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7 Things About John Mayer You Probably Didn't Know

The singer-songwriter's first full-length album in nearly four years, 'The Search for Everything,' drops today making it the perfect time to brush up on your Mayer history

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He Was Originally in a Two-Man Band

TINLEY PARK, IL  - JULY 18: Singer John Mayer at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheater on July 18, 2008 in Tinley Park, Illinois
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If fate took a different turn, John Mayer may have not be the solo superstar we know today. During his college years, he disenrolled from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved to Atlanta with future Zac Brown Band member Clay Cook in 2007. Together, they performed as the two-man band known as the Lo-Fi Masters, but their time together was short.

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'Back to the Future' Inspired Him to Be a Musician

Mayer became the guitar player we know today all thanks to Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future. The story goes that Fox's guitar performance of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" as Marty McFly in the classic '80s film made a young Mayer fascinated with the instrument. BTTF filmmaker later confirmed Mayer had personally reached out to him about the movie's influence on him.

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An Irregular Heartbeat Turned Him Into a Songwriter

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  John Mayer performs live at The Hard Rock Cafe, Old Park Lane on January 11, 2010 in London, E
Ian Gavan

At age 17, Mayer suffered from cardiac dysrhythmia (a.k.a. irregular heartbeat) leaving him hospitalized for a weekend. "That was the moment the songwriter in me was born", he said of the episode in an interview to Rolling Stone. "I discovered a whole other side of me. I came home that night and started writing lyrics. I discovered it all at once: It was like opening up a lockbox, and inside was a depth that I didn't even know I had as a person, or a writer—incredible creativity and vision and neurosis, complete neurosis. They all go together."

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He Gave Alicia Keys Half His GRAMMY

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12:  Recording artist Alicia Keys performs at City Of Hope Honors Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman With S
Michael Kovac

At the 2005 GRAMMY Awards, Mayer won Song of the Year for his tender single "Daughters," but told reporters and in later interviews that he believed Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" should have won. Proving he wasn't just talk, he actually gave the top half of the award to Keys which the diva later said is one of her favorite GRAMMY memories.

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He's a Bigtime Blogger

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: John Mayer arrives at the The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, C
Steve Granitz

At the height of the blogging age, Mayer at one point was maintaining five different blogs. He frequently wrote on his MySpace page, a blog at his official site, one at Honeyee.com, a Tumblr page, and a photo blog at StunningNikon.com. Also starting in June 2004, he began a column titled "Music Lessons With John Mayer" for Esquire magazine.

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He Really, Really Likes Watches

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Katy Perry and John Mayer attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to I
Kevin Mazur

His wrist is a wonderland: John has revealed he's an avid watch collector with a collection worth "tens of millions," as he told to The New York Times. His collection has everything from super-valuable Rolexes to vintage Casio G-Shocks.

To further show how serious he is about what's on his wrist, Mayer filed a lawsuit seeking $656,000 (not including damages and interest) from a California watch dealer, for using watch pieces that, he claims, contain non-authentic elements.

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He Kissed Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton speaks onstage during the Perez Hilton Music Showcase 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Mus
Shannon Stewart for Fuse

During his series of controversial interviews from 2009 to 2010, Mayer told Playboy about snogging the controversial blogger. "The only man I've kissed is Perez Hilton," he said in the interview that came under fire. "It was New Year’s Eve and I decided to go out and destroy myself. I was dating Jessica at the time, and I remember seeing Perez Hilton flitting about this club and acting as though he had just invented homosexuality. All of a sudden I thought, I can outgay this guy right now. I grabbed him and gave him the dirtiest, tongue-iest kiss I have ever put on anybody—almost as if I hated fags. I don’t think my mouth was even touching when I was tongue kissing him, that’s how disgusting this kiss was. I’m a little ashamed. I think it lasted about half a minute. I really think it went on too long." 

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