Adam Levine Turns 34: A Look Back at the Past Year
Adam Levine celebrates his 34th birthday in New Mexico while we give you a look back at the past year in his career
Adam Levine. Once an LA local and now a multi-platinum recording artist who sings for Maroon 5. We know that the soon-to-be middle aged man has changes and grew much more sufficient over the past decade, but how about the last year?
After a tremendous outburst of mainstream success from the band Maroon 5 with their No. 1 platinum selling hit single "Moves Like Jagger", featuring pop singer Christina Aguilera, an announcement was made by the band that would soon be the start of something powerful. A new album. On March 26, the group announced via E! News that they are releasing their fourth studio album Overexposed the following summer. The album's first single "Payphone" was released the next month. The track spring a surprise feature, Philadelphia rapper Wiz Khalifa, in which was on the radio version of the song. The Benny Blanco-produced track later became the decade's fastest selling single to reach 500,000 copies sold online via iTunes or Amazing. The single also debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 100 singles chart, which later peaked at number-two on the chart. The music video also left a tremendous footprint in 2012 involving a bank robbery-esque plot with guns galore and a police chase resulting in a win from sir Adam Levine.
However, before all of the "hoopla" about Maroon 5 releasing a new album and dropping a new single later in the year, it was announced that long time keyboardist of the band, Jesse Carmichael, had temporarily parted ways with the group. The news letter read: "pursue more full time studies in music and the healing arts while the rest of us, including PJ Morton (who will continue to tour with the group) make the fourth album and take it on the road." he is reportedly returning to the band as a full time member after the tour and hype of the fourth album.
Through the months of the anticipation of the new Maroon 5 album Overexposed, Adam Levine started his stint for a second run on the NBC hit television show The Voice as a coach and judge. The season kicked off in March and the finale lead to May. Levine decided to carry rock star Tony Lucca through to the semi-finals and eventually came in last place, while Blake Shelton's very own Jermaine Paul won the second season.
In April, Adam Levine's long time girlfriend and Russian Victoria's Secret fashion model Anne Vyalitsyna parted ways after a nearly three year long relationship. It was rumored that it was indeed through a mutual conversation that they decided to agree to split due to never seeing each other because of extensive touring and traveling. Just a few weeks after the surprise break up, Namibian Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo was said to be Adam Levine's newest hook up. After a staggering announcement that she was "a 23 year old alien from an African country who lied about her name", according to TMZ, more people were less fond of the relationship due to looks and fashion and age difference. They later reportedly broke up months later in March of 2013.
Adam Levine had covered many magazines throughout the year. DETAILS was among the first of many to capture Levine's tattoo described body and was planted on the cover of their magazine.
Maroon 5 was steadily approaching the release of their fourth studio album Overexposed. On June 26, the album was released worldwide and sold 222,000 copies within it's first week on retail while Linkin Park's album, Living Things, was released at the time and in particularly outbeat Maroon 5's album on the Billboard 200 album chart by a minimum of 1,000 copies. The album however went on to became double-platinum and sold over a million to date. The album's second single "One More Night" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart for a whoppin' 9 weeks becoming the longest running number-one single by Maroon 5 since "Moves Like Jagger" ran the Hot 100 for 4 weeks, nonconsecutive. "Night" tied Carly Rae Jensen's "Call Me Maybe" for the longest running No. 1 song of the year in 2012. The album overall peaked at No. 2 in the United States and No. 1 on the United Kingdom.
The Los Angeles band was not only basking in the release of their fourth studio album and their new No. 1 hit single, but they were also celebrating a lengthy and successful 10 years of Maroon 5. The band re-issued their debut album Songs About Jane on June 25 and released a round-up of 15 demo tracks, never before heard, from the album including an imperfect "Harder to Breathe" and a never before heard-of "Chilly Winter." After 10 years of winning 3 Grammy's, releasing 4 albums, and producing 3 No. 1 hit singles; "Makes Me Wonder" (2007), "Moves Like Jagger" (2011), and "One More Night" (2012), the band was not ready to put a block on their career.
Adam Levine continued his train of magazine cover shoots. After months from a magazine cover hiatus, he found Inked Magazine, a magazine surrounding the idea of artful and indescribable tattoos celebrities have gotten. Levine of coarse showed off his arm tattoos in a heating car fixture scene where he is seen fixing a mustang's engine under the hood and riding in the driver's seat. You can watch the behind the scenes video right here.
Tony Lucca, who had a break-out stretch on season two of "The Voice" and was on Adam Levine's team for a majority of the time, had signed a deal with Adam Levine's 222 Records. He plans to begin recording late this year. The deal reunites Lucca with Levine, who worked as the singer's mentor through the spring on the NBC singing competition. Known for his covers of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" and the Britney Spears' hit " … Baby One More Time," Lucca took third place in the competition. Levine also recruited Rozzi Crane and Matthew Morrison who were signed to Adam Levine's record label.
After spending two seasons on NBC's hit show The Voice and currently in the run of the third season, Levine took on an unexpected role in FX's very own American Horror Story. Adam played the role of a sex crazed Leo while his partner Jenna Tatum's role of Teresa played a high maintenance girlfriend act. Creator and producer Ryan Murphy recruited Levine because he said that "he had the masculinity and powerlessness that every man with a jolting passion for horror has." After only appearing in one episode, the second season of the FX hit show became the highest rated season in history on the channel. Not only did Levine become an actor on television, but he also caught the attention of John Carney, director and writer of the upcoming movie Can a Song Save Your Life? The movie stars Keira Knightly and singer Adam Levine as two people who are in dire love with music. The film is set to be released this summer. Oh yeah, we almost forgot that Cee Lo Green also plays a role in the film.
Later that year, it was announced that Maroon 5 was nominated for two more Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album, for their fourth studio effort Overexposed, and for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group, for the single "Payphone", featuring Wiz Khalifa. The band performed at the annual Grammy Nominations concert on December 5. However, at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards the band lost the awards. Alicia Keys took the stage with Maroon 5 to perform a staggering and unforgettable, soulful performance of Keys' "Girl on Fire" and Maroon 5's "Daylight" colliding the chants in each song and exchanging verses to mash the two single's up. You can watch the full performance from the show by clicking here.
But before all of the hype about the Grammy Awards, Adam Levine made one of his biggest television impressions yet... hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live. On January 26, the Maroon 5 front man blew our socks off with his debut hosting stint on the late night comedy show. It's not a surprise that Adam went shirtless within the first 10 minutes of the show (...we can all thank Cameran Diaz for that one.) With musical guest Kendrick Lamar, Adam Levine joined up with long time comedy group The Lonely Island to star in "YOLO", the returning digital short. Adam Levine made the episode rank the highest rated show of the season since Bruno Mars' October episode. Justim Bieber and Justin Timberlake later went on the pursue the season's top two highest ranking episode's of the season, putting Adam Levine's episode in third place. You can watch all of the skits here.
As we approach the end of Adam's 33rd birthday year, we see him pursuing a clothing line and a perfume fragrance line. Maroon 5 kicked off their North American Overexposed Tour and Levine is starring in his fourth season of NBC's The Voice. Adam is without a doubt an idol to many and we'll stand by him through his career.
Thank you Adam and happy birthday!