Hot 100 March Madness Begins, Maroon 5 Nominated Twice


Maroon 5 nominated 2 times in this year's Hot 100 March Madness ballot

Maroon 5 is in this year's Billboard Hot 100 March Madness ballot which began today (Wed, Mar. 6) on Billboard.com. The pop rock band is nominated twice on the poll for the group's Wiz Khalifa-assisted "Payphone" and 9 week No. 1 running hit "One More Night." Last year, the band's single "Moves Like Jagger", featuring Christina Aguilera lasted until the top 8 of the ballot, however lost to Britney Spears. 

Let's try to get Maroon 5 up the ballot again this year with the advantage of two! Possible real competition on the ballot may include the likes of Bruno Mars, fun., Gotye, and over 30 other song choices. Check out the ballot below:

Hot 100 March Madness full ballot board.
Billboard article:

From April 1, 2012 through the most recent charts on Mar. 9, 2013, there have been exactly 32 songs that appeared in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart. The match-ups within the bracket were decided arbitrarily, so don't worry about NCAA-style rankings -- any song has a great chance of following "Hold It Against Me" and tasting Hot 100 March Madness glory.

Speaking of Britney Spears, the pop superstar and Will.i.am face a tough Round 1 opponent, as their hit "Scream & Shout" is matched up against One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." Other enticing Round 1 battles include Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" facing off against Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"; Nicki Minaj's ubiquitous 2012 hit "Starships" pitted against the recent viral smash (and No. 1 single) "Harlem Shake" by Baauer; PSY trying to topple Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" with "Gangnam Style"; and P!nk's attempt to blow one last kiss to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, of "Thrift Shop" fame. Some artists, like Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, fun. and Rihanna, have more than one song in play, further increasing their chances of taking home a tournament win!

On Monday (Mar. 11), we'll reveal the 16 songs that won their match-ups and survived the round of 32, and another round of voting will begin. On Thursday, Mar. 28, a new Hot 100 March Madness champion -- the Top 5 song that you think was the No. 1 single of the past year -- will be crowned. Will Britney repeat as champ? Can Carly Rae Jepsen repeat her "Call Me Maybe" magic? And which Justin -- Bieber or Timberlake -- will advance further? It's up to you to decide!

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