U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year. These crashes cause a half-million injuries and take 6,000 lives annually. To help raise the visibility of this critical issue, Nissan has partnered with NBC Universal and Adam Levine to promote “Red Thumb Day” – inspired by “Red Thumb Reminder,” a program created by Steve Babcock of EVB advertising. Marking your thumb serves as an important reminder to not text and drive.
Levine, Maroon 5 front man and coach on NBC’s Emmy Award®-winning singing competition, “The Voice,” has also joined in to help raise awareness for the issue. On Dec. 15, during “The Voice” broadcast, Levine will declare the following 24 hours “Red Thumb Day,” urging drivers to put their phones down when behind the wheel, not just on that day, but every day.
“The statistics are alarming. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, a quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “Together with Adam Levine, Nissan encourages drivers to put the phone down and get where they are going safely. A ‘Red Thumb Reminder’ may seem insignificant. However, every time you see it, it reminds you to not text and drive.”
Nissan is encouraging drivers to join the Red Thumb movement by sharing photos tagged #RedThumb via their favorite social media channels. #RedThumb posts will be featured on a microsite, along with a special message from Levine supporting the cause.
Red Thumb Reminder bands will be available at local Nissan dealerships, and distributed to the in-studio audience at “The Voice” taping on Dec. 16.
For more information on Red Thumb and to find out where to pick up a Red Thumb Band, visit www.redthumb.org.
When rocker Adam Levine launched his Kmart womenswear line this spring, he said that he was able to “create pieces I would like to see a woman wear” (um, makes sense to us!). Now that he’s adding outerwear and shoes for men and intimate apparel and more accessories for women, he’s changed his tune just a tad.
“Basically, the person who sets the trend is the one who wears what no one would be caught dead wearing,”
Levine tells WWD. He goes as far as to say that trendsetters are “the girl or guy who is wearing the thing that people think is really ugly that is what people will be wearing a year from now.” But even though his looks are forward-thinking (and maybe ugly to some?), he explains that he thinks what’s cool tends to have been cool in the past. “Usually, it’s something that was popular 10 or 20 years ago,” he says. “The cultural feedback loop is constantly bringing things back. It really has to do with who is the least afraid to bring it there.”
The singer truly seems prepared to revive some questionable (albeit memorable) moments from way back when.
“There was a time when it was [practically] illegal to wear trucker hats. Now for some reason, I feel that the ban has been lifted,”
he says. “There are things from the ’90s that are starting to become popular again, like oversize T-shirts. It just happens. Hawaiian shirts used to be [like] ‘Oh, my uncle wears Tommy Bahama and now they fit well, they’re pretty cool’ and you’ve got guys like Marc Jacobs making them.”
Whether or not you’re on board with Hawaiian shirts or trucker hats, we’re pretty sure Levine’s Victoria’s Secret model wife Behati Prinsloo would look fabulous in either one, should Levine choose to take the plunge in his new line. In fact, she wore one of the offending caps with Levine back in 2012, so she’s ahead of the curve!
Adam Levine revealed his women’s range for Kmart was inspired by his model wife Behati Prinsloo’s ”effortless and unique” style.
The Maroon 5 frontman – who is married to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo – released his fashion collection for US supermarket Kmart earlier this year and admitted his stunning wife’s style had quite on impact on his women’s range.
He told WWD:
”[She’s] doing an amazing job putting her taste [into the women’s line] which I love. She has an incredibly unique style. She’s effortless, never too much of anything, but basic, elegant, sophisticated and classic, but you never get the feeling that she took too much time trying to figure out what she wanted to put on.
”That’s always my favourite style – period. Anyone who looks great in what they’re wearing usually has to do with the casual nature with which they chose their outfit.”
The collection retails from $6.99-$29.99 for accessories and from $12.99-$29.99 for apparel, with the men’s range channelling Adam’s personal style – featuring simple T-shirts and checked shirts.
The 35-year-old singer also insisted he doesn’t buy into labels and is as comfortable shopping on the high street as at designer boutiques.
”Brand names don’t matter to me. I’m not a label w***e. This isn’t about that. I love certain things that Balenciaga makes and I love certain things that Dickies makes. It’s a case-by-case thing. I can go to an Army Navy store and find something I love and I can also go to Balenciaga and find something that I love.’
On the set of The Voice 7
For the first time, Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 will take the stage at The Forum in Inglewood when the VMAs go live on Sunday, August 24th, along with fellow acts like Ariana Grande, Usher and 5Seconds of Summer.
The “Voice” coach told press, “We are so excited about our upcoming new album and to be part of the great VMA lineup this year.”
He added, “It is our first time doing the show and we are thrilled to be on it performing our new single.”
V Album Cover
On September 2, 2014, Interscope Records will release V – the new album by Maroon 5. True to its title, V represents the fifth full-length studio effort from the Grammy Award winning superstar band. Considering that career benchmark, Maroon 5’s latest provides a sonic summation of the group’s journey to date – capturing the essence of the earliest M5 hits through to their most recent successes, as well as providing a picture of its artistic growth into the future.
Bringing it all back home, V features the return of M5’s original keyboardist Jesse Carmichael to the fold, rejoining frontman Adam Levine, guitarist James Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer/percussionist Matt Flynn, and keyboardist PJ Morton after a two-year hiatus. V also builds on the momentum of the most successful period in M5’s history, re-teaming the band with previous collaborators and featuring some unexpected new friends, too.
Maroon 5 has always proven popular since the release of the band’s debut album – 2002’s five-times-platinum Songs About Jane, featuring classic M5 hits like “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved” that forged its pioneering template of rock, pop and R&B. In 2011, Maroon 5 built on the momentum of two unlikely forces colliding: the massive exposure brought by Levine’s status as a host of the smash TV series The Voice, and the release of “Moves Like Jagger,” which returned M5 to the top 10 after a four-year break. An international #1 single, “Moves Like Jagger” became a pop-culture phenomenon – becoming not just Maroon 5’s biggest hit, but one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over 14 million copies. That triumph was followed up with yet another win, Maroon 5’s 2012 album Overexposed, which only made the group bigger. Overexposed unleashed a foursome of top 10 hit singles – “Payphone,” “Daylight,” “Love Somebody,” and “One More Night” – the latter of which spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, setting a record for the band.
For V, Maroon 5 has created a set of irresistible pop juggernauts raising the band’s sound to the next level. V’s lead-off single “Maps” finds Maroon 5 taking the reggae-influenced vibes the group honed on Overexposed hits like “One More Night” to new heights, via an infectious pop-rock meditation on longing and obsession (“I was there for you in your darkest times/I was there for you in your darkest nights”), where Levine’s soulful ,elastic falsetto recalls none other than one of his biggest inspirations, Sting and The Police. It also reteams the songwriting collaboration between Levine and Ryan Tedder (Adele, Beyoncé, One Direction), Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Britney Spears) and Ammar Malik (Gym Class Heroes, Lady Antebellum, “Moves Like Jagger”).
That reggae influence also shows up on the “whoa-oh-ohs” of “Animals”: a lustful anthem driven by a booming, Soul II Soul-style hip-hop beat, “Animals”’ hooky chorus (“Baby, I’m preying on you tonight/Hunt you down, eat you alive/Just like animals”) evokes the otherworldly melodies of Miike Snow. As such, V also finds Maroon 5 returning to the dancefloor with standout track “Feelings,” whose disco-meets-Michael Jackson groove, 4/4 EDM thump, and Daft Punk-style vocoders suggests “Moves Like Jagger” on robot steroids. Meanwhile, it’s become a M5 tradition to feature a collaboration with an unexpected guest artist, with major talents like Wiz Khalifa (“Payphone”), Lady Antebellum (“Out of Goodbyes”), Rihanna (“If I Never See Your Face Again”) and Christina Aguilera (“Moves Like Jagger”) having done the honors on hits past. On that level, V does not disappoint, as “My Heart Is Open” features Levine performing a duet with none other than Gwen Stefani.
That’s not the only surprise on V, however. “My Heart Is Open” reveals Maroon 5 at its most emotionally raw and direct: it features Levine’s passionate romantic testifying (“I don’t need another lover/I want you”) over a spare, heart-tugging piano ballad, building to a soaring chorus with subtle orchestration. “Leaving California,” meanwhile, hearkens back to the classic M5 sound – the bittersweet yet catchy confessionals of heartbreak from Songs About Jane that propelled the band to fame in the first place. As such, V brings Maroon 5 full circle, moving strength to strength from the band’s vital beginnings to its ongoing rise – taking the listener down nostalgic and new paths alike to create the latest undeniable chapter in the M5 odyssey.
Here is the tracklist:
3. It Was Always You
4. Unkiss Me
6. Leaving California
7. In Your Pocket
8. New Love
9. Coming Back For You
11. My Heart Is Open ft. Gwen Stefani
2. Sex and Candy
3. Lost Stars
It’s official! Adam Levine is off the market.
E! News has exclusively confirmed that the Maroon 5 frontman married his ladylove Behati Prinsloo in a beautiful wedding ceremony at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, tonight. The two lovebirds swapped vows in front of their nearest and dearest, who were taken to the location by a shuttle from their hotel. Levine looked dapper in a fitted tux while his blushing bride stunned in a Marchesa gown.
Prinsloo’s bridesmaids include fellow model Coco Rocha, and E! News learns that the couple have asked their guests to make a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles instead of getting the newlyweds a gift. After celebrating their union, the pair will honeymoon in South Africa.
Wedding festivities began Friday night, when 100 guests were shuttled from their hotel to El Dorado for a party on the beach that was set up in front of Mike Meldman’s home, a source told E! News exclusively.
Casually dressed attendees mingled at a large bar and relaxed with margaritas and wine. There was also lounge furniture situated on the beach, along with small tee pees for additional seating. Tables were adorned with red flowers, and once it got dark, candles and white twinkle lights were glowing.
Once the “informal and lovely” bash began, guests including Jason Segal, Jonah Hill and Erin Heatherston grabbed some grub from a taco stand, a source told E! News. No one gave speeches, but we’re told the atmosphere was “fantastic.”
The nuptials are especially special for the rocker, who once exclaimed that he’d never get married (yep, he said that). “Famous last words: ‘I’ll never get married,'” he told Jay Leno in October. “You know, I still don’t think you have to get married, unless you meet someone that makes you want to marry them. And then you marry them and it’s wonderful.”
Levine began dating the 25-year-old model about two years ago, shortly after his split from fellow model and longtime girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna. However, their romance experienced a bump on the road, and the pair split for several months before deciding to reconcile (for good).
The duo were first spotted together in June 2012, stealing a smooch while vacationing in Hawaii. They were headed to Kauai for a friend’s wedding and were seen holding hands and chatting up pals together during pre-ceremony festivities.
Then, nearly a year ago, Levine decided to pop the question—and the 35-year-old hunk revealed that he was the perfect gentleman when it came to asking for Prinsloo’s hand in marriage.
“I did ask his permission,” Levine told Ryan Seacrest when asked if he consulted his ladylove’s father before he proposed. “I don’t want to talk about it, you know how I am, but yes, of course I did. I had to. And it was extremely nerve-wracking.”
Worth it. Congratulations Adam and Behati!
On the set of The Voice 7
Back in 2011, when it was still unclear just how massive The Voice would become, Stevie Nicks performed on the show’s Season 1 finale with Team Adam‘s Javier Colon. And now, six seasons later, Stevie is returning to the show as an adviser to Adam Levine.
The mutual appreciation between Stevie and Adam goes way back. The two dueted on “Leather and Lace” at Maroon 5’s 2011 Hollywood Bowl show, and this year, Adam paid tribute to Stevie when she was the guest of honor at the BMI Pop Awards, singing that song with Sheryl Crow.
And there is mutual appreciation between Stevie and The Voice in general. Back at the Season 1 Voice finale, the Fleetwood Mac legend told Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks that if the show had existed back when she and Lindsey Buckingham were first starting out, they would have auditioned.
“If something like this had come up, would we have tried out? I would have had to drag [Lindsey] by the hair, but yes, absolutely,” she said. Stevie also said she believes shows like The Voice are good for the record industry, “because it is so hard to break into music. The music business is not in good shape right now.”
There’s going to be plenty of music-business power on this forthcoming seventh season of The Voice, which kicks off Sept. 22 (perhaps not coincidentally, just eight days before Fleetwood Mac’s big reunion tour). Also joining the series — as full-time coaches — are Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
Multi-platinum, 3-time GRAMMY-Award winning recording band Maroon 5 has announced the release of “Maps,” the first single off of the group’s highly anticipated fifth studio album V. The track will impact radio and iTunes on June 16th, 2014.
Maroon 5’s new studio album, V, was recorded in LA over the past year and will be released on September 2nd, 2014. The band worked with producers Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Shellback and Sam Martin, and the release sees Maroon 5 reuniting with long-time keyboardist Jesse Carmichael who took a hiatus while the band recorded 2012’s Overexposed.
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