While I was toasting my health yesterday, this announcement came out:
Feb 20, 2008 11:10 ET
He Sings! He Dances! He Steals Things! Jason Mraz Is Back With His Highly Anticipated New Album — Which Features the Online Hit, “I’m Yours” — Preceded by a Trio of Exclusive EP Releases; “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” Drops on May 20th
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – February 20, 2008) – Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz has disclosed early details of his enormously anticipated new album, “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” The collection — Mraz’s first set of all-new material in nearly three years — will arrive in stores and at online retailers on May 20th.
The San Diego-based troubadour’s third studio release, “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” was produced by Martin Terefe, known for his work with KT Tunstall, Ron Sexsmith, and James Morrison. The album sees Mraz continuing to tread his own distinctive artistic path, melding a variegated musical tapestry with passionate, personal lyricism. Among the highlights are collaborations with British tunesmith James Morrison and singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat. “I’m Yours,” the album’s first single, was chosen due to the undeniable fan response to the song. A demo version of “I’m Yours” originally appeared on a limited release bonus EP Mraz put out with his last album. Today the song is an online sensation, with over 300 user-generated videos from more than 25 different countries now appearing on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8SJOYzk7SY).
Always an active online presence, Mraz has kept his loyal fanbase abreast of his recent activities via a series of video blogs, dubbed “Crazy Man’s Ju-Ju.” The clips — along with a variety of other travel adventures, live performances, and studio sessions — can be accessed at “Jason Mraz TV,” the Official Jason Mraz YouTube channel, located at www.youtube.com/user/OfficialJasonMraz.
“WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” will be heralded by a trio of individual EPs: “WE SING,” due March 18th; “WE DANCE,” out April 15th; and “WE STEAL THINGS,” which will be available as a digital bundle with purchase of the album on iTunes, and as part of a bundle when purchased via JasonMraz.com or AtlanticRecords.com. The EPs will feature unique versions of various album tracks recorded during special intimate sessions.
A compelling and inventive live performer, Jason will celebrate the new album with a coast-to-coast North American concert tour, slated to kick off sometime this spring. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Mraz will perform Feb. 28 at iTunes Live: London Sessions in the UK. Fans can win tickets at http://www.ituneslive.co.uk/february-28th/. Mraz will then spend March on the road beginning at the Uken Festival in Bergen, Norway on March 8, and then continuing to Australia and Asia, including a major concert appearance in Seoul, Korea on March 28th.
“WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” follows Mraz’s two previous studio releases: 2002’s RIAA platinum-certified breakthrough, “WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME,” and 2005’s “MR. A-Z,” which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, with career-best first week sales exceeding 80,000. Mraz has also released a series of concert recordings, including 2004’s “TONIGHT, NOT AGAIN: JASON MRAZ LIVE AT THE EAGLES BALLROOM” and 2006’s digital-only release, “SELECTIONS FOR FRIENDS.”
Yes. Life is wonderful.