U.S. pressing of the sophomore album from the enormously successful British Soul star. This edition drops five songs from the UK version ('Forever Love', 'Best Girl', 'Only You', 'Keep Going' and 'The 11th Hour) and replaces them with four tracks: 'Dynamite' and 'Higher' plus two songs from his debut album ('I Can Be' and 'Come On Girl'). Brit Award winning artist, songwriter, and one of the UK's most in-demand super producers, Taio Cruz, marks his eagerly awaited return with the release of Rokstarr. In the last two years, Taio's writing and production skills have been enlisted by among others the Sugababes, Leona Lewis, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls, Mya, Shayne Ward, JLS, Anastacia and many others, while Simon Cowell called Departure ''one of the best albums of 2008''. Rokstarr is proof that the UK has its very own top-drawer singer/songwriter/producer who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best that American Pop has to offer. Island.
About the Artist
Newly signed to Mercury Records in the U.S., Taio Cruz is established as a major UK artist with two Top 20 albums and a string of top-charted hits that culminated in the #1 "Break Your Heart." It was the lead single from Taio's second album, Rokstarr.
In less than two years, Taio Cruz has become the go-to producer and songwriter for an A-list of American and UK performers. In the wake of success of his debut album Departure (2008), which spun off a quintet of UK chart hits ("I Just Wanna Know," "Moving On," "Come On Girl," "I Can Be," "She's Like a Star"), Taio was tapped to work in the studio with X Factor champs Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, and Shayne Ward. Sessions followed in Philadelphia with Britney Spears, Brandy, and Justin Timberlake. The year climaxed at the MOBO Awards with a Best Single nomination for "She's Like a Star," which Taio performed with Sugababes.
With the completion of Rokstarr in 2009, overlapping the success of "Break Your Heart," Taio kept himself busy writing and producing for Cheryl Cole's double-platinum UK debut album 3 Words. Taio also scored his second #1 UK single as writer of the Tinchy Stryder/Amelle smash "Never Leave You"; Taio previously wrote and performed on Tinchy's Top 3 hit "Take You Back."
In addition to writing and producing, 25-year old Taio Cruz is an accomplished multi-instrumental musician. The son of a Nigerian father and Brazilian mother, Taio is the founder and CEO of his own Rokstarr Entertainment Division (R.E.D.), formerly known as Rokstarr Music London, established in 2006.