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Pursued by youngsters, Jason Mraz is mellower than ever on 'Yes!'
Pursued by youngsters, Jason Mraz is mellower than ever on 'Yes!'

Ed Sheeran was only 11 years old when Jason Mraz released his major-label debut in 2002. But over the last few years the young British singer has risen quickly to challenge Mraz’s once-secure position as music’s go-to acoustic folk-pop guy. This month Sheeran’s “x” entered the Billboard album chart at No. 1 with sales of 210,000 copies – more than twice as many as Mraz’s last record sold in its first week in stores in 2012. Given that competition – not to mention the extra heel-nipping from Hunter Hayes -- it’s easy to hear 37-year-old Mraz’s new one as a kind of strategic move: Where the expansive “x” and Hayes’...

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