The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 20, 2011

Pop music stars in concert at UPJ | Sean Kingston will open for Jason Derulo

BY RUTH RICE
RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

— Pitt-Johnstown will spring to life with rap and rock.

The 2011 Spring Concert with Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston will be presented at 8 p.m. April 2 in the Sports Center on the Richland Township campus.

Kingston will open the show with rap, and Derulo will rock the house as the main attraction.

“This is the largest concert we’ve ever had because they’re both such well-known singers,” said Bryan Valentine, director of student life at Pitt-Johnstown.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in tickets. People are surprised we could get such big names. I suspect we’ll be sold out by the time of the show.”

Valentine said there also has been an interest in tickets from students at other local colleges, and arrangements are being made to accommodate them.

He added that it took three months of negotiations to get commitments from the two performers.

Derulo is categorized as a singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, and his music is a blend of pop, rock, electronic and rhythm and blues.

He wrote or co-wrote each track on his self-titled debut album, which has had three hit singles, “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head” and “Ridin’ Solo,” making him the first male solo artist to score consecutive No. 1’s on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart in its 17-year history.

He also is the first male solo artist to have three singles hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

“It’s definitely a music lover’s album,” Derulo said on his website.

“It reflects all my different influences, but it’s deeply rooted in pop. My vision for the album was to make music that would impact the world. And by that, I mean that music is a healing thing. When you play your favorite song, you can forget all your troubles for three minutes. I want to provide those getaway moments for people.”

Born in Miami, Fla., Derulo composed his first song, “Crush On You,” on the piano when he was 8 years old.

“I was a huge Michael Jackson fan growing up,” he said.

“I studied his videos and copied all his moves. I’d also practice singing Usher and Justin Timberlake songs while doing their moves.”

As a teen, Derulo moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and competed at the Apollo Theater, winning the theater’s 2006 season grand championship.

At the age of 17, he composed and sang the chorus to “Bossy” for Southern rapper Baby.

From there, Derulo showed his range and versatility by crafting songs for hip-hop star Lil Wayne, Rhythm and blues singer Cassie and girl group Danity Kane.

He toured with Lady Gaga on her “Monster Ball” tour of North America last year and made his feature film debut in MTV Films’ “Turn the Beat Around.”

Derulo has performed on “American Idol,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “The Teen Choice Awards,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Live With Regis and Kelly,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

 In August, Derulo won a 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Album, R&B. He also has been nominated for two 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Derulo completed a Canadian tour with Black Eyed Peas last year and his first headlining U.S. tour in September.

Kingston is a Jamaican singer and rapper who made his debut in 2007 with a self-titled album featuring the chart-topping single “Beautiful Girls.”

The album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 6 and fell to No. 13 the following week.

Other singles include “Me Love,” “Take You There” and “There’s Nothin’.”

His second CD, “Tomorrow,” which was released in 2009, features a different sound – 1990s eurodance and electropop added to his signature reggae and pop music.

“Tomorrow” melds together punk-rock and soft-rock on “Shoulda Let Go” and shows the influences of nu-disco, eurodisco and electropop on “Fire Burning,” “Face Drop” and “My Girlfriend.”

“King of Kingz,” released by free download only in February, includes guest appearances by rappers Flo-Rida, Soulja Boy, B.O.B and Tory Lanez and rhythm and blues with Akon and teen sensation Justin Bieber.

Onstage

What: 2011 Spring Concert with Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston.

When: 8 p.m. April 2. Doors open at 7.

Where: Sports Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus in Richland Township.

Tickets: $30 for general admission and $10 for students. Student tickets are available at the Office of Student Life or student union information desk.

Information: For general admission, call (866) 468-7619 or TicketWeb.com.