Immediately, I was turned off by the title. It’s blatantly clear, Adam Levine and company are chasing the ‘Song of the Summer’ crown for 2015. Calvin Harris pretty much did the same thing last year when he released the aptly-titled, “Summer.”
Despite this, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” instantly hooked me. The chorus is undeniably catchy. I couldn’t erase the earworm from memory after just one listen. Damn you, Maroon 5!!! Levine just owns it and his vocals have never sounded better. It’s the lead single of the band’s upcoming re-issue of their album, V.
Gotta hand it to Maroon 5. They haven’t had a misstep in years. Since 2011’s “Moves Like Jagger,” nothing they’ve released hasn’t managed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. That’s an impressive eight hit single streak. Guaranteed, their latest will continue that trend and will be inescapable this Summer. This one’s got bonafide smash written all over it. Give it a listen below.
It’s clear that Adam Levine or someone in Maroon 5 loves hip-hop. During their current V era, the band has enlisted rappers J. Cole and Big Sean to add some urban swagger on “Animals” and “Maps” respectively. They’ve done it once again for their latest single.
This time around though, some female power was enlisted for the official remix of “Sugar.” Nicki Minaj delivers some rhymes about her favorite candy and fashion designers on the new version which features an updated and bouncier beat.
I like Minaj, but her presence isn’t necessary. The catchy track is fine on its own. Give the remix a listen below and weigh in afterward.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.