Maroon 5 (American pop rock band)

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Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1994 as Kara's Flowers (while its members were still in high school) and originally consisted of: Adam Levine (lead vocals, guitar), Jesse Carmichael (guitar, backing vocals), Mickey Madden (bass guitar) and Ryan Dusick (drums). Kara's Flowers signed to Reprise Records and released an album, The Fourth World, in 1997. After a tepid response to the album, the band parted ways with the record label and the members attended college. Dusick and Madden stayed local at UCLA, while Levine and Carmichael relocated to the east coast to attend Five Towns College. While Levine and Carmichael were in New York, they began to take notice of the urban music surrounding them and later let the style influence the songs they wrote. In 2001, the band regrouped, with guitarist James Valentine added to the line-up, and pursued a new direction under the name: Maroon 5. At this point, Jesse Carmichael switched to playing the keyboards and this has become his main instrument in the band (although he also plays rhythm guitar to this day). After these changes, Maroon 5 signed with Octone Records and released their debut album, Songs About Jane, in June 2002. The album's lead single "Harder to Breathe", received heavy airplay, which helped the album to debut at number six on the Billboard 200 chart. The band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. For the next few years, the band toured extensively worldwide in support of Songs About Jane and produced two live recordings: 2004's 1.22.03.Acoustic and 2005's Live – Friday the 13th. In 2006, Ryan Dusick (who also sang backing vocals during his time in Maroon 5) officially left the band after suffering from serious wrist and shoulder injuries (sustained as a result of constant touring) and was replaced by Matt Flynn. The band recorded their second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long and released it in May 2007. The album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and the lead single, "Makes Me Wonder", became the band's first number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2014, the band signed with Interscope Records and released their fifth studio album, V, in September of that year, with the very-first line-up of six official members, as keyboardist and backing vocalist PJ Morton (who had been touring with the band since 2010) became an official member in 2012.

Since its debut in 2002, the band has sold more than 10 million albums in the United States and over 100 million singles and 27 million albums worldwide.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Songs About Jane Maroon 5 4 17
2007 It Won't Be Soon Before Long Maroon 5 4 14
2010 Hands All Over Maroon 5 4 28
2012 Overexposed Maroon 5 5 14
2014 V Maroon 5 11

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 1.22.03.Acoustic Maroon 5 5 2
2005 Live: Friday the 13th Maroon 5 5 1
2008 iTunes Live From SoHo Maroon 5 5 1
2008 Live From Le Cabaret: In Montreal, Quebec Maroon 5 5 1
2011 iTunes Session Maroon 5 5 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Call and Response: The Remix Album Maroon 5 5 3

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Sunday Morning Maroon 5 5 2
2004 This Love Maroon 5 5 2
2004 She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 5 3
2004 Harder to Breathe Maroon 5 5 1
2005 Must Get Out Maroon 5 5 1
2007 Makes Me Wonder Maroon 5 5 6
2007 Wake Up Call Maroon 5 5 2
2007 Won't Go Home Without You Maroon 5 5 5
2007 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Maroon 5 5 1
2008 If I Never See Your Face Again Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna 5 3
2009 The Way You Look Tonight Maroon 5 5 1
2010 Misery Maroon 5 5 7
2010 Give a Little More Maroon 5 5 3
2011 Never Gonna Leave This Bed Maroon 5 5 2
2011 Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera 5 5
2012 Payphone Maroon 5 3 2
2012 One More Night Maroon 5 1
2012 Holiday Gift Maroon 5 1
2014 Maps Maroon 5 1
2014 Animals Maroon 5 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 The B-Sides Collection Maroon 5 5 2
2012 One More Night (Remixes) Maroon 5 1
2012 Payphone Maroon 5 1
A Few Songs About Jane Maroon 5 5 1
The Limited Set EP Maroon 5 5 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Down the Alley Maroon 5 5 1
My Blue Ocean Maroon 5 5 1

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