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John Mayer announces he's leaving Columbia Records after 20 years and eight albums


John Mayer’s time with Columbia Records is coming to an end after 20 years.

The 44-year-old musician announced he was leaving the label in a post shared with his 5.5million Instagram followers on Friday.

The news comes eight months after the release of Mayer’s final album with Columbia Records, titled Sob Rock, in July.

Changes: John Mayer's time with Columbia Records is coming to an end after 20 years; Mayer pictured in February

Changes: John Mayer’s time with Columbia Records is coming to an end after 20 years; Mayer pictured in February 

He began by revealing that he experienced ‘some wonderful personal and creative relationships’ during those 21 years in collaboration together, but now he’s ‘decided not to renew my recording agreement with Columbia Records.’

Mayer continued, ‘Hard as it is to say goodbye, I’m excited to pursue new avenues of making music, both of my own and with other artists.’ 

The blues enthusiast ended the post by sharing, ‘I love music more than ever, and I believe some of my best work still lies ahead. With gratitude and enthusiasm, John.’ 

The announcement came in the form of a letter to fans on Instagram, which included turning off the comments portion of the post. 

Announcement: The 44-year-old musician announced he was leaving the label in a post shared with his 5.5million Instagram followers on Friday

Announcement: The 44-year-old musician announced he was leaving the label in a post shared with his 5.5million Instagram followers on Friday 

Mayer’s first release with Columbia was his debut studio album, Room For Squares, which dropped in June 2001. It peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200, and earned him a Grammy Award For Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Your Body Is A Wonderland. 

Room For Squares turned out to be his best-selling album to date, having sold about 4.5 million copies in the United States.

He would drop six more records, all while exploring some different musical directions, including the incorporation of a more bluesier sound, before his final release with Columbia, Sob Rock. 

Mayer's first release with Columbia was his debut studio album, Room For Squares, which dropped in June 2001 and spawned the hit single Your Body Is Is A Wonderland

Mayer’s first release with Columbia was his debut studio album, Room For Squares, which dropped in June 2001 and spawned the hit single Your Body Is Is A Wonderland

Goodbye Columbia:  The guitarist's last release, Sob Rock, came in July 2021

Goodbye Columbia:  The guitarist’s last release, Sob Rock, came in July 2021

The tour in support of Sob Rock was temporarily put on hold when he and members of his band tested positive for COVID-19.

Late last month, after he contracted the virus for a second time, Mayer postponed four shows. 

‘Whelp. More members of the band tested positive for Covid today, and I was one of them,’ he said, in a post on February 24.

‘This means we have to reschedule the next four shows, which we’ve already rescheduled and posted above.’   

Health concerns: On February 24, Mayer announced he tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the postponement of four shows; the Connecticut native is seen playing the world-famous  Madison Square Garden in New York City

Health concerns: On February 24, Mayer announced he tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the postponement of four shows; the Connecticut native is seen playing the world-famous  Madison Square Garden in New York City

The Waiting On The World To Change singer told fans impacted by the cancellations that he was ‘so sorry to make you change your plans. This is a bummer for everyone in the band and crew, to say nothing of the question hanging over everyone’s head – mine included – as to how I tested positive on PCR twice in two months,’ Mayer said, adding, that his first case ‘was extremely mild, but this one’s got the better of me.’

The Daughters artist finished off his post in saying, ‘We’ll give you everything we’ve got at these upcoming shows, just as soon as we rest up and regroup. With love and appreciation… me.’

Mayer adjusted the format of his recent show at Madison Square Garden in New York City after drummer Steve Ferrone and background singer Carlos Ricketts tested positive for he coronavirus, People reported. The guitarist ended up doing an acoustic set and was joined by Questlove later in the performance. 

Mayer also recently played Washington D.C’s Capital One Arena with a sore throat, all while soothing his vocal chords with a cup of tea by his side during an acoustic set, the outlet reported. 

Rescheduled shows: The Waiting on the World To Change singer told fans impacted by the cancellations he was 'so sorry to make you change your plans '

Rescheduled shows: The Waiting on the World To Change singer told fans impacted by the cancellations he was ‘so sorry to make you change your plans ‘

The Daughters artist was seen playing a show in LA earlier this month

The Daughters artist was seen playing a show in LA earlier this month 

He told concertgoers: ‘After the last two years, I am not canceling a show. We do not cancel shows here. I mean, if it’s that thing and you’ve got it – well, I understand. Anything other than that … if it’s just me and I gotta bang on a guitar with my right hand and my left hand’s in a sling and I tell you stories, I will not cancel a show.’

The musical artist revealed on Instagram Tuesday that the concert ‘was another exercise in spirit and love’ amid difficult circumstances.

‘Big thanks to our old friend #JJJohnson for sitting in on drums to keep some the set feeling loud and proud,’ he said. ‘Thanks all for rolling with the punches. I’m more sure than ever that I have the greatest fans around.’

Mayer previously tested positive for COVID-19 in early January, as he had to bow out of a show at the Playing in the Sand festival in Mexico. 

The Sob Rock tour is expected to resume with a March 11 concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 

Postponements of those four shows include the February 25 concert in Pittsburgh being rescheduled to May 5; the March 1 concert in Belmont Park, New York being rescheduled to May 7; and the March 4 show to take place in Boston was  rescheduled to a pair of shows on May 9 and 10.

On the rebound: The Sob Rock tour is expected to resume with a March 11 concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

On the rebound: The Sob Rock tour is expected to resume with a March 11 concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

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