Jason Derülo's new album, 'Future History', was released in late September. It is a record that the 22-year-old calls the "greatest accomplishment of his life thus far".
It seems improbable that we've only spent two years getting used to Derülo and his umlaut. In that time, he has set up a label with Sean Combs and Lil Wayne, opened for Lady Gaga on her all-conquering 2009 Monster Ball Tour and shipped five million downloads of his 2009 debut single 'Whatcha Say', topping the US Billboard Hot 100 in the process.
The American, real name Jason Desrouleaux ('day-ru-lo'), followed the single success with his full-length debut record in 2010. Although it received a mixed critical response (many commented that, at nine tracks, it was just too short), 'Jason Derülo' charted well all around the world, and made the UK and Irish Top 10.
But young Jason wanted more and so expectations for his sophomore record were high. Perhaps weighed-down by the artist's own expectations, 'Future History' has laboured a little on release, again attracting mixed reviews. It is, at least, of an appropriate duration, being a full 12 tracks long.
But Jason Derülo is the epitome of a 21st century music star and, as such, his music features heavily on Spotify, YouTube, WE7 and Last.fm playlists. Derülo's fan base is music's newest generation of consumers and it can be no surprise that his chart performance is comparatively modest. Live is where Derülo really makes his mark; a point he will prove with a 10-date arena tour of some of the UK and Ireland's biggest sheds.
Jason Derülo's spring tour begins at the SECC in Glasgow on Thursday 23rd February, followed by arena gigs at the NEC in Birmingham, in Sheffield, Cardiff, Bournemouth, London (Wembley), Manchester and Newcastle, before a trip across the Irish Sea for shows in Dublin and finally Belfast, on 6th March 2012.
We will have tickets for all the dates when they go on sale at 9.30AM on Friday 14th October, priced from around £30 for UK shows and 39 for Dublin.
Note that 'Meet & Greet' packages are also available priced around £100/ 100.