Tracks like current single “Want To Want Me” and the accompanying music video for the song further describe these stories.
“It’s the age old story of wanting the person that you want so badly to want you back the same way. It’s told in a very sexy way,” he says with a smile. “It’s very steamy, and it talks about how that obsession feels very vividly.”
For his 11-track album, Derulo invited guests along as well, including Meghan Trainor on “Painkiller.” A friend with “an amazing spirit,” Derulo says the “All About That Bass” singer exemplifies the concept of being humble.
Despite her success, Trainor is “still a very down-to-earth girl next door,” Derulo says. “She likes to have a great time and goof off and likes to laugh much like myself, so we get along well. It was only natural that it led to doing a song together.”
Another collaboration comes in the form of “Broke,” which features Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban. During a dinner at the White House with Wonder, Derulo asked Wonder if he’d be interested in playing harmonica on one of his songs. When Wonder said yes, Derulo decided to push his luck a little further and asked if he’d be willing to also sing on the track.
“He was like, ‘Yeah, man. You’re family.'”
The two artists recorded “Broke” in the studio together. Derulo explains the song as being the classic story of how having more money often means more problems.
“I never really got that meaning until it happened to me personally,” Derulo says gravely. “The more you make, the more problems you have. It’s just so real. So many problems arise in my life because of where I am in my life. If I wasn’t where I am, a lot of things would be a lot different. So many things would be so different if I was just Jason from down the block.”
Jason Derulo’s album Everything Is 4 will be released on June 2.
Everything Is 4 tracklist:
1. Want To Want Me
3. Get Ugly
4. Pull Up
5. Love Like That (feat. K Michelle)
6. Painkiller (feat. Meghan Trainor)
7. Broke (feat. Stevie Wonder & Keith Urban)
8. Try Me (feat. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma)
9. Love Me Down
10. Trade Hearts (feat. Julia Michaels)