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Jason Mraz Celebrates Valentine's Day By Declaring That "Love is a Four Letter Word"; New Album Arrives April 17!
February 14 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 14, 2012



JASON MRAZ CELEBRATES VALENTINEâS DAY
BY DECLARING THAT âLOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ;

NEW ALBUM ARRIVES APRIL 17




Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz has announced details of his hugely anticipated new album, including by popular demand, a new release date. âLOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ â which includes the heartfelt hit single, âI Wonât Give Upâ â will now arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on April 17th.

Produced by multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, Christina Perri, Young The Giant), âLOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ marks Mrazâs finest, most fully realized collection to date (see below tracklisting). Fueled by magnificently textured arrangements and distinctive vocal landscapes, the album â Mrazâs fourth studio release and first new collection since 2008âs epochal âWE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.â â fully confirms the San Diego-based singer/songwriter as one of modern popâs most vibrant and inventive artists.

âItâs personal. Itâs melodic. And itâs mellow,â Mraz recently told Billboard. âThereâs a couple of up-tempo tunes, but mostly the rhythm-of-the-heartbeat kind of takes precedence on this record. It feels more like the pace of life. At least, based on my life and what Iâve been doing.â

Fans will have a chance to preview songs from the album via a new live acoustic EP entitled âLIVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ scheduled for digital release on February 28. The four-song EP, which includes two songs that will appear on âLOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD,â will feature live recordings from Spreckels Theater in San Diego captured last fall (see below tracklisting).

Mraz will herald âLOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ later today with a very special Valentineâs Day live-streamed performance, slated for 4:30 PM ET. Presented by YouTube, the event will see the GRAMMY® Award-winning tunesmith performing some of his favorite love songs â including âI Wonât Give Upâ â live from YouTubeâs New York City offices. For details and stream, please visit www.youtube.com/presents.

âI Wonât Give Upâ is looking like another pop smash for Mraz, coming in as this weekâs #1 most added track at Hot AC radio outlets in the U.S, while it is Top 10 at Mainstream AC in Canada. The song debuted in the #1 slot on Billboardâs âDigital Songsâ chart one week before its January release â the first #1 âDigital Songsâ debut since Lilâ Wayneâs âShe Will (Feat. Drake)â topped the chart in August 2011.

The âI Wonât Give Upâ companion video â directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mark Pellington (Bruce Springsteen, U2, Pearl Jam) â will premiere this Thursday, February 16.

Unveiled with little fanfare via a lyric video on Mrazâs official www.jasonmraz.com, âI Wonât Give Upâ earned immediate love and praise from an array of famous names, including Ellen DeGeneres, Colbie Callait, Rob Thomas, Perez Hilton, and Lady Antebellum, all of whom took to their Twitter feeds to tweet about the track. The lyric video has since received nearly 8 million individual views at Mrazâs official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdN5GyTl8K0.

Mraz has scheduled a number of high profile TV appearances for the coming weeks, beginning on Thursday with February 16th performances on NBCâs Today and CBSâs Late Show With David Letterman, followed by Friday morning on VH1âs Big Morning Buzz. Those appearances will then be followed by a visit to the nationally syndicated Ellen, slated for March 2nd (check local listings). Mraz will perform in Canada on March 4 on Quebecâs Star Academie and on CTVâs national morning show Canada AM on March 6.

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One of the modern eraâs most gifted pop troubadours, Jason Mrazâs extraordinary musical journey has taken him from coffee houses to stadiums all over the world, with two GRAMMY® Awards and six nominations already to his credit. His third studio album, 2008âs âWE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.â was an indelible global blockbuster, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications in 21 countries around the world. The albumâs lead single, âIâm Yoursâ was ASCAPâs 2010 âSong of the Yearâ and also holds the record for being the longest-running song in the history of the Billboard âHot 100â chart. A prolific songwriter, Mraz has been feted with a number of honors, including the Songwriters Hall of Fameâs esteemed âHal David Starlight Award,â presented to gifted songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.

Mraz spent much of 2011 road-testing the songs from âLOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ touring alongside his longtime friend, percussionist Noel âTocaâ Rivera. The worldwide trek â which included performances in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand â saw Mraz celebrating musicâs lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship. Among the journeyâs many highlights were multiple sold out shows at such iconic venues as Australiaâs Sydney Opera House, New York Cityâs Carnegie Hall, and Spreckels Theatre in Mrazâs adopted hometown of San Diego.

Long known for his many philanthropic activities, Mraz recently announced the establishment of the Jason Mraz Foundation, devoted to supporting a number of charities for which he has been a dedicated and impassioned advocate. Mraz created the Foundation â http://jasonmraz.com/foundation/ â to sustain organizations aligned with his four pillars of service: human equality, environment preservation, arts and education, and recovery and assistance.

For more, please see www.jasonmraz.com and www.atlanticrecords.com.



Jason Mraz

âLOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ


(Atlantic)

Release Date: April 17TH (full length album)



1. Freedom Song
2. Living in the Moment
3. The Woman I Love
4. I Wonât Give Up
5. 5/6
6. Everything is Sound (La La La)
7. 93 Million Miles
8. Frank D Fixer
9. Whoâs Thinking About You Now?
10. In Your Hands
11. Be Honest (Feat. Inara George)
12. The World As I See It


Jason Mraz

âLIVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORDâ


(Atlantic)

Release Date: February 28th (live digital EP)



1. The World As I See It (Live EP Version)
2. You F**king Did It (Live EP Version)
3. The Woman I Love (Live EP Version)
4. I Never Knew You (Live EP Version)
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