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The last time Adam Levine collaborated with one of The Voice female judges, the infectious smash “Moves Like Jagger” was born. That Christina Aguilera duet topped the Billboard Hot 100.

With Gwen Stefani joining the NBC singing competition, naturally, Levine convinced the No Doubt frontwoman to contribute to his band, Maroon 5′s forthcoming album V, due out next week.

Their collabo doesn’t sound like his X-Tina one. In fact, “My Heart Is Open,” is more reminiscent of Aguilera’s duet with A Great Big World on “Say Something.” The Sia-penned ballad features swooping cinematic strings and a simple piano melody. Give it a listen below.

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Maroon 5 Gets Animalistic With New Single

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To build buzz for the release of their upcoming fifth studio album V, in stores September 5, Maroon 5 unveiled a new promotional iTunes countdown single. “Animals” is produced by Benny Blanco and Shellback. If the track sounds familiar, you might recognize it from the new Kia Soul EV Hamster commercial.

Be sure to catch Maroon 5 play at the 2014 MTV VMAs this weekend. Believe it or not, it’ll mark the first time they’ll play at the annual event. Shocking, right? Check out the newly-released lyric video for “Animals” below.

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Maroon 5 Goes Backwards For ‘Maps’ Music Video

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Director Peter Berg takes a page from Christopher Nolan’s Memento for Maroon 5′s new music video. “Maps” follows a backwards narrative format, retracing Adam Levine’s disastrous and eventful night. It’s not til the end when we learn why Levine’s love interest is in critical condition at the hospital.

“It’s also kind of not giving up on things too. People go through a lot of things and get stepped on and step on others and we all make mistakes … It’s kind of more about not giving up on something, even though maybe you should.” – Adam Levine

If you love Maroon 5′s previous work, you’ll love “Maps.” The band doesn’t stray too far from the formula that’s worked for them previously. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix right? Once again, they’ve enlisted Ryan Tedder to create a pop radio-friendly masterpiece. It’s the lead single off V, out September 2, which finds the band uniting with Gwen Stefani along with producers Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Shellback and Sam Martin. Check out the newly-released “Maps” video below.

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It’s fascinating how a simple video concept can be the most mesmerizing sometimes. At face value, there’s not much to Maroon 5′s latest music video “Love Somebody.” It features Adam Levine getting hot and heavy with model Emily Ratajkowski. The two slowly unveil their painted bodies by touching and caressing each other. Hopefully, Levine’s real life Victoria’s Secret girlfriend doesn’t get too jealous. Things get rather steamy. The track is the fourth official single lifted from the band’s multi-platinum selling album, Overexposed.

Once again, director Rich Lee delivers another visually captivating piece. If you’re not familiar with his work, a few of my favorites include videos for Nicole Scherzinger (“Don’t Hold Your Breath”), The Black Eyed Peas (“The Time (Dirty Bit)”), Michael Buble (“Haven’t Met You Yet”) and Fergie (“Clumsy”) to name a few. Check out his latest creation below.

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2013 Billboard Music Award Nominations Announced

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The 2013 Billboard Music Awards air live on Sunday, May 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. The acts competing in all the categories have been revealed. Leading the way with a whopping 11 nominations each is a three way tie between Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5. Right on their tails is Rihanna with 10 nods. Not too far behind are Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction with nine and eight nominations respectively.

The nominations are based on Billboard’s music charts from February 27, 2012 to February 24, 2013. Winners are determined by taking into account album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. This year’s event is hosted by Tracy Morgan. Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Miguel, and Prince are among the scheduled performers announced so far. The latter will be on hand to receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award. Check out the nominations in the major categories below.

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We all have obsessions that are hard to explain. Patrick’s currently are all those Harlem Shake videos popping up everywhere. For me, my Achilles’ heel is anything Victoria’s Secret related. There’s something about watching those gorgeous Angels work their magic on the runway, beach or whatever location, that I find really fascinating. What can I say, I like pretty things.

As part of their Swim 2013 campaign, the lingerie brand filmed four stunning swim videos featuring tracks from the hottest artists in the world. The first one featured the ladies strutting their hotness to Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” VS recently released the second and third in the series with Candice Swanepoel and crew lip syncing to Maroon 5′s “Woman” and Justin Bieber’s “All Around The World.”

The fourth clip will debut on March 1. In the meantime, check out Behati Prinsloo showing off her bikini body to her boyfriend Adam Levine’s song serving as the soundtrack. Other angels featured include Erin Heatherton, Lindsay Ellingson, Barbara Palvin, Lais Ribeiro, Sara Sampaio, and Karlie Kloss.

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Billboard’s Top 10 Songs Of 2012

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It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?

Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!

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Remember back in the day when recording artists resorted to concert footage as a means to avoid filming for music videos? Now it seems, asking fans to submit home videos and compiling it for one supercut is the way to go. It’s all about user-generated content these days. That’s exactly what Maroon 5 did for their latest clip.

Daylight” is the third official single from their Overexposed album. Adam Levine and his band enlisted the prolific Jonas Akerlund to direct the clip which features home videos uploaded to Maroon 5′s “The Daylight Project“. The result is a 9-minute visual of fans giving shout-outs, discussing personal struggles and their triumphs. At times, and I don’t mean this to be disrespectful, it felt like a Dan Savage “It Gets Better” campaign.

Truth be told, I’m not sure why Akerlund was picked to direct the clip. He’s done some amazing visuals in the past. “Daylight” could’ve been put together by anyone with iMovie if you ask me. That said, there are moments that are touching in the vid and some cute moments as well. If you have nine minutes to kill, check out the video below.

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