On Sunday, Derulo -- now with four albums and eight Top 10 songs (seven of which have gone platinum) to his credit -- Derulo headlined
Even at that stunningly brief length, the show was padded with long interludes of Derulo's six-member dance team performing to DJ tracks of other songs such as Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," LMFAO's "Shots" and
And in the middle of Derulo's hit "Marry Me,"
Other than the disappointing brevity (other than that, Mrs.
The 15-song concert was loaded with Derulo's hits -- he even sang two of them twice.
It started with his double-platinum single "In My Head," then his quadruple platinum debut single "Whatcha Say." Both were well done, but Derulo's intricate and energetic dance moves sometimes left him breathless and singing just snippets of the lyrics.
(At least the vocals were live. That's more than you can say for many performers today.)
"Stupid Love," with Derulo stationary at a mic stand as a couple danced in front of him, was sung much better. At a lyrical break, he danced, too.
His triple-platinum hit "Ridin' Solo" came just four songs into the show, and again, slowing down the choreography meant his singing was much better. He even hit the high falsetto note at the end, then went into a three-minute breakdown dance routine.
Then came "Marry Me," which even before the proposal was one of the night's best songs. Even better was last year's platinum hit "The Other Side" -- his singing more sedate. Then he teased the crowd of 3,545 (only slightly larger than the audience at Mayfair in 2010) with a short version of his recent huge hit "Talk Dirty."
"They're not ready for that!" Derulo's DJ, who headed a three-man band, told him. And so Derulo spent several more minutes dancing.
That in itself may have been astonishing: The 24-year-old Derulo said he had a broken rib, and his DJ said he wasn't supposed to perform but didn't want to cancel.
"Breathing" finished with another three-minute dance break, and "Don't
And for the full version of "Talk Dirty," he danced precision popping moves.
Derulo essentially closed with his new single "Trumpets," another song that he sang better -- even a nice falsetto -- as his dancers built a human pyramid. He ended the concert with short (less than a minute each) versions of the songs "Kama Sutra" and "Bubblegum" off his newest disc, "Talk Dirty," released in April.
The fact that the album has become Derulo's highest-charting ever should tell him something: It's OK to sing songs other than your hits. Fans want to hear deeper cuts, especially if it makes your show longer.
Instead, Derulo left the stage as his dancers continued a few more minutes to make the concert exactly an hour.
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