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It won’t be released until this Tuesday, but Jason Derulo and Warner Brothers Records were kind enough to advance “The Ralphie Radio Show” and A.J. In The Afternoon copies of the Beluga Heights singer’s debut album. The nine track LP includes the number one hit, “Whatcha Say”, as well as “In My Head” and a few others that are sure to be instant classics. J.R. Rotem is the Executuve Producer of the project.

An iTunes Deluxe Version will include the acoustic remix of “Whatcha Say” along with a remix of “In My Head” and the music videos for both singles.

A good friend of mine, Patrice Innocenti, recently started a website called, The World On Campus. The website pools multimedia and stories from college campuses across the world on to one webpage. Check it out here.

We decided to throw Patrice a bone or two here at “The RRS” and hooked her up with some never before seen footage of Jason Derulo talking about “Whatcha Say” and his debut LP in studio. Check out the video below:

Patrice is a Broadcast Journalism major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and graduates this May from Syracuse University. As a freshman, she helped launch the MSNBC On Campus program, which of course, landed both of us a little face time on the network.

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.


97 BHT Presented Warner Bros. Recording Artist Jason Derulo, featuring his hit song, “Whatcha Say”, live inside Club HD at The Woodlands, Plains – Rte. 315 – on Thursday, October 8! Thank you for coming out!

Powered by The Woodlands, Warner Bros. Records, & The Only Radio Station in NEPA Playing “Whatcha Say” – 97 BHT!

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