Battle Studies is the fourth studio album by American rock musician John Mayer, released November 17, 2009 on Columbia Records in the United States. Production for the album took place during February to August 2009 at Battle Studies recording studio in Calabasas, California, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, and The Village in West Los Angeles, California, and was handled by Mayer and Steve Jordan.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 286,000 copies in its first week. It achieved successful sales in several other countries and produced two singles that attained chart success. Upon its release, Battle Studies received positive reviews from most music critics. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 880,000 copies in the United States.
During a live performance in June 2009 Mayer said, "The album is called Battle Studies and that's because it incorporates a lot of the lessons, a lot of the observations, and a little bit of advice. Like a handbook, like a heartbreak handbook." On October 1, 2009, Mayer posted via twitter: "Track listing on Battle Studies is complete! Very interesting order... 11 songs. 45 minutes. Hit 'em hard and get out."http
The album was leaked just hours before Mayer was scheduled to perform an official "radio leak" on 103.7 Sophie in San Diego.http However, Mayer gave his listeners permission to download the leak, as long as they "registered" their copies by ordering the album.http
Mayer's 2010 Battle Studies World Tour began on February 4, 2010 in Sunrise, Florida at the Bank Atlantic Center and ended on October 1, 2010 in Manila, Philippines, at SM Mall of Asia.
According to Mayer's official Twitter profile, "Who Says" was the first single from the album and was released for preview on September 25, 2009 at www.johnmayer.com. The official release for the single was on October 13, 2009.
The second single was "Heartbreak Warfare", which was previewed on October 19, 2009. The first ever augmented reality video accompanied the second single, which was released on Mayer's website.
The third single was "Half of My Heart", which was released for radio airplay on June 1, 2010.
The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold 286,000 copies in its first week.Sisario, Ben. . The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-28. In its second week, it sold an additional 93,000 copies and fell to number 13 on the Billboard chart.Sisario, Ben. . The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-28. On July 29, 2010, Battle Studies was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for U.S. sales in excess of 1,000,000 copies. , the album has sold 880,000 copies in the United States.Herrera, Monica. On July 29, 2010, Battle Studies was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of one million copies in the US.
Battle Studies received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 17 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Billboard magazine called Battle Studies "the best and most adventurous of his four studio albums".Graff, Gary (November 14, 2009), "Battle Studies". Billboard. 121 (45):32 Despite stating that "Mayer dips too heavily toward the texture", Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album 3½ out of 5 stars and commended Mayer for his musicianship. The Boston Globes Sarah Rodman wrote favorably of Mayer's intimate expression on the album and wrote that he "continues to strip away the twinkly radio lacquer of his earlier work without sacrificing his pop sensibilities". Jackie Hayden of Hot Press gave Battle Studies a rating of 3.5/5 and called it a "classy pop opus for grown-ups".Hayden, Jackie. "". Hot Press: December 14, 2009. Los Angeles Times writer Randy Lewis gave it 2½ out of 4 stars and praised its production and Mayer's melodies. However, Lewis viewed its lyrical content as subpar to its music and wrote that "For the most part, he expresses himself more eloquently through his guitar than his lyrics". The Independent writer Andy Gill gave Battle Studies 3 out of 5 stars and found its lyrical detail "ultimately tiresome".
Sputnikmusic critic Alex Silveri viewed Mayer's songwriting depth as flawed and called the album "about as scholastically violent as a bunny in a pile of hay". However, Silveri commended Mayer for his "knack for dealing with universal themes in thoroughly down to earth ways, and without the layering of pop cheese that so many of his contemporaries indulge in". Despite writing favorably of the album's craftsmanship, Rolling Stones Jody Rosen gave it 3 out of 5 stars and perceived the subject matter's seriousness as a weakness. Entertainment Weekly critic Leah Greenblatt gave Battle Studies a B- rating and shared a similar sentiment, writing "Mostly, he noodles amiably toward Studies conclusion, apparently content to stay within the confines of the Dave Matthews/Jason Mraz (and yes, John Mayer) sensitive-dude rock template. In this Battle, it seems, one side never really stood a chance". The New York Posts Dan Aquilante called it a "gritless record that’s too smooth for its own good" and gave it 2½ stars.Aquilante, Dan. . The New York Post. Retrieved on 2009-12-28. USA Todays Edna Gundersen gave the album 2½ out of 4 stars and wrote "While his guitar chops are impeccable on this well-crafted blues-pop album, the gravity and cautious noodling cry out for some input from that other Mayer: his cunning, irreverent public persona".Gundersen, Edna. . USA Today. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
Both Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe and The Washington Posts Allison Stewart gave the album negative reviews and panned Mayer's stylistic choice for Battle Studies. Chicago Sun-Times critic Jim DeRogatis gave the album ½ out of 4 stars, stating "Laden with laughable romantic-schlock lyrics and trite, sappy melodies, these songs aim for the pathos of classic Carpenters but come closer to maudlin Barry Manilow".DeRogatis, Jim. . Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-28. Tom Hughes of The Guardian gave it 2 out of 5 stars and wrote "Mayer's talents are obvious, but there's so much more cheese than charm here that he would seem like a hard sell outside the Billboard heartland".Hughes, Tom. . The Guardian. Retrieved on 2009-12-28. The Village Voice columnist Zach Baron stated that it "somehow avoids including any of the myriad things that actually make John Mayer interesting".Baron, Zach. . The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-12-28. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote that "the album highlights the extremely blatant chasm between John Mayer the musician and John Mayer the public character, a divide Mr. Mayer said he was eager to maintain".
*John Mayer – vocals; guitars; production; art direction; graphic design
*Steve Jordan – drums on all tracks; percussion on tracks 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11; production
*Pino Palladino – bass on all tracks except 2, 7 and 8
*Ian McLagan – Hammond organ on tracks 5, 9 and 11; Wurlitzer electric piano on tracks 5 and 8; piano on tracks 10 and 11; pump organ and celeste on track 4
*Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards on tracks 1 and 9
*Robbie McIntosh – guitar on track 2
*Waddy Wachtel – acoustic guitars on track 3
*Bob Reynolds – saxophone on track 11
*Bryan Lipps – trumpet on track 11
*Taylor Swift – vocals on track 3
*Chad Franscoviak – engineering
*Charlie Paakari – engineering assistance (Capitol Studios)
*Justin Gerrish – engineering assistance (Avatar Studios); mixing assistance on track 10
*Ghian Wright – engineering assistance (The Village Studios)
*Martin Pradler – digital editing
*Michael Brauer – mixing on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 and 11
*Ryan Gilligan – mixing assistance on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 and 11
*Manny Marroquin – mixing on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9
*Erik Madrid – mixing assistance on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9
*Christian Plata – mixing assistance on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9
*Joe Ferla – mixing on track 10
*Greg Calbi – mastering
*Jeri Heiden – art direction; graphic design
*Albert Watson – photography
*Gari Askew – photography
*Carlos Hurtado – tracking
Chart positions and certifications
Chart procession and succession
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John Clayton Mayer ( ;See born October 16, 1977) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Born and raised in Connecticut, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997, where he refined his skills and gained a following. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares and Heavier Things, did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy Award for "Your Body Is a Wonderland".
Mayer began his career performing mainly acoustic rock, but gradually began a transition towards the blues genre in 2005 by collaborating with renowned blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton, and by forming the John Mayer Trio. The blues influence can be heard on his album Continuum, released in September 2006. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007 Mayer won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change". He released his fourth studio album, Battle Studies, in November 2009.
Mayer's career pursuits have extended to stand-up comedy, graphic design, and writing; he has written pieces for magazines, most notably for Esquire. He is also involved in philanthropic activities through his "Back to You" fund. Several high-profile romantic relationships and his involvement with the media caused him to become a tabloid staple, beginning in 2006.
Mayer was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Margaret, an English teacher, and Richard, a high school principal.No byline (October 7, 2002), "It's Hip to Be Square". People. 58 (15):107 He grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, the second of three children.Ruth Shaut (ELLE)(2006). J-mayer.org. Retrieved on August 3, 2006. Mayer is Jewish on his father's side, and has said that he "relat to Judaism".(February 10, 2010 ), Playboy. Retrieved February 10, 2010. Growing up in Fairfield, Mayer became friends with future tennis star James Blake.Pratt, Devin (2006). FHMUs.com. Retrieved on May 30, 2007. He attended Fairfield Warde High School (then called Fairfield High School),, people.com, by Stephen M, Silverman, December 27, 2004. Retrieved November 9, 2010 although he was enrolled in the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk for his junior year. (Then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad, it is a magnet program for students wanting to learn Japanese.Eliscu, Jenny (November 27, 2003), . Rolling Stone. (936): 52-56) During an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mayer said that he had played the clarinet for a while in middle school, with minor success. After watching Michael J. Fox's guitar performance as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Mayer became fascinated with the instrument, and when he turned 13, his father rented one for him.Sound Stage staff writer (2005). PBS.org. Retrieved on May 31, 2007.(2005). AskMen.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2006.
Soon after, a neighbor, Jeffrey Us, gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette, which began Mayer’s intense love of the blues.(2006) TVNZ online. Retrieved on December 6, 2006. Mayer started taking lessons from a local guitar-shop owner, Al Ferrante, and soon became consumed with playing the instrument.Mather, John; Hedegaard, Erik (March 2008), "The Wonder of John Mayer Land". Best Life. vol unknown (3):140Hedegaard, Erik (February 4, 2010), "The Dirty Mind and Lonely Heart of John Mayer". Rolling Stone (1097):36-45, 68 His singular focus concerned his parents, and they took him twice to see a psychiatrist—but Mayer was determined to be fine. Mayer says that the contentious nature of his parents' marriage led him to “disappear and create my own world I could believe in." After two years of practice, he started playing at blues bars and other venues in the area, while he was still in high school. In addition to performing solo, he was a member of a band called Villanova Junction (named for a Jimi Hendrix song) with Tim Procaccini, Joe Beleznay, and Rich Wolf.Wallace, William (2005). TweedMag.com. Retrieved on October 30, 2006. Mayer considered skipping college to pursue his music, but the disapproval of his parents dissuaded him from doing so.
When Mayer was seventeen, he was stricken with a cardiac arrhythmia and was hospitalized for a weekend. Reflecting on the incident, Mayer said, “That was the moment the songwriter in me was born,” and he penned his first lyrics the night he got home from the hospital.Hiatt, Brian (September 21, 2006), . Rolling Stone. (1009): 66-70 Shortly thereafter, he began suffering from panic attacks, and lived with the fear of having to enter a mental institution. He continues to manage such episodes with Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug.. Melissa and Sid. March 31, 2008. After graduation, he worked for fifteen months at a gas station until he saved enough money to buy a 1996 Stevie Ray Vaughan signature Stratocaster.No byline (2007). People.com Retrieved November 28, 2007
John Mayer enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, at age nineteen. However, at the urging of his college friend and Atlanta, Georgia native, Clay Cook, he left school after two semesters and moved with Cook to Atlanta.Small, Mark (2005). Berklee.edu. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. In Atlanta they formed a two-man band called LoFi Masters and began performing in local coffee houses and club venues such as Eddie's Attic. According to Cook, they began to experience musical differences due to Mayer’s desire to move more towards pop music.Guthrie, Blake (2003). CreativeLoafing.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2007. As a result, the two parted ways, and Mayer embarked on a solo career.
With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out. Cook co-wrote many of the songs from the EP including Mayer's first commercial single release, "No Such Thing". The EP includes eight songs with Mayer on lead vocals and guitars. However, Mayer contributed only vocals to the song “Comfortable”. For the opening track, “Back To You”, a full band was enlisted, including the EP’s co-producer David "DeLa" LaBruyere on bass guitars.Alter, Gaby (2007). MixOline.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. Mayer and LaBruyere then began to perform throughout Georgia and nearby states.
Major label success
Mayer’s reputation began to build, and a March 2000 appearance at South by Southwest brought him to the attention of "launch" label, Aware Records.Proefrock, Stacia (2005). AllMusicGuide.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. After including him in the Aware Festival concerts and having his songs included on Aware compilations, in early 2001, Aware released Mayer’s internet-only album entitled, Room for Squares. During that time, Aware inked a deal with Columbia Records that gave Columbia first pick in signing Aware artists, and so in September of the same year, Columbia remixed and re-released Room for Squares.No byline. AwareRecords.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. As part of the major label "debut", the album's artwork was updated, and the track "3x5" was added. The re-release also included reworked studio versions of the first four songs from his indie album, Inside Wants Out.Back, Alan (2001). Nique.net. Retrieved on June 22, 2007.
By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing," "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia". In 2003, Mayer won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland." In his acceptance speech he remarked, "This is very, very fast, and I promise to catch up."Bream, Jon (2007). Star-Ecentral.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. He also figuratively referred to himself as being sixteen, a remark that many mistook to mean that he was only sixteen years old at the time.Serpick, Evan (February 2007), "Grammy Preview: John Mayer", Rolling Stone Volume unknown: 32
In 2003, Mayer released a live CD and DVD of a concert in Birmingham, Alabama entitled, Any Given Thursday. The concert featured songs previously not recorded, such as "Man on the Side" (co-written with Cook) and "Something's Missing", which later appeared on Heavier Things. The concert also included "Covered In Rain". According to the accompanying DVD documentary, this song is "part two" of the song "City Love", which features the line "covered in rain". Commercially, the album quickly peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD/DVD received conservative, although consistent, praise, with critics torn between his pop-idol image, and (at the time) emerging guitar prowess. Erik Crawford (of Allmusic) asked "Is he the consummate guitar hero exemplified when he plays a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Lenny', or is he the teen idol that the pubescent girls shriek for after he plays 'Your Body Is a Wonderland?'"Crawford, Erik (2003). AllMusic.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007.Medsker, David (2003). Pop Matters. Retrieved on June 8, 2007.
Heavier Things, Mayer's second album, was released in 2003 to generally favorable reviews. Rolling Stone, Allmusic and Blender all gave positive, although reserved, feedback. PopMatters said that it "doesn't have as many drawbacks as one might assume".MacNeil, Jason (2003).
MetaCritic.com. Retrieved on June 4, 2007. The album was commercially successful, and while it did not sell as well as Room for Squares, it peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Mayer earned his first number one single with the song "Daughters" as well as a 2005 Grammy for Song of the Year, beating out fellow contenders Alicia Keys and Kanye West. He dedicated the award to his grandmother, Annie Hoffman, who died in May 2004. He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, beating Elvis Costello, Prince, and Seal for the award. In his February 9, 2009 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mayer said that he thought he should not have won the Grammy for Song of the year because he thought that Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You was the better song. Because of this, he removed the top half of the Grammy and gave it to Keys, and kept the bottom part for himself.The Ellen DeGeneres Show. February 9, 2009 At the 37th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2006, Mayer was honored with the Hal David Starlight Award.(2006). SongWritersHallofFame.org. Retrieved on September 29, 2006.
Mayer again recorded live concerts across seven nights of his U.S. tour in 2004. These recordings were released to the iTunes music store under the title as/is, indicating that the errors were included along with the good moments. A few months later, a "best of" CD was compiled from the as/is nights. The album included a previously unreleased cover of Marvin Gaye's song "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", featuring a solo from Mayer's support act—jazz and blues turntablist, DJ Logic. All the album covers of the as/is releases feature drawings of anthropomorphic bunnies. JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on June 25, 2007.
John Mayer Macworld.jpgthumb215pxleftJanuary 2005, left to right: David Ryan Harris, John Mayer and Steve Jobs at Macworld 11, SF Moscone Center.
With increased exposure, Mayer's talent came into demand in other areas. Steve Jobs invited Mayer to perform during the keynote address of Apple's annual Macworld Conference & Expo, in January 2004, as Jobs introduced the software application GarageBand.Deitrich, Andy (2004). ArsTechnica.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. The gig led to Mayer becoming a fixture of the event. He rejoined Jobs on stage for a solo performance at Macworld 2007, following the announcement of the iPhone.Krazit, Tom (2007). News.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. Mayer has also done endorsements, such as a Volkswagen commercial for the Beetle's guitar outlet and for the BlackBerry Curve.(2006). VDubsRock.com. Retrieved on January 23, 2007.
Change in musical direction
Mayer began to collaborate extensively, often working with artists outside of his own genre. He appeared on Common's song "Go!" and on Kanye West's "Bittersweet Poetry". Following these collaborations, Mayer received praise from rap heavyweights Jay-Z and Nelly.Rodriguez, Jason (2007). MTV.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2007. When asked about his presence in the hip hop community, Mayer said, "It's not music out there right now. That's why, to me, hip-hop is where rock used to be."Moss, Corey (2005) MTV.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2006.
It was around this time that Mayer began hinting a change in his musical interests, announcing that he was "closing up shop on acoustic sensitivity." In 2005, he began a string of collaborations with various blues artists, including Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, as well as jazz artist John Scofield. He also went on tour with legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, which included a show at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. These collaborations led to recordings with several of these artists, namely, Clapton (Back Home, Crossroads Guitar Festival), Guy (Bring 'Em In), Scofield (That's What I Say), and King (80). Although Mayer has maintained a reputation for being a sensitive singer-songwriter, he has also gained distinction as an accomplished guitarist, influenced by the likes of the above artists, as well as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, and Freddie King.Fricke, David (February 22, 2007). Rolling Stone. (1020): 39-47
John Mayer Trio
In the spring of 2005, Mayer formed the John Mayer Trio with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, both of whom he had met through previous studio sessions. The trio played a combination of blues and rock music. In October 2005, the Trio opened for The Rolling Stones during a sold-out club tour of their own,Moss Corey (2005). MTV.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007. and that November, released a live album called Try! The band took a break in mid-2006. In September 2006, Mayer announced plans for the Trio to begin work on a future studio album.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com Blog. Retrieved on December 12, 2006.
Mayer's third studio album, titled Continuum, was released on September 12, 2006, and was produced by Mayer and Steve Jordan. Mayer suggested the album was intended to combine his signature pop music with the feel, sound, groove, and sensibilities of the blues. In that vein, two of the tracks from his trio release Try!—the funky "Vultures" and the blues centerpiece "Gravity"—also were included on Continuum. Mayer has said that "Gravity" is the most important song he's ever written.Youtube video. (2006). .Online forum entry. .
The first single from Continuum was "Waiting on the World to Change", which debuted on The Ron and Fez Show. The song was the third most downloaded song of the week on the iTunes Music Store following its release on July 11, 2006, and debuted at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. On August 23, 2006, Mayer debuted the entire album on the Los Angeles radio station Star 98.7, giving commentary on each track.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007. A subsequent version was released the next day on the Clear Channel Music website as a streaming sneak preview. On September 21, 2006, Mayer appeared on CSI, playing "Waiting on the World to Change" and "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room." The song "Gravity" was featured on the television series House in the episode "Cane & Able" and Numb3rs. He recorded a session for the British program Live From Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios on October 22, 2006.
On December 7, 2006, Mayer was nominated for five 2007 Grammys, including "Album of the Year." The John Mayer Trio also received a nomination for their album, Try!. He won two: Best Pop Song with Vocal for "Waiting on the World to Change" and Best Pop Album for Continuum. Mayer remixed an acoustic version of his single "Waiting on the World to Change" with vocal additions from fellow musician Ben Harper. In preparation for recording Continuum, Mayer had booked the Village Recorder in Los Angeles to record five demo acoustic versions of his songs with veteran musician Robbie McIntosh. These recordings became The Village Sessions, an EP released on December 12, 2006. As usual, Mayer oversaw the artwork of the release.No byline (2006). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on June 8, 2007.
Mayer was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone (#1020) in February 2007, along with John Frusciante and Derek Trucks. He was named as one of the "New Guitar Gods," and the cover nicknamed him "Slowhand, Jr.," a reference to Eric Clapton. Additionally, he was selected by the editors of Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007 and was listed among artists and entertainers.Tyrangiel, Josh (May 14, 2007). TIME 169 (20):140
On November 20, 2007, the re-issue of Continuum became available online and in stores. The release contains a bonus disc of six live songs from his 2007 tour: five from Continuum and a cover of the Ray Charles song "I Don't Need No Doctor".JohnMayer.org staff (November 14, 2007). ( JohnMayer.com Retrieved November 19, 2007 His new single, "Say", also became available through iTunes. On December 6, 2007, "Belief" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. He accompanied Alicia Keys on guitar on her song "No One" at the ceremony.
In February 2008, Mayer hosted a three-day Caribbean cruise event that included performances with various musicians including David Ryan Harris, Brett Dennen, Colbie Caillat and Dave Barnes, among others. The event was called "The Mayercraft Carrier" and was held aboard the cruise ship known as the Carnival Victory. A follow up cruise titled "Mayercraft Carrier 2" set sail from Long Beach, California on March 27–31, 2009 on the Carnival Splendor.
On July 1, 2008, Mayer released Where the Light Is a live concert film of Mayer's performance at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 8, 2007. The film was directed by Danny Clinch. It features an acoustic set and a set with the John Mayer Trio, followed by a set with John's band from the Continuum album. The DVD and Bluray bonus material includes footage of Mayer backstage and playing outside on Mulholland Drive.. Johnmayer.com. July 1, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
Australian artist Guy Sebastian invited Mayer to collaborate on three songs from his 2009 album Like it Like That.Cashmere, Paul (August 3, 2009), . Undercover Music News. . Retrieved August 4, 2009. Mayer also played guitar on the title track of Crosby Loggins's debut LP, Time to Move, released on July 10, 2009.Newman-Bremang, Kathleen (May 12, 2009), . MTV.com. (accessed June 24, 2009) and
Mayer, John at the Michael Jackson funeral July 7, 2009.jpgthumb200pxJohn Mayer playing guitar on "Human Nature" at Jackson's memorial service on July 7, 2009On July 7, 2009, Mayer performed an instrumental guitar version of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" at Jackson's memorial service.Powers, Ann; Martens, Todd (July 7, 2009) LA Times . Retrieved July 8, 2009.
On November 17, 2009, Mayer's fourth studio album, Battle Studies, was released and debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.SISARIO, BEN (November 26, 2009), "John Mayer Is No. 1 In Pre-Holiday Week". New York Times. :2 The album consists of 11 tracks with a total time of 45 minutes. The first single from the album, "Who Says", was released on September 24, 2009 in advance of album, and was followed on October 19 by the single "Heartbreak Warfare" and the single "Half of My Heart" released on June 21, 2010. Despite the album's commercial success, critics were mixed with their praise; while some reviews were glowing, calling it his "most adventurous",Graff, Gary (November 14, 2009), "Battle Studies". Billboard. 121 (45):32Arnold, Chuck (November 30, 2009), "Battle Studies". People.72 (22):49 others called the album "safe" and noted that "Mayer the singer-songwriter and Mayer the man about town sometimes seem disconnected, like they don’t even belong in the same body."Jerry Shriver; Elysa Gardner; Edna Gundersen (November 17, 2009), "Albums". USA Today.Greenblatt, Leah (November 20, 2009), "Battle Studies". Entertainment Weekly. (1076):84Keefe, Jonathan (November 22, 2009), . Slant magazine. (Retrieved on February 8, 2010) Mayer himself admitted to Rolling Stone that he thought Battle Studies was not his best album.http
In 2002, Mayer began the "Back To You" Fund, a non-profit organization that focuses on fundraising in the areas of health care, education, the arts, and talent development. The foundation raises funds through the auction of exclusive John Mayer items, such as guitar picks, t-shirts, and signed CDs, made available on Mayer's auction site. The auctions have been successful, with some tickets selling for more than seventeen times their face value.No byline (2006). JohnMayerAuction.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007. BusinessHere.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2007.
Mayer has shown interest in being "green." Mayer also participated at the East Rutherford, New Jersey location of the Live Earth project, a musical rally to support awareness for global warming held on July 7, 2007.Kilgore, Kim (2007). . Retrieved on May 1, 2007. In the summer of 2007, the environmental advocacy group Reverb set up informational booths and helped his crew conserve energy on his tour dates.No byline (2007). Reverb Rock.org. Retrieved on May 21, 2007. He has also converted his tour bus to bio-diesel fuel.Mayer, John (2007). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2007. ()
Mayer has performed at a number of benefits and telethons for charity throughout his career. In response to the Virginia Tech massacre, Mayer (along with Dave Matthews Band, Phil Vassar, and Nas) performed a free concert at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium on September 6, 2007.Virginia Tech (August 1, 2006).. On December 8, 2007, Mayer hosted the First Annual Charity Revue, a tradition he has continued each year. Charities who have benefited from the concerts include Toys for Tots, Inner City Arts, and the Los Angeles Mission.Mayer, John. . Published November 14, 2007 by JohnMayer.com. Retrieved November 27, 2007. Both CDs and DVDs of the first concert were released under the title "Where the Light Is" in July 2008. It has not been announced whether the DVD proceeds will go to charity or not.Mayer, John. . Published November 26, 2007 by JohnMayer.com. Retrieved November 27, 2007. () Mayer also appeared on Songs for Tibet, a celebrity initiative to support Tibet and the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.Finn, Natalie (July 22, 2008), E-Online . Retrieved July 25, 2008.
In a Rolling Stone interview, Mayer recalled that after former Columbia Records head, Don Ienner, panned Continuum, he briefly considered quitting music and studying design full time. Mayer's interest in design, however, had long manifested itself in a number of ways. In 2003, Martin Guitars gave Mayer his own signature model acoustic guitar called the OM-28 John Mayer.(2003). . Retrieved on January 29, 2007. The guitar was limited to a run of only 404, an Atlanta area code.Sounding Board Newsletter contributor (2003). MartinGuitar.com. Retrieved on January 29, 2007. This model was followed by the release of two Fender signature Stratocaster electric guitars, beginning in 2005. A third Stratocaster, finished in charcoal frost metallic paint with a racing stripe, was also a limited-release, with only 100 guitars made. In January, 2006, Martin Guitars released the Martin OMJM John Mayer acoustic guitar. The guitar was intended to have many of the attributes of the Martin OM-28 John Mayer but with a more affordable price tag. In August 2006, Fender started manufacturing SERIES II John Mayer Stratocasters. The new Olympic white with mint green pickguard and cream plastics replaced the shoreline gold model.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on January 30, 2007. In January 2007, Two Rock collaborated with Mayer on custom-designed amps. Only 25 (all signed by Mayer himself) were made available to the public.Mayer, John (2007). JohnMayer.com. Retrieved on May 10, 2007.No byline (2007). Two-Rock.com. Retrieved on May 10, 2007. June 2007 saw the release of the "album art" guitar, with the Continuum motif repeated on the face of the instrument,Mayer, John (2007). Honeyee.com. Retrieved on June 11, 2007. as well as a 500-run John Mayer signature Fender Stratocaster in Cypress-Mica. Included with the limited Cypress-Mica model was the INCSvsJM gig bag that Mayer collaborated on with Incase designs. Not surprisingly, Mayer is a passionate collector of guitars, and in 2006 his collection was estimated at more than 200. In 2010 Fender announced a production model of Mayer's "The Black One" guitar.Lu, Anne (February 27, 2009), . allheadlinenews.com
In addition to guitars, Mayer's handiwork ranges from T-shirts, guitar totes and, most dear to his heart, sneakers. In August 2006, Mayer started JMltd, a minor clothing line of Mayer-themed merchandise that he has designed.
With the June 1, 2004, issue of Esquire, Mayer began a column called, "Music Lessons with John Mayer". Each article featured a lesson and his (often humorous) take on various topics, both of personal and popular interest. In the August 2005 issue, he invited readers to create music for orphaned lyrics he had written.Mayer, John (September 2005), Esquire. 144 (3):80 The winner was Tim Fagan of L.A., as announced in the following January's issue.Mayer, John (January 2006), . Esquire. 145 (1):38
Mayer has been active online, and has maintained four blogs: a MySpace page, a blog at his official site, another at Honeyee.com, one at tumblr.com, as well as a photoblog at StunningNikon.com. He also is one of the most-followed persons on the micro-blogging site Twitter,Daly, Steven (December 2009), . Details magazine. . Retrieved February 8, 2010. reaching 3 million followers in January 2010. Although his posts often deal with career-related matters, they also contain jokes, videos, photos, his convictions, and his personal activities; they sometimes overlap in content. He is noted for writing the blogs himself, and not through a publicist. On January 23, 2008, he posted a graphic that read, "Done & Dusted & Self Conscious & Back to Work." on his official blog, followed by the quote "There is danger in theoretical speculation of battle, in prejudice, in
false reasoning, in pride, in braggadocio. There is one safe resource,
the return to nature.."; all the previous blog entries were deleted.Mayer, John (January 23, 2008), JohnMayer.com. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
In the mid-2000s decade, stand-up comedy became a sporadic hobby of Mayer's. He has made random appearances at the famed Comedy Cellar in New York and at other venues. While he has said that it helps him write better, he said that increased media attention has had to make him be too careful about what he says; he has also said he is not funny."June 8, 2008". Z100 Radio Concert. July 8, 2008. season and number unknown
In 2004, Mayer hosted a one-shot, half-hour comedy special on VH1 entitled John Mayer Has a TV Show, with antics including wearing a bear suit while anonymously teasing concertgoers in the parking lot outside one of his concerts. The American network CBS announced on January 14, 2009 that they were in negotiations with Mayer for a variety show; it may air as a special or as a regular series.. Broadcasting & Cable. . Retrieved January 14, 2009.(January 14, 2009), . The Los Angeles Times. . Retrieved January 20, 2009. In an interview with Rolling Stone, posted online on January 22, 2010, Mayer confirmed that the program, also called John Mayer Has a TV Show, was still in development, and that personnel were being hired. He described the concept as "a high quality music performance show, where I could also steer it a little bit. It's about there being a bastion of artists being made to look good and sound good.".(January 22, 2010), . RollingStone.com
Mayer has made many appearances on talk shows and other television programs, most notably, on a Chappelle's Show comedy skit, Late Night with David Letterman and on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Mayer made an appearance with Rob Dyrdek in the MTV show Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.
Mayer has toured with many musical groups, including Maroon 5,Dansby, Andrew (2004). Rolling Stone. Retrieved on April 12, 2006. Guster, Howie Day, Mat Kearney, Counting Crows,Dansby, Andrew (2003). Rolling Stone. Retrieved on April 12, 2006. Ben Folds, The Wallflowers, Teitur,Mayer, John (2004). FindArticles.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2007. Brett Dennen, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Train, Ellie Goulding OneRepublic and Paramore. Crow and Mayer, who had just previously appeared on the Cars Soundtrack together, co-headlined a tour that ran from August to October 2006.AP (2006). Billboard.com. Retrieved on May 31, 2007. In 2007, Mayer toured Europe, hoping to reach the popularity abroad that he enjoys in North America.Sinclair, David (2007). Belfast Telegraph online. Retrieved on January 28, 2007. The initial North American Continuum tour ended on February 28, 2007, with a show at Madison Square Garden, a performance which the New York Post described as "career-defining."Aquilante, Dan (2007). Nypost.com. Retrieved on March 2, 2007. In 2010, Mayer and Keith Urban performed at a CMT Crossroads concert which saw Mayer and Urban performing a medley of their own songs together and a rendition of George Michael's single, "Faith". This performance was led to Urban and Mayer teaming up again for future performances, including at the 2010 CMT Music Awards.
Mayer allows audio taping at most of his live performances, and he also allows for the non-commercial trading of those recordings. He does this to give fans the opportunity to recreate the live experience, and to encourage fan interaction. Local 83: Listener's Union. Retrieved on June 25, 2007.
Mayer often shows up at small venues unannounced (or with little advance notice) for surprise concerts—occasionally for free or without accepting the performance fee.New York staff (October 15, 2007), . NME.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011.Kaplan, Michelle (December 6, 2010), . YeahNewYork.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011.(August 9, 2009), (June 18, 2010),
. NYPost.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011. He has made appearances throughout the Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York areas, including shows at The Laugh Factory, Eddie's Attic,Swartz, Kristi E., et al. (September 8, 2010), . The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 18, 2011. and the Village Underground.
Touring band members
* David Ryan Harris – guitar, backing vocals (2003–present)
* Robbie McIntosh – guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals (2006–present)
* Sean Hurley – bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
* Charlie Wilson – keyboards (2009–present)
* Keith Carlock - drums, percussion (2010–present)
* Bob Reynolds – saxophones, flute (2006–2008, 2010–present)
* Bryan Lipps - trumpet (2010–present)
* David LaBruyere – bass (1999–2008)
* Nir Z - drums (2001)
* Matt Mangano - guitar (2001)
* Matt Johnson - drums (2002)
* Stephen Chopek – drums, percussion (2001–2002)
* Michael Chaves – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2001–2005)
* Kevin Lovejoy – keyboards (2003–2004)
* Erik Jekabsen – trumpet, flugelhorn (2003–2004)
* Chris Karlic – saxophone, flute (2003–2005)
* J.J. Johnson – drums (2003–2005, 2006–2008)
* Onree Gill – keyboards (2004–2005)
* Chuck McKinnon – trumpet, flugelhorn (2004–2005)
* Ricky Peterson – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (2006–2007)
* Tim Bradshaw – keyboards, organ, lap steel guitar, backing vocals (2007–2008)
* Kenna Ramsey - backing vocals (2009–2010)
* Melanie Taylor - backing vocals (2009–2010)
* Steve Jordan – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2003, 2005–2006, 2009–2010)
* Brad Mason - trumpet, flugelhorn (2006–2008)
Mayer has followed the discipline of Krav Maga."Saturday, December 5th", .) Retrieved on February 2, 2010"Saturday, December 5th", . Retrieved on February 2, 2010 He hosts an annual Interfaith Baking Contest, in which he judges his favorite from pictures of baked goods sent in by his fans during the end-of-year, holiday season.
Mayer has a number of tattoos. These include: "Home" and "Life" (from the song title) on the back of his left and right arms respectively, "77" (his year of birth) on the left side of his chest, and a koi-like fish on his right shoulder. His entire left arm is covered in a sleeve tattoo that he acquired gradually, ending in April 2008; it includes: "SRV" (for his idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan) on his shoulder, a decorated rectangle on his biceps, a dragon-like figure on his inner arm, and various other floral designs. In 2003, he got a tattoo of three squares on his right forearm, which, he has explained, he will fill in gradually.Collis, Clark (2003). Blender.com. Retrieved on November 2, 2006. As of 2011, two are filled.No byline (2007). HollyScoop.com. Retrieved on June 22, 2007.
He is an avid collector of watches and owns timepieces worth tens of thousands of dollars.Lieberman, Bari (2007). The Hurricane Online. Retrieved on January 25, 2007.Mayer, John (2006). Honeyee.com. Retrieved on April 25, 2007. Mayer also has an extensive collection of sneakers, estimated () at more than 200 pairs.Mayer, John (2006). JohnMayer.com/blog. Retrieved on January 4, 2007.
Mayer's parents concluded an uncontested divorce on May 27, 2009.Mayer, Margaret v. Mayer, Richard, (2009) After the divorce, Mayer moved his (82-year-old) father to an assisted-living facility in Los Angeles.
Mayer sold his home in the Los Angeles suburbs in 2011.http He currently lives in his apartment in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo.
Dating and relationship with the media
Mayer dated Jennifer Love Hewitt briefly in 2002. In a comedy routine at the Hollywood Laugh Factory in May 2006, he said that they never consummated their relationship; he later said that he immediately apologized to her for the raunchy routine.(2006). ContactMusic.com. Retrieved on January 5, 2006. Despite rumors to the contrary, Mayer did not date Heidi Klum in 2003. Mayer dated Jessica Simpson for about nine months, beginning in the middle of 2006. Rumors started in August of that year with a People magazine article, but kicked into high gear when Mayer and Simpson spent New Year's holiday together in New York City, both attending Christina Aguilera's New Year's Eve party.No byline (2007). CBSNews.com. Retrieved on June 13, 2007. When Ryan Seacrest asked Mayer on the red carpet of the 2007 Grammy Awards, about his relationship with Simpson, Mayer responded in Japanese. Despite some initially conflicting translations, he said, "Jessica is a lovely woman, and I'm glad to be with her."Malkin, Marc (2007). E! online. Retrieved on February 12, 2007. However, the couple split in May 2007.No byline (2007). MSNBC.com. Retrieved on May 21, 2007. He began dating actress Minka Kelly in September 2007,No byline. (October 1, 2007) People.com. Retrieved October 1, 2007. but they split up before the year's end.Garcia, Jennifer (January 9, 2008), People.com. Retrieved on January 10, 2008 Mayer began dating actress Jennifer Aniston in April 2008,Marx, Linda (April 26, 2008), People.com. Retrieved on April 28, 2008 but Mayer broke it off the following August.No byline (August 17, 2008), LA Times. . Retrieved August 18, 2008. They resumed dating in October 2008 and split up again in March 2009.Van Meter, Jonathan (December 2008), "". Vogue.Cedenheim, Pernilla (March 12, 2009), People.com. Retrieved on April 8, 2009 His relationships with high-profile celebrities has led to his having a reputation as a "womanizer."Jesseka Kadylak (June 19, 2008), "Mayer strums star heartstrings" . USA Today.Caramanica, Jon (November 21, 2009), "John Mayer Just Has to Please the Girls". New York Times :1
Mayer's relationship with Jessica Simpson coincided with some personal behavior changes that served to significantly increase his tabloid exposure.(January 22, 2010), . Retrieved on February 3, 2010 Previously, Mayer had expressed his resolve to completely avoid drugs, alcohol, clubbing, "red-carpet" events, dating celebrities and anything else that he felt would detract from his focus on his music.Guthrie, Blake (May 16, 2001),
. Creative Loafing (Retrieved on February 2, 2010) In interviews, however, Mayer has alluded to experiencing an extreme "anxiety bender" episode in his twenties that motivated him to be less reclusive. He later said he realized that, "If I wanted to see Jessica more, I had to grow up," and not be afraid to be without his guitar. He called his relationship with her "sexual napalm" and said she had the power to "change values." He began making appearances at clubs in Los Angeles and New York (where he would stage pranks for the paparazzi), and in a Rolling Stone interview from 2006, he first mentioned that he had begun using marijuana. Mayer joined Aniston at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009, where she was a presenter.http
Mayer's relationship with the media has drawn controversy. He has been called long-winded and self-aware, stemming from his style as an interviewee. Mayer's discourse with the tabloid media (including hosting a TMZ segment and getting in Twitter battles with Perez Hilton)TMZ staff (July 26, 2008), . TMZ.com. Retrieved February 3. 2010.Kreps, Daniel (June 23, 2009), . RollingStone.com. Retrieved February 3, 2010. culminated in an impromptu press conference outside of his gym in New York, where he explained why he had broken-up with Aniston. The fall-out was unfavorable, and he was branded a "douchebag" for "saving face"; Mayer later said, "It was one of the worst times of my life,"Hamm, Liza; Ingrassia, Lisa, (December 15, 2008). "HOLLYWOOD'S BEST & WORST BOYFRIENDS". People. 70 (24):66-71 and maintains he did it to take responsibility for hurting her. Despite assertions that he would not be doing any more press, an interview with Playboy magazine (posted to their website on February 10, 2010) set off accusations in the media and on Twitter of his being a misogynist, kiss-and-tell ex-boyfriend, and racist.Herrera, Monica (February 10, 2010), . Billboard.com. Retrieved February 10, 2010. He apologized via Twitter for his use of the word "nigger," saying, "It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize...a word that is so emotionally charged."Mayer, John (February 10, 2010), . Twitter.com. Retrieved February 10, 2010. He also tearfully apologized to his band and fans at his concert in Nashville later that night.(February 10, 2010), . YouTube.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
* Room for Squares (2001)
* Heavier Things (2003)
* Continuum (2006)
* Battle Studies (2009)
Mayer has won seven awards from eighteen nominations.
Others awards and nominations
* Battle Studies World Tour
* Edwards, G. (2006) Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?, New York: Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 0-307-34603-XThis text has been derived from John Mayer on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0