Ok so I watched the VMAs, wasn't impressed with the song nor paid attention to him trying to hard.
However I listened to the first song of his record and I have high hopes. The first song is "Music Again" and it sounds like Rick Springfield wrote it with "love is like oxygen" harmonies on the chorus mixed with Queen and a small piece of the Darkness and a middle instrumental that sounds like ELO. Very retro and 98% may not even know what I am talking about :) I research and retain.
So far there is hope for his album based on that.