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  • Live Review: Jason Derulo — L.A. Live, Downtown L.A.

    Wed, 03 Mar 2010 07:45:20

    Live Review: Jason Derulo — L.A. Live, Downtown L.A. - Jason Derulo proves why he's the future of pop and R&B at his record release show in Downtown L.A....ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino re-caps the show in this exclusive review...

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    "This is a very special day for me," said Jason Derulo to the crowd at his L.A. Live CD Release show.

    However, if Derulo's stunning performance at L.A. Live was any indication, today was only the first of many "special" days for him. In fact, over the course of a 6-song set, Derulo managed to channel Michael Jackson's epic showmanship, Usher's R&B swagger and Ne-Yo's vocal prowess, while putting on a show that was unequivocally his own. Derulo definitely draws from the artists that came before him, but he simultaneously forges ahead with a style that the world hasn't seen yet. In fact, it's pop R&B with a sharp sense of humor and fun. Oh yeah, he's got some sick dance moves to boot...

    Fittingly, Derulo hit the stage to epic synth swells of "Sky's the Limit." Flanked by backing dancers, he immediately dazzled the packed crowd of fans camped out in the center of L.A. Live with airtight choreography. Once he hit the falsetto on the song's bridge, it was clear that pop will soon belong to Jason. He didn't miss a note or a step.

    "Ridin' Solo" immediately ignited the kids in the front with its impenetrable hook. Jason worked the audience with engaging glances and an unbreakable rhythm. The hook soared through the downtown L.A. sky. Jason's latest single "In My Head" sparked a massive sing-a-long and a whole lot of slick dancing. Stepping back on the ballad "What If," Jason's vocal talents truly shined through, as he confidently carried the chorus by himself on stage. Then he went back to bobbin' and weavin' on "Love Hangover," detailing one crazy night that'd make Zach Galifianakis proud.

    Derulo's breakout single "Whatcha Say" concluded the stellar set. He landed in the audience for one last time, and walked off triumphantly. This is the beginning of pop's future. Put your shades on because Jason Derulo's about to shine brighter than anyone—ridin' solo…

    Rick Florino

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