Maroon 5

Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California.[1][2] It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist PJ Morton and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar. Original members Levine, Carmichael, Madden and drummer Ryan Dusick first came together as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school. After self-releasing their independent album We Like Digging?, the band signed to Reprise Records and released the album The Fourth World in 1997. The album garnered a tepid response, after which the record label dropped the band and the members focused on college.

In 2001, the band remerged as Maroon 5, pursuing a different direction and adding guitarist Valentine.[3] The band signed with a subsidiary of J Records, Octone Records, and released their debut album Songs About Jane in June 2002. Aided by its lead single "Harder to Breathe", which received heavy airplay, the album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 chart,[4] and went platinum in 2004. The band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. In 2006, Dusick left the band after suffering from serious wrist and shoulder injuries and was replaced by Matt Flynn.

The band's second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long was released in May 2007.[5] It reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and the lead single, "Makes Me Wonder", became the band's first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, the band released their third album Hands All Over, to mixed reviews, re-releasing a year later to include the single "Moves like Jagger", which topped the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, Carmichael left the group and was replaced by musician PJ Morton, as the band released their fourth album, Overexposed, with the song "One More Night", topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks.

In 2014, Carmichael rejoined the band along with Morton to record their fifth album V (pronounced: "five"), with the band signed a new label, Interscope Records[6] and Levine's own label 222 Records.[7] Following the release of V, it reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2016, Maroon 5 recruited their long-time collaborator and former Phantom Planet member Sam Farrar, as the band continued with their sixth album Red Pill Blues, was released in November 2017, with the single "Girls Like You" peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's fourth number one single. Maroon 5 has sold more than 70 million singles and 20 million albums, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists.[8][9][10]

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Maroon 5 performing live in 2016
Background information
Also known asKara's Flowers (1994–2001)
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Past members


1994–2001: Kara's Flowers and the formation of Maroon 5

Adam Levine was introduced to Ryan Dusick by a mutual friend and guitarist, Adam Salzman. Levine was 15 years old and Dusick was 16.[11] Three of the five members of the band started playing together at age 12. The four original members of the band met while attending Brentwood School in Los Angeles.[12][13] While attending Brentwood School, Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael joined up with Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick to form Kara's Flowers,[14] a rock band. The name was taken from a girl that went to their high school that the band had a "collective crush" on.[13] In 1997, when the band was playing at a beach party in Malibu, independent producer Tommy Allen heard them play and offered to manage them and record a complete record with his partner, songwriter John DeNicola, who is known for his work on Dirty Dancing (1987) – including "(I've Had) The Time of My Life". Producer Rob Cavallo's management team heard the record Allen and DeNicola produced, which eventually led Cavallo to offer them a deal with Reprise Records, re-recording the album.[15] However, after the release of The Fourth World, during Levine and Madden's senior year of high school in 1997, it had morphed into a band with a style reminiscent of 1960s Britpop.[13] Despite high expectations from the band and record company, the album failed to catch on and their lead single, "Soap Disco", was a failure.[16] According to Levine, the failure of the album was "a huge disappointment" that nearly led them to break up.[13][17] The album sold around 5,000 copies and the band was dropped after six months in early 1998.[18]

Dusick and Madden attended college locally at UCLA, while Levine and Carmichael relocated to the East coast to attend Five Towns College, in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York.[19] While Levine and Carmichael were in New York, they began to take notice of the urban music surrounding them and later let the style influence the songs they wrote.[20]

The band returned to the music industry again in 2001.[17] Producer Tim Sommer signed them to a demo deal with MCA Records and produced three tracks with them in Los Angeles in the middle of 2001 with Mark Dearnley engineering. Against Sommer's advice, MCA declined to pick up the band, and these tracks were never released. The band put together a demo that was rejected by several labels, before falling into the hands of Octone Records executives James Diener, Ben Berkman and David Boxenbaum.[17] While looking for talent for the Octone label, Berkman was given a bunch of demos by the brother of a former colleague at Columbia Records and the song that caught his attention was "'Sunday Morning'" which he referred it as a "genius song".[18] Berkman was surprised the song was credited to Kara's Flowers, because the band sounded completely different from the one he had heard while at Warner Bros. Records.[21]

Berkman encouraged Diener and Boxenbaum to fly out to Los Angeles to watch a showcase gig at The Viper Room for the four-piece Kara's Flowers.[18] After watching Levine onstage, they were convinced. Berkman told HitQuarters he believed what the band needed was a "fifth member to play the guitar and free up the singer, so he could be the star I perceived him to be."[18] Octone immediately insisted that the band change its name to break with its pop past.[18] Also, the label began looking for a full-time guitarist to enable Levine to focus on performing as the frontman. James Valentine (from the L.A. band Square) was recruited for the job.[17] On his joining the band, Valentine commented: "I became friends with them and we sort of started jamming together, it was very much like I was cheating on my band, we were having sort of an affair and I eventually quit my other band to join up with them."[17]

2002–2006: Songs About Jane and Dusick's departure

James Valentine attended Berklee College of Music with John Mayer in 1996, where they developed a rapport. In 2002, the two reconnected at a Mayer radio broadcast. After Mayer heard their album, he was so impressed (particularly by "This Love", which became the most successful release off the album and propelled the band to superstardom) that he invited them to open for him during his early 2003 tour.[13] The first single, "Harder to Breathe", slowly started to pick up airplay which helped spur sales of the album. By March 2004, Songs About Jane had reached the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 and "Harder to Breathe" had made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. The album peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in September 2004,[24] 26 months after its release; this was the longest period between an album's release and its initial Top 10 appearance since SoundScan results were included in the Billboard 200 in 1991.[25] The album went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. This had all happened after the band "abandoned its post-grunge roots for a radio-friendly pop-soul sound, even while dabbling in hard rock." [26] Mayer invited the band to open for him again in 2004.[27] Over the next three years, the band toured virtually non-stop, including visits to seventeen countries. During this time, the band toured with Michelle Branch, Graham Colton, and the Rolling Stones.[28][29] Other acts the band toured alongside with included Gavin DeGraw,[30] Matchbox Twenty, Sugar Ray,[31] The Counting Crows,[32] Phantom Planet,[33] the Hives,[34] Dashboard Confessional,[35] Simon Dawes,[36] the Thrills, Thirsty Merc, Marc Broussard, the Donnas, the RedWest, Michael Tolcher, and Guster.[37]

Sam Farrar says the Aaliyah song "Are You That Somebody?" affected the band and influenced the song "Not Coming Home."[13]

Maroon 5 in concert in 2004

Songs About Jane eventually reached No. 1 on the Australian albums (ARIA),[38] while "Harder to Breathe" made the Top 20 singles charts in the US[39] and UK,[38] and Top 40 in Australia and New Zealand.[38] The album also eventually climbed to No. 1 in the UK.[38] The second single, "This Love", reached No. 5 in the US,[39] No. 3 in the UK, and No. 8 in Australia.[38] The third single, "She Will Be Loved," reached the Top 5 in both the US[39] and the UK, and No. 1 in Australia.[38] The fourth single, "Sunday Morning," reached the Top 40 in the US,[39] UK, and Australia.[38] Maroon 5 also played Live 8, in Philadelphia in 2005. Their set included a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" and frontman Levine performed with one of his heroes, and the closing act, Stevie Wonder.[40] On May 13, 2005, in Santa Barbara, California, the band wrapped up the Honda Civic Tour, which it headlined.[41] On June 9, 2005, the band performed at the American Film Institute's tribute to filmmaker George Lucas. Lucas himself had selected Maroon 5 for the event, as it was his children's favorite band at the time.[42] Over the years of touring with the band their drummer, percussionist and backing vocalist Ryan Dusick had been suffering from the touring life.[43] The strains of non-stop touring aggravated an old sports injury.[12] After several absences from the tour with Ryland Steen and Josh Day taking his place, Dusick officially left Maroon 5 in September 2006.[23] Matt Flynn, the former drummer of Gavin DeGraw and The B-52's, joined the band as Dusick's replacement.[44]

2006–2008: It Won't Be Soon Before Long

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Maroon 5 in Madison Square Garden in 2007

After recording for two years,[45] Maroon 5's second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, was released worldwide in May 2007 by A&M Octone Records.[46] Levine described the follow-up to Songs About Jane is "sexier and stronger",[47] gaining inspiration from iconic 80s artists such as Prince, Shabba Ranks, Michael Jackson and Talking Heads.[48] Ann Powers writing for Los Angeles Times said It Won't Be Soon Before Long is "An icy-hot blend of electro-funk and blue-eyed soul that works its cruel streak with the confidence of Daniel Craig's James Bond".[49] Before its release, "Makes Me Wonder" was the No. 1 selling single and video on iTunes.[47] It was also the No. 1 selling album, with more than 50,000 digital pre-sales.[47] After its release, the album broke iTunes sales records its week of release, selling over 101,000 albums.[50] The first single, "Makes Me Wonder," was released to radio March 27, 2007. The song debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100, the lowest debuting single of the group's five chart entries. In the first week of May, the single skyrocketed from a lowly position of No. 64 to No. 1, the biggest jump in Billboard history at the time.[51] "Makes Me Wonder" has also achieved No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs, Pop 100, and Hot Dance Club Play charts.[52] Also, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 200, knocking Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight, with a record breaking 429,000 copies.[53]

To support the album, the band performed on a "six-date club tour" in which it visited small venues in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami and New York City in early June 2007.[54] The band followed with a concert that streamed live via MSN Music in mid-June.[55] On July 10, it opened for The Police in Miami,[56] and followed with an acoustic performance at the Miami club, Studio A, the next day.[57] The It Won't Be Soon Before Long Tour took place in 2007, where the band toured 28 cities in North America. The tour began September 29 in Detroit touring in 28 cities in North America and concluded November 10 in Las Vegas.[58] The Hives, as the tour's special guest, performed on all of the dates while Sara Bareilles, Kevin Michael and Phantom Planet each performed in a portion of the tour.[59] Around the time, Maroon 5 performed "Makes Me Wonder" on season 6 and "If I Never See Your Face Again" in season 7 of American Idol. On February 2, 2008, Maroon 5 along with special guest Mary J. Blige to headline VH1's Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash, the night before Super Bowl XLII, where they performed the song "Wake Up Call".[60] On March 28, the band continued on tour with Dashboard Confessional in their world tour and touring with OneRepublic, Brandi Carlile, Ry Cuming and The Counting Crows. In May 2008, Maroon 5 released a new duet version of "If I Never See Your Face Again", with Rihanna; from their re-released of the second album. The remix version of the song also appeared on the re-release of Rihanna's third album entitled, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded. On May 13, 2008, Maroon 5 performed "Goodnight Goodnight" at the 2008 The CW Upfront event in Lincoln Center, New York City.[61] As a promotion, the song appears on the network's fall 2008 advertisement.[62] Maroon 5 also performed with the song in the television series CSI: NY, where they guest starred in the episode "Page Turner".[63]

2009–2011: Hands All Over

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Maroon 5 performing in Hong Kong in 2011

Levine stated that he believed the band was reaching its peak and may make one more album before disbanding.[64] He explained, "Eventually I want to focus on being a completely different person because I don't know if I want to do this into my 40s and 50s and beyond, like the Rolling Stones".[65] Levine later dispelled any rumors of the band breaking up, saying: "I love what I do and think that, yes, it might be tiring and complicated at times [but] we don't have any plans on disbanding any time soon".[66]

In 2009, Maroon 5 recorded a cover version of "The Way You Look Tonight", which appears on the Frank Sinatra tribute album His Way, Our Way and featured on the soundtrack of the film Valentine's Day.[67]

The band's third studio album was recorded in mid 2009 in Switzerland, where the band was joined by record producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange.[68] During the band's time on touring for the Back to School Tour in November 2009 with Fitz and the Tantrums[69] and the Palm Trees & Power Lines Tour in the summer of 2010, with special guests Kris Allen, Owl City, V V Brown, Ry Cuming, Guster and Miggs.[70][71] The band's third album titled Hands All Over, was released on September 21, 2010, including one track of the album "Out of Goodbyes" featuring Lady Antebellum.[72] On the Billboard 200, the album debuted at number two behind Zac Brown Band's album You Get What You Give.[73] Despite the high placement on the Billboard 200 only 142,000 copies were sold, which was relatively weak compared to their previous album It Won't Be Soon Before Long, which debuted at number one with 429,000 copies.[74] The album received mixed reviews from music critics, though many of them praised it for its production. The first single of the album "Misery", was released on June 22. In October 2010, Maroon 5 began their Hands All Over Tour with special guests include OneRepublic, Bruno Mars, Ry Cuming and Sara Bareilles.[75] On December 9, 2010, Maroon 5 tributed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting 2010 hosted by Common, where they performed two songs "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" with Sara Bareilles and "Winter Wonderland".[76]

During a promotion by Coca-Cola in March 2011, the band participated in a special studio session during which, with the help of musician PJ Morton, they only had 24 hours to write a completely original song. After their time was up, the song "Is Anybody Out There" was released on the Coca-Cola website for free download.[77]

On July 12, 2011, the band re-released the album Hands All Over just to include their summer hit "Moves like Jagger", featuring Christina Aguilera.[78][79] The song premiered live on The Voice on June 21 and reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 2011. Frontman Levine was also featured in the Gym Class Heroes' song "Stereo Hearts", which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The band toured with Train for the summer of 2011, from July 22 to September 24.[80] On September 8, 2011, Jesse Carmichael stated the band was likely to begin recording its next album within the year.[81] On October 1, 2011, the band performed live at the Rock in Rio concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[82] Maroon 5 was a last hour addition, chosen to fill the vacant spot left by Jay-Z after he cancelled his appearance for personal reasons.[83] The band launched a Snapple flavor named "Tea Will Be Loved" in support of Feeding America in September 2011.[84]

In November 2011, Maroon 5 performed "Moves Like Jagger" and "Stereo Hearts" with Travie McCoy on Saturday Night Live on November 5. On November 20, the band also performed the same songs along with Christina Aguilera and Gym Class Heroes on the American Music Awards, where the band won their first AMA for Favorite Pop Band/Duo/Group. Finally, the band performed "Moves Like Jagger" at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.[85]

2012–2014: Carmichael's hiatus and Overexposed

In 2012, the band recorded a song for The Hunger Games soundtrack, called "Come Away to the Water" featuring Rozzi Crane. The song was written by Glen Hansard and later featured on his album Rhythm and Repose. At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012, the group performed alongside Foster the People and the Beach Boys in a medley of the Beach Boys songs to celebrate their 50th anniversary.[86]

On March 9, 2012, Maroon 5 announced that Jesse Carmichael would take a break from performing with the group for an undetermined amount of time to focus more on his studies of "music and the healing arts". The band continued to work on their fourth studio album Overexposed, which was eventually released on June 26, 2012, with the help of keyboardist and background vocalist PJ Morton, who had been touring with them since 2010 and who became a full-time band member after this announcement, as Morton gained little success as an R&B artist.[87] Levine stated that Overexposed is their "most diverse and poppiest album yet".[88] On April 16, 2012, the band premiered the first single from the album "Payphone", featuring Wiz Khalifa, on the reality competition television show The Voice, in which Levine is one of the coaches.[89] The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, eventually peaking at number two.

The second single, "One More Night", was released on June 19, 2012. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, blocking Psy's monster hit "Gangnam Style" from the top spot on the chart for nine consecutive weeks and tied with Carly Rae Jepsen's hit single "Call Me Maybe" for most number of weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2012.[90]

At the start of their Overexposed Tour in South America, Maroon 5 introduced the newest addition in the band to the audience: their old and close friend Sam Farrar on guitars, occasionally on the bass guitar, percussion, additional keyboards, backing vocals and providing samples and other special effects (using the MPC),[91] until became an official member in 2016. Farrar co-wrote and co-produced a few of the band's songs on almost all of their studio albums and also remixed their song "Woman" (from the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack) on Call and Response: The Remix Album, released in 2008.[92]

On November 27, 2012, the band released "Daylight", the third single from the album. To promote the song, the band launched a video project called "The Daylight Project". The project encouraged fans to film their own segments for inclusion in the official music video for "Daylight", that would be directed by Jonas Åkerlund. "Daylight" was performed for the first time as a single on November 8, 2012, during an episode of the American version of The Voice and the official video was released on December 11, 2012.[93][94] A little over 4 months later in the first week of April 2013, "Daylight" reached No. 1 on the Mainstream top 40, setting a record for the most No. 1's held by a group in over 20 years. [95]

On April 1, 2013, the band announced it would headline the 12th Annual Honda Civic Tour with special guest Kelly Clarkson. The tour began on August 1, 2013, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri and ended on October 6, 2013, with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.[96] On May 14, 2013, Maroon 5 released the fourth and final single from the album, "Love Somebody", with the official music video is directed by Rich Lee, was released on May 21.[97] At the end of 2013, Maroon 5 performed the 2013 New Year's Eve Concert, along with special guests, A Great Big World and Rozzi Crane, taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[98]

In February 2014, the band performed "All My Loving" and "Ticket to Ride" at a tribute concert titled The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in the United States.[99]

2014–2017: Return of Carmichael and V

In April 2013, James Valentine said the band was in the studio recording songs for the upcoming fifth studio album: "The stuff we're working on now, it definitely has gone maybe a little darker in its sound, maybe back a little bit more to what we kind of did on Songs About Jane, but at this point we do have all kinds of different songs and it is early".[100]

On April 15, 2014, Jesse Carmichael confirmed that his hiatus from the band was complete and he reunited with the band in time to record.[101]

On May 19, 2014, it was announced that the band would release their fifth album, V (pronounced: "five") on September 2, 2014, through 222 Records and Interscope Records. The first single, "Maps", was released on June 16, 2014.[102][103] The single peaked number 6 on the Hot 100 chart.[104] After releasing the album, it reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart on September 20, 2014. The album was also released on a limited-edition ZinePak.[105][106] V received mixed reviews from critics. Brad Wete, writing for Billboard, said: "Levine's hummingbird vocals and passionate delivery are as earnest as they were on their 2002 debut Songs About Jane."[107]

On August 10, 2014, the band headlined the Hyundai Card City Break, a rock festival in South Korea.[108][109] Maroon 5 also performed during the 2014 iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse in London, England, on September 11, 2014 (all of the concerts played as part of the festival were filmed and webcast live, around the world).[110] The second single from V, "Animals", was released on August 25, 2014 and peaked at number 3 on the Hot 100 chart.[104] It was featured in the promotional advertisement of the 2015 Kia Soul.[111]

"Sugar" was released as the third single from the album on January 13, 2015.[112] It reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart and peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is also featured in a Nissan commercial.[113]

Maroon 5 started a worldwide tour on February 16, 2015,[114][115][116] which took place in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania and ended on September 19, 2017 in Lima, Peru. During the tour, Matt McAndrew, Magic!, Tove Lo, Rozzi Crane, R. City and Phases served as opening acts.

On February 22, 2015, the band performed the song "Lost Stars" by frontman Levine, at the 87th Academy Awards.[117] The song appeared in the film Begin Again (which also stars Levine).

The band released their first greatest hits album, Singles, on September 25, 2015, through 222 and Interscope.[118][119][120] It contains 12 singles taken from their previous studio albums.[121]

In November 2015, guitarist James Valentine spoke about the band's strategy moving onto their sixth studio album, saying the group wanted "to make a more traditional record next ... like the way we made Songs About Jane, just sitting in a room with our instruments and slugging it out. It's been fun to experiment on the last couple of records with the more electronic sounds, but maybe we've gone as far as we can with that for now."[122]

2017–present: Red Pill Blues and Super Bowl LIII halftime show

On January 13, 2017, Adam Levine revealed that the band is working on their sixth studio album.[123] According to Levine, the album will be released "soonish", and will be R&B-influenced.[124][125] On August 13, 2017, Levine announced at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, that the album will be released in November.[126][127]

On October 4, 2017, Maroon 5 revealed their sixth album, Red Pill Blues, the name was inspired by the 1999 science fiction film, The Matrix.[128] The album was released on November 3, 2017[129] and like the band's previous two albums, Red Pill Blues received mixed reviews due to the band's overwhelming pop direction. This album includes three singles: "What Lovers Do", "Wait", and "Girls Like You". "Girls Like You", featuring Cardi B, spent seven consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The two songs, "Don't Wanna Know" and "Cold", were both released first as stand-alone singles and are featured only in the album's deluxe edition.[130]

Maroon 5 began their Red Pill Blues Tour on March 1, 2018 (scheduled to end June 11, 2019), with special guests Julia Michaels, CXLOE and Sigrid. In June 2018, the band performed a cover version of Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Three Little Birds", as a promotional advertisement by Hyundai for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[131] along with a music video directed by Joseph Kahn.[132]

In January 2019, NFL confirmed the band will headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with hip-hop musicians Travis Scott and Big Boi.[133] The same month, Maroon 5 and Pearl Jam member Stone Gossard performed "Seasons" by Chris Cornell, at a tribute concert titled I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell.[134]

Musical style and influences

Maroon 5's musical style has generally been regarded as pop,[135] pop rock,[135][136] funk rock,[137][138] dance-pop,[139][140] blue-eyed soul,[141][142] neo soul,[135] R&B,[143] and soft rock.[144][145]

Adam Levine has stated: "Everything that's written and performed and put together pretty much comes from us. I just think people would be surprised to know that we're a self-contained unit. We're a band that does their own thing. There's no puppet master."[147] However, in an article about the songwriter and producer Benny Blanco, it is revealed that at least some of the band's songs, such as "Moves like Jagger," are the product of efforts by, or collaborations with, professional songwriters and producers.[148] In the same article, Levine says, "It's almost as if [Benny Blanco] has the Midas touch in putting the right people together at the right time to create a musical moment. He's about the collaboration. And he's so good at nailing down who does everything best."[149]

The band has cited, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, The Police, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, the Bee Gees, Tonic, Prince, Tupac Shakur and Marvin Gaye as influences.[150][151][152]

Adam Levine has also cited Billy Joel as an influence.[40] Furthermore, guitarist James Valentine said he was influenced by guitarists like Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and John Scofield, as well as the rock band Queens of the Stone Age.[153] The band's songs tend to be very guitar-heavy, often accompanied by piano or synthesizer. The theme in most of their songs is love, frequently lost love; songs like "This Love", "Makes Me Wonder" and "Misery" have a very cynical tone, often expressing dissatisfaction with a relationship, while their more heartfelt and emotional songs such as "She Will Be Loved" and "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" express a longing for a romantic relationship. "Makes Me Wonder" has a secondary theme, in which Levine expresses his disillusionment and frustration with the state of American politics and the Iraq War.[154]

The band's style changes from album to album. Songs About Jane consists of songs about Levine's ex-girlfriend Jane Herman. On It Won't Be Soon Before Long, however, the songs are less personal and are more electric with more use of synthesizers, creating a retro feel. Hands All Over continues the band's lost love theme, along with songs about infatuation and was re-released in 2011, with the hit single "Moves like Jagger", an electropop song which represents a drastic change in the band's sound, with more of a dance feel to it. "It was one of those songs that was definitely a risk," Levine said. "It's a bold statement. We've never really released a song like that. But it's exciting to do something different, do something new. I'm just glad that everyone likes it."[155] James Valentine called Overexposed "our most 'pop' record ever and we weren't shy about really going for it."[156] They also have experimented with new wave[157][158][159] and disco[160][161] sounds on several albums. Their early work as Kara's Flowers has been tagged as having a grunge sound a la Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots, among others.[162]

Band members

Current members

  • Adam Levine – lead vocals, guitar (1994–present), lead guitar (1994–2001)
  • Jesse Carmichael – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1994–2012, 2014–present)
  • Mickey Madden – bass guitar (1994–present)
  • James Valentine – lead guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Matt Flynn – drums, percussion (2006–present; touring member 2004–2006)
  • PJ Morton – keyboards, backing vocals (2012–present; touring member 2010–2012)
  • Sam Farrar – keyboards, synthesizers, MPC, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals (2016–present; touring member 2012–2016)

Former members

  • Ryan Dusick – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1994–2006)


Studio albums

as Kara's Flowers

Awards and recognition

Maroon 5 have been the recipients of three Grammy Awards,[163] three American Music Awards,[164][165][166] and three People's Choice Awards,[167] with four Billboard Music Awards, and five Teen Choice Awards.[168] In 2004 World Music Awards, it won the award for "World's Best New Group".[169]

Hands All Over, the band's third studio album, which was released in September 2010, peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 charts. In 2011, the album was re-released and supported by the single "Moves like Jagger", a song featuring American singer Christina Aguilera. The song became the band's second single to reach number one on the Hot 100 chart; it has sold over 14.4 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide.[170] The band released their fourth studio album, Overexposed, in June 2012. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The first two singles from the album "Payphone" and "One More Night", were both international hits and peaked at two and one on the Hot 100 chart respectively.[171] "One More Night", managed to beat Psy's "Gangnam Style" by reaching number one on Billboard Hot 100 and stayed tied with Carly Rae Jepsen's hit single "Call Me Maybe" for most weeks at #1 in 2012.[90]

Maroon 5 ranked 15 on Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) "Top Artists – Digital Singles" list, with certified sales of 15 million in the United States.[172] In 2013, Maroon 5 became the third most-played artist on Top 40 Mainstream radio, based on Clear Channel owned Mediabase, becoming one of the most successful acts of Interscope Records.[173] On September 10, 2014, their fifth studio album, V, debuted at top of the weekly Billboard 200 chart with 164,000 copies sold within the first week.[174]

In 2013, Maroon 5 ranked as the 94th best artist of all time based on Top 100 Artists of All Time at Billboard Hot 100 55th Anniversary.[175]

In August 2018, the band was ranked 37th and 11th on Billboard's Hot 100 60th Anniversary Greatest of All Time and on Billboard's "The Top 60 Duos/Groups of All Time" respectively.[176][177]


  • Back to School Tour (2009)
  • Palm Trees & Power Lines Tour (2010)
Opening act


  • Since 2008, Maroon 5 has partnered with environmental non-profit REVERB to green their tours and engage fans to take action for the environment.
  • Maroon 5 has been a longtime supporter of Aid Still Required (ASR). After contributing the live version of "She Will Be Loved" to ASR's All Star CD in support of the survivors of the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami,[179][180] Maroon 5 went on to record a public service announcement for ASR about work that still needed to be done in Haiti. Maroon 5 has participated in various ASR social media campaigns[181] and Levine has donated a meet and greet on the set of The Voice to raise funds for various ASR programs.[182]
  • Maroon 5 supports the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.[183]
  • In 2006, Maroon 5 were awarded an Environmental Media Award, due to donating their 2005 North American tour income to a global environment organization, called "Global Cool".[184]
  • In 2011, Maroon 5 (along with PJ Morton, who was the band's touring member at the time) took part in a project named "24 Hour Session" with Coca-Cola. The band wrote and recorded the song "Is Anybody Out There?" in 24 hours. After the project ended, the track was made available on the Coca-Cola website. It was also announced that if the song would be downloaded more than 100,000 times, Coca-Cola would donate to Africa for clean water.[185]
  • Adam Levine, whose brother is openly gay, is an outspoken supporter of same sex marriage and LGBT rights.[186] In 2011, he made a video on Maroon 5's official YouTube account in support of the It Gets Better Project.[187] In January 2012, he announced that Maroon 5 had changed the location of their post-Grammy Awards show because of the "unnamed Los Angeles restaurant's backing of Proposition 8".[186]
  • On June 25, 2016, Maroon 5 partnered with UNICEF to launch #Maroon5Day to mark the 14th anniversary of the release of their first album Songs About Jane. Fans were encouraged to donate to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.[188] It was announced that Maroon 5 will match up to $25,000 in donations to help children in need.[189]

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Adam Levine

Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is the lead singer for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded the band Kara's Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band split up after their only album, The Fourth World (released in 1997), which did not gain popularity. In 2001, the group was reformed – with guitarist James Valentine joining the line-up – and began a new musical chapter, changing their name to Maroon 5. In 2002, the band released their first album, Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US. Since then, they have released five more albums: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), V (2014) and Red Pill Blues (2017). As part of Maroon 5, Levine has received three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and a World Music Award.

Since its inception, Levine had been a coach on NBC's reality talent show The Voice, and won three times with a member of his team (seasons 1, 5 and 9). In 2012, Levine made his acting debut as a recurring character in American Horror Story: Asylum for the series' second season. Levine also starred in the film Begin Again. As an entrepreneur, Levine launched his own eponymous fragrance line in 2013. The same year, he collaborated with K-Mart and to develop his menswear collection. He also owns a record label, 222 Records and a production company 222 Productions. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that "sources familiar with his many business dealings" estimated Levine would earn more than $35 million that year.

Adult Top 40

The Adult Top 40 (also known as Adult Pop Songs) chart is published weekly by Billboard magazine and ranks "the most popular adult top 40 as based on radio airplay detections measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems."It is a format in which the genre is geared more towards an adult audience who are not into hard rock, hip hop, or adult contemporary fare. The main genres within this format are alternative rock and mainstream pop that is more adult-oriented. It is not to be confused with adult contemporary where rather lesser-known and more ballad-driven songs are played.

Don't Wanna Know

"Don't Wanna Know" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It features guest vocals from American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The song was released on October 11, 2016, and it was included on the deluxe version of the band's sixth studio album Red Pill Blues (2017). The song reached the Top 10 in 15 countries, including number 6 in the United States.

A remix version by Ryan Riback, was released on December 23, 2016.

Girls Like You

"Girls Like You" is a song recorded by American band Maroon 5, from their sixth studio album Red Pill Blues (2017). A second version featuring American rapper Cardi B was released by 222 and Interscope Records as the album's third single on May 30, 2018. This version was written by Adam Levine, Cirkut, Cardi B, Starrah, Jason Evigan, and Gian Stone and was produced by Cirkut and Evigan.

The single reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Maroon 5's fourth and Cardi B's third chart-topper, who extended her record for most number-ones among female rappers. It spent sixteen weeks atop the Radio Songs chart, tying Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" as the longest-leading number one this century. Additionally, it reached number one in eleven other countries, including Canada and New Zealand. The song received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Hands All Over (album)

Hands All Over is the third studio album by the American rock band Maroon 5. Produced by veteran producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album was released by A&M Octone Records in September 2010 and debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. The standard edition of the album includes three singles: "Misery", "Give a Little More" and "Never Gonna Leave This Bed".

On July 12, 2011, the band re-released the album to include their summer hit and the fourth single "Moves like Jagger". The band embarked on the Hands All Over Tour (2010–2011) to support of the album.

It Won't Be Soon Before Long

It Won't Be Soon Before Long is the second studio album by the American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released in May 2007 by A&M Octone Records, as the follow-up to their debut album Songs About Jane (2002). The name was inspired by a phrase the band adopted to keep themselves motivated while on their tour.

The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling around 430,000 copies in its first week and, as of 2011, approximately 5 million copies worldwide. It is the first feature drummer Matt Flynn. The band's former drummer, percussionist and background vocalist – Ryan Dusick, who officially left the band in 2006 due to serious wrist and shoulder injuries, was credited as the "Musical Director". The band embarked on the It Won't Be Soon Before Long Tour (2007–2008) in support of the album.

Maroon 5 discography

American pop rock band Maroon 5 has released six studio albums, three live albums, two compilation albums, one remix album, three extended plays (EPs), 27 singles, seven promotional singles, and 23 music videos. The group originally formed in 1994 as Kara's Flowers while they were still attending high school. With a line-up of Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, they released their independent album, We Like Digging? in 1995. In 1997, they signed to Reprise Records and released an album, The Fourth World. After a tepid response to the album, the band parted with their record label and attended college. In 2001, the band regrouped and added James Valentine to the lineup, and pursued a new direction under the name Maroon 5.Maroon 5 signed with Octone Records and recorded their debut album in 2002. The album Songs About Jane, was released in June 2002 and topped the charts in Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Its lead single "Harder to Breathe" received heavy airplay, which helped propel the album to number 6 on the US Billboard 200. The album's second and third singles, "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved", were worldwide hits in 2004. Five singles were released from the album. For the next few years, the band toured extensively worldwide in support of Songs About Jane and issued two live recordings: 1.22.03.Acoustic (2004) and Live – Friday the 13th (2005).In 2006, drummer Ryan Dusick departed the band and was replaced by Matt Flynn and the revised band recorded their second album It Won't Be Soon Before Long in early 2007. The album was released in May and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200. Five singles were released from the album. The album's first single, "Makes Me Wonder", became the band's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. Hands All Over, the band's third studio album, was released in September 2010, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard 200. The album's lead single "Misery" was a top 15 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 while the album's fourth single, "Moves Like Jagger", became the band's second single to top the Hot 100. The band released their fourth studio album Overexposed in June 2012. The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200. Its first two singles, "Payphone" and "One More Night", both peaked in the top two of the Billboard Hot 100 and became international hits. The latter single topped the Hot 100, giving the band their third number-one hit on the chart. The album's third single, "Daylight", became a top ten hit in the US and Canada, as well as peaking in the top forty of other multiple countries worldwide. In September 2014, the fifth studio album V was released and topped the Billboard 200. The lead single "Maps" marked number 6 on the Hot 100, the second single "Animals" peaked at number 3 on the same chart, and the third single "Sugar", number 2. V was also released on a limited-edition ZinePak.

Moves like Jagger

"Moves like Jagger" is a song by American band Maroon 5 featuring singer Christina Aguilera. It was released by A&M Octone Records on June 21, 2011, as the fourth and final single from the re-release of the group's third studio album Hands All Over (2010). The song was written by Adam Levine, Ammar Malik, Benjamin Levin, and Shellback; the latter two are also the producers. "Moves like Jagger" is a dance-pop and electropop song and is backed by synths and electronic drums. The lyrics refer to a male's ability to impress a love interest with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones.

"Moves like Jagger" was well received by music critics, who praised the song's chorus. Praise also went to the vocals of Levine and Aguilera, with critics pointing out solid chemistry between the two. Likewise, the song was a commercial success, going on to top the charts in over 18 countries. In the United States, "Moves like Jagger" became the band's second (after 2007's "Makes Me Wonder") and Aguilera's fifth number-one single and is among the best-selling singles of all time. The song also made Aguilera the second female artist to score a number-one hit in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s (the first being Britney Spears), which in turn made her the fourth female to score number-one singles in three different decades, after Janet Jackson, Madonna and Spears. Worldwide, it was the ninth-best-selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 7 million copies. As of 2016, the song ranks as one of the eight best-selling digital singles of all time with sales of over 15 million copies.

The music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The video features an old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. "Moves like Jagger" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards but lost to "Body and Soul" by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse. The song was first performed in June 2011 on an episode of The Voice (where Levine and Aguilera both served as coaches).

One More Night (Maroon 5 song)

"One More Night" is a song performed by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on June 19, 2012, as the second single from their fourth studio album Overexposed (2012). It was written by Adam Levine, Shellback, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha, while production was handled by Shellback and Martin. It is a reggae-influenced pop song. Lyrically, it talks about not getting along with someone and hoping he only stays with her just "one more night". It is built upon the idea that the heart, mind, and body usually want opposing things.

The song received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Most of them complimented the reggae influence on the track, Levine's vocals and labeled it a "summer catchy song". However, some critics perceived a lack of identity and criticized the song's melody. "One More Night" spent nine consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has also been a success on the Australian Singles Chart and on the Canadian Hot 100, reaching number two and topping the New Zealand Singles Chart and the South Korean Gaon International Chart. "One More Night" has sold 6.9 million copies, becoming the 8th best selling song worldwide in 2012.A music video directed by Peter Berg, premiered on MTV on June 25, 2012. In the video, Levine becomes a boxer working to support his girlfriend and baby daughter. As he spends time training for a big fight, he struggles to stay close to his girlfriend while raising their child together. Though Levine appears determined, his girlfriend seems troubled by his bloody profession and lack of financial stability for their daughter and leaves him in the end. Maroon 5 performed "One More Night" for the first time on The Today Show concert series on June 29, 2012, also performing the song on Late Show with David Letterman and the Overexposed Tour (2012–2014).

Overexposed (album)

Overexposed is the fourth studio album by the American band Maroon 5, released on June 20, 2012, by A&M Octone Records. The album was recorded between 2011 and 2012 and was driven after the moderate success of their third album, Hands All Over (2010), and later by the enormous success of the re-released edition, which was promoted by the single "Moves Like Jagger", recorded as a collaboration with Christina Aguilera. It is the band's only album not to feature keyboardist, rhythm guitarist and background vocalist, Jesse Carmichael, who took a temporary break from performing with the group to focus on his studies back then, replaced by musician PJ Morton. The band worked with different producers, such as Max Martin, who serves as the album's executive producer, Ryan Tedder, Shellback and Benny Blanco. The band's guitarist and Levine's usual co-writer James Valentine only has four credits on the album.

The accompanying artwork, created by Los Angeles artist Young & Sick, is a colorful collage of illustrations seemingly inspired by the likes of Picasso and a range of modern cartoonists. Its title is a smirking allusion to Levine's ubiquity, while its sound is a reflection of how the group wishes to retain the large audience they won once again with "Moves Like Jagger". The album's lead single "Payphone", featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa, produced by Shellback and Benny Blanco, was released and performed on The Voice on April 16, 2012. The song was a success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as on the ARIA Charts, while it topped the UK Singles Chart, Canadian Hot 100 and Italian Singles Chart. The second single, "One More Night", was released on June 19, 2012. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks, becoming their longest Hot 100 reign. All four singles released from Overexposed have reached the Hot 100 top-ten, including the last two of them: "Daylight" and "Love Somebody".

The album received a mixed reception from music critics. Some praised the album, calling it their strongest effort, but others criticized the direction the band decided to take, calling it a failed attempt to go mainstream. Additionally, critics and fans alike perceived the album as overly focused on Levine. It debuted at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, selling 38,000 copies, and on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 222,000 copies. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Overexposed was the 10th global best-selling album of 2012 with sales of 2.2 million copies,and sold approximately 3 million copies due to 2013. To promote the album, the band embarked on the Overexposed Tour (2012–2014).

Payphone (song)

"Payphone" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5 featuring American rapper Wiz Khalifa. It was released on April 16, 2012, as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Overexposed (2012). The song was written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Robopop, Shellback, and Khalifa, and produced by Blanco and Shellback. The song is a pop ballad and describes a romance that ended abruptly. It has received favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the catchy melody and named it "a radio success", but some others dismissed its title and Khalifa's appearance.

The official music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, finds Levine taking down some bank robbers and attempting to become the "hero" in a hail of bullets as he makes his escape, steals a gun from a robber, and then gets mistaken for one. Because of this, he must escape from a fleet of policemen, which he does with ease. The video was positively received from critics, who considered it an enjoyable mini-action film. On July 9, 2012, the song was named Song of the Summer for 2012 by Idolator.On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at the number three spot before peaking at number two. The song sold 493,000 copies in its first week, becoming the best sales week for a digital song by a group and also the eleventh-best sales week overall. It peaked at number one in Canada for eight consecutive weeks. It also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, making it the band's first-ever single to do so. "Payphone" was the world's fifth best-selling single of 2012 with 9.5 million copies sold.

Red Pill Blues

Red Pill Blues is the sixth studio album by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on November 3, 2017, by 222 and Interscope Records. This is the band's first release to feature multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar, as an official member after becoming a touring member in 2012. The title of the album refers to the science fiction term of taking the red pill or the blue pill, which originated from the 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix. The album is the follow-up to their fifth studio album V (2014) and features guest appearances from Julia Michaels, SZA, ASAP Rocky and LunchMoney Lewis.

Red Pill Blues received mixed reviews from critics, and peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200. The album includes the singles "What Lovers Do", "Wait", and "Girls Like You". "What Lovers Do" peaked within the top ten in twenty-five countries including Australia, Canada and the United States. The album's second single, "Wait", received moderate success as it peaked at number twenty-four in the United States, thirty-five on the Canadian Hot 100, and seventy-nine in the UK Singles. The third single from the album, "Girls Like You", was released in a new version featuring rapper Cardi B and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as in the top five in Australia and Canada. The band are currently on the Red Pill Blues Tour (2018–2019) in support of the album.

She Will Be Loved

"She Will Be Loved" is a song by the American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was written by frontman Adam Levine and lead guitarist James Valentine. The song was released on June 8, 2004, as the third single from Maroon 5's 2002 debut studio album, Songs About Jane. The single peaked at No. 5 in the United States and by December 2012 had sold more than 2,722,000 digital downloads. It peaked at No. 4 in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it reached No. 1, a position it held for five non-consecutive weeks. The single is noted for its music video starring Kelly Preston in a mother-daughter love triangle with lead singer Adam Levine.

The song proved as successful as the band's previous hits, "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe", hitting No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, but it prompted many alternative radio outlets to remove Maroon 5 from their playlists, on the ground that the band's newer songs were too light for alt-rock audiences. These stations continued to play "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love", but Maroon 5's newer hits were played only on pop and adult contemporary stations. As of June 2014, the song has sold more than 3 million copies in the United States.

Songs About Jane

Songs About Jane is the debut studio album by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on June 25, 2002 by Octone and J Records. The album became a sleeper hit with the help of five singles that attained chart success, including the Billboard hit "Harder to Breathe" and international hits "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved".

The album was re-released on October 14, 2003, becoming a huge international commercial and critical success. It topped the album charts in Australia, France, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, and reached the top-ten in 17 other countries. At the end of 2004, the album reached the top-ten of the US Billboard 200 chart. It had sold nearly 2.7 million copies by the end of 2004, and over 5.1 million copies in the U.S. by August 2015. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide as of 2015.

In 2012, the band released the 10th Anniversary Edition of the album to promote their fourth studio album Overexposed.

The band embarked on the Songs About Jane Tour (2003–2004) to support the album.

Sugar (Maroon 5 song)

"Sugar" is a song recorded by American pop rock band Maroon 5 for their fifth studio album V (2014). It was written by Mike Posner, Adam Levine, Dr. Luke, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin together with its producers Ammo and Cirkut. It was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United States, as the third single from the album on January 13, 2015. "Sugar" is a disco, funk-pop and soul song that features a wide range of instruments including percussion, keyboards and guitars. Commercially, "Sugar" peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the band's third top 10 single from V, and eighth consecutive top 10 entry. "Sugar" is the 68th song in history to score at least 20 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100.

Film director David Dobkin shot the accompanying music video for the single in Los Angeles. Inspired by the 2005 romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, it features Maroon 5 crashing weddings that happened in the city. The video premiered on January 14, 2015, and received its television premiere on January 17. The song is also used as the encore for the Maroon V Tour (2015–2017).

"Sugar" received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Super Bowl LIII halftime show

The Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show (officially known as the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show) will take place on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of Super Bowl LIII. It will be headlined by U.S. pop group Maroon 5.

This Love (Maroon 5 song)

"This Love" is a song by the American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was written by frontman Adam Levine and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael for their debut album, Songs About Jane (2002). The track is built around a piano-led strut, which is immediately followed by synth percussion, and a repeating guitar sound.

The song's lyrics are based on Levine's break-up with an ex-girlfriend. He revealed that the song was written in the "most emotionally trying time" in his life. He has also described that the lyrics of this song as being extremely erotic. "This Love" was critically acclaimed by music critics, who noted the track's musicscape. It was released on January 27, 2004, as the second single from Songs About Jane.

The song entered the top ten on most charts, topping several of Billboard magazine's component charts, including reaching the number one spot on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. The music video was met with controversy, regarding extended intimate scenes between Levine and his then-girlfriend. "This Love" helped Maroon 5 win the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and was the third most played song of 2004. The live version of the song won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 2006 Grammy Awards and to date, this is one of Maroon 5's most successful songs.

V (Maroon 5 album)

V (Roman numeral for five) is the fifth studio album by American band Maroon 5. It was released on August 29, 2014, by 222 and Interscope Records. V was Maroon 5's first album to be released through Interscope after the band's previous label, A&M Octone Records, transferred them along with most of its artists to Interscope. The album also saw the return of keyboardist/rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Jesse Carmichael after his absence from recording, touring and promoting Overexposed (2012).

V debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 164,000 copies in the first week. The album produced three hit singles, "Maps", "Animals", and "Sugar", peaking at number 6, number 3, and number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, respectively. A re-release single, "This Summer's Gonna Hurt like a MotherFucker", was released on May 15, 2015. The last single "Feelings", was released on September 14, 2015.

Wake Up Call (Maroon 5 song)

"Wake Up Call" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on July 17, 2007, as the second single from their second studio album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007). A remix version by Mark Ronson and featuring Mary J. Blige was released on November 13, 2007 and was included on the band's remix album Call and Response: The Remix Album (2008). The song was featured on the television shows Entourage and The Hills.

Before the release of "Wake Up Call", the band promoted by performing it a half-step lower. The song was BBC Radio 1 playlisted for the playlist week beginning July 18, 2007. As of June 2014, the song has sold 1,821,000 copies in the US.

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