1/27/2017

John Legend to advise Team Adam on 'The Voice' 12


R&B musician John Legend to advise Adam Levine's team on season 12 of The Voice

In approximately one month, reality show The Voice will return with its anticipated 12th season on NBC, after a successful and exhilarating six straight years. Earlier this week, on Friday (Jan. 27th), it was officially revealed that coach Adam Levine had appointed R&B/soul singer-songwriter John Legend as his team's key advisor for the season following the blind auditions.



On every season of The Voice, following the blind auditions, coaches will pick and choose which of their contestants go up and perform a sing-off against each other, called the Battle Rounds. Every Battle Rounds, each coach appoints a key advisor for their team to co-pilot the job of coaching. In seasons past, Levine has recruited rock star Sammy Hagar, Internet pop singer Tori Kelly, U.K. singer Ellie Goulding, Fleetwood Mac musician Stevie Wonder, among many others as team advisors.

NBC's The Voice will return with its 12th season on Monday, February 27th at 8:00/7:00p.m. CPT. It will then air every Monday and Tuesday thereafter. Who's excited?

1/18/2017

Maroon 5 to evolve on new 'R&B-influenced' album

Adam Levine photographed by L.A. Times in 2016.
Lead vocalist Adam Levine reveals to radio show that Maroon 5 is making R&B-influenced music

While on a family vacation in Mexico, Maroon 5 lead vocalist and The Voice coach Adam Levine called in to radio station 94.7 Fresh-FM to speak on The Tommy Show about the band's new path to making R&B music, how "Don't Wanna Know" came about, working with Kendrick Lamar, and much more.

Last month, in December, posts and leaked footage of Adam Levine working on a music video with rapper Future and other collaborators surfaced online. The song accompanied with the video being shot is tentatively titled "Cold", and has definitely become a controversial topic among music critics and fans alike. A snippet of the song can be heard in a leaked video posted on Instagram, in which the song sounds like it's held by a bouncy, hip-hop beat. This information has now been closer to being confirmed as Levine revealed the band is collaborating with "successful" artists to make a more R&B-inspired album.

Our highlights from the interview are posted below, but you may listen to the radio show interview with Adam Levine in its entirety as well.

On working with Kendrick Lamar on "Don't Wanna Know":

"Kendrick was kind of like the icing on the cake. He came in later on and just absolutely destroyed it. He's one of the best [...] This guy is the future, you know?"

On working with other songwriters:

"Well, I used to do it on my own and then I started getting help and I've been lucky and fortunate enough to write with some amazing songwriters. To be totally truthful, I don't like [to write as much] as I used to. My secret would probably be staying as humble as possible because you can't do it forever on your own. You know once I started to open up my mind to working with other writers, the success kind of started continuing to move forward. Look, you can't always be a 21 year old heartbroken kid. And I think that in order to write your best material, and you're gonna do it alone, you have to dig super deep in able to do it alone. It's all about timing."

On the state of Maroon 5's new album:

"[The album will come out] soonish, I think. I don't ever want to let the concept of the album die because I think that albums are really important [...] but I will say this, we do have an amazing collection of songs that we've been compiling for about six months and I think is some of our best material ever and I actually think it's going in a much more... look since I was 20, I've always wanted to make an R&B record. And I will tell you it is starting to lean more and more in that direction. So, it's gonna be, I think, our best collection of songs. As to when each of them will come out, and how, I don't know yet because we're still just recording them individually and probably gonna release a couple more before we put an album out, but I will say that I've never been more excited about the material that we have at this point."

On the current state of the album's collaborations:

"I genuinely believe the people who I am working with right now are basically the best, the only people anyone should be working with. They've succeeded to a certain degree but at the same time still are much more approved and we're all just super hungry and I think they're making the best music out there. And with what we bring to the table and what they bring to the table, it's a really special combination. We've never narrowed it down to [a small team]. We're going small this time [...] we're gonna have very minimal outside people come in and there's really a nice self-focused team."

1/17/2017

Maroon 5 score 9th No. 1 Pop Songs single with 'Don't Wanna Know'

Maroon 5 photographed in 2014.
"Don't Wanna Know" scores Maroon 5 their ninth chart-topper on the Billboard Pop Songs charts and Kendrick's second

It was reported on Tuesday (Jan. 17) that Maroon 5 have finally topped the U.S. Billboard Pop Songs chart, moving up from the No. 2 spot this week to No. 1 with their tropical Kendrick Lamar-assisted hit single, "Don't Wanna Know". The song scores the pop rock band their ninth No. 1. single on the the chart, further extending Maroon 5's national record for being the musical group with the most No. 1 singles on the tally. "Don't Wanna Know" topping the Pop Songs chart also scores Kendrick his second-ever chart-topper following his 2015 feat with Taylor Swift on the single "Bad Blood".

Maroon 5 are close to becoming the No. 1 musical act in the U.S. to have the most chart-topping Pop Songs singles. Pop sensations Rihanna and Katy Perry are currently tied for having the most chart-toppers on the tally with 11.

Billboard also reports that Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, who is returning as a coach on NBC's The Voice in February for season 12, has scored two chart-toppers as a solo artist with the musical acts R. City ("Locked Away") and Gym Class Heroes ("Stereo Hearts").

Watch Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar perform on the AMAs below:

1/06/2017

3 'Don't Wanna Know' remixes that came out this week


Remixes from Total Ape, BRAVVO, and Fareoh of Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know" dropped this week

"Don't Wanna Know", Maroon 5 infectious 2016 stand-alone hit single, has been treated nicely on the charts and radio airplay in the last few months, becoming a chart-topping single in Canada, Mexico, Denmark, and South Korea, and a top-ten single in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, among numerous other countries. A non-rap version of the song even topped the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs chart last week. Maroon 5 also recently tied a record with R&B group Boyz II Men for having the most No. 1 singles on the Radio Songs chart, having 5 singles top the chart in its history.

The tropical house single recently got three remixes from Total Ape, BRAVVO, and Fareoh and they are bangers. Check them out below. You can purchase or stream them all on Apple Music!

"Don't Wanna Know" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) [Total Ape Remix]




"Don't Wanna Know" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) [BRAVVO Remix]



"Don't Wanna Know" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) [Fareoh Remix]

1/03/2017

Maroon 5 to headline Bottlerock Music Festival in 2017


Maroon 5 will headline alongside Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, among more

The annual California music festival Bottlerock Napa Valley just announced its line-up for 2017's highly anticipated fifth annual event on Tuesday (January 3), which includes headlining performances from rock bands Foo Fighters, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and pop rock band Maroon 5.

This is Maroon 5's first and, thus far, only festival they have been announced for this year. Bottlerock Napa Valley 2017 is set to take place over the course of three days from May 26 to May 28. The festival will be held at the Napa Valley Expo in Napa, California, which attracts over 120,000 attendees on average every year. Other popular musicians and groups performing at this year's annual Bottlerock Napa Valley festival include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Roots, Gavin DeGraw, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Modest Mouse, among over 40 others.

Tickets for the event are set to go up on sale for the general public on Wednesday, January 4th at 10a.m. local time. Here is the link to view the line-up and purchase tickets.



Maroon 5 may be keeping a low profile in 2017 considering the group's only tour dates aside from Bottlerock Napa Valley consist of the ten rescheduled concerts from last year. Lead vocalist Adam Levine has his eyes set on continuing his role as a coach and mentor on NBC's show The Voice for its 12th and 13th seasons and as a father, and keyboardist PJ Morton will continue his ventures as a solo musician, touring, and recording solo material.

You can purchase tickets to see Maroon 5 live on tour below:
www.maroon5.com/maroonvtour/

Watch the music video for "Don't Wanna Know" below: