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Sean Kingston is back with the man who brought him to prominence, J.R. Rotem. The Beluga Heights producer whipped up a hot beat that features portions of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” made popular by the doo-wop group The Tokens. Nicki Minaj brings a little extra heat to the track and voila, we have what could easily be the first hit single from Kingston’s forthcoming album, Back 2 Life, due out this year.


Jahron B is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He’s currently working with J.R. Rotem’s “Beluga Heights” camp (Jason Derulo, Iyaz, Auburn) and is starting to make waves on the Internet after Bruno Mars’ team leaked the single “Gold.” Mars is on the hook of the single by Jahron B, and you may have heard the song this past Wednesday on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

Jahron called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to talk about the track and his career path thus far.

J.R. Rotem signed Minnesota-native Auburn well before the producer discovered the likes of Jason Derulo and Iyaz. The “La La La” singer and Rotem go way back – so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that she has a special nickname for him.

“That’s ‘Cookie!’” exclaimed Auburn, referring to Rotem. “There’s this place in Hollywood where they have the best cookies, and they’re called DeLuscious Cookies. The average person can only eat one, or a half of one. J.R. ate like six!”

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Auburn credited Rotem’s diet with the reason why he devoured so many – as she claims he’s a very healthy eater most of the time, so this was his one chance to splurge.

The singer didn’t just talk about food though – she also revealed that Rotem will executive producer her LP. The album is still untitled, and could be released as early as December. First though, a tour with Beluga Heights tour mate Jason Derulo is on the docket.

“Someone ‘tweeted’ me today and said, ‘Is it true that you and Jason Derulo date?’ No!” Auburn emphatically denied, border-line disgusted by the thought. “Those questions are really weird; it feels like incest to me.”

This is Auburn’s first proper tour – she opened for Keyshia Cole before signing a record deal. The trek with Derulo begins in Philadelphia on September 27.

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Iyaz talked about the story behind his new single, “So Big”, on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

J.R. Rotem believed “Whatcha Say” needed to be someone’s first single. Sean Kingston already had that lead hit in “Fire Burning.” I-Yaz wrote and sang on the beat – but even the artist himself knew it just didn’t work. Then Jason Derulo sang on it, with the sped-up sample of Imogen Heap’s “Lost and Found.” While others within Rotem’s camp may have known of the forthcoming success, Derulo did not.

“We all liked the song, but I mean, we never knew that it’d be my first single or that people would have received it so well,” revealed Derulo, who stopped by The Ralphie Radio Show before performing at The Woodlands for 97 BHT listeners.

“We’ll make six songs in a day. I mean, “Whatcha Say” is definitely special, and we definitely got spine chills from it, but it’s amazing that people are being so receptive to it, and I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Part 1:
“Whatcha Say”, Forthcoming LP

Part 2: Performance at The Woodlands, A.J. In The Afternoon

Check out Jason’s performance here.

However, for Derulo, there is one drawback to the song’s success – some radio stations play an edit sans the trademark “J-R” stutter and “Jason Derulo” shout out over the beginning. The Miami-born singer feels that he can work around such an edit on the next single.

“Next time, I’m gonna actually put it inside the song, where it’s like, ‘Mhhmm Whatcha Sa-Jason Derulo!’” he joked. “Try taking that out.”

We’ll see if Derulo follows through on the follow-up single. While Derulo hasn’t named a second track for radio release – he has played “Ridin’ Solo” at radio performances. The song samples The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – and describes a bitter sweet breakup in an uplifting tone.

Derulo will open up for Lady GaGa on The Monster Ball tour this winter, and release his self-titled, debut LP in early 2010.

His song, “Whatcha Say” is blowing up across the country. 19 year-old Jason Derulo calls The Ralphie Radio Show to chat about the track, sampling Imogen Heap, writing for Lil Wayne, and how he knows our buddy A.J. In The Afternoon.
Part 1: “Whatcha Say”, Imogen Heap’s Reaction

Part 2: Writing for Lil Wayne; A.J. In The Afternoon