BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Jason Derulo goes ‘Underwater’ before hitting the road

By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

Multiplatinum global superstar Jason Derulo continues to spread his wings with a new single, tour and podcast debuting this week.

The ever-active performer co-stars alongside Alexandra Shipp (“Barbie,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”) in “Underwater,” a neo-noir romantic thriller presented by Interval Presents, Warner Music Group’s in-house podcast network. 

A rollercoaster love story told in the form of a narrative album, the series features brand new, original music from Derulo woven into the story and score, creating an innovative and immersive listening experience and making for a groundbreaking event at the cutting edge of audio entertainment. 

The first two episodes of “Underwater” premiere Oct. 31 on all major podcast platforms. New episodes will be released weekly on Tuesdays following the launch.

On the music front, Derulo has joined forces with Grammy Award-winner Meghan Trainor for the upbeat new single, “Hands On Me,” available now via Atlantic Records. 

Recently showcased with a spectacular live performance on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the song marks the latest in the indefatigable entertainer’s non-stop series of releases, including the tempo-changing smash, ”Slow Low” (and the Latin-flavored “Slow Low (Remix) [featuring Yng Lvcas]”), “Running (All The Things You Said),” the seductive “Body Count,” and the smoothly dynamic “Glad U Came,” the latter joined by an official music video, directed by Derulo on location in beautiful Bali and streaming now at YouTube. 

November will see him embark on the typically globe-straddling “Nu King World Tour,” including shows in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, and Switzerland slated through March 2024. For complete details, visit 

TICKET WATCH: Rolling Loud, the world’s largest hip-hop festival, has announced the dates for the second annual edition of Rolling Loud California will be March 15-17. The event follows a massively successful 2023 edition, headlined by Travis Scott, Future and Playboi Carti, which was the first music fest ever to take place at Inglewood’s Hollywood Park. For presale passes, visit 

R&B music legends Frankie Beverly and Maze, known for classics such as “Before I Let Go,” “Happy Feelin’s,” and the longtime fan favorite, “Joy and Pain,” will embark on a nationwide tour coming to The Forum Jan. 27. Search for access. 

TASTY QUIP: “The greatest thing that ever happened was I had no training whatsoever. I remember, after years of singing, going to a vocal coach, and he said, ‘Now let’s take Mr. Brown for example. Now Mr. Brown sings incorrectly.’ I said, ‘James Brown?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘OK, I don’t need to do vocal lessons anymore. Because if Mr. Brown is singing incorrectly, then I don’t want you to change my style at all.’ You follow me?” – LIONEL RICHIE in “The Singers Talk” – a new compilation from Permuted Press 

CLIPPETTES: Soul man Anthony Hamilton is booked for the Saban Oct. 27, as Kenny Loggins This Is It! His Final Tour comes to YouTube Theater, Theon Cross & Jamael Dean jazz up the Lodge Room, Nia Archives sings at the Regent Theater, and Alyson Williams & Terry Steele perform An Evening in Tribute to Phyllis Hyman and Luther Vandross at the Holden Center  

Some choice two-night stands also begin as our girl Ledisi is featured with the Pacific Jazz Orchestra at the Wallis Center, Cameroonian jazz bassist Richard Bona celebrates his birthday at Catalina Bar & Grill, and the Festival of Laughs opens at the Peacock Theater with Lavell Crawford, Gary Owen, Tommy Davidson, Arnez J, Guy Torry billed for night one; and Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Bill Bellamy, Tony Roberts, Donnell Rawlings, and Don D.C. Curry closing 

Oct. 28 finds Cypress Hill “Haunted Hill 2023” with Onyx at The Novo, Freddie Gibbs at the Fox Theater, The Commodores & The Spinners at Cerritos Center, and The Boneshakers at Harvelle’s  

TheCountry Music Associationawarded Darius Rucker the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award during a surprise visit to “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” The superstar was promoting his new album “Carolyn’s Boy,” inspired by his late mother Carolyn Rucker …

Pat Matheny brings his guitar mastery Oct. 29 to UCLA’s Royce Hall, as Special EFX All-Stars with Chieli Minucci and Maysa play Spaghettini’s, Yes stops at The Wiltern, and Bia’s The Really Her Tour touches base at The Observatory  

DEVO celebrates their new “50 Years of De-Evolution (1973-2023) double-LP (Rhino) with hits including “Whip It,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and “Through Being Cool” with a special signing event at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. There are some stipulations, so check with the venue in advance  

Singer-songwriter Brenda Lee Eager marks 50 years in show business on Nov. 1 with a concert at Catalina Jazz Club. Also that evening, Allison Russell’s The Returner Tour stops at the El Rey Theatre, and Guns N’ Roses with The Black Keys open a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl  

Doja Cat headlines at Arena on Nov. 2, while Kenny G blows at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, Bachman-Turner Overdrive rocks out YouTube Theater, Broadway star Joshua Henry’s Get Up, Stand Up! is staged at The Soraya, actor Robert Davi sings Sinatra at Vibrato Grill & Jazz, R&B musician Son Little plays the Skirball Cultural Center, and “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live In Concert is happening at the Pantages. 

Also, REDCAT presents “Mailles” a women’s show from French-Rwandan choreographer, singer and author Dorothée Munyaneza Nov. 2–4 with a post-performance talk with the principles on Nov. 3. 

TASTY QUIP: “Being Native, watching [“Killers of the Flower Moon”] was f—— hellfire. Imagine the worst atrocities committed against yr ancestors, then having to sit thru a movie explicitly filled w/ them, w/ the only respite being 30 min long scenes of murderous white guys talking about/planning the killings. I can’t believe it needs to be said, but Indig ppl exist beyond our grief, trauma & atrocities. Our pride for being Native, our languages, cultures, joy & love are way more interesting & humanizing than showing the horrors white men inflicted on us.” – DEVERY JACOBS (“Reservation Dogs”) on X 

TC ON TV: Oct. 27 – “Curses!” (Apple TV+): A brand new animated, spooky adventure comedy series for kids from DreamWorks Animation executive produced by John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place” Parts I & II) with voices by Phylicia Rashad, Robert Englund (“Nightmare on Elm Street”), Emmy Award nominee Lyric Lewis (“Waffles + Mochi”), and Emmy Award winner Rhea Perlman (“Barbie”). “The View” (ABC): Keegan-Michael Key 

Oct. 28 – “OWN Spotlight” (OWN): Oprah & Kerry Washington discuss the latter’s new memoir “Thicker Than Water.” 

Oct. 29 – “The Gilded Age” (HBO): A second season of the period drama with producing director Crystle Roberson on board. Featured previously regarding her upcoming nuptials to actor Omar J. Dorsey (“Queen Sugar”). 

Oct. 30 – “The Daily Show” (Comedy): Charlamagne Tha God (“The Breakfast Club”) guest hosts for the week. 

Oct. 31 – “A Haunting in Venice” (Hulu): The third in a series of films starring Kenneth Branagh as Agatha Christie’s legendary detective Hercule Poirot comes a streaming in time for Halloween. With Michelle Yeoh and Tina Fey. “Bitchin’ Rides” (Motortrend): “Kevin Hart’s Challenger”  

Nov. 1 – “Black Cake” (Hulu): Based on The New York Times-bestselling book by Charmaine Wilkerson, and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, this series is a family drama wrapped in a murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting. With Adrienne Warren (“The Woman King”) and Glynn Turman (“Cooley High”). “Celebrity Jeopardy” (ABC): Quarterfinal #6 with Sheryl Underwood and Dulé Hill. “Quantum Leap” (NBC): “One Night in Koreatown” finds the time traveling Ben (Raymond Lee) landing in the body of an 18-year-old working for his father’s shoe store in L.A.’s Koreatown at the start of the explosive 1992 riots. Facing an emotional connection in the riots to his past, Magic (Ernie Hudson) joins the leap. “$100,000 Pyramid” (ABC): Holly Robinson Peete vs. Rodney Peete 

Nov. 2 – “Christmas Holidate” (AllBlk) Gregory Alan Williams (“Greenleaf”) directs and is featured in this tale of an app interfering with a family gathering. “A Wesley Christmas Wedding” (BET+): With Dorien Wilson (“The Parkers”), Jasmine Guy (“A Different World”) and T.C. Carson (“Living Single”). “Kingdom Business” (BET+): A second season of the Kirk Franklin-produced gospel drama starring Yolanda Adams, Michael Beach, Michael Jai White, Serayah, and Tamar Braxton. 

END QUOTE: “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – LENA HORNE

As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. Bill Vaughan may be reached at, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.