'Marry Me' and 'Wiggle': The True Stories Behind Jason Derulo's Latest Tracks
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."
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 13: Recording artists Snoop Lion, Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks and Siedah Garrett attend the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health celebrating the 80th birthdays of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine on April 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
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.