MTV News recently caught up with British pop artist Taio Cruz, fresh from a visit to Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference this past weekend, a visit that saw him meeting the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki and old buddy David Guetta. Now back in New York, little has changed — he still holds the record for the largest jump for a debut artist in Billboard history. His first single, “Break Your Heart” (featuring Ludacris), jumped 52 places, landing at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 two weeks ago. Not bad for a newcomer from England who has yet to release his debut album in the U.S.
“It was quite unbelievable,” Cruz gushed. “Obviously ‘Break Your Heart’ did very well in the U.K. It was #1 in the U.K. for three weeks, and that was exciting in itself. My manager and I, we were all staying in a cool apartment overlooking the Hollywood sign — so we’re standing out on the deck going, ‘#1! This is awesome!’ The Billboard #1 came about a week later and the massive jump — being the biggest jump in the history of Billboard — it’s insane. It feels good.”
“Break Your Heart” is still a top-five single, but that hasn’t stopped Cruz from letting his new U.S. fans know that they can look forward to [artist id="3213641"]Ke$ha[/artist] being featured on his next single, a song provocatively titled “Dirty Picture.”
“The song is actually about sending sexy pictures to your significant other,” Cruz explained. “If you miss each other and you can’t see each other, you’re far away from each other, you send pictures to remind each other of how sexy you are.”
Cruz said that while Ke$ha’s name wasn’t the first to come to mind as far as collaborators go, she seemed to be the best fit for the song.
“I was thinking about Lady Gaga at first,” Cruz offered. “Then I went to a meeting with Dr. Luke and he was telling me about this new girl he was working with. She hadn’t done ‘Tik Tok’ or anything like that at that point. But I just thought she sounded really cool. A very unique-sounding voice. I like that with artists, that as soon as you hear them on a song on the radio, you know immediately who that is without having to be told.
“She looked really sexy, and I just thought she was talented. Her voice was awesome. It had this — I hope she won’t mind me saying this, but her voice has this kind of yodely quality to it, the way that she does things and the way that she ends words. I just loved that quality about it.”
Fans can expect “Dirty Picture” to hit radio some time in June, with the U.S. debut of Cruz’s Rokstarr album tentatively set for release on May 18.
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