SOURCE: Atlantic Records

August 08, 2005 15:18 ET

Jason Mraz Rockets Into Billboard Top 5 With "MR. A-Z"; Marks Career High for Celebrated Singer/Songwriter

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 8, 2005 -- "MR. A-Z," the new album from Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz, makes an outstanding chart debut this week, entering the Billboard 200 in the #5 spot. The eagerly anticipated set scored sales of 81,000 -- marking a career best for the gifted San Diego-based singer/songwriter. "MR. A-Z" also debuts at #1 on both the Digital Albums and Current Alternative Albums charts. In addition, the album has entered the Japanese charts at #8, where its first single, "Wordplay," has been #1 on the international charts for the past several weeks.

The impressive premiere of "MR. A-Z" has been fuelled by Mraz's non-stop road work, as well as the multi-format success of "Wordplay," which has hit the top 10 at Triple A radio and the top 20 at Hot AC outlets nationwide. In addition, the "Wordplay" companion video -- directed by Dean Karr (Dave Matthews Band, Velvet Revolver, Queens of the Stone Age) -- is currently a rotation favorite at both VH1 and Fuse.

Mraz -- who recently wrapped up his role as special guest on Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic Tour" -- will hit the road in support of "MR. A-Z" with a full-scale headlining tour of North America this fall. Details will be announced shortly. Prior to embarking on his headlining dates, Mraz will join Dave Matthews Band for a pair of shows at Carson, California's Home Depot Center, set for August 27th and 28th. And September 12th will see the traveling troubadour returning home for an appearance at the annual San Diego Music Awards celebration -- the site of Mraz's triumphs in 2002, 2003, and 2004 as "Artist of the Year."

On the television front, Mraz will follow his recent appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" with a further pair of high-profile performances. On August 19th, he will perform "Wordplay" on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," followed on August 25th with a "Pontiac Garage Concert Series" appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"MR. A-Z" comes nearly three years after the release of Mraz's breakthrough Elektra debut, the RIAA platinum "WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME." While waiting for Mraz's new album to come, fans were treated to the summer '04 release of the two-disc CD/DVD collection, "TONIGHT, NOT AGAIN: JASON MRAZ LIVE AT THE EAGLES BALLROOM" -- which captures the unadulterated experience of one of his legendary concerts.

Produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel), "MR. A-Z" was recorded at Allaire Studios near Woodstock, New York, as well as at Mraz's home studio in San Diego, California. "'MR. A-Z' is my pseudo-self-titled second album," the acclaimed tunesmith declares. "This time it's all Mraz from beginning to end, the alpha and the omega, from the frontal lobe to the reptilian membrane, the A-Z, thus assigning it the nomenclature it naturally desired and deserved, 'MR. A-Z.'"

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