On September 2, 2014, Interscope Records will release V – the new album by Maroon 5.
True to its title, V represents the fifth full-length studio effort from the Grammy Award
winning superstar band. Considering that career benchmark, Maroon 5’s latest provides
a sonic summation of the group’s journey to date – capturing the essence of the earliest
M5 hits through to their most recent successes, as well as providing a picture of its
artistic growth into the future.
Bringing it all back home, V features the return of M5’s original keyboardist Jesse
Carmichael to the fold, rejoining frontman Adam Levine, guitarist James Valentine,
bassist Mickey Madden, drummer/percussionist Matt Flynn, and keyboardist PJ Morton
after a two-year hiatus. V also builds on the momentum of the most successful period in
M5’s history, re-teaming the band with previous collaborators and featuring some
unexpected new friends, too.
Maroon 5 has always proven popular since the release of the band’s debut album –
2002’s five-times-platinum Songs About Jane, featuring classic M5 hits like “This Love”
and “She Will Be Loved” that forged its pioneering template of rock, pop and R&B. In
2011, Maroon 5 built on the momentum of two unlikely forces colliding: the massive
exposure brought by Levine’s status as a host of the smash TV series The Voice, and the
release of “Moves Like Jagger,” which returned M5 to the top 10 after a four-year break.
An international #1 single, “Moves Like Jagger” became a pop-culture phenomenon –
becoming not just Maroon 5’s biggest hit, but one of the best-selling singles of all time,
selling over 14 million copies. That triumph was followed up with yet another win,
Maroon 5’s 2012 album Overexposed, which only made the group bigger. Overexposed
unleashed a foursome of top 10 hit singles – “Payphone,” “Daylight,” “Love Somebody,”
and “One More Night” – the latter of which spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot
100, setting a record for the band.
For V, Maroon 5 has created a set of irresistible pop juggernauts raising the band’s
sound to the next level. V’s lead-off single “Maps” finds Maroon 5 taking the reggaeinfluenced
vibes the group honed on Overexposed hits like “One More Night” to new
heights, via an infectious pop-rock meditation on longing and obsession (“I was there for
you in your darkest times/I was there for you in your darkest nights”), where Levine’s
soulful ,elastic falsetto recalls none other than one of his biggest inspirations, Sting and
The Police. It also reteams the songwriting collaboration between Levine and Ryan
Tedder (Adele, Beyoncé, One Direction), Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Britney Spears) and
Ammar Malik (Gym Class Heroes, Lady Antebellum, “Moves Like Jagger”).