At first, the addition of Wiz Khalifa to Maroon 5's "Payphone" seemed a little bizarre, and yet it works. The song has been standing strong on the charts for weeks, currently sitting at No. 7 on the Hot 100 and No. 6 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. "We wanted some other element that took it in a different direction," Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine tells Billboard, "and it just made sense to go with Wiz." The band was already a fan of the 24-year-old rapper, so getting him on the record was "a huge score," added Levine. "We all agreed the song needed to have a bit. . . it was a little clean, it needed to have a bit of dirt on it." With lyrics like "Switched the number to my phone / So you could never call it" and "Go and take that little piece of sh*t with you," Khalifa's verse added the grit that the otherwise "poppy pop song" lacked, said Levine.
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