Sunday, October 30, 2016
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Maroon 5
Maroon 5 is one of today's most successful pop groups. They have scored 11 top ten hits including Payphone in 2012. The band has become more popular since Adam Levine's participation in the TV talent show The Voice. They were in high school in Los Angeles when they formed as Kara's Flowers in 1994. The band was Adam Levine on lead vocals and guitar, Jesse Carmichael on guitar, Mickey Madden on bass and Ryan Dusick on drums. Kara's Flowers recorded an album for Reprise in 1997 but it went nowhere and the band split up. They reformed in 2000. MCA signed them to a demo deal but decided not to pick them up. But the new label Octone Records liked the demo. Octone was a joint venture of A&M and Interscope. Octone exec Ben Berkman thought Levine could be a star. But he needed to concentrate on singing. Guitarist James Valentine was brought in to free Levine up. Octone also changed the band name to Maroon 5. The album Songs About Jane was released in 2002. It was slow at first but things picked up with the hits This Love and She Will Be Loved and the album was certified 5XPlatinum. They toured constantly and this led to physical issues for Dusick. He left and was replaced by Matt Flynn. For their 2007 album It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Makes Me Wonder was their first number one hit. They were doing OK but Levine thought that Maroon 5 had maybe one album left. But that all changed when Levine joined The Voice which gave him more visibility and led to the monster hits Moves Like Jagger, Payphone and One More Night. Producer Benny Blanco brought in rapper Wiz Khalifa as a change of pace. Payphone reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. But all three of those songs made the 2012 album Overexposed Maroon 5's most successful album to date. Maroon 5 has been recording a new CD which should be out shortly. You can get all their hits on this comp. Here's the video for Payphone by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa.