"After 13 years, John and I are parting ways," McDonald said in a statment. "It's been a magnificent journey, which began before his debut album, and along the way has included seven Grammy awards, years of massively successful tours around the world, and over 20 million albums sold. I hold John's talent in the highest regard and wish him nothing but the best."
In a recent interview, Mayer was as talkative as ever, but seemed to have a new sense of calmness as he discussed how his life has shifted in the last three years. He overcame a throat injury thanks to Botox injections last year, but the injury left him on voice rest for months and sidelined his performances — "an intense amount of hyperfocus" is how he describes it.
"I don't drink really anymore. I warm up before I sing. I warm down," he said. "I do whatever I can. I don't want to lose that part of my life again."
Rolling Stone is reporting that Frank Ocean will be featured on John Mayer's upcoming album, Paradise Valley, which is slated for an August 20 release. Ocean will supposedly lend his vocals to a brief reprise of "Wildfire," one of the current singles from the album. The two musicians collaborated last year for Ocean's full-length debut, Channel ORANGE.
John Mayer was initially going to release "Dear Marie" today as the next single off his upcoming album, Paradise Valley, but it looks like the song "Wildfire" was released instead. You can purchase the song over at iTunes and stream it in the replies. The album is in stores August 20th.
You can check out the track listing for John Mayer's new album, Paradise Valley, below. The album is set to be released on August 13th via Columbia Records.
02) Dear Marie
03) Waiting on the Day
04) Paper Doll
05) Who You Love
06) I Will Be Found (Lost at Sea)
07) Call Me the Breeze
08) Badge and Gun
09) You're No One 'Til Someone Lets You Down
10) Badge and Gun
11) On the Way Home
John Mayer will be releasing a new album this summer.
New record this Summer… Not a Born and Raised “plus”… A whole new group of songs to bring the whole thing up to date with Summer 2013. I have that hunger that always precedes something meaningful. See you all soon. And thanks for the warm welcome back to the stage. Getting back on it a little at a time.
John Mayer performed "Something Like Olivia" off of his latest album, Born and Raised, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He was interviewed as well and spoke about his recent vocal problems, his recent relationship with Katy Perry and confirmed they're no longer together. The videos can be found in the replies.
The entire John Mayer Google+ video feed can be found in the replies. It includes a performance of a new song, "Dear Marie," (no word if he wants to be counted in). John will also be on the cover of the next Billboard magazine.
John Mayer sat down with Rolling Stone and talked about his voice, a forthcoming return tour, and dating Katy Perry.
I just became more settled in as a person. I would rather not be settled in as a person instead of playing music all the time, to be honest with you. But that wasn't an option. I wasn't going to be able to just visualize myself as a musician. You know, when you visualize yourself as a musician, you can make a lot of apologies for the little weird, interpersonal things you have with people. And when you don't have that, you go, "OK, let's focus in on the fact that the people I see today, I'm going to see tomorrow.
John Mayer is releasing a five song EP exclusively on iTunes, with four in studio performances and a new unreleased song from the Born and Raised sessions, entitled "Go Easy on Me." He will also be having surgery next month to remove the granuloma in his vocal chords.
Prior to complications with his throat granuloma, John Mayer recorded an acoustic in-studio video for "Queen Of California" which can be seen in the replies. The official video for the single will air in July.
Adele moved back into the top overall spot this week, moving another 74,000 units of 21. The Beach Boys debuted in the third spot with 63,000 copies of That's Why God Made the Radio, while Curren$y came in at No. 5 with 39,000 units of Stoned Immaculate. John Mayer's Born and Raised dropped from the top spot to No. 7, declining 44 percent while moving 37,500 units. Of course, fun. continued its strong performance, remaining in the top 20 with almost 18,000 more sales of Some Nights.
You can listen to Frank Ocean's new song, "Pyramids," in the replies. It was co-written by John Mayer and Mayer plays guitar on it. The song comes from Frank Ocean's new album, Channel Orange, due out July 17 via Def Jam.
John Mayer coasts at the top of the charts again this week, moving almost 68,000 additional copies of Born and Raised - a 71 percent decline from his meteoric sales last week. Adele and One Direction come in after Mayer, while Regina Spektor and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros see the two highest debuts at No. 4 (38,000) and No. 6 (29,000), respectively. Sigur Ros also saw an excellent debut week, cracking the top 10 and No. 9 with 24,000 copies of Valtari. Equally as awesome, fun. saw a huge rise in sales, increasing 57 percent and selling another 17,000 copies of Some Nights - perhaps partially in thanks to the awesome music video they came out with.
As expected, John Mayer debuted on top of the charts by selling over 230,000 units of Born and Raised - and it wasn't even close. Adele again stood in at No. 2, but sold about four times less than Mayer, with 53,000 copies of 21. Adam Lambert, last week's No. 1, dropped 70% in sales to the No. 11 spot, while fun. remained strong, adding almost 11,000 more sales to its total of Some Nights and rising from No. 33 to 27. Notable debuts included Sara Bareilles at No. 8 with 31,000 of Once Upon Another Time and Kimbra at No. 12 with 22,000 of Vows.