As such, trailer single 'Don't Wanna Go Home' from his sophomore effort was a bit of a kitchen sink affair; crunk rhythms, Euro-friendly beats, nine producers, a '50s Harry Belafonte hit and a '90s club classic were just some of the elements crammed in to ensure his particular brand of robo-R&B wasn't dead just yet.
Of course it worked a treat; so it comes as little surprise that much of Future History follows suit - albeit without the same stamina levels. Cutesy follow-up 'It Girl' is a harmless and bouncy affair that suffers from one of the year's dodgiest lyrics ("Much more than a Grammy award/ That's how much you mean to me"), while the heavy Auto-Tune on 'Make It Up As We Go' has the same levels of passion as the dial tone on our mobile phone.
That's not to say he sounds completely worn out on the rest of the LP. Hypnotic 'Breathing' helmed by DJ Frank E is an impressive club pumper that doubles up as a tribute to his late cousin, while 'Fight For You' is an Earth-trouncing power anthem with a refrain from Toto's 'Africa'. But with little in the way of surprises elsewhere, his fans can only hope his move into acting is short-lived.
Tracks to download: 'Don't Wanna Go Home', 'Breathing', 'Fight For You'
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Watch Jason Derulo's 'Don't Wanna Go Home' video below: