Maroon 5
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Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California.While they were in high school, lead vocalist and guitarist Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bass guitarist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick formed a garage band called Kara's Flowers and released one album in 1997. After a brief period they re-formed with guitarist James Valentine, and pursued a new, more pop-oriented direction as Maroon 5. In 2002 they released their debut album Songs About Jane, which contained four hit singles: "Harder to Breathe", "This Love", "She Will Be Loved" and "Sunday Morning"; it also enjoyed major chart success, going gold, platinum, and triple platinum in many countries around the world.

In support of Songs About Jane, Maroon 5 toured extensively throughout 2003–2005 and during that period of time two live albums were released. The band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. Dusick left the band in September 2006, citing injuries sustained by constant touring, and was replaced by Matt Flynn. Maroon 5's second studio album It Won't Be Soon Before Long was released in 2007, with the singles "Makes Me Wonder", which was their first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Won't Go Home Without You" and "Wake Up Call". The band performed live in two tours between June and November 2007. During that time a compilation of previously unreleased songs, The B-Side Collection, were released.
Two more live albums and a remix album were issued in 2008. Maroon 5's third studio album Hands All Over was released in the United States on September 21, 2010. Since debuting in 2002, the band has sold over 10 million albums in the United States.
Maroon 5's biggest hit yet is "Moves like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera, selling over 8 million copies worldwide as of June 2012, therefore establishing itself among the best-selling singles of all time.
On March 26, 2012, Maroon 5 announced their fourth studio album, Overexposed. It was released on June 26, 2012.The lead single "Payphone", which features rapper Wiz Khalifa, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually rose to number two on the chart. The second single from the album, "One More Night", became the band's third and longest-running number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 - it stayed in the top spot for 9 consecutive weeks. On 26 August 2012, during their Overexposed Tour in South America, Maroon 5 performed in front of 30.000 people at Arena Anhembi, São Paulo, Brazil, which according to Levine has become their biggest paying public to an exclusive concert of the band to date.
Musical style and influences
Maroon 5 has cited Michael Jackson, The Police, Talking Heads, Aaliyah, Oasis, Shabba Ranks, and Prince as influences.Frontman Adam Levine has also cited Stevie Wonder as one of his heroes. Maroon 5's songs tend to be very guitar-heavy, often accompanied by piano or synthesizer. The theme in all of their songs is love, frequently lost love; songs like "This Love", "Makes Me Wonder", and "Misery" have a very cynical tone, often expressing dissatisfaction with a relationship, while their more heartfelt and emotional songs such as "She Will Be Loved","Never Gonna Leave This Bed" express a longing for a romantic relationship. "Makes Me Wonder" has a secondary theme in which Levine expresses his disillusionment and frustration with the state of American politics and the Iraq War.

Maroon 5's sound changes from album to album. Songs About Jane consists of songs about Levine's ex-girlfriend Jane. On It Won't Be Soon Before Long, however, the songs are less personal, and are more electric with more use of synthesizers, creating a retro feel. Hands All Over continues the band's lost love theme, along with songs about infatuation, and was re-released with the song "Moves Like Jagger", an electropop song featuring Christina Aguilera which represents a drastic change in the band's sound, with more of a dance feel to it. "It was one of those songs that was definitely a risk," Levine said. "It's a bold statement. We've never really released a song like that. But it's exciting to do something different, do something new. I'm just glad that everyone likes it."When announcing their fourth album, Overexposed, Valentine called the album "our most 'pop' record ever and we weren’t shy about really going for it."
Band members
Adam Levine – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar (1994–present)
Jesse Carmichael – keyboards, rhythm guitar (occasional), backing vocals (1994–present; on hiatus since 2012)
Mickey Madden – bass guitar (1994–present)
James Valentine – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
Matt Flynn – drums, percussion (2006–present)
Touring (or filling-in) members
PJ Morton – keyboards, backing vocals (2010–present; PJ was previously a touring-only member - now he is temporarily replacing Jesse Carmichael)
Sam Farrar – guitars, backing vocals, turntables and other special effects (2012–present; Sam is currently a touring-only member - he is also the bassist of the band Phantom Planet and a close friend of Maroon 5; Sam co-wrote and co-produced a few of the band's songs on their albums: It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over and Overexposed. On August 31, 2012 – during a show in Argentina on the Overexposed World Tour – Sam filled-in for Mickey Madden on the bass guitar for the very first time – he subsequently filled-in for Mickey on the next few shows of the tour)
Tommy King – keyboards, backing vocals (Tommy played with the band on the whole Back To School Tour in 2009)
Adrian Young (from No Doubt) – drums, percussion (Adrian filled-in for Matt Flynn for a few dates of the Back To School Tour in 2009, due to Matt having to leave Maroon 5 for a short period of time because of a "family emergency", as stated by the band on their Official Website)
Former members
Ryan Dusick – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1994–2006)
Maroon 5
Songs About Jane (2002)
It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)
Hands All Over (2010)
Overexposed (2012)
Kara's Flowers
The Fourth World (1997)
Awards and nominations
Other awards
Billboard Music Award — Digital Artist of the Year
MTV Europe Music Award — Best New Act
MTV Video Music Awards Latin America — Best Rock Artist, International
MTV Video Music Awards Latin America — Best New Artist, International
MTV Video Music Awards — Best New Artist
New Music Weekly Award — AC40 Group/Duo of the Year
Teen Choice Award — Choice Breakout Artist
World Music Award — World's Best New Group
Groovevolt Music and Fashion Award — Best Collaboration, Duo or Group for "She Will Be Loved"
NRJ Radio Awards — International Breakout Act & Best International Song for "This Love"
Billboard Music Award — Top Digital Album for "It Won't Be Soon Before Long"
American Music Awards — Favorite Pop Band/Duo/Group 
Peoples Choice Awards — Favorite Band
Gaon Chart K-pop Awards — International Song of the Year
Teen Choice Awards — Choice Break Up Song for "Payphone"
American Music Award - Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
2003-04: Songs About Jane Tour
2005: Honda Civic Tour
2007-08: It Won't Be Soon Before Long Tour
2009: Back to School Tour
2010: Palm Trees and Power Lines Tour
2010-12: Hands All Over Tour
2012-13: Overexposed Tour

Grammy Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 "'Maroon 5"' Best New Artist Won
"She Will Be Loved" Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Nominated
2006 "This Love" (Live – Friday the 13th) Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Won
2008 "Makes Me Wonde" Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Won
It Won't Be Soon Before Long Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
2009 "Won't Go Home Without You" Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Nominated
"If I Never See Your Face Again" (feat. Rihanna) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
2011 "Misery" Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Nominated
2012 "Moves Like Jagger" (with Christina Aguilera) Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated

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