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Derulo: Awards aren't a big deal

Jason Derulo has revealed that record sales and awards don't mean much to him now.

The Haitian-American singer, born Jason Joel Desrouleaux, is back with a new single, Talk Dirty, and album Tattoos, after recovering from a devastating neck injury in 2012.

"I want to continue on the same path. All the accolades, all the record sales, it's just so secondary to me," he said.

"Being able to go into the studio at my own will, being able to perform with somebody there to listen, that's all I ever dreamed about. I would just like to continue on the same path and continue to grow. Once I stop growing, then I can retire."

Jason - who turns 24 on September 23 - said he was inspired by his favourite records for his third album.

"I went back to my favourite albums and I thought, 'What is it about these albums that made me want to listen to them over and over again?'. What I found was cool was on the Michael Jackson album, every song was different - every song had its own story. Thriller was totally different from Bad," he explained.

"I tried to do that on this record so the first single was very different from the second, and so on. This album is so much more personal than my last stuff - every single song is like a life story, just pulling from experiences I go through every single day."

The crooner, who is dating Jordin Sparks, revealed he wrote his first song when he was eight: "It was called Crush On You. It was about a girl in my class named Amy, so I've been writing love songs since then."

:: Talk Dirty is out now. Jason's album Tattoos will be released on September 23.

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