Credit Gabriel EncinasIt doesn't seem that long ago that Jason Derulo released "Trumpets," the fifth single from his album Talk Dirty, but now the singer is back with a brand-new single, "Want You to Want Me," from a brand-new album. But Jason says this isn't a case of him rushing a single out to keep the momentum going: it's because to him, all his hits from Talk Dirty feel old.
"Though the album was released a year ago, I did that music two years ago," he says of Talk Dirty, which came out in April of 2014. "So I was just ready to record and start writing again."
Jason's right -- the first single from Talk Dirty, "The Other Side," was released way back in April of 2013, but since songs take a while to heat up and then cool off, by the time he got around to releasing "Trumpets," it was already late 2014. He hopes the new album -- whose title he won't reveal -- will be out this summer.
As for "Want You to Want Me," Jason says the '80s-flavored hit is about what happens when the person you're crushing on doesn't return your affection.
"You know, you could have everything in the world, but if that one person that you want doesn’t want you back then nothing else really matters," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, this feeling, this sense of obsession, almost kind of consumes you, and I wanted to write a song about that feeling."
While Jason is still putting the finishing touches on his album, he says one feeling he won't be expressing is revenge, in the form of a song answering "How 'Bout Now," the diss track that his ex, Jordin Sparks, released last year. While the singer admits that it's "definitely tempting" to do so, he tells ABC Radio that it's "not tempting enough."
"I feel like, you know, it has to stay about the music, it has to stay about the art," he explains. "I have to stay on the more important topics. So, y'know, my life and my relationships, I do talk about them , in the light that I wanna talk about it. I can’t let somebody else control what I really wanna say, because of anger."
Look for Jason to join the judges' panel on the new season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance later this year.
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