REVIEW: Jason Derulo, O2 Academy, Newcastle

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IT’S no wonder Jason Derulo is going from strength to strength.

The 23-year-old American pop star is taking the world by storm with his modern beats – which sample classic tunes such as Africa, by Toto – and his impressive physique.

The Tattoos album tour sent crowds at the packed-out O2 Academy into a frenzy, despite fans waiting just under an hour after the support act for Mr Derulo to appear.

The singer, who broke his spine in 2012, managed to launch himself around the stage with a troupe of fantastic dancers while warbling along to tracks including In My Head and Riding Dirty.

And few outfit changes went down well with the crowd, who screamed when the singer flashed the flesh, even if it was only a shoulder.

Slower songs such as Vertigo – a duet with pop star girlfriend Jordan Sparks – had nearly everyone trying to hit the singer’s signature high notes.

But show did take a strange turn in the middle, as the on-stage DJ held a rave interval.

Thankfully though, it was saved by the last few songs including Don’t Wanna Go Home, when rebel Derulo told those on the balcony to stay on their feet, much to the dismay of security staff.

The R ‘n’ B singer’s show hit all the right notes with the audience, but could have lost some of outfit changes and interludes, which felt more appropriate for an arena setting rather than the Academy.

Fans on Wearside shouldn’t fear though, because there’s plenty to look forward to when the American heads to Sunderland for the second North East Live festival on June 22.

The singer’s infectious dance beats and impressive dance moves are sure to thrill those at the Stadium of Light.

The crowd can also look forward to some catchy, and as yet not released singles from Tattoos, including the cheesy track wiggle.

Mention must be given to British singer-songwriter Conor Maynard, who got the crowd at the O2 Academy hyped up before the main act took to the stage.

The 21-year-old, who is getting ready to release his second album, launched his career by playing cover tracks, and is still thrilling audiences with them.

A Cover of Pharell’s hit single Happy was popular with the crowd, as were his sometimes comic dance moves.

Hit singles including Vegas Girl got a loud reaction, and the big hitter was latest single R U Crazy.

While Jason Derulo goes from strength to strength, Conor is becoming one to watch.