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- American singer, songwriter, and dancer
Jason Derulo's song "Marry Me" is not a proposal record.
That said, it's clear why fans might think so – the 24-year-old pop star has been dating "American Idol" Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, 24, since 2012 and has become known for his romantic gestures (he gave her 10,000 roses for Valentine's Day this year). And then there's the "Marry Me" video, in which Derulo shops for an engagement ring and fantasizes about growing old with Sparks... but he does not actually propose.
"In the song, I'm actually saying, 'I swear, I'll actually mean it when I say it. What's the rush because we have forever?'" he tells Yahoo Music about the track from his third album, "Talk Dirty," released on Tuesday. "When that perfect time comes, when the stars align perfectly, it's going to be one of the greatest moments of my life."
When Derulo wrote the song for Sparks, his intentions were to just sing and play it at the piano for her privately, but her reaction prompted him to consider sharing it with their fans.
"She heard it and she was shocked," he recalls. "She actually felt like the world should hear the song. So I let a couple other people hear it and ended up putting it out as a single and the rest is history."
Derulo is hoping to receive similar feedback for the album's next single, "Wiggle," an ode to rump shaking that features Snoop Dogg.
After recording his vocals, Derulo thought the veteran West Coast rapper would make a great featured artist. When Derulo saw Snoop at an All-Star game, he approached him about a possible collaboration.
"He was like, 'Yo, what's happening, Young Blood? My kids are big fans,'" Derulo recalls. Derulo told him about the song and Snoop expressed interest in working together, urging him to send him a copy of the record.
Once he heard it, Snoop sent Derulo a text message. "'This is crazy. I'll get back to you in 48 hours,'" Derulo claims Snoop wrote. "That's exactly what happened."
Derulo also enlists his girlfriend to appear on the album. Their sensual duet, "Vertigo," is much edgier than Sparks's past works. She uses a curse word ("s--t") and makes reference to Derulo's birthday suit. But the crooner insists she didn't hesitate.
"She's not nervous," he explains. "She's really excited. Most people still see her as the 16, 17-year-old that won 'American Idol.' She's 24 now, a very different person. I think she's really excited for people to hear the grown up version."
But what does Sparks's father, Phillippi Sparks, a former cornerback for the New York Giants, think about Derulo and his racy songs like "Talk Dirty"?
"That's like his favorite song," Derulo says. "Me and him, we get along really well. I'm like a clone of him in a sense. He likes to have a good time. He likes to laugh, so it works out perfectly."
Having fun was the sentiment that inspired the entire album. After experiencing a life-threatening neck injury in January 2012, Derulo needed something to lift his spirits. So he began recording music again just a few weeks after the incident.
"I was actually in the studio because I was trying to get myself out of the darkness I was in because of my injury," he recalls. "I was writing songs about my life, and I was writing songs about things that made me feel good."