Maroon 5‚Äôs lead singer Adam Levine helped a 10-year-old boy‚Äôs dream come true earlier this week.
Christopher Warner, who has Down syndrome, absolutely loves Maroon 5.
He hardly ever stops talking about the band‚Äôs music, Warner‚Äôs teacher told Today.com.
‚ÄúHe has just been fascinated with Maroon 5 and especially Adam Levine,‚ÄĚ said Avery Stanert, a special education teacher. ‚ÄúHe loves to listen to their music during work breaks. He draws pictures of them. He just absolutely loves them.‚ÄĚ
After seeing how much Christopher loved Maroon 5, Stanert created a video of the 10-year-old talking about Levine and singing the band‚Äôs songs.
The video went viral and a radio station, Hot 99.5‚Äôs The Kane Show, arranged for the boy to meet his favorite celebrity.
‚ÄúThey arranged for backstage passes and tickets,‚ÄĚ Stanert said. ‚ÄúThey immediately called the record label and worked it all out.‚ÄĚ
After getting the VIP treatment at the Maroon 5 concert, the boy and his mother went backstage to meet Levine.
When Christopher finally came face-to-face with the singer, he panicked and crouched down onto the floor, according to Today.com.
But Levine knew exactly what to do.
He followed Christopher‚Äôs lead and lied down on the floor right beside him.
— Kane (@Kaneshow) March 3, 2015
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been really happy to see how Down syndrome has gotten a lot of attention for this,‚ÄĚ Stanert shared about the experience. ‚ÄúKids with Down syndrome are just like their peers.‚ÄĚ
Adam Levine ditched the judge’s chair for this performance by temporarily becoming a contestant himself on The Voice 8, in this awesome blind audition video posted on Monday, March 2.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm so terrified,‚ÄĚ he joked, as the lights went dark. He then performed Elton John‚Äôs ‚ÄúTiny Dancer,‚ÄĚ and waited for fellow judges Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton to turn their chairs.
In a post-episode interview, while Blake said that Adam‚Äôs performance was the only lousy performance out of the set, he did turn his chair, saying:
‚ÄúOf all the performances we saw today, they were all great, except for one. Some guy named Adam Levine felt the need to try to audition. And I did hit my button, but it‚Äôs just ‚Äėcause I wanted to see what the freak looked like.‚ÄĚ
This season on The Voice, Adam Levine‚Äės team is getting some help from across the pond.
British singer Ellie Goulding will be appearing as a musical adviser for the ‚ÄúSugar‚ÄĚ singer‚Äôs team, NBC confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
‚ÄúEllie was so great,‚ÄĚ says Levine, 35. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs so human and easy to talk to. You could tell she had a profound impact on my team, which is awesome.‚ÄĚ
This won‚Äôt be the first Voice appearance for the ‚ÄúLights‚ÄĚ singer, 28. In season 5, she teamed up with contestants James Wolper, Matthew Schuler and Will Champlin to sing her hit song ‚ÄúBurn.‚ÄĚ
Other advisers this season include Lionel Richie for Team Pharrell, Nick Jonas for Team Christina and Meghan Trainor for Team Blake.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.
On the set of The Voice 8
In a world full of reality show competitions, The Voice, entering its eighth season, has risen above the rest, due in large part to the appeal of the music superstars that are in the judges‚Äô chairs, every season. Granted, the artists vying for spots on the show are incredibly talented, but their coaches are undeniably at the top of their game and can provide a wealth of advice and support until it‚Äôs up to America to pick the ultimate winner.
This season, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera will be battling it out amongst each other to put together teams of the strongest vocalists from across the country. During a recent conference to promote the new season, the foursome talked about what it takes to find a winning contestant, learning from each season, whether it‚Äôs significant that the show hasn‚Äôt had a real break-out artist, making sure your singing sounds as good as possible, rebuilding confidence in such a tough business, and why this show is enjoying continued success when their competitors have struggled.
Christina and Pharrell, what are you guys going to do this year to beat Adam and Blake?
CHRISTINA AGUILERA: With different coaches, you get different flavors and different styles and different talent that come on the show. I‚Äôm always like, ‚ÄúOkay, maybe this time.‚ÄĚ I know these guys have been on for eight seasons. And then, I wasn‚Äôt on the season that Usher actually won. Honestly, I just want to have a good time, listen to great singers and great music, and just use my instincts, as usual. Everything happens for a reason. I‚Äôm sure that my time will come. But, it‚Äôs not just about us. It‚Äôs great that you can share and feel proud of somebody that you‚Äôve supported through this journey, which is crazy and it‚Äôs a lot of work for them, and you get to see what they go through. It‚Äôs a competitive format, which I love and hate. I don‚Äôt like music to be so competitive. But it‚Äôs exciting and it‚Äôs a great training ground to prep them for what comes in the future, once they are not on the show. It‚Äôs an amazing training camp, in general.
PHARRELL WILLIAMS: We‚Äôll continue to fight. You‚Äôve got to fight.
AGUILERA: Somebody‚Äôs going to take it.
WILLIAMS: Adam is so swift. And Blake is so convincing. Aside from their experience, they‚Äôre just really talented people who have done really well, in their own careers. Artists are going to listen to them, so we just have to continue to fight. I haven‚Äôt won, but I have enjoyed it so much. You see these kids light up when they see something different in themselves. Not that you brought out, but you may have just pointed at it, and they see it and are able to retrieve it and take it to another level. That, in itself, is a win for me, but it doesn‚Äôt win the show. I remain content with that, but I also remain winless.
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 ‚ÄúRed Thumb Day‚ÄĚ ‚Äď inspired by ‚ÄúRed Thumb Reminder,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs Emmy Award¬ģ-winning singing competition, ‚ÄúThe Voice,‚ÄĚ has also joined in to help raise awareness for the issue. On Dec. 15, during ‚ÄúThe Voice‚ÄĚ broadcast, Levine will declare the following 24 hours ‚ÄúRed Thumb Day,‚ÄĚ urging drivers to put their phones down when behind the wheel, not just on that day, but every day.
‚ÄúThe 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,‚ÄĚ said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. ‚ÄúTogether with Adam Levine, Nissan encourages drivers to put the phone down and get where they are going safely. A ‚ÄėRed Thumb Reminder‚Äô may seem insignificant. However, every time you see it, it reminds you to not text and drive.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚ÄúThe Voice‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúcreate pieces I would like to see a woman wear‚ÄĚ (um, makes sense to us!). Now that he‚Äôs adding outerwear and shoes for men and intimate apparel and more accessories for women, he‚Äôs changed his tune just a tad.
‚ÄúBasically, the person who sets the trend is the one who wears what no one would be caught dead wearing,‚ÄĚ
Levine tells WWD. He goes as far as to say that trendsetters are ‚Äúthe 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.‚ÄĚ But even though his looks are forward-thinking (and maybe ugly to some?), he explains that he thinks what‚Äôs cool tends to have been cool in the past. ‚ÄúUsually, it‚Äôs something that was popular 10 or 20 years ago,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúThe cultural feedback loop is constantly bringing things back. It really has to do with who is the least afraid to bring it there.‚ÄĚ
The singer truly seems prepared to revive some questionable (albeit memorable) moments from way back when.
‚ÄúThere was a time when it was [practically] illegal to wear trucker hats. Now for some reason, I feel that the ban has been lifted,‚ÄĚ
he says. ‚ÄúThere are things from the ‚Äô90s that are starting to become popular again, like oversize T-shirts. It just happens. Hawaiian shirts used to be [like] ‚ÄėOh, my uncle wears Tommy Bahama and now they fit well, they‚Äôre pretty cool‚Äô and you‚Äôve got guys like Marc Jacobs making them.‚ÄĚ
Whether or not you‚Äôre on board with Hawaiian shirts or trucker hats, we‚Äôre pretty sure Levine‚Äôs Victoria‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúVoice‚ÄĚ coach told press, “We are so excited about our upcoming new album and to be part of the great VMA lineup this year.‚ÄĚ
He added, ‚ÄúIt is our first time doing the show and we are thrilled to be on it performing our new single.‚ÄĚ
V Album Cover
On September 2, 2014, Interscope Records will release V ‚Äď 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‚Äôs latest provides a sonic summation of the group‚Äôs journey to date ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs debut album ‚Äď 2002‚Äôs five-times-platinum Songs About Jane, featuring classic M5 hits like ‚ÄúThis Love‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúShe Will Be Loved‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs status as a host of the smash TV series The Voice, and the release of ‚ÄúMoves Like Jagger,‚ÄĚ which returned M5 to the top 10 after a four-year break. An international #1 single, ‚ÄúMoves Like Jagger‚ÄĚ became a pop-culture phenomenon ‚Äď becoming not just Maroon 5‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 2012 album Overexposed, which only made the group bigger. Overexposed unleashed a foursome of top 10 hit singles ‚Äď ‚ÄúPayphone,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDaylight,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúLove Somebody,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúOne More Night‚ÄĚ ‚Äď 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‚Äôs sound to the next level. V‚Äôs lead-off single ‚ÄúMaps‚ÄĚ finds Maroon 5 taking the reggae-influenced vibes the group honed on Overexposed hits like ‚ÄúOne More Night‚ÄĚ to new heights, via an infectious pop-rock meditation on longing and obsession (‚ÄúI was there for you in your darkest times/I was there for you in your darkest nights‚ÄĚ), where Levine‚Äôs 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, Beyonc√©, One Direction), Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Britney Spears) and Ammar Malik (Gym Class Heroes, Lady Antebellum, ‚ÄúMoves Like Jagger‚ÄĚ).
That reggae influence also shows up on the ‚Äúwhoa-oh-ohs‚ÄĚ of ‚ÄúAnimals‚ÄĚ: a lustful anthem driven by a booming, Soul II Soul-style hip-hop beat, ‚ÄúAnimals‚ÄĚ‚Äô hooky chorus (‚ÄúBaby, I‚Äôm preying on you tonight/Hunt you down, eat you alive/Just like animals‚ÄĚ) evokes the otherworldly melodies of Miike Snow. As such, V also finds Maroon 5 returning to the dancefloor with standout track ‚ÄúFeelings,‚ÄĚ whose disco-meets-Michael Jackson groove, 4/4 EDM thump, and Daft Punk-style vocoders suggests ‚ÄúMoves Like Jagger‚ÄĚ on robot steroids. Meanwhile, it‚Äôs become a M5 tradition to feature a collaboration with an unexpected guest artist, with major talents like Wiz Khalifa (‚ÄúPayphone‚ÄĚ), Lady Antebellum (‚ÄúOut of Goodbyes‚ÄĚ), Rihanna (‚ÄúIf I Never See Your Face Again‚ÄĚ) and Christina Aguilera (‚ÄúMoves Like Jagger‚ÄĚ) having done the honors on hits past. On that level, V does not disappoint, as ‚ÄúMy Heart Is Open‚ÄĚ features Levine performing a duet with none other than Gwen Stefani.
That‚Äôs not the only surprise on V, however. ‚ÄúMy Heart Is Open‚ÄĚ reveals Maroon 5 at its most emotionally raw and direct: it features Levine‚Äôs passionate romantic testifying (‚ÄúI don‚Äôt need another lover/I want you‚ÄĚ) over a spare, heart-tugging piano ballad, building to a soaring chorus with subtle orchestration. ‚ÄúLeaving California,‚ÄĚ meanwhile, hearkens back to the classic M5 sound ‚Äď 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‚Äôs vital beginnings to its ongoing rise ‚Äď 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‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč
6. Leaving California
7. In Your Pocket‚Äč
8. New Love‚Äč
9. Coming Back For You
11. My Heart Is Open ft. Gwen Stefani‚Äč
2. Sex and Candy‚Äč
3. Lost Stars‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč
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