Maroon 5 Hopes Next Album Will Quickly Follow 'Jagger' Single


It's a busy time for Maroon 5. The touring band is enjoying the benefits of having a lead singer (Adam Levine) on a popular show like "The Voice" and on Thursday the "Makes Me Wonder" rockers will play at the Indiana State Fair, donating their performance fees to victims of Saturday's concert tragedy there.

On the musical front, Billboard.com caught up with guitarist James Valentine on Monday and talked about the "Voice" effect, missing recovering tour mate Gavin DeGraw, and how they plan to unleash their next album "sooner rather than later."

"We've sort of taken our time with our last two studio albums, for a couple of different reasons," Valentine tells us, noting that 2007's chart-topping "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" was following the massive success of the quintet's 2002 debut "Songs About Jane," while last year's "Hands All Over" came in the wake of "our first break from the road in many years."

"But this time," Valentine says, "we're going to turn around a lot quicker and hopefully have something out by next year, earlier next year. We've got a mobile recording rig. We're gonna try to start writing songs while we're out here on tour, so hopefully that'll go well." Valentine adds that "we have this song 'Life After You' that we would love to release for the fans sometime by Spring of 2012 for sure. We have literally hundreds of ideas that can become Maroon 5 songs," and that he and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael in particular use Apple's Logic recording software to work on. "You can do a tremendous amount with just your laptop," the guitarist notes. "We basically carry studios around in our backpacks, so we're always able to create no matter where we are -- literally on airplanes, on buses and a lot of hotel rooms."

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