9/29/2015

Weekly Update: Adam Recruits Twin Duo Alex & Andi Among Others


Team Adam improves during Week 2 of the Blind Auditions

"I hate to say it, but Adam's team is on fire," said coach Blake Shelton. And he couldn't be any more right.

Adam Levine's team thus far this season has arguably the best contestants on his team so far and with only two more Blind Audition episodes left this season it looks like that may hold up. Team Adam recruits 6 acts during the Week 2 of the Blind Auditions, including tonight's (Tue, Sep. 29) strongest performers Alex and Andi, whom are twin sisters and performed an insane version of Dido's "Thank You" that forced a 4 chair turn from all coaches.

RATIO: Adam pushed his red button for a total of 23 times this season so far and has won over 10 performers.

Check out all of Team Adam's contestants from this week below!

NBC's The Voice returns next week on Monday and Tuesday at 8/7pm CT  on NBC with the final 2 blind audition episodes! Don't miss them.

Watch Amanda Alaya perform "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain:


Watch Manny Cobo perform "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake:


Listen to Cassandra Robertson perform "Ghost" by Ella Henderson:


Watch Chance Peña perform "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran:


Watch Viktor Király perform "What's Going On?" by Marvin Gaye:


Watch Andi & Alex perform "Thank You" by Dido:

9/27/2015

Maroon 5 & R. City perform "Locked Away" for the first time

Maroon 5 performing in Singapore in 2015.
Maroon 5 and R. City join forces live on stage in Melbourne

Last night (Saturday, Sept. 26), Maroon 5 and hip hop duo Rock City, better known as R. City, joined forced live on stage performing their hit single "Locked Away" at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Right now, Maroon 5 are nine months into their famously known worldwide tour and have recently just wrapped up the Asian leg of the trek. The band is currently touring throughout Australia, kicking it off last night in Melbourne and continuing tomorrow night, September 28, at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane later performing their third and final Australian date at the Allphones Arena in Sydney on September 29. Following their Australian run, they will be performing 3 dates in New Zealand in early October.

For more Maroon 5 tour tickets and information, click on the link below:

Watch Maroon 5 perform "Locked Away" below:

9/26/2015

Maroon 5 Talk 'Fortune Teller', Producing Music With Maschine

Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine.
James Valentine talks Maroon 5's evolution and the new age of production

In an interview with Native Instruments with pop rock band Maroon 5 that was published yesterday (Friday, Sept. 25), guitarist James Valentine, musician and Phantom Planet bassist Sam Farrar, and producer Noah Passovoy talked about Maroon 5's ongoing studio process and how they carry their studio sounds onto the road.

"We made records in such a traditional way which was just the five us in a room playing our instruments ,coming up with arrangements, doing it all by ourselves and that worked great for us for the better part of a decade," said Maroon 5's guitarist James Valentine as he talks about the band's long evolution. "But, we became a little restless with that process."

"You know, I'm an instrumentalist. I play guitar. I like to play things and not stare at screens," Valentine added. "I ended up gravitating towards the Maschine just because it's all right there right in front of you. Sometimes if I have an idea for something, I just want to get something down fast so that I can move on with the process of songwriting."

Check out the interview:

9/23/2015

Weekly Update: Team Adam Starts Off Strong With First Blind Auditions

Adam Levine on NBC's The Voice.
Team Adam recruits Jordan Smith, Keith Semple, among more on premiere night

It is without a doubt that the first two season nine premiere episodes of NBC's music competition show The Voice were nothing less of extraordinary. Easily, there has never been so many incredibly talented vocalists broadcasted on the two-night premiere of The Voice ever. Usually, premiere episodes of The Voice are slowly built to a climactic point, for a common example, of someone singing some impossible Adele song and ends up getting a 4-chair turn from the coaches (and in most cases would choose Team Adam). However, the two-night season premiere was the Emmy Award-winning show's best yet. There was talented voices left and right from the ending of one commercial break the beginning of the next. And it is certain that coach Adam Levine is starting off super strong this season.

Every week, I will be posting an update on Team Adam from what they sang to where they stand in the competition.

So let's get started.

Sp on the first night, coach Adam Levine's first contestant he recruited was Irish pop rock vocalist Keith Semple, who auditioned by singing Bon Jovi's single "I'll Be There For You" by putting an alternative rock spin to it.



The second contestant recruited by Adam was (arguably) one of the best vocalists to be featured on the show's Blind Auditions. Vocalist Jordan Smith, who auditioned by singing "Chandelier" by Sia. You can watch his performance below.



The second premiere night, Adam got R&B and soul singer Regina Love on his team, who auditioned with Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady."



Zach Seabaugh, the second artist Adam recruited for his team on this night, auditioned with Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time."



Levine's third contestant, Evan McKeel, auditioned with Mutemath's single "Typical."



The Voice is on again with more Blind Auditions continue next Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC!

Also, congratulations to NBC and The Voice team for winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Show last night.

9/21/2015

Maroon 5 to Perform at We Can Survive Concert


Maroon 5, The Weeknd, among more announced to headline We Can Survive! concert

It was announced earlier today (Monday, Sept. 21) by CBS Radio’s 97.1 AMP Radio in Los Angeles that the 3rd annual We Can Survive concert event will be held on Saturday, October 24 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Carson Daly revealed that general admission tickets will be available to purchase on Friday, September 25 at 10:00am PT on Ticketmaster. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets and VIP sound check packages beginning on September 22 at 10:00am PT through September 24 at 10:00pm PT.

Headlining will be Maroon 5 and The Weeknd along with Nick Jonas, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, and Calvin Harris.

For more information, click on the link below:
http://radio.com/2015/09/21/we-can-survive-lineup-tickets/#.VgBIlxEKRGY.twitter

Watch the official announcement below:


Watch Maroon 5's official music video for "Sugar" below:

9/09/2015

5 Singles That Should've Made Maroon 5's Greatest Hits Album


Where in the world is "Sunday Morning" and "Won't Go Home Without You"?

It seems as though Maroon 5 have reached that point in their career where they need to issue a greatest hits collection album, appropriately titled Singles. It was revealed earlier this month that the compilation album will be released on Friday, September 25th through Interscope and Adam Levine's very own 222 Records. 

But, upon the album's announcement, the track listing was revealed and, needless to say, some fans were not impressed with its contents. At all. The album kicks off with arguably Maroon 5's biggest hit single "This Love", taken from their mutli-platinum debut Songs About Jane which dropped in 2002, and moves on through to the second track "Payphone", from Overexposed, then weaves back to the good old days with "She Will Be Loved." The album is missing a great deal of some of the band's most monumental hit singles such as "Harder to Breathe" and "Sunday Morning" (each from their debut Songs About Jane). Fan favorites such as "Won't Go Home Without You" and "If I Never See Your Face Again" from their chart topping sophomore effort It Won't Be Soon Before Long are lacking an appearance from the hits list as well. And only one single from their third album Hands All Over, the funk-a-fied "Misery", made the cut. Singles is sprinkled with a lot of top 10's from their latest two albums Overexposed (2012) and V (2014), each of which saw Maroon 5 take a radio-friendly, electropop direction with their sound appealing to a wider, younger audience. All 3 of V's hits are seen on the album: "Maps", "Animals", and "Sugar", and we are in awe that the album's fourth (and final) single "Feelings" and "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf***er" are invisible from Singles. 

Take a look at the tracklisting for Singles below:
1. This Love
2. Payphone
3. She Will Be Loved
4. One More Night
5. Moves Like Jagger
6. Wake Up Call
7. Misery
8. Maps
9. Makes Me Wonder
10. Animals
11. Daylight
12. Sugar

Even though some of the newer generation of fans are excited to get their hands on the new greatest hits album when it drops later this month, we are a tad bit disappointed. And for that, we are counting down the Top 5 hit singles that should have made the Singles track listing.

5. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed", from the album Hands All Over (2010)



"Never Gonna Leave This Bed" is arguably the best song taken from Maroon 5's third studio effort, Hands All Over, following the likes of "How" or "Just a Feeling." However, "Never Gonna Leave..." was released as a radio single in January 2011 a few months following HAO's album release. It peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 on the Pop Songs chart, and at #4 on the Adult Top 40 chart. Sure, it performed a bit poorly on pop radio, but fans would have loved seeing the power pop-ballad on the Singles track listing.

4. "Wont Go Home Without You", from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)



Much like our #5 pick, "Won't Go Home Without You" is an alt. rock/power pop-ballad that is probably the best song taken from the band's sophomore effort, It Won't Be Soon Before Long. The single was released to contemporary radio on November 19, 2007 and didn't meet as high of a level of commercial success as much as everyone thought it would. It charted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 on the Pop Songs chart, #14 on the Adult Pop chart, and at #4 on the Adult Top 40 chart. Hell, it was even a top 10 hit for months in Australia (peaking at #7) in 2008.

3. "If I Never See Your Face Again", from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)



And no, most of us don't mean the Rihanna remix version. The original "If I Never See Your Face Again", from Maroon 5's sophomore album, is a perfect pop rock tune that was a top 10 hit in 10 countries internationally. That's insane... And sure, even the Rihanna-assisted version would serve well on Singles. Whatever would have worked.

2. "Harder to Breathe",  from the album Songs About Jane (2002)



How can you leave out one of Maroon 5's most career-defining hit singles? "Harder to Breathe" was the band's first single and opened the door into commercial pop success. Even though "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" introduced Maroon 5 to the world at a commercially successful standpoint, hardcore fans sought "Harder to Breathe" as a perfect fit for a lead single from Songs About Jane. It's funky, features sick ass guitar riffs, shows off Adam's intense grungy voice, and has a great guitar solo. And it's less than 3 minutes long! Commercially, the song was received quite well and is the most successful single on our Top 5 list, charting at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on the Mainstream Songs chart, and at #5 on the Pop Songs chart.

1. "Sunday Morning", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)



Without a doubt being one of Maroon 5's best songs ever heard, "Sunday Morning" is definitely the most deserving to be on Maroon 5's greatest hits album Singles. It's been a stable for hardcore fans to belt out at live concerts since it dropped in 2002. Commercially, "Sunday Morning" has charted at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #4 on the Adult Songs chart.

What do you think of our list? What other singles do you think should have made the final cut for Singles? Will you be buying the new greatest hits album? Comment below or mention us on Twitter!

9/04/2015

R. City and Adam Levine Lock In Top 10 Hit With "Locked Away"

R. City (left) and Adam Levine.
R. City and Adam Levine have locked in their first Hot 100 top 10

I haven't reported any sort of chart news for Maroon 5 nor Adam Levine in several months. In fact, I had cancelled the weekly Thursday chart updates due to me being constantly busy with work, college, ect. But I thought a quick update would be fitting. 

So let's get to it.

This week on the Billboard Hot 100, we see hip-hop duo R. City and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine sliding into the top-ten from No. 16 to No. 8 after being on the chart for only 6 weeks. "Locked Away" has also achieved success on other charts peaking at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, No. 8 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, No. 9 on the Radio Songs chart, No. 13 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, No. 17 on the Adult Top 40 Singles chart, No. 20 on the Streaming Songs chart, and No. 22 on the Rhythmic Songs chart.

Over the summer, Maroon 5's two latest hit singles "Sugar" and "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf**ker" both achieved successful radio airplay. 

After spending 52 weeks on the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums chart, Maroon 5's latest studio album V has enjoyed peaking atop the tally a number of times throughout the last year (it's one year anniversary was held on Sept. 2). The album currently sits at No. 35 after falling from No. 28 last week. 

For more chart news on Maroon 5, click on the link below:
http://www.billboard.com/artist/309663/maroon-5

Maroon 5 will be releasing their first greatest hits album, Singles on Friday, September 25 through Interscope Records.

Also, Maroon 5 just kicked off their Asia/Australia leg of their Maroon 5 World Tour earlier this week. For more tour dates and ticket information, go to www.maroon5.com/v-tour!

Watch the music video for "Sugar" below:

9/02/2015

Maroon 5 to Release First Ever Greatest Hits Album, 'Singles'

Maroon 5's "Singles" cover.
Maroon 5's new 12-track album Singles drops Sept. 25th 

Speculation over whether or not Maroon 5 would be releasing a greatest hits effort anytime throughout their career has been discussed several times over the last few years, however today it was confirmed that the band will be indeed dropping their debut singles collection album this month.

It was announced yesterday (Tues, Sept. 1) that Maroon 5 will be releasing Singles, their debut greatest hits album, on Friday, September 25th on Interscope Records.

The greatest hits collection will contain 12 of the band's (arguably) biggest and best-selling singles of the last decade-and-a-half, including the Songs About Jane cuts "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved", their first ever No. 1 hit from 2007 "Makes Me Wonder", and one of their latest hit "Sugar", from their most recent studio album V. There is confusion as to why the band's forthcoming hit "Feelings", their most recently released single "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf***er", and "Harder to Breathe" are absent from the album's track listing, but I guess the world may never know.

The track list is posted below:
1. This Love
2. Payphone
3. She Will Be Loved
4. One More Night
5. Moves Like Jagger
6. Wake Up Call
7. Misery
8. Maps
9. Makes Me Wonder
10. Animals
11. Daylight
12. Sugar

Are you excited for Maroon 5's new album Singles? Will you be buying it?

Take a look at the official album art cover below!