The Search for Everything: Wave One

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The Search for Everything:
Wave One
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EP by
ReleasedJanuary 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)
RecordedAugust 2014–September 2016
Genre
Length14:37
LabelColumbia
Producer
John Mayer chronology
Paradise Valley
(2013)
The Search for Everything:
Wave One

(2017)
The Search for Everything: Wave Two
(2017)
Singles from The Search for Everything: Wave One
  1. "Love on the Weekend"
    Released: November 17, 2016[1]

The Search for Everything: Wave One is an extended play (EP) by American singer-songwriter John Mayer, released on January 20, 2017 by Columbia Records. It contains the first four tracks from his seventh studio album The Search for Everything, and was followed by The Search for Everything: Wave Two on February 24, 2017.[2]

Background[edit]

The Search for Everything: Wave One is the first release from John Mayer since his 2013 Americana album Paradise Valley, after a four-year hiatus. Throughout 2015 and 2016, he toured as part of the rock band Dead & Company, with the remaining members of the classic rock group The Grateful Dead. In January 2017, John Mayer wrote in a Facebook post that "The album will be released four songs at a time. There were too many songs to ever get out the door at once."[3]

Recording and composition[edit]

According to an excerpt from Rolling Stone, "My starting point is, 'I want to leave the Earth as a writer,'" he explains. "I wasn't interested in doing anything I've done before, and I wanted to stoke the fire of abstraction and just start punching hard." Speaking about the rollout of EPs in support of his seventh album, he said "The price of admission is four songs. If you don't like these, don't get the next four. But if I've engendered some kind of trust that you think I'm onto something, get the next four, and come along with me on every single wave."

On writing the single "Love on the Weekend", Mayer said "Writing 'Love On The Weekend' was the experience of all the best songs I've ever written, when you're going to go home and obsess all night because you know you're onto something and you know it's only going to get better when you go back and work on it the next day."[4]

Release and promotion[edit]

John Mayer debuted the lead single "Love on the Weekend" through Facebook Live on November 17, 2016, where it was released for digital download thereafter.[5]

"Love on the Weekend" was performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on December 6, 2016, with Maroon 5's James Valentine, and Steve Jordan, and Pino Palladino as part of Mayer's backing band.[6]

"Moving On and Getting Over" was performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show on February 24, 2017.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Search for Everything: Wave One debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, earning 49,000 album-equivalent units for the week ending February 11, 2017. It was the best-selling album of the week, selling 38,000 traditional albums in its first week.[8] Wave One became Mayer's eighth top-ten album on the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Mayer.

No.TitleLength
1."Moving On and Getting Over"4:21
2."Changing"3:33
3."Love on the Weekend"3:31
4."You're Gonna Live Forever in Me"3:09
Total length:14:34

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[9] 2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[10] 8
US Billboard 200[11] 2
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[12] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[13] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hear John Mayer's First New Song in Three Years, 'Love on the Weekend'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on January 24, 2017
  2. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/john-mayer-details-four-new-wave-2-songs-w468485
  3. ^ "John Mayer Releases 'Wave One' of His New Album 'The Search for Everything'". Complex. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (January 20, 2017), "John Mayer Details Origin, Inspiration Behind Four New Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on January 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Spanos, Brittany (November 17, 2016), "Hear John Mayer's First New Song in Three Years, 'Love on the Weekend'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on January 24, 2017
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wa4RKHk2zI
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96pDYEp9QIA
  8. ^ "John Mayer Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, The Weeknd Reigns at No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "On The Charts...This Week". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Hitlisten.NU - Album Top-40 Uge 4, 2017". Hitlisten. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "John Mayer Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, The Weeknd Reigns at No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "John Mayer Chart History (Top Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "John Mayer Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2017.