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Maroon 5 is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. While they were in high school, vocalist and rhythm guitarist Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bass guitarist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick formed a garage band called Kara’s Flowers in 1995 and released one album in 1997. They reformed, with guitarist James Valentine, in 2001 and pursued a new direction as Maroon 5.
The following year 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, during which 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”, “Won’t Go Home Without You” and “Wake Up Call”. The band performed live in two tours between June and November 2007, during which time a compilation of previously unreleased songs, The B-Side Collection, was 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 U.S. on September 21, 2010. Since debuting in 2002, the band has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and nearly 15 million worldwide.
After recording for most of 2006, in May 2007, Maroon 5’s second album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, was released worldwide by A&M/Octone Records. According to Levine, the follow-up to Songs About Jane is “sexier and stronger”,gaining inspiration from iconic 80s artists such as Prince, Shabba Ranks, Michael Jackson and Talking Heads. Before its release, “Makes Me Wonder” was the #1 selling single and video on iTunes. It was also the #1 selling album, with more than 50,000 digital pre-sales. After its release, the album broke iTunes sales records its week of release, selling over 101,000 albums.
The first single, “Makes Me Wonder,” was released to radio March 27, 2007. The making of the music video was previewed on MTV’s Total Request Live, and premiered on the show March 29.
The song debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100, the lowest debuting single of the group’s five chart entries. In the first week of May, the single skyrocketed from a lowly position of #64 to #1, the biggest jump in Billboard history at the time. “Makes Me Wonder” has also achieved #1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs, Pop 100, and Hot Dance Club Play charts.
To support the album, the band performed on a “six-date club tour” in which they visited small venues in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami, and New York City in early June 2007. They followed with a concert that streamed live via MSN Music in mid-June.On July 10, they opened for The Police, in Miami,and followed with an acoustic performance at the Miami club, Studio A, the next day.
Their 2007 It Won’t Be Soon Before Long world tour began September 29 in Detroit and concluded November 10 in Las Vegas. The Hives, as the tour’s special guest, performed on all of the dates while Sara Bareilles, Kevin Michael, and Phantom Planet each performed in a portion of the tour.
They toured with Dashboard Confessional in their world tour and on March 28, 2008, they began touring with OneRepublic, Brandi Carlile, and Ry Cuming. They have also performed “Makes Me Wonder” on season 6 of American Idol and “If I Never See Your Face Again” on season 7 of American Idol.
The re-release of the album featured a new duet version of “If I Never See Your Face Again” with Rihanna; the new version of the song also appeared on the re-release of Rihanna’s album Good Girl Gone Bad. They also released as the album’s 5th single “Goodnight Goodnight”, which appeared in the opening of “CSI:NY” episode Page Turner.”