Forbes kicks off their new year with its sixth annual “30 Under 30” list (p. 68 of the January 24, 2017Forbesmagazine issue), featuring 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation.
The list includes 30 honorees for each of the 20 categories that make up the list. We are still combing the list to see how many other Haitian-Americans made the list but in the meantime, we are happy to congratulate Haitian artist Jason Derulo on his second appearance on the list.
Class of 2016 honoree Jason Derulo added two more Hot 100 singles last year, bringing his career total to 17. He has sold 50 million singles, streamed 1 billion tracks on Spotify and racked up 2 billion YouTube views with earworms like “Whatcha Say” and “Want To Want Me”—and now he grosses $232,000 per tour stop, according to Pollstar.
“People talk about 10,000 hours all the time, and I think I put far more than 10,000 hours into my craft,” Derulo tells FORBES.
As far as Derulo is concerned, there’s still plenty more to be done. In 2015, he played London’s 20,000-seat O2 as a co-bill; last year he returned as a solo headliner. He’s also gotten into house-flipping and is planning to launch a clothing line of his own that he defines with three words: future, sexy, upscale.
“Music was the beginning of building the brand,” he says. “I ‘m building a whole movement.”