Prepare to be entertained! On Sunday, Feb 3rd, 2019, three-time Grammy award-winning band Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show. The Los Angeles-based pop stars will join the likes of Prince, The Who, U2, Paul McCartney and other legendary artists who have been tapped to perform at the prestigious event.
It comes as no surprise, as the band’s pop-funk-rock melodies have been dominating airwaves for nearly two decades. Before their big performance on Sunday, here’s everything you need to know about Maroon 5:
The Beginning: “Kara’s Flowers”
In 1994, before they were known as Maroon 5, most of the group were in a band called Kara’s Flowers. It consisted of lead vocalist Adam Levine, guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick, all of whom were high school classmates. In an interview with Rolling Stone, they described their sound as “sixties influenced guitar-pop.” Kara’s Flowers released one album, The Fourth World, before ultimately disbanding in 1998 to attend college.
Songs About Jane (2002)
In 2001, the band reformed under the name Maroon 5 and added a new member: James Valentine. Valentine would serve as the band’s new lead guitarist, while Jesse Carmichael switched from guitar to the keyboard. The new and improved Maroon 5 released their first studio album Songs About Jane in 2002 to critical acclaim and commercial success.
Songs About Jane was a departure from the band’s previous alt-rock sound with Kara’s Flowers. The music was influenced by Adam Levine’s time in New York, where he was exposed to a variety of new genres. The band cited artists such as Missy Elliott, Stevie Wonder, and Herbie Hancock as inspirations for the album. With all-time great tracks like “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved,” and “Sunday Morning,” Songs About Jane became an instant classic, and ultimately propelled Maroon 5 into superstardom.
The band won their first Grammy for “Best New Artist” in 2005. The single “This Love” won also won Grammy for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” in 2006.
It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007)
In 2006, as a result of nagging injuries that were aggravated by constant touring, drummer Ryan Dusick left Maroon 5. He was replaced by Matt Flynn, who has been the band’s drummer ever since. In 2007, Maroon 5 released their second studio album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Speaking with Billboard.com, Levine called the sophomore album, “a little more hyper and excitable; not as bluesy as the first album.”
The twelve-track EP was highlighted by the electric single “Makes Me Wonder,” which received a Grammy award in 2007 for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.” It was their second time winning a Grammy in that category. It Won’t Be Soon Before Long was an resounding success, debuting at #1 on the Billboard top 200 and breaking an iTunes record by selling over 100,000 digital copies its first week.
Hands All Over (2010-2011)
After a few years of touring and releasing various live albums, Maroon 5 released their third official studio album Hands All Over in 2010. The album was produced by the legendary John Robert “Mutt” Lange, who has previously worked with AC/DC, Def Leppard, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, and other iconic artists. Praised for its addictive pop-songs – including the single “Misery” – and high-quality production, Hands All Over marked another successful album for the band. It debuted at the #2 spot on the Billboard 200.
Hands All Over was re-released in July 2011 to include the track “Moves Like Jagger,” which features singer Christina Aguilera. The pair debuted the song on NBC’s The Voice, where Adam Levine serves as a mentor for aspiring singers.
The song, which celebrates the dance moves of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was an enormous success. It became Maroon 5’s first number one single since “Makes Me Wonder”, and has amassed over 6 million digital sales since it’s release.
In March 2012, it was revealed that keyboardist Jesse Carmichael would be taking a hiatus from the band. As a result, PJ Morton, a keyboardist who had been touring with Maroon 5 since 2010, officially joined the group. Soon after, Maroon 5 began recording their fourth studio album, Overexposed.
The album was released in June 2012 and featured numerous successful singles. That includes hit song “Payphone” (featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa), which peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 100. The album itself had a very successful debut, selling 220,000 copies in its first week.
In early 2014, Jesse Carmichael ended his hiatus and returned to the band in time to record Maroon 5’s fifth studio album, “V.” The album released in August that year and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. It received critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling the songs “precision-tuned and lustrously polished.” Billboard.com remarked that Levine’s vocals were “as earnest as they were on their 2002 debut Songs About Jane.”
“V” was highlighted by its singles “Maps,” “Animals,” and “Sugar,” as well as the dance-inducing track “Feelings.”
Red Pill Blues (2017)
Maroon 5’s released their 6th studio album, Red Pill Blues, in late 2017 via 222/ Interscope. The debut single off the album, “What Lovers Do,” [feat. SZA] introduced the band’s latest body of work with a proverbial bang; accumulating over 651 million Spotify streams and 333 million YouTube/VEVO views.
The follow up single was the highly anticipated track “Wait,” which quickly climbed up the Top 40 radio chart and amassed over 114 million YouTube/VEVO views in the music video starring Alexandra Daddario.
“Girls Like You” ft. Cardi B, Maroon 5’s newest hit, has quickly risen to the top of the charts. The single hit #1 at Top 40, #1 at Adult Pop, #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks and reached #1 on iTunes and Spotify, all while accumulating over 538 million Spotify streams and over 1.4 billion YouTube/ VEVO views. The video was notably the most watched video on VEVO globally in 2018.
Currently, Maroon 5 are embarking on a worldwide tour for Red Pill Blues. On February 3rd, they will take a detour to Atlanta, GA to perform at the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show. They are expected to play a mixture of their classic and new tracks, so make sure to tune in and watch what promises to be a historic performance. You can keep up with Maroon 5 by following the band on Insta and twitter.
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