The group was formed in Santa Monica, California, United States, in 2002, under the name Kara’s Flowers. In 2005, the band signed with Hollywood Records, releasing their debut album, Songs About Jane. Their second studio album, V, was released in 2008. The third album, Overexposed, was released in 2011. The fourth album, Red Pill Blues, was released in 2013. The fifth album, V, was originally scheduled to be released in 2016; however, it was delayed until 2017.
The band’s music incorporates influences from several genres such as dance, hip hop, R&B, electronic, alternative rock, pop, indie rock, soul, funk, reggae, Latin, jazz, and blues. They are best known for their singles “Moves Like Jagger”, “Harder to Breathe,” “Girls Like You,” “One More Night,” “Payphone,” “Sunday Morning,” “Sweet Dreams My LA Ex,” “This Love,” “What Lovers Do,” “Love Somebody,” “Walking Away,” “Good Girls Go Bad,” “When I Needed You,” and “Daylight.”
In addition to their musical career, the members have pursued acting careers. Adam Levine has starred in the films The Longshots, The Nines, and A Walk Among the Tombstones, while Joshua Jackson has played the role of Jack McGee in the TV show NCIS: New Orleans.
The band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. As of December 2018, the band had sold over 2.5 billion streams on Spotify.
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The group formed in 1994 under the name Kara’s Flowers. They changed their name to Maroon 5 in 1996, and began recording songs for their debut album, Songs About Jane. In 1998, the group signed a deal with Atlantic Records; however, the label dropped the band shortly thereafter due to low sales of the album. After signing with Columbia Records, the group recorded their second album, Underdog. This album did well commercially, selling over 500,000 copies. By 1999, the group had begun touring nationally.
In 2000, the group released their third studio album, One Love…One Life. The album sold over one million units worldwide. Following the release of that album, the group toured internationally. In 2001, the band released another single, “This Love,” from their fourth album, Songs about James. Around this time, the group adopted their current moniker, Maroon 5. Their fifth album, Songs About Mary, was released in 2002. The following year, the group released their sixth album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart.
Maroon 5’s seventh album, She Will Be Loved, was released in 2005. The album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200
2002–2006: Songs About Jane and Dusick’s departure
Between the time that we started working on our second record, we had been touring constantly, doing some pretty intense work, and I think it really took a toll on us. We weren’t necessarily having fun anymore. So we went into the studio and recorded, because we wanted to make another record, but we didn’t want to do what we’d done before. And we thought, “Well, let’s try something different.”
We did in 2002, and it was very successful, and that gave us confidence that maybe we could do something else again. But it wasn’t exactly like we wanted to go out there and tour every single night. We just felt like we needed a break. When you’re touring constantly, you don’t really have much downtime. You’re always thinking about where you’re playing next, how you’re going to rehearse, what you’re going to eat, etc., and it’s hard to take care of yourself. So we figured that we needed a break, and we knew that we couldn’t stop working completely, so we figured we’d just start writing songs and see what happened.
I remember sitting down one day, and I wrote “. It came together