Maroon 5 first struck it big in 2004 with album ‘Songs About Jane’, which went six times platinum here in the UK and spawned four hit singles: the blockbusting ‘This Love’ and ‘She Will Be Loved’ as well as ‘Harder to Breathe’ and ‘Sunday Morning’. Its success cemented their status as a world-class rock band and led to a 2005 Grammy Award win for Best New Artist.
In May 2007, Maroon 5 released ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, selling nearly half a million copies in its first week of release. The Grammy-nominated album featured several hits, including ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’ and ‘Makes Me Wonder’, which earned Maroon 5 their third Grammy, once again for Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals. In 2009, they released ‘Call & Response: The Remix Album’, an 18-track mixtape that featured Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, Swizz Beatz, Paul Oakenfold, and many others, putting a new twist on the band’s biggest hits.
Maroon 5 also collaborated with Rihanna on a Grammy-nominated new version of ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’, which appeared on the re-release of the Barbados-born pop star’s 2007 album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’. Levine has also collaborated with Ying Yang Twins, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, Gym Class Heroes and K’naan.
Along the way, Maroon 5 toured the world, including a sold-out headline tour of the U.S., during which they partnered with environmental action organisation Reverb to reduce their carbon footprint. Known for their commitment to the environment, Maroon 5 also became members of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and were honoured at the 2006 Environmental Media Awards. They have pledged both time and energy towards Global Cool, an initiative launched to fight global warming by motivating a billion people worldwide to reduce their personal energy use.
“Every record should be like our first, that’s the way we think about it,” Levine says. “We don’t ever want to rest on our laurels or get too cozy. We always want to keep aspiring to do our best — and ‘Hand All Over’ captures that.”
The band recently launched a Snapple flavour named ‘Tea Will Be Loved’, in support of Feeding America and performed ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and ‘Stereo Hearts’ – a Gym Class Heroes song featuring Levine’s vocals - with Travie McCoy on Saturday Night Live in November. They also performed ‘Moves Like Jagger’ with Christina Aguilera and Gym Class Heroes at the American Music Awards that same month. The Group also won their first AMA for Favourite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group.
Maroon 5 are in the running for Best International Group at the 2012 BRIT Awards, following on from their trio of 2005 nominations; International Breakthrough Act, International Album and International Group.