After producing records for several artists and writing songs for Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman, Young Money Entertainment owner Lil Wayne and rapper Diddy, Derulo signed to minor recording label Beluga Heights.
After Beluga Heights became part of the Warner Music Group, Derulo released his debut single "Whatcha Say" in May 2009. Derulo released his second single, "In My Head", in December 2009 and his debut studio album, Jason Derulo, followed on March 2, 2010. He attended performing arts schools in Florida and made some early attempts at music composition, writing his first song at the age of eight.
Derulo's music is generally pop, but also incorporates R&B and hip-hop influences.
He has predominantly named Michael Jackson as his inspiration.
The single's music video was released in September 2009; after the single became successful, Derulo began work on his debut album.
He released the second single from his album, "In My Head", on December 8, 2009.
As of July 4, 2013 "The Other Side" peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Platinum Hits was released on July 29, 2016, with a brand-new song called Kiss the Sky, and the song appears on the soundtrack to Storks.The third single of the album is "Ridin' Solo", which was released worldwide on April 26, 2010.By July, the single had reached number nine in the Billboard Hot 100.Derulo states "He is the reason I am who I am today.When I was 4 years old, I saw him for the first time.