4/29/2016

Adam Levine talks new music, daughter & more on Live! With Kelly and Michael

Adam Levine in April of 2016.
Mr. Levine also talks about The Voice coaches & Sing Street

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine stopped by the talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael on Friday (April 29) to talk about his relationships with The Voice coaches, his new song "Go Now" he did for the movie Sing Street, potential new Maroon 5 music, and his baby-to-be with wife Behati Prinsloo.

On Live! with Kelly and Michael, Levine confirmed that him and wife Behati Prinsloo are expecting a baby daughter come this September. He also reveals that Maroon 5 are "coming up with something" and may come out this summer. 

Levine also stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (April 28) to talk about The Voice and geek out over popular 90's music. Watch the interview here.

Watch Adam on Live! with Kelly and Michael below:

4/26/2016

Adam Levine on new Maroon 5 album: "It's in the incubator"

Adam Levine in 2016.
Adam Levine confirms that Maroon 5 "has something going on right now"

In an exclusive The Voice behind the scenes interview with coach Adam Levine, the Maroon 5 frontman gave some exciting insight on the group's future as a band.

Although an album is not in the works, according to Levine, Maroon 5 is working on new material. After being asked by an Entertainment Tonight reporter about the band's future status, Levine responded with the following statement:

"Not an album right now, but maybe a song. We got to keep the kids interested. We have something going on right now. Soon, it's coming. It's on the way. It's in the incubator."

After being asked of his opinion on the new Beyonce release, Levine also spoke about his personal approach on songwriting as a musician:

"I am a fan of heavily shrouded metaphor, so I don't like to do that. I used to like to do that a long time ago, but I like to keep it to myself and let people interpret it for what you want. I think it's more fun that way because then I can kinda exist behind it and it's like, a little more mysterious. I really respect actually seeing people living through their art, it is a really inspiring thing. It's real art because you're like, 'OK, this is exactly what this person's going through, this is exactly what this person is feeling.' I'm more afraid to do that now, which I don't think is a bad thing, because you can still be artistic that way. But it's definitely enviable and really cool."

Adam Levine also revealed that he does not no, nor does he feel like revealing, what his future plans are for The Voice. He is scheduled to have his first newborn child, a girl, this September with wife Behati Prinsloo. Although fans are excited and cheerful for the news, it's becoming worrisome that Maroon 5 may fall back on hiatus or break up following this year's massive North American fall tour.

For the full interview, click on the link below:
www.etonline.com/news/187555_exclusive_adam_levine_responds_to_rumors_he_leaving_the_voice_and_reveals_what_next_for_maroon_5

Watch the interview here:

4/25/2016

Mike Posner's story behind Maroon 5's 'Sugar'

Mike Posner in 2015.
Singer-songwriter Mike Posner reveals details behind "Sugar"

For those who are unfamiliar with the very talented and wise Mike Posner, the Detroit bred musician and record producer is a singer who first achieved commercial success with his debut radio single "Cooler Than Me", which was arguably the catchiest song on the radio in 2010. Posner then went on to release his full-length debut 31 Minutes to Takeoff, a brilliant and vibrant collection of R&B-inspired hip hop and pop songs, later that year, in which features heavy hitting named such as Lil Wayne, Boyz II Men, and Travis Barker. After the album's success, Posner found struggle with his then-label J/RCA Records, subsequently leaving the label overall, further struggling to put out a sophomore album. Ever since, he has dropped mixtapes and catered his amazing songwriting and production abilities to other famous names such as Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Labyrinth, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, and yes, Maroon 5.

In a tell-all interview with entertainment media brand Billboard, Mike Posner spoke about his trouble with former labels, attempting to put out a new album, and writing Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" and Maroon 5's "Sugar."

I asked RCA to let me off the label and they very graciously did, and after that I sort of stumbled on this new material, this new style. I could probably put out Sky High and Pages, but that music is no longer current to me. It's no longer true to me. It's true to who I was then, but the music I'm writing now is true to who I am now, and I wanted to make a new, third album. And hopefully this one comes out.

"Sugar" is Maroon 5 biggest hit of the last couple of years, branching off of the band's fifth studio effort V (2014), and becoming the second best-selling single of the last year. Since Maroon 5's turn to pop and dance music with their fourth effort Overexposed (2012), the L.A. group has reached out to over a dozen other producers and songwriters to help cater to their material. Posner, who happens to be a good friend of frontman Adam Levine and James Valentine's, previewed the early works of "Sugar" to them.

Adam wanted the song. He called and asked for it months before and I said no. But when [Pages, Posner's unreleased second album] wasn't going to come out and I sort of had the seedlings of this new record, I thought, "Well, this is just gonna sit on my laptop" so I gave it to [Maroon 5] and when they recorded the song Adam added his flavor to it and he wrote on it as well, lyrically and some melodic things, and he really sang it well. I'm a big fan, so I'm glad they did it.

Originally, "Sugar" began with Posner writing music for his cancelled sophomore album Pages. The song started off on the acoustic guitar between him and his friend Adam Friedman, to which later was crafted into a full studio recording with the help of Joshua Coleman (also known as Ammo) and Henry Walter (also known as Cirkut), with production, and songwriting help from Dr. Luke.



Upon giving "Sugar" up to Levine and Valentine, the two took it to the rest of the band to craft the version that we all know so well today. The biggest adjustment was made in the pre-chorus, where Posner originally wrote "Cause I need you like the sky needs blue, 1 and 3 need 2, for sure", and the bridge of the song, which remained the same for the most part except it was sung as a rap verse.

Live versions of the song began surfacing on the Internet as early as 2013, about a year and a few months before Maroon 5's version was released, and give the latest version justice before it was handed down to Levine and Co. Check out the performance below.



Now, Mike Posner is regaining radio attention with his latest hit single, "I Took A Pill In Ibiza", which is from his upcoming second studio album At Night, Alone. The new album drops May 6 on Island Records.

What do you think of Mike Posner's version of "Sugar"? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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

4/21/2016

Maroon 5 members remember Prince


Maroon 5's James Valentine and PJ Morton share their grief after Prince's death

2016 saw arguably its most devastating celebrity death of the year, so far. Prince, one of the 20th century's most defining pop musicians of all time, passed away from reasons yet to be revealed on Thursday, April 21, in Chanhassen, Minnesota in an elevator at his studio. The artist was famously known for his landmark in pop culture, most prominently in the 1980's with his influential releases 1999 (1982), Around the World In a Day (1985), Parade (1986), and Sign O' the Times (1987).

Prince was one of pop rock band Maroon 5's biggest and most impactful influences when it came to sonic entity, as seen through their discography. Maroon 5's sophomore full-length studio effort, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, was heavily inspired by the words and eclectic sounds of Prince's 80's post-disco-esque music. The LA Times, Rolling Stone, and Billboard have all respected Maroon 5 as to be playing Trivial Pursuit with Prince's music, becoming one of modern day pop's version of Prince.

Prince has inspired several thousands of modern day artists.

Today, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine and keyboardist PJ Morton shared their emotional grieving on social media in honor of the late Prince. Valentine took it to Facebook to tell his stirring and detailed story about meeting the Minnesota artist. View his entire story below.





Take a look at PJ Morton's post dedicated to the late Prince on Instagram below.



On behalf of Maroon 5, the band account tweeted about Prince's tragic death.


Watch Adam Levine perform Prince's "Purple Rain" below:

4/14/2016

Maroon 5 announce 2 more dates for world tour

Maroon 5 performing in 2016.
Maroon 5 are taking over Puerto Rico and Costa Rica this summer

Maroon 5 and Live Nation revealed today that the pop rock sensation will be touring in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

The band added to new tour dates for their current world tour. Maroon 5 will perform at Coliseo dé Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on July 15 and also at Parque Viva in Costa Rica on July 17th.

Tickets for Puerto Rico concert:
http://bitly.com/1NrnDIk

Tickets for Costa Rica concert:
http://bitly.com/1SatYtP

See the full list of tour dates for the Maroon 5 World Tour here:
www.maroon5.com/maroonvtour

4/11/2016

5 famous faces behind popular Maroon 5 songs

Mike Posner (left), Adam Levine, and Nate Ruess.
Mike Posner and Nate Ruess are some of many famous faces behind Maroon 5's hits

If you're a hardcore Maroon 5 fan, specially for the past 5 some years, you know that the L.A. pop band has grown from being everyone's favorite alternative rock and pop rock band to radio's hottest boy band-y group. Adam Levine's name has become a household name aside from Maroon 5's fame thanks to NBC's hit show The Voice and has made a name for himself in the movie and television industry (starring as Leo in American Horror Story and as David Kohl in 2014's Begin Again). But ever since Maroon 5 ventured into treacherous pop territory, they have worked with an amalgam of famous producers and songwriters in the music business to help make their greatest hit singles.

Sure, hits like the 2012 single "One More Night" and 2011's "Moves Like Jagger" were co-written by big name producers Shellback and Max Martin, but we on this list, we are talking about other popular artists whom have helped Maroon 5 catter huge hits on pop radio and so forth, such as the long forgotten 3OH!3 member Nathaniel Motte and his work on "Love Somebody" and One Republic's Ryan Tedder's work on "Lucky Strike."

Let's start the list.

Mike Posner



You may remember this name from way back in 2010 when he made a name for himself as the "Cooler Than Me" singer. Mike Posner, now more famous for being a songwriter and producer for other popular artists, contributed heavily in the creative process of Maroon 5's hit single "Sugar", the third contemporary single from the band's fifth studio effort V (2014). "Sugar" was originally written by Posner for an album that he had eventually tossed out due to his label not being open to releasing it as his own single. But it was years after Posner lent his tossed-out single "Boyfriend" to Justin Bieber in 2012 that Maroon 5 took "Sugar" from Posner and made it their own.

As far as mainstream success goes, "Sugar" went on to become one of the best-selling and most streamed songs of 2015. The hit topped the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Songs and Adult Top 40 Songs charts and peaked in the top 10 in over a dozen countries worldwide, including charting at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song's music video became one of the most controversial, most-viewed videos of 2015 reaching over 1.1 billion views on Vevo and YouTube.

Mike Posner released his breakthrough debut studio album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, in 2010, which launched the chart-topping hit "Cooler Than Me." Ever since, Posner slowly faded in behind the scenes and began writing and producing for other huge artists such as Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, and Cher Lloyd. Posner will release his long awaited sophomore studio album, At Night, Alone. this May which will feature 2 versions of his current hit single "I Took a Pill In Ibiza."

Nate Ruess



Nate Ruess is a man of alternative smarts. Originally and most famously known for being the frontman of indie afrobeat trio fun., Ruess ventured into his solo career a little over a year ago and has since lent some of his spiritual, emotional songwriting and production to other artists. For example, Maroon 5's "Leaving California", one of the most underrated tracks on the band's fifth album, V. "Leaving California" was never a single from Maroon 5's playbook, but it definitely goes down in history as one of the better songs from V.

Sia



Yes. In case you didn't know, pop music's most mysterious woman, Sia, was the biggest mastermind behind Maroon 5's critically acclaimed song "My Heart Is Open." The pop-piano ballad was produced and mixed by the world famous producer Rodney Jerkins and features No Doubt's frontwoman Gwen Stefani (who also coaches alongside Adam Levine on NBC's The Voice). Before the song received major production from Jerkins and Benny Blanco, "My Heart Is Open" was almost completely written for Sia's then-forthcoming studio album, This Is Acting (2016). Once the song was introduced to Maroon 5's James Valentine and Adam Levine, the two rewrote and reworked the song's lyrics to fit Levine's perspective. Rather than releasing it as a single from V, the band left it as the album's closer track.

Nathaniel Motte



Much like Posner, Nathaniel Motte is nowadays more famously known for working behind the scenes of other popular artists' hit singles. Motte contributed to Maroon 5's 2013 hit single "Love Somebody", from the band's fourth studio album, Overexposed (2012). "Love Somebody" was also crafted by other writers such as Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Noel Zancanella, who have each contributed heavily in Maroon 5's music aside from this single. But it was Motte who shaped the song into its original form.

Nathaniel Motte is known for being one of the two goofy members in the crunk-pop duo 3OH!3. The group made a household name of themselves back in the early 2010's with their hit singles "My First Kiss", with Ke$ha, and "Don't Trust Me." Nowadays, 3OH!3 are trying to get their momento back after their last album Omens (2013) became a flop and produced no hits. The duo's next studio album, Night Sports, is set to drop this May.

Ryan Tedder



One of the most popular songwriters known to contribute to Maroon 5's recent work is Ryan Tedder of One Republic fame. The multi-instrumentalist first provided his songwriting abilities to Maroon 5 in 2012 with their single "Love Somebody." He also contributed in "Lucky Strike", the funky dance-pop tune from Overexposed. Tedder returned as producer and songwriter on Maroon 5's fifth album V on the hit single "Maps", and the track "New Love." "Maps" and "Love Somebody" went on to become some of Maroon 5's greatest hit singles of the past 3 years.

Maroon 5 nominated at 2016 BBMAs

Maroon 5 in 2015.
Maroon 5 is up for Top Duo/Group at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

The complete list of nominees for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards were revealed on Monday (April 11) and it seems that Maroon 5 is nominated once again this year.



Maroon 5 are recognized as one of the nominees for the Top Duo/Group award. Other artists up for the category include U2, The Rolling Stones, One Direction, and twenty one pilots.

Maroon 5 has been nominated for a total 33 Billboard Music Awards throughout their career. The band was first nominated in 2005 for multiple awards including Digital Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Duo/Group of the Year, Hot 100 Artist of the Year, and Top 40 Artist of the Year, in which only one the Digital Artist of the Year award. The band has won a total of 4 BBMAs since 2005. Maroon 5's last BBMA win was for the Top 100 Artist award in 2013.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 22 at 8/7p.m. CT only on ABC!

Watch Maroon 5's video for "Sugar below:

4/08/2016

Adam Levine premieres new song, 'Go Now'

Adam Levine in the studio.
Adam Levine releases new single for upcoming film Sing Street

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has teamed up once again with the brilliant people at The Weinstein Company and created a brand new song for the company's upcoming film, Sing Street.

The new single is called "Go Now", a beautifully written pop rock ballad that flows similarly with Levine's solo work for his 2014 film Begin Again ("Lost Stars", "A Higher Place"). Recorded and produced at Conway Studios, the song was written between Levine and the co-writers for the film Sing Street.



Sing Street, directed and written by John Carney, who also directed Levine's film Begin Again, is about a 14 year old school boy who attempts to win over his love interest by casting her as the role of the leading girl in his music video. The film takes place in Dublin throughout the 1980's. The film is set to premiere on April 15 in selected theaters.

Adam Levine's new song will be part of Sing Street's soundtrack album, which drops the same day as the film's release.

Listen to "Go Now" below:

4/06/2016

Maroon 5 win Best Duo/Group of the Year at iHeartRadio Awards

Maroon 5 in 2016.
Maroon 5 take home first iHeartRadio Music Award

The 3rd annual iHeartRadio Music Awards were held on Sunday, April 3, and Maroon 5 officially won their first award at the ceremony.

Maroon 5 was up against some tough competition. Walk the Moon, Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy, and One Direction were among other nominees for the Best Duo/Group Award, however Maroon 5 ookt home the prize.

The Best Duo/Group Award nomination follows Maroon 5's first nomination back in 2014. The band was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 1st annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. Maroon 5 also performed their single "Animals", from their latest studio effort V, on the award ceremony live from the 2016 NCAA March Madness Music Festival.

The next major award ceremony in the music industry will be the 2016 Billboard Music Awards returning on Wednesday, May 17 on ABC. A list of nominations or categories have not been revealed at this time. The award ceremony is not catered by fan votes, however is similar to the Grammy Awards voting process.

Watch Maroon 5's full set at the 2016 NCAA Music Festival below: