3/31/2013

Maroon 5 to Announce 'Special Announcement' on Monday

Maroon 5 Hints Tour Announcement 

Maroon 5 will be giving us a little something tomorrow morning. At 9:00 AM EST to be exact! Make sure to check back at www.maroon5sin.com/ for more information.

What do you think the big announcement will be?

Maroon 5 to Tour with Kelly Clarkson

Adam Levine performing with Maroon 5 in 2012.
Rumors spread that American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson will join Maroon 5 on tour

It was said yesterday that Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson were to be performing together on a few special extended tour dates, recently added, on the 'Overexposed Tour' with special guest Kelly Clarkson. It is not yet confirmed, however a radio website approved of two new dates this August.

For more info, make sure you tune in to www.maroon5sin.com/ for a big announcement from the band at 9:00 a.m. EST! Don't miss it.

3/30/2013

Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Fall Out Boy & More to Headline Wango Tango Concert


Maroon 5 & others to perform at the 2013 Wango Tango event on May 11


102.7 KIIS FM‘s Ryan Seacrest announced the line-up for Wango Tango, the station’s highly anticipated annual festival concert event that will take place at The Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday, May 11.

Presented by G by GUESS, this year’s chart-topping artist lineup includes Bruno Mars (who will open the show,) Maroon 5, Flo Rida, Will.i.am, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, Miguel, Afrojack, Icona Pop , Jason Derulo, Krewella, Emeli Sandé and Ariana Grande.

Ryan Seacrest will host the show, along with the rest of the KIIS FM Airstaff with a special guest host appearance by Britney Spears.

Tickets for Wango Tango go on sale to KIIS CLUB VIP MEMBERS on Friday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. PST.  This is an internet only pre-sale and the link and password will be provided to KIIS CLUB VIP members only.  To become a KIIS CLUB VIP, register for FREE at www.kiisfm.com to receive the link and password for the Wango Tango VIP pre-sale.

More info here:
http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/03/28/bruno-mars-demi-lovato-ariana-grande-more-set-to-perform-at-kiisfms-wango-tango-2013/


3/29/2013

PJ Morton Turns 32: New Single, New Album, New Tour

PJ Morton and his brother B.J. on the set of "Only One"
Maroon 5 member and producer PJ Morton turns 32 years old in the midst of his solo project

It's been almost four yeas since musician PJ Morton joined pop rock outfit Maroon 5 on tour and started writing and recording music the Los Angeles band and today he is a proud member of Young Money/Cash Money Records alongside MC's Maine and Lil Wayne. His new album New Orleans is set to be released in May and his new single "Only One", featuring idol Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, is out and climbing up the charts today.

PJ Morton is currently on tour with Maroon 5 in support of their latest studio set Overexposed and will be performing tonight (Mar. 29) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the famous BB&T Center.

The R&B soul singer will not only be hiding behind the keyboards during the Maroon 5 set later this coming summer, but he is marked as an opening act during the European Leg of the Overexposed Tour. He will be performing the hits "Only One", "Lover", and of course the funky "Heavy" featuring James Valentine and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

For more tour dates and ticket info, click here:
http://www.maroon5.com/shows/

Purchase PJ Morton's new single "Only One" on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/only-one-feat.-stevie-wonder/id603755982

Watch him talk about the new album and Maroon 5 tour below:

3/28/2013

Maroon 5 Dominates Atop Pop Songs Chart with 'Daylight'

James Valentine (on the left) and Matt Flynn (right) rehearsing in Los Angeles, California
Maroon 5 scores No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart with "Daylight"

As confirmed last Sunday, pop rock band Maroon 5 scored their sixth No. 1 chart topping hit single with "Daylight" the Billboard Pop Songs chart. This marks the band's 14th overall top ten hit on the tally. The band's first Pop Songs chart number-one single was "This Love" back in 2004. "Daylight" also marks it's third week atop the Billboard Adult Pop 40 chart.

On other chart notes for "Daylight", the single tops the Adult Pop Songs chart for a third week, stays put at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, stays put at No. 4 on the Radio Songs chart, descends 18-20 on the Digital Songs chart, and falls 6-7 on the Canadian Hot 100 singles chart. "Daylight" met it's new peak two weeks ago on the Canada Songs chart at No. 6.

For the band's former No. 1 Hot 100 single "One More Night", the single falls 42-48 on the Billboard Hot 100. On other chart notes, "Night" stays put at No. 29 on the Radio Songs chart, also stays at No. 8 on the Adult Contemporary Songs chart, and falls 41-46 on the Canadian Hot 100 singles chart. "Night" did not peak atop the chart earlier last year, despite it's No. 1 mark for 9 weeks in the United States.

Maroon 5's Grammy-nominated studio album Overexposed jumps up the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart this week moving up 35-24 on the tally this week. On the Digital Albums chart the album jumps 21-16.

You can purchase 'Overexposed' on iTunes Store right now!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/overexposed-deluxe-version/id542468867

THIS WEEK.... we are giving out chart suggestions from artist's with rising songs similar to those of Maroon 5's. We suggest Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" which jumps 18-15 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week! Watch the video below.


Rozzi Crane Talks About Overexposed Tour & Recording with Adam Levine

Rozzi Crane and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine
Rozzi Crane talks about being on the road with Maroon 5 & possible new song with Adam Levine

If you haven't heard the name Rozzi Crane just yet, don't worry, you will. The 21-year-old musical artist has a soulful fusion sound and can currently be heard on tour with Adam Levine and Maroon 5. Crane was the first artist signed to Levine's label, 222 Records, so the USC student's future is shining brightly.

SheKnows had the opportunity to sit down with Crane hours before she took the stage for the first time at the Staples Center, just a stone's throw from the USC campus where she's a student at the Thornton School of Music. How does a university student go from singing in small college bars to an arena with approximately 20,000 seats? The young musician gave us the inside scoop.

Crane revealed, "Jacques Brautbar, who is in Phantom Planet, was sitting in on one of my songwriting classes at USC. He liked my writing, so we started writing together."

It was that fateful meeting at school that eventually led to her work being heard by Maroon 5's manager, who passed along word of Crane's talents to The Voice judge. "Eventually, Adam heard a YouTube video or something. I'm pretty sure he did a little YouTube stalking and then wanted to make a label. It's definitely through those guys that all this happened," said Crane. Outside of Levine's guidance with her career, the YouTube audience continues to support the musician's work of covers of notable songs with that Rozzi twist. Her sound is quite mature for someone so young, but with personal influences like "Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse... Outkast, Tribe Called Quest," you can definitely see where her inspiration came from. Fans will also notice a bit of the Maroon 5 influence on her new EP, too.

She describes her fusion sound for her new EP. "One thing I'm so happy about [is that] the EP sounds like something new, which is exactly what I wanted. I brought all of my influences… soul, '90s hip hop, R&B stuff. And then, Adam has this distinct sound that everyone knows and loves and it's that combination that people will definitely hear."

We asked Rozzi about ever working with Adam Levine or the guys of Maroon 5. "I have written with him before... we were in the studio once but nothing really happened," she said. "It was more of a trial and error process. He said if I keep up the singing I could definetaly be on their next album and tour which is nice."

3/27/2013

Midas Whale Talk About Adam Levine & On Stage Feelings



The Voice duo Midas Whale talk about being on Team Adam and thoughts about the show

For duo contestants Midas Whale, the guys of the alternative fun.-esque group made it on Adam Levine's team on the show The Voice yesterday (Mar. 26). Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan Haze auditioned and caught the attention of all four coaches in which resulted in an all-four chair turn around.

See what the guys had to say about being on Adam Levine's team and what they think of the hit NBC television show.

Catch The Voice next week on Monday & Tuesday night at 8:00/7:00p.m. CPT only on NBC!

Adam Levine's Cover Story on Nylon For Men's Magazine



ADAM LEVINE ON THE COVER OF NYLON GUYS MAY ISSUE
Mickey Rapkin spent some good time with this issue’s cover dude, Los Angeles born and raised Adam Levine, and discovered that there’s more to meets the eye with this guy. From forming his band in 1995 to selling 17 million records, then joining The Voice in 2011 most recently making the jump to the big screen he’s more than just a smooth talking chart topper. Yep, you read that right, Levine stars opposite Keira Knightly in film Can a Song Save your Life?, out later this year. Find out more about how the Maroon 5 singer and star of The Voicebalances his multi-tasked schedule and how he still takes risks.
On his busy life and success: “It’s a lot. But it might not be a lot someday. I don’t like to complain. You have this moment. It doesn’t last forever. You should probably try and enjoy it.”
On dating and marriage: “I’m doing pretty well. If you don’t get married, you can’t get divorced. Why couldn’t we learn from the devastatingly low percentage of successful marriages that our last generation went through?”
On reports that Shakire is making twice his salary on The Voice: “She’s Shakira dude! She’s a fucking international superstar! I don’t care. It’s just money.”
On Dealing with the paparazzi: “The more you make them look like fucking idiots, the better you are. It’s like intellectual warfare. Just don’t say anything.”

3/25/2013

The Voice Premiere Recap: Adam Levine Recruits One Star


Adam Levine scores one star on NBC's The Voice season 4 premiere 

The Voice has finally returned to our television screens as the long awaiting fourth season premiere aired tonight on NBC. With the new coaches, interesting song choices, and remarkable contestants, Adam Levine had a very tough time recruiting some of the new contestants tonight.

The first hour of the episode we saw performances from rather diverse artists such as the guy who covered LMFAO's No. 1 hit single "Sexy and I Know It" and flipped it around making it a more acoustic feel and a 16 year old country singer in which covered Taylor Swift and was stolen from Blake Shelton. However Adam's first contestant of the night was not until the end of the episode's drawn-out 2 hour premiere. Levine grabbed the biggest artist of the night, Judith Hill, a potential and apparent back up singer in which knew Michael Jackson before his death, and was to go on the tour with the King of Pop. Go Adam! She'll take him far this season!

You can watch all new episodes of NBC's The Voice every Monday and Tuesday night at 8/7pm CPT only on NBC! Make sure you follow us on Twitter for the latest and greatest updates.

Maroon 5 Scores No. 1 on Pop Songs Chart, The Voice Performance

Maroon 5 performing live in 2012.
Maroon 5 scores 6th No. 1 single on the Pop Songs chart this week

On Monday (Mar. 25) it was announced that Maroon 5 scored yet another No. 1 single on the Billboard Pop Songs chart with their newest single "Daylight." This marks the band's 6th chart topper on the chart and the first since "One More Night" crowned in last November. This also marks their lead as the only band or group with the most No. 1's on the Pop Songs chart.

Maroon 5 first debuted "Daylight" on NBC's The Voice last November with a love performance in all blue by the boys. You can watch the video below!

The Voice premieres tonight at 8/7pm CPT only on NBC! Watch and see the rise of #TeamAdam.

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3/21/2013

Maroon 5 Crown Adult Pop Songs Chart for Second Week


"Daylight" is No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart for a second week

The guys of Maroon 5 are the kings of the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart for a second week this week with their heavy hitting "Daylight" single which jumped 3-1 last week. Maroon 5 scored their 7th chart topper on that tally last week as well following the group's Hot 100 No. 1 single "One More Night" and the Wiz Khalifa assisted "Payphone" single. 

This week, Maroon 5's single "Daylight" meets it's new peak on the Billboard Pop Songs chart leaping 4-2 this week. This mark's the song's highest peak and may even take over the top of the chart next week. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' chart topper "Thrift Shop" currently top the Pop Songs chart, but with enough streaming audiences, "Daylight" can swipe the top spot in the next week or two. On other chart notes, "Daylight" stays put at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, jumps 5-3 on the Billboard Radio Songs chart, and stays put at No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart. 

Internationally, "Daylight" is resuming some success as well. The soft rock track jumps up 9-6 on the Canadian Hot 100 singles chart, meeting it's new peak, jumps 73-63 on the Official U.K. Singles chart, and debuts at No. 48 on the Japan Hot 100 airplay charts. 

Maroon 5's reggae-pop-funk-rock single "One More Night" falls 36-43 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week. On other chart notes, "Night" descends 36-39 on the On-Demand Songs chart, falls 21-24 on the Radio Songs chart, and falls 8-6 on the Adult Contemporary Songs chart.

"She Will Be Loved" made an impression on the Rock Songs chart last week debuting at No. 39. This week "Loved" falls 39-43 on the tally.


Maroon 5's album Overexposed falls this week from Nos. 29-35 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.

For more information on Maroon 5's chart updates, click the link below:


3/20/2013

Adam Dishes on the New 'Voice' Coaches | WATCH

The Voice coach Adam Levine talks about his thoughts on Usher, Shakira, and more

Adam Levine talks about the new coaches Usher and Shakira on the new season of NBC's The Voice and his thoughts on the new twists this time around.

You can catch the season premiere of The Voice next Monday, March 25 at 8/7pm CPT only on NBC!

See what Adam had to say about the new coaches and more below:

3/18/2013

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!


3/16/2013

Maroon 5 Rock Hometown Show at Staples Center

Adam Levine performing with Maroon 5 at the Staples Center on 3/15/13 (see more photos)
Maroon 5 perform in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA at Staples Center

Maroon 5 are just over halfway through their North American Overexposed Tour and from the looks of it, last night's show (Mar. 15) was their biggest show on the tour yet.

Opening with the frivolous "Payphone" with a screening special guest Wiz Khalifa and concluding with the happy tapped dance-pop "Moves Like Jagger", which featured a live guest Rozzi Crane singing Christina Aguilera's verses, the concert was the second most sold out show on the tour following their appearance at New York's famous Madison Square Garden.

The band is performing another show tonight (Mar. 16) at  the Mandalay Bay Events Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is also a sold out show. Send us your photos from your concert on our Twitter page anytime by following us. You may be retweeted.

See more photos from last night's show from the Staples Center show below:
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3/14/2013

Maroon 5 Scores 7th No. 1 Adult Pop Songs Chart Single with 'Daylight'

Adam Levine performing on the Overexposed Tour in Kansas City





Maroon 5 scored their seventh No. 1 single on the Adult Pop Songs chart this week with their pop rock-esque hit single "Daylight" from the album 'Overexposed.' The Max Martin produced track makes it Maroon 5's fourth number-one single on the chart in a row. The record began in 2011 when the band dropped their dance pop and disco song "Moves Like Jagger", featuring Christina Aguilera, and jumped 4-1 on the the tally in October 2011. "Daylight" also makes it the band's 14th top ten single on the chart overall, making them tied with adult pop veterans The Goo Goo Dolls. 

Along with Maroon 5's success this week on the chart's, the band is official halfway through their North American Overexposed Tour in support of their fourth studio album 'Overexposed.' They played in Seattle, Washington two evenings ago and are set to perform tomorrow night at the Staples Center in Las Angeles, California. It could be their biggest how on the long stretched tour yet. 

Maroon 5's new single "Daylight" also is slowly moving back in to the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with each passing week. This week the single moves up 14-12 on the chart. On other chart notes, "Daylight" moves up 5-3 on the Billboard Radio Songs chart meeting its new peak, stays put at No. 14 on the Digital Songs chart, slides up 5-4 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart also meeting its new peak position, and as mentioned earlier "Daylight" jumps 3-1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart, marking the band's 7th No. 1 on the tally.

The band's former 9 week No. 1 single "One More Night" continues it's down-whirling descend on the Billboard charts. The pop reggae track falls 35-36 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. On other chart notes, the single falls to No. 36 on the On-Demand Songs chart, descends 17-21 on the Radio Songs chart, and falls 4-6 on the Adult Contemporary Songs chart. 

On the other Billboard charts, "She Will Be Loved" finds itself re-entering the Top Rock Songs chart this week debuting at No. 39 on the tally. Recently, Billboard updated their formula on it's charts by tossing digital and catalog data in the mix. "Loved" re-enters on the Rock Songs chart for the first time in over 7 years. On the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the band's 4th CD 'Overexposed' moves up 33-29 on the chart and falls 18-20 on the Digital Albums chart. The album has kept a steady ranking in the iTunes Top 10 Albums chart.

For more information on this week's chart updates, click on the link below:


3/11/2013

Maroon 5 Stands 'One More Week' on Round 2 of March Madness

This week, Maroon 5 is up against will.i.am and Britney Spears
Maroon 5 stands strong with "One More Night" left on the ballot

Last week, the Billboard Hot 100 March Madness competition began with two Maroon 5 nominees, "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa, and "One More Night." This week, round two has begun!

Maroon 5's Wiz Khalifa-assisted "Payphone" single was voted out by Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" this week, leaving the pop rock band with "One More Night." "Night" is up against Will.I.Am and Britney Spears' "Scream and Shout" dance-pop-esque single, which is currently dominating the charts. We are looking at a close race this week, folks.

You can vote for Maroon 5's "One More Night" right now! CLICK HERE:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/1551341/hot-100-march-madness-2013-vote-now-in-round-2

Here's a look at this week's ballot!

The Voice Coaches 'Nervous' and 'Anxious' For New Season

The Voice coaches sit down with Hollywood Reporter and talk about the 4th season


It looks like the new coaches on The Voice are fitting right in.

Usher and Shakira have taken the places of Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera for season four, and a new clip -- released exclusively here by The Hollywood Reporter -- proves that the newbies are able to hold their own against the witty vets, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Watch the exclusive interview below:


3/09/2013

Adam Levine & Blake Shelton Talk About New Addition to 'The Voice'


Adam Levine and Blake Shelton weigh in on their thoughts on the new additions of The Voice

As we all know, NBC's hit show The Voice is soon to premiere it's fourth season this month on March 25. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton sit down with Christina Milian to talk about the new additions, twists, and coaches and how it has been different from the previous seasons.

You can watch the interview of Adam Levine & Blake Shelton below:

Maroon 5's Top 5 Most Hip Hop Songs

Adam Levine featured in Hollywood Magazine (2012)
Maroon 5 and Adam Levine's top 5 most Hip Hop hits counted down 

How do you keep a band going for over a decade and make sure you keep things interesting? Sometimes, you venture out in to different genres. Maybe you'd switch out band mates and replace your drummer. Or maybe you collaborate with artists in which you'd never think your favorite band or artist would even ever come in to contact with. Las Angeles band Maroon 5 has found many ways to keep their fans up on the toes and expecting the unexpected. We are counting down the top five most "hip hop" songs in the Maroon 5 book. Let's check 'em out.

Adam Levine, more than others, has definetaly ventured out in to other artists' songs from Canadian rapper K'Naan to southern hip hop artist 50 Cent. Maroon 5 has always kept their main pop rock ground, but let's see how many times we've noticed the band make an effort for hip hop.

5. "Moves Like Jagger" (Remix)  by Maroon 5 featuring Mac Miller & Christina Aguilera from the album Hands All Over

At the turn of Maroon 5's new pop influenced sound, shortly after the release of the moderate commercially successful album Hands All Over, the band took a rather shocking turn in remixing their 2011 No. 1 Hot 100 single "Moves Like Jagger." The single was already very right in it's unexpected dance pop sound and featuring long time pop veteran Christina Aguilera, but Adam Levine reached out to indie rapper Malcolm James McCormick, or better known as Mac Miller, to help further promote the song and he lent a rap verse towards the beginning of the song's up beat and catchy introduction. Can we take a second to compare this intense mash up of a rapping remix to maybe Ke$ha's "Sleazy", which was already a hip hop influence to begin with, in which was later remixed in to "Get Sleazier" adding on rappers such as T.I., Andre 3000, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Wayne, just to further more promote the song's sex appeal to the radio? "Jagger" was released in June 2011 in part of a brilliant Voice effort which involved Max Martin and Benny Blanco's genius pop production and lyricism in ode the the rock star Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. It peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100 and became Maroon 5's biggest selling single to date.


4. "Heard 'Em Say" by Kanye West featuring Adam Levine from the album Late Registration

A little over a few years after Maroon 5 dropped their initial debut studio album Songs About Jane, in June of 2002, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine made his first guest appearance on another artist's single, and more specifically a hip hop single. Kanye West's classic R&B-esque "Heard 'Em Say" track featuring Levine, released in 2005. How did this seemingly impossible collaboration come about? In several interviews, we've heard Levine talk about his willingness to work with hip hop artists. On a plane flying from London to New York one night, the singer was writing material for what would be Maroon 5's second album when he realized he had a remarkable idea of collaborating with rapper Kanye West. West had worked with the band in the past on a remix of Maroon 5's breakthrough hit "This Love" in 2004, and featured a rap in the single as well as a new beat. In 2005, Adam went to Kanye with this verse he wrote and eventually featured it in the chorus of "Heard 'Em Say." The chorus was still used in an original Maroon 5  track called "Nothing Lasts Forever", from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long released in 2007. 


3. "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine from the album The Papercut Chronicles Part II

Upon the release of Maroon 5's breakout hit single "Moves Like Jagger" and Adam Levine's appearance on NBC's The Voice, Levine part took in a Gym Class Hereos track called "Stereo Hearts." Although the pop rap fix was released weeks before the release date of "Jagger", "Hearts" took a while to up-the-ante on the chart's, eventually peaking at No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart and charting at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, becoming Gym Class Heroes' most moving and successful modern day single. Adam Levine lends his heavenly falsetto on the song's chorus singing My heart's a stereo / It beats for you, so listen close/ Hear my thoughts in every note. / Make me your radio / Turn me up when you feel low / This melody was meant for you / So sing along to my stereo." 


2. "My Life" by 50 Cent featuring Adam Levine & Eminem from the album Street King Immortal

It's 50 Cent's comeback single after years of committing "making music" suicide and he tried a more mainstream outlook for his return to the stage. "My Life" features Adam Levine's perfect and rather high pitched voice with a rough edge and Eminem's more edgier and rather lengthy rap. The hip hop track was on verge of climbing up the Billboard charts, however only succeeded to peak at No. 27 on the Hot 100 and charted at No. 6 on the Hip Hop/R&B Songs chart. The song however stirred up some controversy. 
In the first verse of the song, 50 Cent dissed former members of G-Unit, Game and Young Buck. He mentioned the facts of writing songs for them, and both former members being ungrateful. Game responded to 50 Cent's comments in an interview with American radio station Power 106, saying he might have to make a sequel to "300 Bars and Runnin", finally killing 50 Cent and G-Unit. 50 Cent later said the song was recorded two years ago and he no longer had any ill will towards Game.


1. "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa from the album Overexposed 

Well, here we are. I bet you expected the pop rap genius of Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa's single "Payphone" to top our count down of Maroon 5's top hip hop singles. If you did, you guessed right. It's pretty much the band's only song in which actually features a rapper in the bridge of a song without needing to be remixed by an indie artist, like Mac Miller, or multi-platinum hip hop rapper Kanye West. Upon the ease of Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger's" success had begun riding downhill, the band announced they were releasing a new album in the summer of 2012 and may have a more initial pop influence. Well that's what you get when you work with Max Martin (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Enrique Inglasias), Benny Blanco (Gym Class Heroes, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna), and J.R. Rotem (Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj, Machine Gun Kelly). "Payphone" features a very aggressive and rather catchy rap on the song's bridge which makes the song's pop appeal a more risky hip hop track.

No matter how out of reach Maroon 5 gets with their ability to turn pop in to something more, we will always be behind them. Adam Levine's multi-appearance on many celebrity magazines or gossip websites may continue, but we still love you. 


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3/08/2013

Adam Levine's Cover Story on The Hollywood Reporter


Adam Levine on the photo shoot for The Hollywood Reporter

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The Hollywood Reporter 'Adam Levine' cover story and interview

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In his cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine showcased his brand of cocky yet self-deprecating charm and shared details on landing his gig on NBC's The Voice.

Levine also showcased his flair for language, and expletives in particular. Below are highlights from Levine's profanity-heavy sitdown.

On reality television:
"It's just a bunch of f--ing assholes who are fame whores," he says without naming names.

On if he’s won over fans of The Voice:

“The bar is f---ing low; if you have half a brain, they think you're amazing. So I have that going for me," he jokes.

On the secret to his success:

"I don't lie, and that's unusual in a world of media-obsessed, media-trained f--ing liars who will sit here with you and totally bullshit you to further their own careers."

On playing live with Maroon 5:

“You get onstage and perform in front of 10,000 people, and if you f--- up, it's your ass.”
On starring opposite Keira Knightley in Once director John Carney’s next movie, Can A Song Save Your Life?

“I saw it the other day, and I was surprised at how not shitty I was.”

On what critics will say about his foray into acting:

"They'll probably say that I'm a better actor than I am a singer or something," he jokes of the critics who haven't always been kind to him. "They'll find some way to f--- me with something negative."

On succeeding as a novice actor:

"I'm the director's bitch.”
On why he’s invested his time in creating his own fragrance:

"If you're going to get paid to do this ridiculous shit, you've got to put f---ing effort into it."

On signing on as a Proactiv’s spokesperson:

“I suffered acutely from acne, so I was like, ‘F--- it, I’ll do it.’”

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3/07/2013

'Daylight' Meets New Peak on Radio Songs Chart


Maroon 5's "Daylight" climbs up Radio Songs chart, 'Overexposed' takes a tumble

In the third week of the Billboard Hot 100's new mix to the chart including streams and digital aspects, Maroon 5 stands in the middle of the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. "Daylight" stays put at No. 14 on the chart. Meanwhile, the band's former 9 week No. 1 hit single "One More Night" falls 33-35 (with 26% audience impression) this week.

On other chart notes, Maroon 5's new single "Daylight" is climbing up the charts. Over on the Billboard Radio Songs chart, "Daylight" meets it's new peak moving up 6-5 on the tally, becoming the band's seventh top 5 hit on the chart. On the Billboard On-Demand Songs chart, the single moves up a spot from 44-43, stays at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, jumps 16-14 on the Digital Songs chart, also is a non-mover at No. 5 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, and slides up 6-4 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.

Maroon 5's No. 1 single "One More Night" slowly seems to be falling down the charts. Over on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart "Night falls 33-35 on the tally. On other chart notes, descends 32-33 on the On-Demand Songs chart, stays a hold at No. 17 on the Radio Songs chart, descends 32-37 on the Streaming Songs chart (basically a duplicate of the new and "improved" Hot 100), stays put at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary Songs chart, and falls 16-19 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.

The L.A-based band's fourth album Overexposed 21-33 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.

REMINDER:

Maroon 5 is on this year's Billboard Hot 100 March Madness ballot twice this week. This week, the band's Wiz Khalifa assisted "Payphone" single is up against Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "One More Night" is up against Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj's "Beauty And a Beat." Make sure you vote for them BOTH before Mon, Mar. 11th on the second round!

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3/06/2013

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.
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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!

3/05/2013

The Voice Season 4 Sneak Peek, Coaches Play Around

Behind the scenes at what happens on NBC's The Voice

The Voice coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher, and Shakira play a little 'Would you rather?' on the set of the NBC singing competition show with co-host Christina Milian.

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The Voice begins Mon, March 25th at 8/7pm CPT only on NBC!

3/01/2013

Adam Levine, Matthew Morrison to Cover Frank Sinatra


Adam Levine and Glee's Matthew Morrison covers Frank Sinatra's "Luck be a Lady"

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Glee start Matthew Morrison couldn't hide it for long...

On February 9th, the two musicians were seen at Capitol Studios in Las Angeles, California abd were reportedly recording a duet. However, not an original. The guys were recording a cover of Frank Sinatra's "Luck Be a Lady", a signature song piece from the musical Guys and Dolls.

It is said "Lucky Be a Lady" is to be featured on Matthew Morrison's upcoming debut album, to be released under 222 Records later this Spring.

Adam Levine talked about his new record label with US Weekly last month. "Starting my own label has been a long time goal of mine and I am thrilled to be at the point in my career where it is finally happening," the "Moves Like Jagger" singer said in a statement earlier this month. "I am excited for everyone to hear Matthew's forthcoming album. Great things are in store for him with this release."

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