That short fling with Jennifer Love Hewitt did more for JOHN MAYER
's image and profile than a fistful of No. 1 singles. Suddenly he popped up everywhere, with People
magazine, E! and "Entertainment Tonight" dishing out more exposure than they afforded his ex, whose revamped music career fizzled in reverse proportion to his. A Grammy win and platinum sales followed. Having his old Atlanta buddy David Ryan Harris open on his most recent tour suggests he's not forgetting where he started. But can he avoid the sophomore slump without bagging another hot celeb?