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Jason Mraz Makes Phenomenal Return to the Top of the Charts; After One Week, "I Won't Give Up" Approaches 250,000 in Sales, Tops Billboard's "Digital Songs" Chart, and Scores Major Love Across Twitter, Surpassing 2.5 Million YouTube Views; "I Won&(January 11, 2012)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/11/12 -- "I Won't Give Up," the heartfelt new single from Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz, is quickly proving the first undeniable pop smash of the New Year. One week from its release, the song debuted in the #1 slot on Billboard's "Digital Songs" chart, with sales surpassing 225,000. At iTunes alone, "I Won't Give Up" has topped the retailer's "Top Songs" and "Top Pop Songs" charts for the past week. Released one week ago with little fanfare, no radio play or major broadcast visibility, reaction to the song has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Debuted quietly on Mraz's site on January 3 via a lyric video, "I Won't Give Up" spread lightning-fast online, gathering love and praise from an array of famous names, including Ellen DeGeneres, Colbie Callait, Rob Thomas, Perez Hilton, and Lady Antebellum, all of whom have taken to their Twitter feeds to tweet about the track. The lyric video has since surpassed 2.5 million individual views at Mraz's official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdN5GyTl8K0.
The song is the first #1 debut on Billboard's "Digital Songs" chart since last August's "She Will" by Lil' Wayne featuring Drake. Outside of the U.S., "I Won't Give Up" has also topped digital retailer charts around the world.
"I Won't Give Up" heralds the GRAMMY® Award-winning tunesmith's eagerly awaited new album, slated for release on May 8th. The track will be delivered to multi-format radio outlets nationwide in late January, and Mraz will perform the song live on the February 16th installment of "Today."
Fans will get a chance to watch Mraz perform the song via live stream of a special acoustic performance from the BING Bar in Park City, Utah on January 20th at 1 PM Mountain time, sponsored by ASUS and Intel. The acoustic set will be streamed live through his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jasonmraz. Jason's performance is the culmination of his six month journey with ASUS and Intel as part of their In Search of Incredible campaign. More information on the search, including a special global web series with Jason shot in the MojaveDesert, London, and Morocco, can be found at www.insearchofincredible.com.
One of the modern era's most gifted pop troubadours, Jason Mraz's 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 2008 third album, "WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS." was an indelible global blockbuster, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications in 21 countries around the world. The album's lead single, "I'm Yours" was ASCAP's 2010 "Song of the Year" and also holds the record for being the longest-running song in the history of the Billboard "Hot 100" chart. A prolific songwriter, Mraz has been feted with a number of honors, including the Songwriters Hall of Fame's esteemed "Hal David Starlight Award," 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 his as-yet-untitled new album touring alongside his longtime friend, percussionist Noel "Toca" Rivera. The worldwide trek -- which included performances in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia -- saw Mraz celebrating music's lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship. Among the journey's many highlights were multiple sold out shows at such iconic venues as Australia's Sydney Opera House, New York City's Carnegie Hall, and Spreckels Theatre in Mraz's 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 -- http://jasonmraz.com/foundation/ -- to sustain organizations aligned with his four pillars of service: human equality, environment preservation, arts and education, and recovery and assistance.
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