Heavier Things, Eagerly-Awaited New Album From Grammy Winner John Mayer, Debuts at #1 on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart
Cross-Country Fall Headline Tour of Major Arenas Announced
Aware/Columbia Records -- Heavier Things, the eagerly-awaited new album from the Grammy-winning Aware/Columbia recording artist John Mayer, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart with first week's sales of more than 315,000 pieces. The album is also #1 on the Top Internet sales chart.
John Mayer will perform songs from Heavier Things on his upcoming cross-country fall tour headlining arenas and other major venues, which will include his first concert at New York's Madison Square Garden (see itinerary following).
John Mayer will make his first appearance on "Saturday Night Live," during the Emmy Award-winning program's 29th Season Premiere on Saturday, October 4, to be hosted by Jack Black. He will follow-up his SNL premiere with an appearance on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" scheduled to air on Friday, October 10. ABC's "Primetime Thursday" is scheduled to air a piece on John Mayer on Thursday, September 25.
Entering the chart at #1, Heavier Things is the third John Mayer album currently in the Top 200, joining his triple platinum breakthrough Room For Squares (released in 2001, it's now at #55, having peaked at #8 in March 2003) and his platinum-certified live album, Any Given Thursday (currently at #183). The chart-topping debut of Heavier Things is driven in part by the radio success -- it's been #1 on the AAA chart for three weeks and is bulleting up the Top 40 -- of John's new single, "Bigger Than My Body." A music video for "Bigger Than My Body," directed by Nigel Dick, is currently in "The Big Ten" on MTV. From September 2-9, John Mayer fans were able to preview Heavier Things online at MTV.com's "The Leak," where the album was streamed a record- breaking 1.3 million times.
In a four star rave review of John's new album in Rolling Stone (October 2, 2003), music writer James Hunter observes that, "With his follow-up, Heavier Things, Mayer offers an equally available yet more sophisticated album ... Most of these tracks proceed more subtly, with an emphasis on interior life ... These songs have no trouble lifting off when they want: 'Someday I'll fly,' Mayer sings in 'Bigger Than My Body,' propelling a chorus that's pure radio bliss ... Mayer's new methods swirl into unusual majesty."
John Mayer and Heavier Things are the subject of a New York Times (September 14, 2003) piece, authored by music critic Jon Pareles, entitled "Romantics of the Road: The Next Generation." "While Mr. Mayer's earlier songs were often on the verge of melting into boudoir ambience, all warm and fuzzy," points out the New York Times piece, "his new ones have more backbone and more substance."
John Mayer Fall Tour 2003 Itinerary 10/08/03 Montreal, QC Metropolis 10/13/03 Dublin, Ireland Vicar Street 10/17/03 Koln, Germany Kantine 10/18/03 Berlin, Germany Columbiafritz 10/19/03 Munich, Germany Elserhalle 10/22/03 Stockholm, Sweden Klubben 10/23/03 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega 10/31/03 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center 11/01/03 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena 11/03/03 London, ONT. John Labatt Centre 11/04/03 Ottawa, ONT. Corel Centre 11/05/03 Toronto, ONT. Air Canada Centre 11/08/03 Ames, IA Iowa State Center, Hilton Coliseum 11/09/03 Iowa City, IA University Of Iowa, Carver Hawkeye 11/11/03 Columbia, MO University Of Missouri-Columbia, Hearnes Center 11/12/03 Omaha, NE Qwest Center 11/14/03 Oklahoma City, OK Cox Convention Center 11/15/03 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena 11/16/03 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center 11/18/03 Tallahassee, FL Leon County Civic Center 11/19/03 Birmingham, AL Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, Coliseum 11/21/03 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena 11/23/03 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum, Arena 11/24/03 New York, NY Madison Square Garden 11/26/03 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena 11/28/03 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena 11/29/03 Auburn Hills, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills, Arena
SOURCE: Aware/Columbia Records
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