"Whatcha Say" (CD single)



R&B star cheats on his girl -- but admits his mistake.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The take-away message here is not that people should be perfect, but that they should apologize when they inevitably do something wrong.

Positive role models

While the act of cheating itself is never great, Derulo distinguishes himself from the pack by admitting he made a mistake. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though this song deals with a guy who's cheated on his girlfriend, it includes no swearing or explicit sex talk.

What's the story?

Simon Cowell isn't the only American Idol judge signing new artists beyond the show: judge Kara DioGuardi (who also serves as senior VP of A&R at Warner Brothers Records) is seeking out her own new talent, like 19-year-old Jason Derulo. DioGuardi recently signed Derulo to be the first artist on the new Beluga Heights / Warner Brothers label. After writing songs for huge stars like Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Sean Kingston, and Diddy, Derulo is going his own route with his new single WHATCHA SAY -- a track about a guy who cheats on his girl and then tries to get her back. Fortunately, Derulo refrains from describing the explicit details of his escapades and avoids foul language in general.

Is it any good?


Though Derulo falls back on the Auto-tune in parts of this song, he deserves props for his imaginative sampling in the single. Borrowing from the work of super-talented singer-songwriter Imogen Heap (who also fronts the trip-hop duo Frou Frou), he creates a smooth, catchy song that's somewhat reminiscent of an Usher tune. With that kind of vibe, it's easy to see how the single has become a big iTunes draw. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impact celebrity role models have on kids and how you feel when someone you admire makes a mistake.

  • How does Derulo's message of apologizing for his transgression compare with the messages of some of his musical peers?

Music details

Artist:Jason Derulo
Release date:June 16, 2009
Label:Warner Brothers
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old October 23, 2009

The guy cheated, so what does he do? Write a song as an apolgy? YES!

I love it! Great message, great story. The story is: he cheated, she doesn't forgive him, he sings about it from his heart. "Cuz when the roof caved in and the truth came out, I just didn't know what to do..." is the best hook I've heard it a very long time. The positive message is he wanted her to forgive him very desperately, and Derulo is a good role model in doing this. No other faults other than he cheated in the first place. Tweens and Teens need to listen to this song for relationship tips, especially male ones!
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Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicforver February 23, 2011
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Teen, 14 years old Written byrevolting slob November 14, 2010
a awesome song
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