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Maroon 5 Goes Backwards For ‘Maps’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music
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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

In: Donovan, Music

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

In: Music, Patrick

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!

Check out the Top 10 videos after the jump…

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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Maroon 5 Ties Record For Longest Running No. 1 of 2012

In: Donovan, Music

I had no idea “One More Night” was a thing. Who knew? It surely hasn’t spawned nearly as many lip dubs or parodies on YouTube as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe“. But somehow, the Maroon 5 track has matched the Canadian singer’s feat as the longest running Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 of 2012 with nine weeks underneath its belt.

The Adam Levine sung single staved off a valiant effort from PSY’s “Gangnam Style” for several weeks. The K-Pop phenomenon spent seven weeks at the runner-up slot. This week it slides from No. 2 to No. 5. If “One More Night” can fend off Rihanna’s “Diamonds” for another week- which shoots up to No. 2 this week- it’ll hold the 2012 record on its own. Given 2013 is around the corner, Maroon 5 could easily earn the prestigious distinction by themselves.

Landing in the third slot is Ke$ha’s “Die Young” which rebounds from 6-3. In the fourth slot is fun’s “Some Nights” with the aforementioned “Gangnam Style” at No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 this week are Bruno Mars (“Locked Out of Heaven“, No. 6), Taylor Swift (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together“, No. 7), Ne-Yo (“Let Me Love You“, No. 8), Alex Clare (“Too Close“, No. 9) and Flo Rida (“I Cry“, No. 10). The latter is a wicked reinvention of Brenda Russell’s sultry ballad “Piano in the Dark” which peaked at No. 6 back in 1988.

Just in case you were wondering what other songs have topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2012, check out the list below. Surprisingly, it’s a short list. Reason being, the early part of the year was dominated by Gotye and fun.

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Maroon 5 Punches Out “One More Night” Music Video

In: Music, Patrick

After reading Tyrell‘s track-by-track review of Maroon 5‘s ‘Overexposed‘ album this morning, I took the time to listen to it myself (he’s away but we share iTunes on one of our computers) and loved it. I was also excited to see that coicidently, Maroon 5 released their video for “One More Night” today and we’ve got your first look at the knockout” video below.

The video, directed by Peter Berg, (Friday Night Lights, Battleship), likens a relationship to a boxing match. “You and I get so damn dysfunctional we start keeping score,” as one of the verses goes. At the beginning of the video, Levine is with his faux wife and daughter at home, but you can tell there’s a lot of “unspoken” issues going on. Shortly after, he heads out the door to go train, and then heads into the ring for his big boxing match.

In the end, Levine may have won the match, but he lost his love because when he returned home, she and the baby were gone. She had packed up all of her stuff, included a fairy tale book, and away she went. Clearly there was no fairy tale happy ending in this relationship. Check it out below!

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