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John Mayer is on the road again, touring ahead of “The Search For Everything,” his new album that drops on April 14. But Mayer is once again in the headlines not as much for his music but rather a former relationship with pop star Katy Perry.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise: yes, the “Love On The Weekend” singer is a notorious lady’s man and sure, he’s had a couple “foot-in-mouth” moments regarding women while speaking with the press over the years. But Mayer’s relationship with Perry, which lasted on-and-off for about a year-and-a-half, was different because it was both personal and professional.

Back in the summer of 2013, yours truly broke the news that Mayer and Perry recorded a song together. That track, “Who You Love” eventually served as a single off of the guitarist’s sixth studio album, “Paradise Valley.” Later that year, Perry told me that she worked on more than the song with Mayer.

“He played guitar actually on a couple of songs (on ‘PRISM’), which was awesome,” she revealed in the August 2013 phone interview. “He’s just been a great support, and that’s all you can ask (of your partner).”

So did the musical collaborations lead Mayer to forge deeper feelings for Perry? He certainly leaves it up for public discussion on the song, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” from “Search.”

“I still keep your shampoo in my shower, in case you wanna wash your hair,” Mayer croons on the track. “And I know that you probably found yourself someone, somewhere. But I do not really care.”

The list of people that he could be referring to is rather short, and by rather short, it’s pretty much exclusively Perry; this much Mayer confirmed in a recent interview with the New York Times.

“Who else would I be thinking about?” he told the Times. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”

And so as Mayer returns to the road, the iTunes chart and potentially the airwaves, he too may return to the world of celebrity. But he probably does not really care about that, either.

Say whatever you want about Phillip Phillips except that fame and fortune changed him.

“I’m just watching everybody else lose money,” Phillips responded to “Ralphie Tonight” last week when asked if he had a college basketball pick. The “Home” singer found himself in Dallas, the host city for this year’s Final Four weekend, to perform on “Conan.” He did not fill out a bracket.

“Nah, I’m too cheap to do that.”

You could encourage him to “never change” but at this point, he probably does not need the advice. Besides, who saw UConn winning the National Championship anyways? The Huskies going all the way was about as likely as a kid of a pawn shop owner from Albany, Ga. winning “American Idol” and selling over a million copies of his debut album.

Well, if the points about his betting habits and background illustrate anything, it is that Phillips is unique. Perhaps that explains the mellow guitar player’s early success. After a cross-country trek last year with John Mayer, it does not seem that Phillips is fading away any time soon. The “Idol” winner released “Raging Fire,” the first single from his sophomore LP Behind The Light, due out in May. It is Phillips’ first song to hit radio that he received a writing credit for.

“We wrote that one so quick,” he said of the track. “First it was me and Todd (Clark) in the room and we started pounding it out. Then Derek (Fuhrmann) came in. We wrote it in less than a week and it was just all craziness.”

Phillips had a chance to return to his old stomping grounds and perform the song live. He characterized the trip back to the “Idol” set as “terrifying” at first.

“It was like a nervous little kid going somewhere that you know everyone but it’s been a while and you don’t really know how to react,” he recalled. “But it was awesome.”

His persona obviously did not change following the show, but his music might. In addition to having a bigger influence in the first radio single for this project, Phillips noted that there was another difference for his second release.

“I had more time to make this one,” he noted. “I got to do more with production and producing it as well. I got to make it sound like me.”

Phillips classified the new record as “more rock” in part because he brought in a band for most of it. He is the only featured artist on the LP but revealed that Robert Randolph plays guitar on one track. Behind The Light drops May 19. Phillips will co-headline a tour this summer with O.A.R. to support the record.

And perhaps most importantly of all, the artist will do all of this in a good physical state. After a few publicized trips to the hospital for a congenital kidney condition, Phillips said that his “health is great” and should be for many years to come.

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If Katy Perry and John Mayer weren’t dating, this would be an awkward moment for both their personal lives and professional careers. On the same day Perry released her new single, “Roar,” the duet she sang with Mayer, “Who You Love,” also hit the Internet. In an interview with 95.5 PLJ, the “Teenage Dream” singer revealed that the couple has created more music together.

“(Mayer) played guitar actually, on a couple songs, which was awesome,” Perry told “The Ralphie Show” of his involvement with her third studio LP, Prism. “He’s just been a great support and that’s all you can ask. If your partner is a great support, that’s perfect.”

Perry also commented on the aforementioned duet, which will appear on Mayer’s album Paradise Valley, out on August 20. The track’s existence was first reported by “The Ralphie Show” in June.

“I’m very proud of it,” she said. “It’s another side of me… many different personalities in me.”

Something Perry probably wasn’t too proud of was the leak of that new track last weekend. A standard practice in the music industry, Capitol Records watermarks advance copies of material not available to the public. Through the technology, Perry was able to discover where the leak emanated from.

“Sometimes it’s an accident, sometimes it’s carelessness… sometimes that person didn’t even mean (to leak it),” Perry explained of the situation. “It’s not a big deal because believe you me, I wanted you guys to hear this song when I created it in March. I wrote this song in March and I was like, ‘I’m dying. Should I Instagram something? Should I do a little Snapchat of it? What should I do?’”

Perry did none of the above, and to this day claims to not be on Snapchat (Also, if Perry wrote “Roar” in March, it may discredit the idea that the track is a rip-off of Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”). The messaging application sends a photo to a recipient that they can only view for a predetermined set amount of time, after which point the picture allegedly is no longer accessible.

“I don’t Snapchat because… I know it alerts you when people do keep stuff, but I don’t know,” Perry said. “I don’t need to be putting any kind of weird things online that supposedly disappear. Yeah right brah!”

Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee has more in common with Katy Perry than you might think. McKee is credited as a co-writer on some of Perry’s biggest tracks, from “California Gurls” to “Teenage Dream.” But in addition to sharing tracks, both have experienced the rollercoaster of a record label letting them go from a contract.

“I’ve known Katy and Ke$ha since back in the day,” McKee told me in an interview that aired Wednesday on “The Ralphie Show.” “It feels like kind of a badge of honor to be dropped, honestly. It’s like you get to have a trial run and learn all your lessons and everything, and then the next time around you have more experience; you know what to do.”

Perry went through two trial runs before landing at Capitol Records and becoming a household name. McKee, who also penned tracks for Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, and others, was on Warner Brothers before finding her way as a songwriter and eventually her home with Epic Records.

“I don’t get paid to write songs,” McKee claimed of how her particular pay structure works. “I only get publishing (rights).”

Basically, McKee gets no money upfront, but can make a considerable amount of cash on the other end after sales, airplay, placements, and other considerations. The singer now has her own song, “American Girl,” and is working on her first album with Epic. She can only hope the track finds as much success as the eight other chart topping singles she has contributed to.

“It’s a major feat to have anything you write be on the radio,” she said. “I’m incredibly grateful and lucky to have had those opportunities.”

Judging by the lip-sync video released for “American Girl,” McKee’s friends are pretty pumped for her second run as a solo artist. Ke$ha, Tommy Lee, Jason Derulo, Cruz, and Adam Lambert are a few of the celebrities who submitted pieces for the project. Perry also created a lip-sync video, and has been doing a little songwriting of her own recently. “The Ralphie Show” reported that Perry and boyfriend John Mayer co-wrote a track for Mayer’s upcoming album.

“I’ve heard about it,” a tight-lipped McKee let out. “I heard through the grapevine, actually.”

It is official: Katy Perry and John Mayer have penned a song together, and that track will appear on Mayer’s album Paradise Valley. The only question left unanswered for sure is: Will Perry’s vocals be featured on the single as well? My initial sources confirmed a version of the song with the “Teenage Dream” singer has in fact been recorded. But with Perry and Mayer under different record labels, there is no guarantee that financials for her cameo were worked out before the LP was sent to be mastered.

“The Ralphie Show” broke the exclusive on June 27: Mayer was finalizing his fourth studio album, and it was a possibility that a duet he recorded with his on-and-off girlfriend could make the cut. This isn’t exactly uncharted territory for the “Who Says” singer; 2009’s Battle Studies saw Taylor Swift cameo on “Half Of My Heart.” But while Swift is noted as a featured artist, it is Mayer who receives the only writer’s credit for that song.

Paradise Valley is now slated for an August 20 release according to its Amazon.com page. Under Perry’s catalog listing on the Warner/Chappell Music web site, she and Mayer are co-writers for “Who You Love.” Amazon places it as track 6 on the album, and snippets of the song can be heard below in this footage released by Mayer of himself in studio recording the project.

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