8/29/2016

Maroon 5 to release Pokèmon Go-themed music video

Adam Levine on the set of Maroon 5's new music video for their 2016 single in Los Angeles. Photo credit to JustJared.
Adam Levine dresses as purple tortoise bug for new Maroon 5 music video

Maroon 5's sleepy fanbase has been woken up over the past week after leaked photographs of the members of the L.A. pop group were put up online of them dressed up as... Pokèmon? Okay, the aren't in any actual Pokèmon costumes, but it looks to be somewhat of a spin-off.

This could only mean one thing, right? Yup. Maroon 5 are shooting another goofy music video.

Thanks to JustJared, we have a major insight on what the next Maroon 5 music video will look like. It's not just Mr. Levine dressed up as a mysterious, goofy cartoon monster, but the entire band is dolled up in these monstrous costumes. It has been confirmed that David Dobkin returned as director for the music video and it will star actor Vince Vaughn. The music video was shot for the band's upcoming single, set to be released this fall.

Check out JustJared's leaked photo gallery of Maroon 5's new music video here:
www.justjared.com/2016/08/27/adam-levine-maroon-5-shoot-new-music-video-dressed-as-monsters



In a recent interview with HuffPost Entertainment, guitarist James Valentine confirmed that Maroon 5 began pre-production for their sixth studio effort, the follow-up to 2014's V, and will be entering the studio in late 2016.

Watch his interview in full below:

8/28/2016

Maroon 5 announced for Rock In Rio 2017

Photo: Agnews
Maroon 5 will return to the Rock In Rio world stage next year

It has been revealed that Los Angeles based pop band Maroon 5 have been confirmed as headliners at next year's seventh annual Rock In Rio music festival.

Rock In Rio will take place next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 15th to September 24th. Maroon 5 is scheduled to perform on the night of September 16th. The band has had a lengthy history with the Rock In Rio festivals including performing headlining concerts in 2011, 2012, and in 2016.

Maroon 5 is also set to release a new single and a music video in the coming months. The band is also set to begin recording new music for their upcoming sixth studio effort, the follow-up to V, come later this year following the last leg of the Maroon 5 World Tour.

For more information, click on the link below:
http://gente.ig.com.br/cultura/2016-08-28/maroon-five-festival.html

Watch Maroon 5 perform at Rock In Rio 2016 below:

8/25/2016

Maroon 5 to begin recording new album by 2017

Maroon 5 in 2015.
Maroon 5 plan to start recording new album by the end of 2016

A new song from pop rock band Maroon 5 is in the works, and according to guitarist James Valentine, the new song will be "put out in between this record and our next record, which we just put the finishing touches on."

In an exclusive Huffington Post live interview on Facebook that occurred on Tuesday, August 23, Valentine also confirmed that a new music video for the new single was filmed recently and was directed by film director David Dobkin, who directed and produced Maroon 5's music video for "Sugar", one of the biggest and best-selling singles of 2015.

"We have some more songs in various states of progress that we'll be working on at the end of this year and the beginning of next year", Valentine also states in the HuffPost interview. After being asked about what direction Maroon 5is heading into musically for the next full-length, he said "The last couple of records we have experimented with a lot more electronic, more dance-oriented sounds and we've talked about making a record that was maybe a little more organic, back to the Songs About Jane sort of approach, but we'll have to see."




James Valentine also performed alongside The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday evening. You can check that out below.

New Maroon 5 single and music video expected to drop this September. The band will record the follow-up to 2014's V come later this year and will finish tracking by mid-2017.

8/23/2016

Maroon 5 shot a music video with David Dobkin

James Valentine performing with Maroon 5 in 2016. Photo from Travis Schneider.
Guitarist James Valentine confirms Maroon 5's new music video for new single was directed by David Dobkin

After weeks and weeks of rumors circulating the fact that Maroon 5 was filming a music video for their brand new single, which has yet to be announced, the band's guitarist James Valentine has confirmed that the L.A. pop rock outfit have wrapped up a music video with director David Dobkin.

In a live Facebook video streaming Q&A session with HuffPost Entertainment, Valentine was asked about Maroon 5's music video "Sugar", which was also directed by Dobkin, and the development behind it. Soon after, he confirmed that Maroon 5 had just shot and edited a music video for their upcoming single with Dobkin as director once again.

It has not been confirmed, however, whether or not Maroon 5 shot their music video in Cuba as earlier reported from local Cuban news outlets.

David Dobkin is famously known for being the director and screenwriter for the motion picture films Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, R.I.P.D, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 

Valentine also revealed on the live Q&A stream that Maroon 5 will be performing new material and covers of other songs on their upcoming North American tour.

Watch the James Valentine's live Facebook chat below:

8/22/2016

'The Voice' coaches debut 'Dream On' live performance

The Voice coaches of season 11.
Adam, Blake, Alicia, and Miley perform "Dream On" to kick off The Voice season 11

It's explosive enough welcoming coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus to the coaching roster for NBC's The Voice season 11, but a wild performance of Aerosmith's massive hit "Dream On" is even more explosive.

The performance made its television debut on Sunday night, August 21st, after the amazing closing ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics on NBC. 

An all new season of The Voice is set to officially premiere on Monday, September 19th at 8/7p.m. CPT only on NBC!

Watch the coaches' performance of "Dream On" below:

8/15/2016

'The Voice' alum Chris Jamison to release debut EP

Chris Jamison (left) and Adam Levine on The Voice in 2014.
Team Adam alum is set to release his first EP this month

Chris Jamison, one of the top finalists from season 7 of The Voice, is finally releasing his debut EP, titled the I Am Chris Jamison EP, on August 19th.

Jamison is best known for being the young, smooth R&B crooner on Adam Levine's team on The Voice season 7 in late 2014. His best performances on the show included covers of Robin Thicke's "Lost Without U" with Levine, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk", John Mayer's "Gravity", and Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River". He advanced to the finale and placed third on the show.



Along with the announcement of his debut EP, he launched his own podcast titled the I Am Podcast.

Pre-ordering for I Am Chris Jamison EP is now available:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-am-chris-jamison-ep/id1140660315

5 songs we need to hear on Maroon 5's North American tour

Maroon 5 performing live in 2014.
Maroon 5 need to play these 5 deep cuts on their upcoming U.S. tour

As we all know, Maroon 5 is embarking on what might their biggest and most expensive tour in North America yet, this fall. To help boost ticket sales and anticipation, electropop superstar Tove Lo will be the special guest on the tour, as well as support from hip hop duo R. City and indie pop supergroup PHASES on selected dates.

The massive tour will begin at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on September 3rd and will conclude October 16th in Oakland, California at the Oracle Arena.

Maroon 5's headliners have slowly barrel rolled into greatest hits tours, as they keep pumping out No. 1 singles and chart-topping pop-perfected full-lengths. Their last tour in South American this summer consisted of 13 tracks being hit Maroon 5 singles, 1 being a cover of "Stereo Hearts" from Gym Class Heroes (which featured Adam Levine), and 1 other being a solo Adam Levine song cut from the soundtrack for 2014's film Begin Again. As rock-n-roll and eccentric their live show can be, it's time we some deep cuts and rarities on this North America tour.

Here's my short list of songs we need to hear on tour this fall.

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



This pop rock power ballad from Maroon 5's 2010 studio album, Hands All Over, was and is still a huge fan favorite among the masses. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" was released as single for contemporary radio in January 2011, however received little-to-no radio airplay. This was right before the band took a step towards dance-pop, whee five months later "Moves Like Jagger", featuring Christina Aguilera, was released to the world and made every Maroon 5 fan turn their heads in confusion.

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



Just like "Never Gonna Leave This Bed", "Won't Go Home Without You" is one of Maroon 5's most underrated singles ever. From the band's 2007 album It Won't Be Soon Before Long, the song is easily one of their best from the 12 track record. The band performed it on every tour until their 2013 world tour and was likely replaced by "Love Somebody". What's going on, Maroon 5?

3. "Shiver", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)



"Shiver" is one Maroon 5's most badass songs ever released. Although not a single, the song proved that Maroon 5 were once true rock stars in the pop realm. "Shiver" was Maroon 5's choice for opening every set with for four years straight. Proof can be found in online archives of the band's full concerts from the early 2000s and on their live album Live - Friday the 13th. Seeing "Shiver" live would be massive and would put a massive smile on my face.

2. "Secret", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)



"Secret" is a beautifully written tune from Maroon 5's debut release, Songs About Jane. When performed live, the audience becomes horny and willing to scream along to every word.

1. "The Sun", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)



"The Sun" is definitely one of Maroon 5's best songs of all time. While there are at times cries of his vocals being too heavily produced, I find that they did a perfect job of capturing it, especially live. It was more unique when Songs About Jane was first released, but it still stands out over a decade later. A more surprising aspect of the band, however, is the fact that they are not performing it live nowadays.

8/08/2016

Maroon 5 to possibly shoot music video in Cuba

Photo from MTV.
Cuban news journalists leak announcement regarding Maroon 5's new single and video

Maroon 5 fans have been eagerly waiting for the pop rock group to release a new single all summer long ever since longtime member Jesse Carmichael revealed that they just wrapped up a new song in the studio and would be putting it out this summer. Now, recently, news has struck surrounding a new Maroon 5 music video.

A now deleted article from Cibercuba published earlier this month revealed that the band were to shoot footage for a music video for their next song in Cuba. Other reports were made by music journalists in Cuba as well. Another article, posted by Cuba Holidays, states the band is possibly planning on shooting their music video for their next song on August 13th and August 14th in Cuba.

Read the statement below:

According to the Cuban news site [Cibercuba], the U.S. band is gearing up for the shooting of a videoclip in Havana with announced dates for the filming on 12th and 13th August.

The source also reveals that all members of Maroon 5 are currently in the process of obtaining their visas for travel to Cuba with all arrangements still in the works but so far they have pre-selected two locations for the video shoot; with one of them being the house of Oscar-nominated Cuban actor, Jorge Perrugoria in Jaimanitas and the other not disclosed as of yet. 
All the details known and revealed so far have been unveiled by sources close to the production team and their counterparts in Havana.

For more information, click on the link:
https://cubaholidays.co.uk/news/116527/maroon-5-to-shoot-next-music-video-in-cuba

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton channel 'Men In Black' in new 'The Voice' teaser

The Voice season 11 teaser poster.
The new The Voice season 11 teaser is an action-packed, comedic adventure

Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys aren't playing around. They've made it clear that they're here to destroy.

A new and epic teaser TV trailer for the 11th season of NBC's The Voice premiered on Monday, August 8th and shows coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton pulling up to the sight of a crashed alien UFO in uniform similar to Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in the Men In Black franchise. Out come Cyrus and Keys ready to demolish Levine and Shelton's chances at winning the 11th season of the show.

The Voice is set to premiere on Monday, September 19th at 8/7c only on NBC! A special sneak peak episode of the show will air after the closing Olympic ceremony.

Check out the new TV trailer for The Voice: