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*Singer Jason Derulo tested the strength of his neck after breaking it a year ago by performing a hands-free headstand in the video for his upcoming single, “The Other Side.”

He tells Ryan Seacrest, “I wanted to go to the extreme… I wanted to do something that showed the strength of where I’ve come from… ‘What can I do to show that I am good, to show that I am on the next level and I’m ready to continue.'”

DeRulo admits it hurt when he first tried it, but constant practice and his breakdancing background helped him finally nail it. “You build a tolerance,” he said.

The neck injury, he reveals, brought him closer to girlfriend Jordin Sparks, among other things. He explains, “It just brought so many positive things, I wouldn’t change it for the world. It just took me to the next level. It made me more mature, it brought Jordan and I closer, it brought me closer to God, it brought me closer to my family.”

Below, a 90-second teaser of Derulo’s “The Other Side.”