John Mayer heads for Billboard 200 Top 10 debut with new EP
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It looks like seven-time Grammy winner John Mayer is poised for a Billboard Top 10 debut with his critically-acclaimed The Search for Everything-Wave One EP that he dropped to the masses on Jan. 20. Per a Jan. 23 Billboard report, industry forecasters predict the first crop of introspective Mayer tracks “could bow with around 40,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 26.”

This is potentially great news for Mayer who candidly confessed to his Twitter followers upon the four-song release “My heart’s racing. These songs represent literally hundreds of hours of living inside of these little worlds. And more to come.”

Mayer has already topped Billboard 200 with three of his previous studio albums, Born and Raised, Battle Studies and Heavier Things. This kind of charting reception to his latest material certainly proves Mayer has nothing to worry about. Fans and critics alike have embraced Wave One  of his new album with as much unbridled passion as he poured into its tracks. Love predominantly prevails as a unifying theme across three of these first four songs, with “Changing” serving up more of a gentle musing on aging, yet he still references someone he cares about in the lines “Sometimes I wonder if you’ll be the one/When I am done changing.”

The saddest track in the quartet comes with “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me.” He’s sings of a lost love who will forever live in his heart, come what may. He released a short clip of himself playing the opening chords of the song on the piano on Twitter noting, “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me. On the famous Capitol studio B piano it was recorded with.”

Mayer joins an elite roster of artists who have recorded in Capitol Records Studio B booth through the years including Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Green Day, Elliott Smith and many more. Mayer fans are used to hearing his jaw-dropping guitar solos blaze across his blues-infused tracks. On “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me,” the stripped-down sound of the piano takes center stage.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview Mayer talked about agonizing over the song. He said, “I sat at the piano for hours teaching myself how the song might go. I sang it that night, and that was it: what you hear on the song is the original take. I couldn't sing the vocals again if i tried. It would be like the second snowball fight in ‘Groundhog's Day.’ This is the first time in my life as a singer that I'm in a state of emotion, not just intellectualizing how to sing a song. Every time I hear it, it's like getting to meet myself in the same room and take a walk around myself, like, 'I guess that's what I look like from that angle.’”

As previously reported, Mayer will release his seventh studio album, The Search for Everything, four songs a month, every month until all of the tracks have dropped. Stay tuned to AXS for more John Mayer updates.