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John Mayer announces first post throat surgery tour

Remember when John Mayer released Born and Raised last year? If you don’t, that’s probably because Mayer was sidelined by vocal problems that led to multiple throat surgeries, months of vocal rest, and the cancelation of most all of his promotional efforts.

He wasn’t completely invisible—he did show up to play guitar with Frank Ocean on SNL last year—but he laid pretty low most of the time.

He’s apparently back in good health; during a Google+ Hangout last night, Mayer revealed a 40-date tour—his first in three years. The trek kicks off April 25 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and will keep him intermittently on the road into October.

In an interview with Billboard, Mayer talked about his extended hiatus and the frustration that set in when he couldn’t speak for weeks on end. “I was forced to type on my iPad to communicate anything,” Mayer told the magazine. “It wasn’t liberating. Is breaking your leg liberating? No. All complexity is gone when you don’t have a choice.”

Check out all of Mayer’s upcoming tour dates below. And while you’re at it, watch the video for “Shadow Days,” one of the more underrated rock singles from 2012.  READ FULL STORY

John Mayer, Christina Aguilera among Rock Hall of Fame performers

John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the stars set to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Mayer will perform in honor of Albert King with Gary Clark Jr., then induct the late bluesman. Aguilera and Hudson will salute Donna Summer. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct Rush and hall of fame member Don Henley will induct Randy Newman at the April 18 ceremony in Los Angeles.

Public Enemy and Heart will also enter the hall of fame, along with lifetime achievement award winners Quincy Jones and Lou Adler. More performers and presenters will be announced later.

Tickets for the ceremony go on sale to the public Feb. 1. It will be broadcast May 18 on HBO.

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Shooter Jennings calls John Mayer a 'king douche' on Twitter

Move over, Taylor Swift, there’s another musician who despises John Mayer more than you do.

Shooter Jennings took to Twitter yesterday to bash the “Your Body is a Wonderland” singer’s guitar skills, country cred, and overall douche-y ways. The “Wild & Lonesome” rocker, who was apparently enraged by a Rolling Stone article on Mayer, also indirectly attacked Mayer’s girlfriend Katy Perry in his string of insults. The instigator offered only a semi-apology to the Twitterwerse for “sh**-talking” about Mayer’s “narcissistic drivel,” then re-tweeted Mayer’s fans’ tweets attacking him. Click below for some NSFW tweeting. READ FULL STORY

'The Zen of Bennett': Tony Bennett discusses career, Amy Winehouse -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Tony Bennett might be the most active 86-year-old you know.

The iconic singer has enjoyed an enviable career spanning 60 years (and counting), and lately he’s become renowned for his many duets and collaborative endeavors. And now Bennett’s set to release an introspective documentary that’ll shed light on his many artistic ambitions.

Conceived and produced by his son Danny Bennett, The Zen of Bennett tales a closer look into Tony’s life as he turned 85, as well as his continued presence in show business via the countless number of contemporary artists he’s worked with in recent years. The movie will hit screens in New York tomorrow and other select theaters Nov. 2, but you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek right now exclusively below. Then read on to find out about Bennett’s wish-list duets, his unique chemistry with Lady Gaga, and the tragedy of Amy Winehouse.

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Frank Ocean says he'll bring John Mayer to SNL

And thus the rumor mill grinds on.

Odd Future alum and breakout R&B star Frank Ocean tweeted earlier that John Mayer will join him for his performance on SNL’s season opener this Saturday.

Though Mayer’s recent headlines have focused more on his hair and his love life than his music, the rocker did collaborate with Ocean on Channel Orange‘s “White.”

SNL hasn’t confirmed Ocean’s claim, but I’d be willing to bet that the premiere (hosted by Seth McFarlane) packs a few surprises.

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John Mayer, Dierks Bentley to play Levon Helm benefit concert

John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley and several other musicians are getting together to pay tribute to the late Levon Helm.

The “Love for Levon” benefit concert will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. It will include performances from such artists as My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Bruce Hornsby, Mavis Staples, and Joe Walsh. READ FULL STORY

John Mayer saunters through 'Queen of California': Watch it here! -- VIDEO

The video for “Shadow Days” — the first single from John Mayer’s May album, Born and Raised — featured the singer-songwriter drifting through Idaho, Arizona, and other dusty locales. And in his latest video, for second single “Queen of California” — which you can find below — Mayer is again drifting, this time from a rainy day to a forest to the backstage of what looks like a theater…and many other locations.

Snow and even a parade are settings later in the slow, thoughtful song. It’s not all just lush and visually interesting settings, though: Eventually, Mayer arrives at a recording studio, and that’s where he plays his solo. After sauntering through some other landscapes, the blues rocker ends up with his band in a forest, which turns out to just be…a set for the music video. Is his whole life just one big set? Maybe that’s the message. But we’ll let you decide by watching the full video here:

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Album Sales: Adele's spends a 24th week at No. 1; Alan Jackson and the Beach Boys score top debuts

Have you seen your grandpa lately? If he’s not smoking his pipe in the front porch rocker, you may want to check your local Best Buy; there’s a good chance he’s there picking up some new tunes by Alan Jackson, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, or even old soul Adele, who topped the Billboard 200 this week for the 24th time with her blockbuster album 21.

Of course, the chart didn’t only appeal to septuagenarians (not that there’s anything wrong with that) — acts like Big K.R.I.T., One Direction, Curren$y, and Brandi Carlile muscled their way into the upper tier as well.

Check out the Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: John Mayer holds on to No. 1, One Direction makes chart history

John Mayer may be feeling dumpy and “humiliated” about that big meanie Taylor Swift, but the fact that his fifth album, Born and Raised, has just logged a second week atop the Billboard 200 should cheer him up.

The reformed(?) rocker’s twangified set sold 65,000 copies this week, holding off Adele and One Direction, as well as new releases from Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Sigur Rós, all of whom landed high in the top 10.

One thing Mayer couldn’t hold off? One Direction’s DVD release of Up All Night: The Live Tour, which sold 76,000 copies. As Yahoo‘s Paul Grein explains, this marks the first time ever that the No. 1 music DVD release has outsold the No. 1 album.

Check out the Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

John Mayer on being the subject of Taylor Swift's 'Dear John': 'It's cheap songwriting'

John Mayer’s throat woes may keep him from singing, but it seems nothing can stop him from talking.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the reformed playboy went public with his feelings toward the Taylor Swift Speak Now track “Dear John,” a song-letter Swift wrote for the older singer, following their brief (and apparently not awesome) love affair.

“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer said of the song. “Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that.

“It was a really lousy thing for her to do,” continued the man who used to throw impromptu press conferences in order to speak publicly about ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston.

As for Swift, she’s previously said that the song “is sort of like the last email you would ever send to someone that you used to be in a relationship with.”

But Mayer would’ve rather dealt with this through his inbox. “I never got an email,” he said. “I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down.

Added Mayer, “I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?”

He also had some choice words for the song itself: “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting. I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bulls—.”

Okay! So, before we all take sides, let’s give the Swift song in question another listen to hear the other side of the story:

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