The Buzz On Taio Cruz

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Like Jay Sean, Taio Cruz is a Brit making inroads in the American R&B scene. And like Sean, his success has been a long time in the making.

After working for years in the shadows, writing and producing for U.K. pop acts such as the Sugababes and Cheryl Cole, as well as American artists like Britney Spears, Brandy and Justin Timberlake, Cruz has stepped into the spotlight, with his breakout single, “Break Your Heart,” featuring Ludacris.

“Break Your Heart,” which is taken from Cruz’s Rokstarr album (released in the U.K. last year, due out this year in the States) perfectly embodies Cruz’s infectious, dancefloor-friendly sound and sleek, immaculate production. The same kind of surging, dance pop (think Jason Derulo and Akon) can be heard on “Dirty Picture,” which features Kesha and is about … taking dirty pictures.

Look for more big things — and big songs — from Taio Cruz.