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After serious injury, Jason Derulo back in a big way


Jason Derulo is back — on his head.

Just 16 months after fracturing a vertebra in his neck while doing acrobatics in rehearsals for his world tour, Derulo is seen standing on his head in the music video for his new single, The Other Side.

“It’s something that I wanted to do; it demonstrated the strength someone can have,” he said.

The 23-year-old Miramar native behind the hit songs Whatcha Say, In My Head and Ridin’ Solo released the track April 16. The video begins with an anxious Derulo asking a future lover, “Are you sure you wanna do this?” It delves into the difficulties of being in a relationship.

The Other Side is from the singer’s newest album, due out this fall after more than a year in the making. Unlike his first two back-to-back albums in 2010 and 2011, Derulo said that he was forced to slow down because of the injury.

“It helped me to kind of see everything from a different perspective,” Derulo said. “The music was a form of therapy for me.”

Throughout his recovery, Derulo spent seven months in a neck brace and could not even bend down to tie his shoes.

“[I had to] step back and allow people to help me,” Derulo said.

Even so, the injury took him “to the next level as a man.” Derulo attributes his overall growth to closer relationships with God, his family and girlfriend Jordin Sparks.

“She’s my real backbone. She helped me out. I couldn’t do a lot of things, the simple things that we take for granted every day,” Derulo said.

The Other Side has already peaked on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and it’s the most added song to Top 40 radio. Still, Derulo appreciates the success more this time around. Hearing his new song on a radio made him nostalgic.

“It feels different in some ways hearing myself,” he said. “It was like hearing it for the first time all over again, that same rush that I had.”

And for those waiting for a world tour, it’s coming “soon.” But something else takes priority.

“Album is first,” Derulo said. “It’s the most personal [one].”

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