12/22/2015

Silent Pilot put pop punk spin on Maroon 5's 'Sugar'

Silent Pilot (left) and Adam Levine.
Silent Pilot mix Maroon 5 and pop punk in new "Sugar" cover

There has not been much news to report about Maroon 5 or Adam Levine since the exciting season 9 finale of The Voice happened last Monday, resulting in Levine and finalist Jordan Smith winning the show. But, I had come across multiple posts online of a band that covered one of Maroon 5's biggest hits and did it with style, originality, and spunk.

Silent Pilot, a pop punk and alternative rock band that began in San Francisco, California in 2014, had recently published a cover of Maroon 5's single "Sugar" and it was without a doubt excellent. If you are an avid fan of pop punk or pop rock, you will love this band's spin on their latest cover for "Sugar."

Silent Pilot releases original material as well. The band recently released their new single, titled "Illusions", last month and a three-track EP, titled Motions, back in May. You can check out the band's music on Bandcamp at http://silentpilot.bandcamp.com!

Listen to Silent Pilot's cover of "Sugar" below:

12/15/2015

The Voice Finale Recap: And the winner of Season 9 is...

The Voice season 9 finalists with host Carson Daly and judges.
Team Adam's Jordan Smith is named The Voice on finale

Tonight's The Voice finale was one of the most extraordinary and explosive finales the show has ever had since it's launch in 2011. And it is even better because Team contestant and finalist Jordan Smith took home the winning prize and was named the "Voice."

Fourth place was Team Blake's Barrett Baber. Third place went to Team Gwen's Jeffrey Austin. And runner-up was Team Blake's Emily Ann Roberts.

According to various polls, including one of our own on Twitter, it was quite evident that Adam's finalist Smith be crowned the "Voice", becoming a newly signed member of Republic Records. 

The two-hour long season 9 finale included performances from famous names such as The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Missy Elliot, along with upcoming Super Bowl halftime performers Coldplay, country singer Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Wynonna, and Usher. 

Head to www.nbc.com/the-voice to watch full episodes and exclusives clips from NBC's The Voice

Congratulations to Jordan Smith! The Voice is set to return for its 10th season with coaches Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera (!), and Blake Shelton in February.

Watch Jordan Smith performing with Usher below:

12/14/2015

Maroon 5 to perform at Rock In Rio Lisboa in May

Maroon 5 performing in Rock In Rio in 2011.
Maroon 5 will return to the Rock In Rio stage next May

It was revealed yesterday (Sun, Dec. 13) that Maroon 5 will be one of the headlining acts at next year's 30th annual Rock In Rio Lisboa concert event in Portugal.

Rock In Rio Lisboa will take place on May 20, 21, 26,27, and 28 of next year. Maroon 5 will be performing on May 28.

Get tickets here:
https://t.co/FHkMkEmQez


Watch Maroon 5's concert from Rock In Rio in 2011 below:

12/11/2015

Justin Bieber, Coldplay to perform on 'The Voice' finale

The Voice season 9 judge panel.
The Voice is about to have it's biggest finale to date

It was recently revealed this week that NBC's Emmy Award-winning reality show The Voice will have one of the biggest live finales of 2015 in television.

Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Coldplay, Missy Elliot, Sam Hunt, among numerous others will be performing on live The Voice's season 9 finale next Monday, December 14.



Adam Levine's contestant Jordan Smith, who is prominently known for his outstanding and highly praised performance of Queen's "Somebody to Love", is one of the four finalists who may be crowned "The Voice" and win a recording contract with Republic Records. Levine and Smith will be performing together on stage on Monday's live finale episode.

Do not miss The Voice season 9 finale live at 8:00/7:00pm CPT only on NBC!

Watch Adam Levine perform with Team Adam below:

Maroon 5 has second most watched video of 2015

Photo from www.centertechnews.com.
Forbes revealed the top 10 highest viewed music videos of 2015

As 2015 is coming to an astounding close, Forbes magazine has just revealed this year's top ten most viewed and highly praised music videos. 

Maroon 5's music video for "Sugar" directed by Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin was ranked on the Forbes list at #2. The top most watched music video of 2015 went to Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again", featuring Charlie Puth, which obtained 1,166,000,000 views. "Sugar" received just over 872,000,000 views. 

Other music videos in the top ten included Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" ranked at #3, Sia's "Elastic Heart" at #7, and Adele's "Hello" at #9. 

You can view the entire Forbes list here:

Watch the music video for "Sugar" below:

12/09/2015

Billboard Year End 2015: Where does Maroon 5 stand?


Billboard's Year End charts for 2015 are in...

Its is that time of year again. And we have gotten all of the chart data from Billboard to reveal where Maroon 5 stands on the 2015 Billboard Year-End charts.

You can view the entire 2015 Billboard Year-End Charts here:
http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end

Maroon 5 on the Year End Charts:
Top Artists: Maroon 5 - #6

Top Artists Duo/Group: Maroon 5 - #2

Hot 100 Artists: Maroon 5 - #6

Hot 100 Songs: "Sugar" - #5, "Animals" - #46

Top Billboard 200 Albums: V - #6

Top Billboard 200 Artists: Maroon 5 - #7

Radio Songs: "Sugar" - #4, "Animals" - 23, "Locked Away" - #25

Radio Songs Artists: Maroon 5 - #4

Digital Songs: "Sugar" - #6, "Animals" - #44

Digital Songs Artists: Maroon 5 - #5

Streaming Songs: "Sugar" - #7

Streamings Artists: Maroon 5 - #9

Twitter Top Tracks: "Sugar" - #8

Social 50 Artists: Maroon 5 - #39

On Demand Artists: Maroon 5 - #6

On Demand Songs: "Sugar" - #13

Pop Songs: "Sugar" - #5

Pop Songs Artists: Maroon 5 - #4

Adult Contemporary Songs: "Sugar" - #2, "Maps" - #17, "Animals" - #22, "Locked Away" - #46

Adult Contemporary Artists: Maroon 5 - #3

Adult Pop Songs: "Sugar" - #4, "Animals" - #25

Adult Pop Songs Artists: Maroon 5 - #3

Dance/Mix Show Songs: "Sugar" - #19

Dance/Mix Show Airplay Artists: Maroon 5 - #9

Canadian Hot 100: "Sugar" - #5, "Animals" - #41, "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" - #84

Top Canadian Albums: V - #25

Japan Hot 100: "Sugar" - #34

12/08/2015

Adam Levine is mentioned in new 3OH!3 song

3OH!3 (left) and Adam Levine.
Levine is in 3Oh!3's comeback single, but not in the best way

Last week, electropop group 3OH!3 announced their comeback with a new song, titled "My Dick", which may be the lead single off the group's forthcoming new album.

"My Dick" has lyrics that are strongly comedic and are (not) taken lightheartedly, and has been labelled "bizarre" by Music Times and "horrid" by several others. However, upon my first listen of the odd track, I hear Adam Levine's name being mentioned. 



"Ya dog, it’s motherfucking Kid Quizine
My dick gets bigger than Mr. Clean
So fresh you could swish it like Listerine
Your dick look like Adam Levine."

Woah. So yeah, our favorite Sexiest Man Alive is definitely not being praised in the new 3OH!3 track, but we can assume it's all in good fun.

3OH!3 became a famous and household name on pop radio in 2009 with their platinum single "Don't Trust Me." They later released their platinum-selling album Streets of Gold in 2010 and have worked with other recording artists such as Katy Perry, Kesha, and Lil Jon. They have been stylized as crunk, hip hop, pop rap, and comedy pop.

Take a listen to the song below:

12/07/2015

Team Adam's Jordan Smith has the performance in 'Voice' history

Team Adam's semi-finalists for "The Voice" season 9.
Adam Levine's contestant Jordan Smith is slaying The Voice this season

Tonight's performance of Jordan Smith's cover of "Somebody to Love", originally by classic rockers Queen, is definitely one of the best, if not the best performance that has ever happened on NBC's The Voice.

Jordan Smith, one of the three semi-finalists on Team Adam this season, performed the song and concluded Monday's (Dec. 7) episode. Smith's performance is currently the No. 1 song on the iTunes Songs chart overall, accompanied by Amy Vachal's performance of "Make You Feel My Love", originally by Bob Dylan, in the top 10 (Vacahl also being 1/3 of Team Adam).

Some are saying that it is the best performance on a music reality television show since 2009. Check out this Tweet below.



However, this was not the only time Smith belted out a beautiful performance, and had taken everyone's attention, this season. Last week, Smith played "Hallelujah", originally by Leonard Cohen, which also graced the iTunes Store No. 1 spot. Another remarkable performance Smith gave this season was of his cover of Beyonce's "Halo" during the Live Playoffs in early November.

You can download music from Jordan Smith, along with all the other The Voice contestants' music on Apple Music and iTunes Store here: http://apple.co/1XRaEJG

Watch Jordan perform "Somebody to Love" below:

5 most underrated Maroon 5 songs of all time

Maroon 5 in 2004.
Maroon 5's top 5 most underrated songs are counted down

In the wake of Maroon 5's timely Grammy Award nomination for their hit single "Sugar", I thought it would be appropriate to conduct and foster a top 5 list of songs performed by Maroon 5 that are arguably the most underrated in their career.

Let's get started.

5. "Rag Doll" from the album Songs About Jane Deluxe Edition (2002)

If you are easily lured in by the graceful sounds of the blissful R&B-meets-rock sound from Maroon 5's big time debut album Songs About Jane, then this rarity is for you. "Rag Doll" is an easy-listening urban-inspired song that starts off with fluid, elegant piano chords presumably accompanied by the band's keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, who kept Maroon 5's early soulful style alive through the years. The song was written and composed by lead singer Adam Levine and Carmichael and has only seen the light of day through the deep, dark holes of YouTube's music category and was released in 2004 along with the SAJ repackage.



4. "Tangled" from the album Songs About Jane (2002)

One of Songs About Jane's most prized possessions, "Tangled" is a funky-pop rock tune that make you sing along with its underwhelmingly catchy lyrics. Relative to "The Sun" (which has a ton of praise from fans and music critics alike) and "Shiver" (which also has moderate praise), "Tangled" deserves just as much recognition as the two.



3. "Kiwi" from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)

This rock and roller serves only as the tenth track on Maroon 5's sophomore effort It Won't Be Soon Before Long. "Kiwi" has been said to be too vulgar or sexual for radio and many think it should have deserved a kick ass music video. The song featured a lengthy guitar solo towards the end that will draw you in subtly leading into the next track, "Better That We Break", which calms you down before the album's dramatic conclusion of "Back At Your Door" (two more underrated tunes from It Won't Be Soon...).



2. "Story" from the album The B-Side Collection (2007)

"Story" is a rare and unique song from Maroon 5 that serves as the opening track on the band's mini-LP The B-Side Collection. The song also serves as a b-side to "Makes Me Wonder" (which became Maroon 5's first No. 1 single in the United States). The "story" that the record tells is one that Maroon 5 have told thoroughly throughout their second album; stories of heartbreak, wishful thinking, and missing the way things were. A solid pop rock song, this bonus cut will certainly reel you in and make you obsessed with Maroon 5's early era once again.



1. "I Can't Lie" from the album Hands All Over (2010)

One of my favorite songs from Maroon 5 and arguably the best song taken from their third studio album, Hands All Over, "I Can't Lie" is an easy-listening soul rock tune that will remind you of the Motown era (Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Billie Joel, ect.). Even though "Just a Feeling" and "How" deserve (almost) equal praise, "I Can't Lie" takes the cake from Hands All Over.



Do you agree with this list? Which Maroon 5 song do you think is the most underrated? Share with us by commenting below or on Twitter @M5NewsRoom!

Maroon 5 nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance


Maroon 5 is up for a Grammy Award in 2016

The highly anticipated list of nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were revealed early Monday morning (Dec. 7) and Maroon 5 fans will be happy with the results.

Maroon 5's single "Sugar", taken from the band's fifth album V, is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at next year's Grammy Award ceremony. They are not nominated for any other awards.

Maroon 5 are now a 12 time nominated and 3 time Grammy Award winning band. The Los Angeles based group won their first Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. The following year, Maroon 5 won their second Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group for "This Love." Maroon 5's single "Makes Me Wonder" won the Grammy for the same award two years later in 2008.

"Sugar" served as the third top 10 single taken from V, Maroon 5's second No. 1 album since 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long. 

Watch the 58th annual Grammy Awards on live Sunday, February 15th only on CBS!

Take a look at the full list of nominations here:
http://www.grammy.com/nominees

Watch the music video for "Sugar" below:

12/03/2015

Maroon 5 will not be playing at Super Bowl Halftime


Coldplay wins polls over Maroon 5, Metallica and others

It was revealed earlier today (Thur, Dec. 3) that despite constant updates and rumors circulating around Maroon 5 possibly headlining the Super Bowl 50 halftime show next year, Brit-pop sensation Coldplay will be performing instead.



Maroon 5, although never confirmed, was one of the most anticipated acts to possibly perform at the halftime show. Many suggested that Bruno Mars would return to perform. Other major media outlets, such as Billboard and TIME thought Adele, Metallica, or One Direction would possibly perform.

Better luck in 2017, Maroon 5.

Watch Coldplay performing at the halftime show on Super Bowl 50 on February 7th on CBS.

12/02/2015

Will Maroon 5 be nominated for a Grammy in 2016?

Maroon 5 at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
The GRAMMY Awards will announce nominations next Monday

It WILL be soon before long until The Grammy Foundation reveals the entire list of nominees and categories for the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The full list will be announced next Monday, December 7.

But one thing millions and millions of music fans are biting their nails over are if their favorite artists and bands will be (deservingly) nominated for an awards or awards. I know personally for fans of Maroon 5, it is almost always a surprise when Maroon 5 becomes nominated. Over the coarse of ten long years, Maroon 5 has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards and only winning three of those nominations.


REMINDER: Nominations for the 58th #GRAMMYs will be announced on MONDAY, DEC. 7!
Posted by The GRAMMYs on Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Maroon 5's first win at the Grammy Awards was at the 47th Annual ceremony in 2005 when they were nominated for Best New Artist. Up against Los Lonely Boys, Joss Stone, Gretchen Wilson, and the most popular rapper alive Kanye West, Maroon 5 prevailed and won the Best New Artist award. Frontman Adam Levine has spoken about the win several times in numerous interviews over the past decade saying it was "surprises" and the band was collectively "shocked" that they won over West. The same year, the Los Angeles rockers were nominated for Best Pop Performance Duo/Group for their single "She Will Be Loved." Despite high hopes that Maroon 5 would win their first two Grammys in one night, "She Will Be Loved" lost to "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys; "My Immortal" by Evanescence, "The Reason" by Hoobastank, and "It's My Life" by No Doubt" also among nominees. The very next year, at the 48th Grammy Awards, Maroon 5 were up for their third Grammy nomination, but this time for their single "This Love" for Best Pop Performance Duo/Group and won. Being their second Grammy win, Maroon 5 were considered one of the hottest rock bands in pop music in the 2000's.

Just two years later, Maroon 5 were nominated for two awards. "Makes Me Wonder" was nominated for Best Pop Performance By a Duo/Group with Vocal and won, making it the group's third and final win, to date. Maroon 5's second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, however lost to Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. "Winning a Grammy is one of the biggest landmarks any band could hope to achieve [...]", said Adam Levine about Maroon 5's third Grammy win at the 2009 American Music Awards red carpet.



"Won't Go Home Without You" and "If I Never See Your Face Again", featuring recording artist Rihanna, each received nominations for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, respectively the next year at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, however each lost. 2011 saw Maroon 5 being nominated for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for their single "Misery", yet lost again. "Moves Like Jagger", featuring Christina Aguilera, became one of the best-selling singles worldwide during its time on the charts, and was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, and lost.

The last time Maroon 5 were recognized at the Grammys was in 2013. "Payphone", featuring Wiz Khalifa, was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group and lost to "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye and Kimbra, and Maroon 5's fourth album, Overexposed, was up for Best Pop Vocal Album and lost to Kelly Clarkson's Stronger. 

Now, it being a brand new year, we are hoping that Maroon 5 get recognized at the 58th annual Grammy Awards next year. A self-evident assumption would be that "Sugar", arguably one of Maroon 5's biggest hit singles of all time and the third single off of V, would be nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Another popular guess among music critics and fans, according to Billboard magazine, is that Maroon 5 being nominated for Artist of The Year. Maroon 5's overpowering impact on pop music was evident in the past year with V becoming the band's first chart-topping album since 2007 and it achieving a platinum-selling status in a short amount of time. "Sugar" nearly became Maroon 5's fourth #1 single in the U.S. after peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over 3.1 million digital copies since March of this year.

So, what do you think? What award/awards do you think Maroon 5 should be nominated for this year? Let us know on Twitter @M5NewsRoom!

Check out our best possible predictions below.

Artist of The Year: Maroon 5

Song of The Year: "Sugar"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Animals", "Sugar", "This Summer's Gonna Hurt", "Locked Away" (R. City and Adam Levine)

Best Pop Vocal Album: V

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Locked Away" (R. City and Adam Levine), "Animals" (Big Boi Remix), "Sugar (Nicki Minaj Remix)"

DJ Earworm puts Maroon 5 among others in new United State of Pop

Maroon 5 in the music video for "Sugar."
DJ Earworm releases his highly anticipated United State of Pop of 2015

On Wednesday (Dec. 2), world famous DJ Earworm dropped his highly anticipated new United State of Pop 2015 remix. The remix features approximately 50 hit singles of the past year blended up into one intense and incredible mashup and it includes Maroon 5's biggest single of the year, "Sugar."

The United State of Pop 2015 remix follows DJ Earworm's previous works of the same title, which follow the same guidelines and feature mixes of the biggest singles of the year. You can check out DJ Earworm's YouTube channel for more!

Last year, Maroon 5's single "Animals" was a prominent feature in DJ Earworm's United State of Pop 2014 remix.

Listen to the remix below:

12/01/2015

Adam Levine, R. City perform 'Locked Away' on 'The Voice'


Coach Adam Levine and R. City finally bring "Locked Away" to The Voice

On tonight's live results episode of NBC's reality television show The Voice (Tue, Dec. 1), coach and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and hip hop group R. City finally performed their hit single "Locked Away" on the show.

The performance from Levine and R. City was first scheduled for November 17 last month, however was cancelled and postponed due to Levine allegedly being in bad health, according to R. City's manager Ray Daniels.

On tonight's live results show, all of Team Adam's contestants, Jordan Smith, Amy Vachal, and Shelby Brown were saved from elimination and will be advancing to the show's top 9 next week.

Watch the performance below: