4/19/2017

Big Boi, Adam Levine to premiere new single

Big Boi (left) and Adam Levine.

Big Boi will drop his new song with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine on Thursday


After Adam Levine began teasing his followers on social media about a possible collaboration with rapper Big Boi, by posting goofy photoshopped movie posters with Levine and Big Boi's faces on them, it has been confirmed that a new joint single will be released.

Big Boi has announced the names of two brand new singles, one of which that features a hook from the Maroon 5 frontman and is titled "Mic Jack". The other is titled "Kill Jill", which features Jeezy and Killer Mike. "Mic Jack" is set to premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show on Apple Music exclusively tomorrow, Thursday, April 20th.

This will be Levine's first song as a featured artist since his 2015 joint-hit with the hip hop duo R. City, "Locked Away", topped charts and dominated the airwaves worldwide. 

The new Big Boi and Adam Levine single will premiere at 12:30p Eastern Time US on Zane Lowe's Beat 1 Radio show on Apple Music, Thursday, Apr. 20. You can stream the show here. Otherwise, "Mic Jack" will be available to stream itself and download for purchase at midnight local time Thursday night.

For now, enjoy Big Boi's 2014 remix of Maroon 5's single "Animals".



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4/18/2017

What are Adam Levine and Big Boi up to?

Adam Levine and Big Boi seem to be having some fun with photoshop


If you follow Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine at all on social media, than you would know that on Tuesday, he had some fun uploading some hilarious movie posters with his face and rapper Big Boi's face photoshopped on other actors' heads.

For those who are unaware of who Big Boi is, he is one half of the multi-platinum hip hop duo OutKast. Big Boi has remixed one of Maroon 5's biggest hits, "Animals", in the past.

One photo Adam posted depicts his and Big Boi's heads photoshopped on the popular 1980s crime-drama TV show Miami Vice's poster.


Another shows Adam and Big Boi posing on the movie poster cover for the 1992 buddy cop action-comedy Lethal Weapon 3.


A third photo shows a badass lookin' Adam and Big Boi on the cover of the 2003 action-comedy film Bad Boys II.

What could these all mean, exactly? Could Big Boi be on the next Maroon 5 single? Maybe it's something completely unrelated, like Big Boi and Adam Levine are part of some upcoming comedy mini-series? Or maybe they're just having some fun (and love teasing everybody)!

On a similar note, Maroon 5 and Adam Levine have been uploading suspicious photos of celebrities flipping the bird to cameras over the course of the past month on their social media. This could be a node to what the band's next album or single might be titled. But nothing has been confirmed.


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4/17/2017

Maroon 5's new album will sound 'electropop, super hyped'

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James Valentine gives specific insight with Lincoln Journal Star on what Maroon 5's 6th LP will sound like


The highly anticipated sixth full-length effort from Los Angeles based pop band Maroon 5 is underway, and is currently being produced as we have seen on some of the members' social media. One of the group's founding members Jesse Carmichael has shared some posts depicting himself, as well as other band mates James Valentine and Adam Levine, in the same studio playing around with instruments and making music. At the moment, however, it seems as though keyboardist PJ Morton, drummer Matt Flynn, and bass guitarist Mickey Madden have been preoccupied, not making appearances in the studio quite yet. Though it was confirmed that the band is recording with hitmaker and producer Ricky Reed, famously of the recording project Wallpaper, who have worked with artists such as Meghan Trainor ("No", "Thank You") and twenty one pilots ("Ride", "Lane Boy").

But what do Ricky Reed, Meghan Trainor, and twenty one pilots all have in common? Upbeat, techy-super hyped electropop music, which is near exactly what Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told Lincoln Journal Star what the next LP will sound like.

After being asked if the new Maroon 5 album will be in the same vein as the band's 2014 No. 1 hit album, V, Valentine responded with "yes, it's in the electropop, super hyped sort of category." Valentine was giving an interview about his visit back to his hometown, Lincoln, Nebraska, and his time playing with the town's Lincoln Jazz Orchestra. "I don’t get the opportunity to do this stuff very often," James told writer L. Kent Wolgamott. "This is originally what I wanted to do. It’s such a cool organization that’s been around since I was a kid. It was really important to my development as a musician. ... During those days, I thought I’d be a jazz musician. Things went in a different way."

Maroon 5's next album does not have a specific release date at the moment. The band is currently being supported by their current top-forty radio single "Cold", featuring rapper Future, which was released in February. The band's frontman Adam Levine told Ellen Degeneres on her talk show, back in February, that the album would come out in "like, in a few months". It's very possible we might be getting another summer release, similar to the band's past two albums Overexposed (June 2012) and V (September 2014).



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4/08/2017

Adam Levine to host celebrity golf show

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The Maroon 5 frontman will host his own online celebrity golf show next year


According to TMZ, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be hosting his very own online celebrity golf show, tentatively titled Teeing Off With Adam Levine.

Levine recently signed a contract with TopGolf Entertainment to begin work on the new show. Production for the golf-themed show is set to take place in the coming months and will more than likely launch in early 2018. The show will feature "Levine hitting balls with some of his famous pals." 

It is no secret golf is one of Adam Levine's favorite sports of all time. He was featured on the famous golf television series The Haney Project where Levine went on and golfed, spokeabout his passion for the sport, and revealed that he wants to be "the Johnny Cash of golf" one day. He's also posted numerous videos and photos of himself playing golf on his social media, most popularly on Instagram. And when he's not showing off his golf skills, he's showing off his basketball skills.

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In other recent news, Adam Levine will be starring in the upcoming American comedy film, The Clapper, which was directed by Dito Montiel (yes, the guy who directed the new Shia Labeouf movie that sold $8 in first-week box office sales). The movie is set to have its big premiere in April at this year's annual Tribeca Film Festival and will more than likely hit theaters in late 2017. Alongside Levine, the film will also star Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Peters, and the late Alan Thicke.

4/06/2017

10 Kara's Flowers songs you need to hear

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These early Kara's Flowers songs that pre-date 1999 are most worthy of hearing

Before becoming one of today's hottest, best-selling, greatest pop bands in modern music, three-fourths of Maroon 5 as we know today were making grunge-inspired power pop songs whether if it was with world renowned rock producer Rob Cavallo or by themselves in their parents' homes in Los Angeles. Maroon 5 ideally began in 2001 with the creation of Songs About Jane coming out the following year to critical success and producing the hits "This Love" and "She Will Be Love" thereafter. The band toured endlessly for four years before further extending their ever-succeeding career. Prior to 2001 though, Maroon 5 were not so famously known for being Kara's Flowers, a four piece rock band consisting of a young Adam Levine, Michael Madden, Jesse Carmichael, and Ryan Dusick. Bass guitarist Mickey Madden and lead vocalist Adam Levine have both for the most part kept their stances in the band overtime while Ryan Dusick stayed in Maroon 5 for one album cycle until his departure in 2006 and Carmichael transferred from being the group's lead guitarist, to keyboardist in Maroon 5 and later becoming backing guitarist on tour. Kara's Flowers debuted in 1994 with their independent grunge-fringed full-length ...We Like Digging?, which to this day the band has almost entirely erased out of their heads. In 1997, the band continued creating music, this time taking on sounds similar to that of Weezer and Soundgarden, and releasing their commercial debut The Fourth World, on Reprise Records. It wasn't soon, however until the album was met with poor reception which ultimately lead to the band's fallout with Reprise and eventual break up. The group plunged forward with a last-chance staggering full-length, the aptly titled Stagg Street Recordings, which consists of songs that were never officially released due to their fallout with their label. 

To celebrate the very early years of Maroon 5, here are 10 of the most bizarre, wicked, and amazing Kara's Flowers songs that you need to hear today.

"Not Falling Apart", from the album Stagg Street Recordings (1999)

Kara's Flowers took on the sounds of Hawaiian-inspired reggae and beach music with this familiarly titled track, "Not Falling Apart". The song is part of the unofficially released compilation album Stagg Street Recordings, which as noted above, was composed during a rough time between label swaps as an independent band. The band would later borrow the title of this short tune and use it for a song on Maroon 5's No. 1 second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007). Don't be confused or shocked when you realize the two do not sound alike whatsoever.



"Locked Up", from the playlist The Transition Era (2000)

Sooo, yeah, this is that song. Whether you know it as "Locked Up" or as "Pleasure Fucker", this particular song is definitely a stand-out when it comes to the pre-Maroon 5 era due to its vulgar lyricism. Apparently this song was part of an online playlist released by a party close to Kara's Flowers titled The Transition Era, which consists of a bunch of songs that would later become Maroon 5 b-sides or international releases, such as the song "My Heart Won't Be Your Ragdoll Anymore", later released as "Ragdoll" from Songs About Jane, "Chilly Winter" which was officially released in 2012 on the Songs About Jane 10 Year Anniversary Edition CD, among others. "Locked Up", however, never received an official release yet was leaked on the web in early-to-mid 2007 around the time It Won't Be Soon Before Long hit the shelves.



"Myself", from the album The Fourth World (1997)

One of the greats from Kara's Flowers commercial debut album, The Fourth World, "Myself" is masterful, memorable, and wonky as all hell. The song's verses are slow and starched until you hit the chorus which is almost a completely different song that explodes energetically. The song also has some mad bass parts as well as some amazing guitar riffs and an amazing solo from Levine during the bridge of the track.



"Simple Kind of Lovely", form the album Stagg Street Recordings

Another cut from the Stagg Street Recordings, Kara's Flowers offered this beautiful jam "Simple Kind of Lovely". The song was released internationally on a special edition of Maroon 5's Songs About Jane, however was recorded while the band was still in its Kara's Flowers stage. This song delivers some great storytelling and makes you feel some sort of nostalgia.



"Buddy Two Shoes Wilson", from the album The Fourth World B-Sides (1997)

Not long after Kara's Flowers' debut album The Fourth World was delivered with not-so-good reception, the group released a compilation of b-sides from the recording sessions for the album. One of those songs was the bonus track "Buddy Two Shoes Wilson", which is an odd one to say the least. But, I love it for its diversity and how the song goes from sounding like a 1950s bouncy rock and roll song to a full-fledged power pop rock out jam.



"The Never Saga", from the album The Fourth World (1997)

Sounding like something straight out of a 1990s sitcom, "The Never Saga" is a power pop sensation that bursts with explosive guitars and drums and never settles down. The song features an impressive orchestra as well, which was composed by the wonderful David Campbell.



"Stable", from the album ...We Like Digging? (1994)

They were just kids. Kids who loved Nirvana. "Stable" is one of the most insane and weird things to come out of the Kara's Flowers-era, specially because of Levine's gritty vocals and Carmichael's intense chugging. We Like Digging? is composed with all kinds of strange, featuring grimy vocals and sludgy bass riffs.



"The Fog", from the album Stagg Street Recordings (1999)

Once upon a time, the lead singer of Kara's Flowers was the producer's assistant for the television show Judging Amy. That lead singer got the show's producers to feature a Kara's Flowers track on an episode and that song was "The Fog". Good songwriting is heard here as Levine tells a bluesy tale of losing his mind over boredom and the chaos of being a teen.



"The Kid with the Velvet Eyes", from the album Stagg Street Recordings (1999)

"The Kid With Velvet Eyes" was Kara's Flowers' take on making a straight up psychedelic rock song, and it turned out awesome. Very bluesy and calm, the song takes you through a five-minute ride that will remind you of Pink Floyd's early material.



"Loving the Small Time", from the album The Fourth World (1997)

A pop punk version of Maroon 5? Hell yes! "Loving the Small Time" is arguably Kara's Flowers' most pop punk and fast-paced tune in their entire discography.



What's your favorite Kara's Flowers song? Let us know!

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4/02/2017

8 albums to listen to if you love 'Songs About Jane'


Songs About Jane proves to be one of the best R&B-rock crossover albums of the 2000s

When you ask a Maroon 5 fan what their favorite Maroon 5 song is, their response will most likely be "Sunday Morning" or "She Will Be Loved". What do those two songs have in common? They're both from the band's debut album Songs About Jane, an album that solidified the band's career and did so by the eclectic mixture of genres, such as the brilliant blue-eyed soul on the songs "Sunday Morning", "Secret", and "She Will Be Loved", the hard-funk elements on "Harder to Breathe" and "Through With You", and the pop standouts "This Love" and "Sweetest Goodbye". The albums is arguably a one-of-a-kind and there were not a lot of albums like it in the last 20 years. However, there have been at least a few albums that are up Songs About Jane's alley and are (almost) as pleasing.

Somedays you just want to jam out to Maroon 5's incredible early work and not have to listen to the more dance-poppy stuff from the last few records, and listening to Songs About Jane over again and again isn't helping your satisfaction as their is only so much material. So, here is a list of amazing SAJ-esque albums that you will for sure enjoy.

Something to Be, Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas stepped outside his comfort zone writing for himself after taking a break from his alt rock band Matchbox Twenty when he recorded his debut solo effort Something to Be, which was released in 2005 to positive acclaim. It was a No. 1 albums for a week on the Billboard charts and contains the pop rock anthems "Lonely No More" and "Ever the Same". The album's opening track, "This Is How a Heart Breaks" echoes the same funk-rock tones heard in Songs About Jane's opening track "Harder to Breathe", with aggressive lyrics and awesome riffage. "Ever the Same" sparks similarities to "The Sun" and "Must Get Out" and Thomas' "Streetcorner Symphony" is the sister-track to Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning", without a doubt.

Best track: "Streetcorner Symphony"



Waiting for My Rocket to Come, Jason Mraz

A more sonically-freeing album than Songs About Jane, Jason Mraz's debut effort Waiting for My Rocket to Come is definitely one of the best pop rock jams of the 2000s. The album was released literally months after SAJ and both were critically acclaimed for similar reasons. Mraz's hit "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" attests to Maroon 5's hit "This Love" and its extreme bright-spirited and feel-good funkiness. The album's fifth track "Curbside Prophet" reflects similar sounds as heard in "The Sun", with the step-by-step, head bobbing lyrical rhythm. If you like fast-spoken lyrics and acoustic guitars along with your daily cup of Songs About Jane, then you'd love this record.

Best track: "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)"



Dreaming Out Loud, OneRepublic

Although different in a certain nature, OneRepublic's 2007 debut album Dreaming Out Loud has very similar vocal styles from lead vocalist Ryan Tedder and guitar licks as Songs About Jane. Both albums were very much inspired by the 90s works of Timbaland and other R&B-hip hop anthems from that decade. The disco-like guitars in "Say (All I Need)" will meet your expectations, further exceeding them, with its similar "This Love" guitar work. "Stop and Stare" attests more towards Maroon 5's 2007 era, however still has Songs About Jane moments. Tedder would later go on to work with Maroon 5 on their recent albums and create the hits "Love Somebody" and "Maps" in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Best track: "Say (All I Need)"



Chariot, Gavin DeGraw

Another stand-out pop rock album from the early 2000s is Gavin DeGraw's debut Chariot, which hit shelves in July 2004 with praise. You cannot deny that Gavin and Adam Levine's vocals are similar in nature and both are very pleasing to the ear. Their story telling are also almost indistinguishable at times. Chariot has more piano-pop breakout moments similar to some cuts off of Songs About Jane. Gavin's debut hit "I Don't Wanna Be" easily demonstrates equivalent elements of unabashed funk rock heard in "This Love" and even "Tangled".

Best track: "Chariot"



For Me, It's You, Train

For Me, It's You is possibly Train's most alternative-driven albums, taking less of a roots rock approach and more of a funk-esque pop rock sound. The band also took on a more singer-songwriter approach and draws similarities to Songs About Jane's "She Will Be Loved" and "Secret".

Best track: "Cab"



The Script, The Script

Perhaps one of the most similar-sounding albums on the list, the 2008 self-titled debut album from Irish pop rock outfit The Script draws comparisons to Songs About Jane in more ways than one. First off, the album's flow is similar, starting with agressive tracks such as "Before the Worst" and "Talk You Down", and leading up to the fourth track which is more vulnerably-composed, "The Man That Can't Be Moved". The albums concludes with a cheeky-titled "If You See Kay" and a dreamy-acoustic guitar ballad titled "I'm Yours", similar to "Not Coming Home" and "Sweetest Goodbye", respectively.

Best track: "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"



How to Save a Life, The Fray

How to Save a Life was monumental for its time. The Fray definitely brought something incredible to the table with their big-shot debut and brought a similar alt rock value that Songs About Jane did. "Look After You" is a dreamy-pop rock power ballad that is an infectious earworm just as much as it is a lyrical beauty, akin to Maroon 5's "Must Get Out".

Best track: "Look After You"



Andy Grammer, Andy Grammer

A blue-eyed soul rollercoaster, Andy Grammer by Andy Grammer is a bop. Matt Wallace, who co-produced Songs About Jane, produced the entire album and helped bring back that familiar poppy rock sound we miss in SAJ.

Best track: "Fine By Me", "You Should Know Better"



What other albums do you love that are similar to Maroon 5' Songs About Jane? Share with us!

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Maroon 5 officially recording brand new album

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Maroon 5 are recording their V follow-up with super-cool producer Ricky Reed

It is official. After a year of teasing and dancing around the subject, Maroon 5 have confirmed that they are in the studio recording their upcoming sixth LP, the follow-up to their successful No. 1 album V, in Los Angeles.

Not only are Maroon 5 recording new material but they brought along producer Ricky Reed to handle co-songwriting and production. Reed is mostly famous for producing under the alias Wallpaper, whom he works with a group of other songwriters in the pop music industry. Reed has produced records with Robin Thicke, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Phantogram, R. City (hey, we know those guys), and twenty one pilots, just to name a select few.

Maroon 5 are currently stationed at Conway Recording Studios in downtown Hollywood, Los Angeles, where they have spent a lot of time recording their past two studio efforts, Overexposed (2012) and V (2014). Their latest hit single, "Cold", featuring rapper Future, and their 2016 top-ten hit "Don't Wanna Know", featuring Kendrick Lamar, are planned to make landings on the sixth album's track listing, however that has not been confirmed.



In an interview with Apple Music last year, Levine said about the band's upcoming album, "We have a bunch of great songs and I think this is the best collection of songs [Maroon 5] has done. We're really just so pumped about the quality of what we're doing. It'll be a little different, I think there's a slightly darker side. You'll just have to hear it to just understand what I mean."



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