Thankfully, he recovered, and though he'd end up canceling all his dates, he still managed to release a new collection of songs last year — Tattoos, which was paired down to an EP here in the U.S.
Now, fully healed, he's just announced plans for a brand-new album, which shares its name with his biggest hit, "Talk Dirty." But most importantly, after his accident, he's got a whole new outlook on life, one that springs from a seize-the-day spirit ... and one that's readily apparent on his new tracks.
"After I fractured my neck, I was like 'Man, life is too short, I just gotta be myself and live my life' ... I'm gonna have a good time and not take everything so seriously," Derulo told MTV News. "I love what I do, but for so long, I was trying to be somebody that I wasn't. When it was show time, I had to put my Jason Derulo mask on ... it was like 'Okay, now it's Jason Derulo time.'
"And life is so much easier when you just be yourself," he continued. "I broke into the industry when I was young, but now I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin, and life is so much easier like this."
Derulo said that Talk Dirty represents "a bridge" between his past and his future, his first album that shows off every facet of his personality ... which is good news for fans who love his sensitive stuff, and those who have just discovered him through the good-time vibes of "Dirty."
"A lot of the album is fun, a lot of it is upbeat, feel-good music, but there is an emotional portion to the album too; it morphs in a lot of different ways," he explained. "You heard the first portion of the album on songs like 'The Other Side' and 'Marry Me,' but then it switches to the other side with 'Talk Dirty.' It represents everything I've got, everything I was feeling in the moment. I love going into the studio and just letting it rip."
And, as evidence of his new-found outlook on life, he let it be known that he's already got the album's next single picked out ... and he couldn't help but tell us all about it. Even if his record label doesn't want him to.
"I probably shouldn't tell you, but, my next single is called 'Wiggle,' and it features Snoop, and, man, it's one of the most fun records you've ever heard in your life," he said. "It's the most excited I've been about a song I wrote in my entire career. I've been performing it on the road, even though I'm not supposed to, but like I told you, you only live one time."