John Mayer says his next Columbia album, "Continuum," won't have the "pop sweetness" of current radio hits.

John Mayer says his next Columbia album, "Continuum," won't have the "pop sweetness" of current radio hits. "It's a really tricky thing making music that can appeal to everybody without certain ingredients that have proven themselves as being very effective in appealing to people," he says.

On his 2005 album "Try" with the John Mayer Trio, the singer/songwriter shifted gears from pop music to blues. Mayer said he hopes to continue that trend with his upcoming third solo album, promising no "pop music tricks."

"I'm not trying to write my best Coldplay song the way I've tried before," he says. "Instead I am writing what I am most prepared for writing, which is a blues or soul approach to a pop song. Hoping that in 20 years it lasts and it doesn't date itself."

Mayer's earlier work had more of what he calls "pop sweetness" -- like his hit, "Your Body is Wonderland." He hopes a blues approach will keep his music timeless.

"Blues never gets dated," the guitarist says. "You listen to Huey Lewis and the News and it might be the only thing that stands out from the '80s that's still really enjoyable and not a relic."

"Try" debuted at No. 34 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 228,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its predecessor, 2003's "Heavier Things," has shifted 2.63 million units.


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