Even before singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo climbed the charts himself, he helped others do so by writing their hit songs. After creating songs for well-known artists such as Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, and Sean Kingston, Derulo made his breakthrough with his debut single Whatcha Say, which made it to number 1 in the US. Since then, the singer has sold over 50 million singles which have gone over 27-times platinum, as well as exceeding a billion views on YouTube as well as streams on Spotify. He collaborated with varied artists ranging from rapper The Game and country duo Florida Georgia Line to DJ Hardwell and even Stevie Wonder. His fifth studio album 777 is due for release this year, apparently in three parts of seven songs each. The first single, Swalla, was released last year; on it, Derulo worked together with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques, better known under just his first two names, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Originally he was well on his way to becoming a successful swimmer, just like several of his family members. Paul himself played for the national waterpolo team from the age of 13 to 21, when he decided to focus on his music career. With success: after his first hit Gimme The Light he made his big breakthrough in 2003 with Get Busy. Later on he also stormed the charts with songs such as We Be Burnin’ and Temperature. He collaborated with a variety of artists ranging from Beyoncé (Baby Boy) and Enrique Iglesias (Bailando) to Sia (Cheap Thrills), among many others. These days, Sean Paul is one of the greatest dancehall artists of our time. His last album Full Frequency was released in 2014; the wait is on for his long-awaited seventh studio album!
American jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra was formed in 1974 in Buffalo, New York; of the five founding members, saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and keyboardist Tom Schuman remain. The band made its breakthrough with their second album, 1979’s platinum-selling Morning Dance. It contains two of their best-known songs; the title track and Song For Lorraine. To date, Spyro Gyra have released over 30 albums and sold over 10 million copies, combining R&B and elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz. Billboard named them the most successful jazz artist of the 1980s. Through the years, the lineup has fluctuated but Beckenstein and Schuman remained at its core, keeping the group's signature sound intact. The current lineup also features bassist Scott Ambush, guitarist Julio Fernandez, and Lionel Cordew on drums.