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Adam Levine

Adam Levine
Levine in 2011
Born Adam Noah Levine
(1979-03-18) March 18, 1979
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Behati Prinsloo (m. 2014)
Relatives Timothy Noah (uncle)
Musical career
Genres Pop rock[1][2]
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • drums
  • bass
Associated acts Maroon 5
Website .com.maroon5www

Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor.[3] He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded the alternative rock band Kara's Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band split up after their only album, The Fourth World (released in 1997), which did not gain popularity. In 2001, the group was reformed – with guitarist James Valentine joining the line-up – and began a new, musical chapter, changing their name to Maroon 5. In 2002, the band released their first album, Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US. Since then, they have released four more albums, It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012) and V (2014). As part of Maroon 5, Levine has received three Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and a World Music Award.

Since 2011, Levine has served as a coach on NBC's reality talent show The Voice. The winners of the first and fifth seasons, Javier Colon and Tessanne Chin, were on his team. In 2012, he made his acting debut as a recurring character in the horror television show American Horror Story: Asylum for the series' second season. He also starred in the film Begin Again.

As an entrepreneur, Levine launched his own eponymous fragrance line in 2013. The same year, he collaborated with Kmart and to develop his menswear collection. He also owns a record label, 222 Records. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that "sources familiar with his many business dealings" estimated Levine would earn more than $35 million that year.[4]


  • Early life 1
  • Kara's Flowers 2
  • Maroon 5 and mainstream success 3
  • Other work 4
    • Musical collaborations 4.1
    • TV and media 4.2
    • Business ventures and endorsements 4.3
  • Artistry 5
  • Personal life 6
  • Discography 7
    • Singles as an artist 7.1
    • Guest appearances 7.2
  • Filmography 8
  • References 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11

Early life

Adam Noah Levine[5] was born in Los Angeles on March 18, 1979[6] to Fred Levine, the founder of retail chain M. Fredric, and Patsy (née Noah) Levine, an admissions counselor.[4][7] Journalist and author Timothy Noah is his uncle.[8] He has two brothers, Michael and Sam.[9] Levine's parents divorced when he was seven. Growing up, he spent weekdays with his mother and weekends with his father.[10] He underwent therapy for his parents' divorce, but called it a "waste of time" explaining that his parents could not "accept the fact that I might have been OK with it. I cried my eyes out and kicked and screamed and said, 'Why?' and all the things you do when you find out. A few days later I was fine but I still had to go to therapy."[11]

Levine describes his family as "very musical"[12] and credits his mother with "start[ing] me out on the path".[13] He also attributes his mother's idols - Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac and, most notably, The Beatles - to shaping his musical style, calling them "a huge part of my upbringing".[10] He attended Brentwood School, where he met Jesse Carmichael and Mickey Madden, his future bandmates.[14] He carried his musical interests to high school, where he states he was "a little rebellious. I didn't want to do the things they were teaching me ... [music] consumed my every thought."[12]

Levine used hallucinogenic drugs in his adolescence. In an interview with Q, he said that using mushrooms "really forced me to look at myself" but added that he had never abused drugs.[15][16] On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he stated that he stopped using prescription drugs after his first experience with prescription drug Ambien, which left him unconscious for an hour.[17]

Levine's father and maternal grandfather are Jewish,[10] while his maternal grandmother was Protestant.[18] Levine considers himself Jewish,[19] though according to an interview with The Jewish Chronicle, he "has rejected formal religious practice for a more generalized, spiritual way of life". He chose not to have a Bar Mitzvah as a child, explaining: "I felt as though a lot of kids were trying to cash in ... I just don't think it's the most respectful way to deal with God and beliefs and years and years and years of cultural heritage."[10]

Kara's Flowers

In September 1995, Levine, along with Mickey Madden, Jesse Carmichael, and Ryan Dusick, another Brentwood High student, formed garage band Kara's Flowers.[20] The group played their first gig at the Whisky a Go Go, a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, with Levine on vocals and guitar.[21] In 1997, the band was discovered while they were performing at a beach party in Malibu by independent producer Tommy Allen. Allen, along with his partner John DeNicola, had the band record an 11-track album.[21] Owing to a string of industry showcases in Los Angeles, they were signed on to Reprise Records through producer Rob Cavallo.[22] In 1997, Kara's Flowers released their first album, titled The Fourth World.[23] That same year, the band appeared on an episode of the drama series Beverly Hills, 90210.[4] After their graduation, the band toured in support of their debut. Despite high expectations,[21] the album had little success, selling about 5,000 copies,[24] and its only single, "Soap Disco", failed commercially. Finally, on Cavallo's exit from the label,[21] Reprise decided to drop the band.[25] Disappointed with the results of their album, the band broke up.[26][27] Later, Levine would say of the experience: "Kara’s Flowers was just floating up the wall beneath the sticks. Make a record quickly, put it out. No touring base, no nothing. Just try to make it happen right out of the gate and it just doesn’t work".[28]

Maroon 5 and mainstream success

After the break up of Kara's Flowers, Levine, along with Carmichael, left Los Angeles to pursue further studies in New York.[21] On MTV News, in 2002, he said: "That's when I started waking up to the whole hip-hop, R&B thing. We had friends named Chaos and Shit. It was not Brentwood High".[29] After dropping out of Five Towns College, in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, where he and Jesse Carmichael spent a semester,[30] they reunited with Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick to form a band once more.[31] They experimented with several styles, including country and folk, before deciding groove-based music would become their genre.[14] Levine explained the need for a makeover for the band: "We were just so sick of being a typical rock 'n'roll band ... I felt like I needed to look elsewhere for vocal inspiration."[21] The band put together a demo that was rejected by several labels, before falling into the hands of Octone Records executives James Diener, Ben Berkman, and David Boxenbaum.[27] Following Berkman's advice, the band added a fifth member, James Valentine, and was renamed Maroon 5. In an interview with HitQuarters, Berkman explained that Levine "seemed to be a very shy, shoe-gazing type ... a fifth member could play the guitar to free up the singer [Levine], so he could be the star I perceived him to be".[24]

Around this time, Levine had been working as a writer's assistant on the CBS television show Judging Amy, whose producer Barbara Hall was his family friend.[4] While on the show, he would spend time writing songs about his ex-girlfriend Jane. These songs were put into Maroon 5's debut album Songs About Jane, which was released in June 2002. The album slowly gained airplay, and eventually became a sleeper hit, selling an estimated 10 million copies[32] and becoming the tenth best-selling album of 2004, two years after its release.[33] In 2005, Maroon 5 won their first Grammy Award, for Best New Artist.[34] The next year, they won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the second Songs About Jane single "This Love".[35]

Levine performing with Maroon 5 in 2007

By 2006, the band started recording once again, and in May 2007, Maroon 5's second album It Won't Be Soon Before Long was released. Levine described the album as "a vast improvement", explaining: "I think this record is a little more self-confident and powerful lyrically".[36] 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.[37] The album and its lead, third and penultimate singles ("Makes Me Wonder", "Won't Go Home Without You" and "If I Never See Your Face Again", respectively) each received Grammy nominations, although only "Makes Me Wonder" secured a win.[38][39]

After winding down from a world tour in support It Won't Be Soon Before Long, the band began recording in Switzerland in 2009, in collaboration with record producer and songwriter Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Levine said Lange "worked me harder than anyone ever has".[40] In 2010, Maroon 5 released their third studio album, Hands All Over. The album did not initially meet expectations. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Levine explained that the album suffered from being "all these disparate ideas and songs that didn't make any sense together".[41] After the moderate success of the album's first three singles, the band released "Moves like Jagger" which Levine classified as "one of those songs that was definitely a risk; it's a bold statement".[42] The single became a success worldwide; it was the ninth-best-selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 8.5 million copies and, as of 2012, the eighth-best-selling digital single of all time. Levine later credited the song with "totally reviving the band".[41]

Adam Levine performing at the opening night of the Honda Civic Tour 2013

Since "Moves Like Jagger" was the first time Maroon 5 had collaborated with an outside writer, the band decided to attempt it again on their next album, entitled Overexposed.[43] Its title is supposedly an allusion to Levine's public ubiquity. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he opined that is their most dance-driven album ever, commenting: "It's very much an old-fashioned disco tune. I have a love/hate relationship with it - but mostly I love it".[44] The album and its lead single "Payphone" gave Maroon 5 their second Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nominations.[39] In support of Overexposed, the band conducted the Overexposed Tour from 2012–13 (with the European leg extending to 2014 due to scheduling conflicts),[45] and also headlined the 12th Annual Honda Civic Tour, which included The Voice contestant Tony Lucca.[46]

Over 2014, Maroon 5 continued their collaboration with Ryan Tedder, Max Martin and others to release their fifth studio album, entitled V. Levine acknowledged that they followed the same song-writing process that they tried with Overexposed, saying: "We developed a really nice system on the last record — we found songs we were passionate about, developed them and put our stamp on them [...] this time we kept it going but looked for different types of songs."[47] Five singles were released from it. In support of the album, the band undertook the Maroon 5 World Tour 2015, which kicked off with a show in Dallas in February 2015.[48]

In 2007, Levine had stated that he believed Maroon 5 was reaching its peak and might make one more album before disbanding.[49] He was quoted explaining: "Eventually I want to focus on being a completely different person because I don't know if I want to do this into my 40s and 50s and beyond". But in 2010, he dispelled any rumors of the band breaking up, saying:"I love what I do and think that, yes, it might be tiring and complicated at times [but] we don't have any plans on disbanding any time soon".[50] He has also turned down the idea of having a solo career, stating that "there will never be a solo record. I would sooner have another band".[51]

Other work

Musical collaborations

Levine (right) with bandmate Jesse Carmichael in 2007

Levine has collaborated with several musical artists. In 2005, he was featured on the song "Live Again" by hip-hop duo Ying Yang Twins.[52] The same year, he appeared on Kanye West's album Late Registration, on the third single, "Heard 'Em Say",[53] a collaboration Levine called "very pure and very easy". The song was created during an airplane flight that he and West shared,[54] and its refrain was later used for the Maroon 5 song "Nothing Lasts Forever" from It Won't Be Soon Before Long. He also appeared on Alicia Keys' third album Alicia Keys: MTV Unplugged, as part of the cover of The Rolling Stones song "Wild Horses".[55] Around the same time, he featured on fellow Octone Records singer K'naan's single "Bang Bang". In 2009, he recorded "Gotten", a song for Slash's first solo album Slash (2010).[56] In February 2010, he was among approximately 80 musicians who sang on the charity-single remake of "We Are the World", called "We Are the World 25 for Haiti".[57] In 2011, he appeared on the Gym Class Heroes song, "Stereo Hearts". He also worked with hip-hop artist 50 Cent on his song "My Life", recording the vocals almost two years before it was released as a single in 2012, which included rapper Eminem.[58] He is also featured as a singer for his band's song "She Will Be Loved" in the music rhythm game, Band Hero.[59]

TV and media

Levine has made four notable comic appearances on television. During 2007, he appeared in the 33rd season premiere of Saturday Night Live in an SNL Digital Short called Iran So Far, performing with Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Jake Gyllenhaal. Levine played himself while singing a humorous bridge to a "love song" for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[60] In 2008, he performed on Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars". He also had a cameo on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the night of stars and endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election. In 2013, he hosted Saturday Night Live and featured alongside Kendrick Lamar on Lonely Island's digital short "YOLO", which parodies the acronym for You Only Live Once.[61] His hosting was generally disliked by reviewers, who called it "mediocre"[62] and "subpar".[63]

"I always felt kind of misinterpreted in the world. I felt like people only knew me as a singer who dated pretty girls. A little bit of a bimbo. Maybe I was kind of a bimbo. I was the music dude that was naked all the time with the girls, and that's fine, no problem with that. But I wanted to create a little balance. When the show came around, I thought, 'People now know that I have a brain.'"

—Levine on how he hoped The Voice would change public perception about him.[9]

Since its inception in 2011, Levine has served as a contestant judge/coach on the reality talent TV show, The Voice.[64] The winner of the first season, Javier Colon, was on his team, as was the Season 5 winner, Tessanne Chin.[65] The Voice has been credited with reviving Maroon 5's "faltering" career after the sub-par sales of Hands All Over as well as increasing Levine's popularity. According to polling firm E-Poll Market Research, awareness of Levine has nearly tripled since he joined the show. He has also been described as the "breakout" star of the series, with #TeamAdam and @AdamLevine scoring a respective 203,000 and 2.14 million Twitter mentions in the show's third season, higher than all the other coaches. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter estimated that Levine was paid $10–12 million for each season of The Voice.[4]

In 2012, Levine appeared as a recurring character in American Horror Story: Asylum, the second season of the anthology series.[66] He plays Leo Morrison, a newly-wed photographer visiting modern-day Briarcliff Manor, an insane asylum, on honeymoon with wife. Teresa, played by Jenna Dewan-Tatum. The scenes were shot around his summer touring schedule. In an interview with E!, he said of his role: "It sounded like so much fun and that's why I wanted to do it ... this sounds, like, hysterical, funny, dark and cool and right up my alley".[67][68] However, he admitted to not being a fan of the show nor horror genre in general, stating he didn't watch the episodes because "it's just so weird and disturbing".[69]

In June 2012, Levine was cast in the musical romance-drama film Begin Again. The film was directed by John Carney and had Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo play the lead roles. In it, he plays Dave Kohl, Knightley's songwriting partner and former boyfriend of five years, who leaves her behind on finding success in the music industry.[70][71][72] The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to generally favorable reviews from critics.[73]

In November 2013, Levine was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, becoming the first singer and the second non-actor (after John F. Kennedy, Jr.) to claim the title.[74] He was ranked #41 on Glamour's "Sexiest Men of 2012" list.[75] In 2008, he appeared on People's "Single and Sexy Men" list.[76] He was elected TV's Most Crushworthy Male Reality Host/Judge in a poll held by Zap2it.[77] In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked him Number 7 on its list of "Top 50 Hottest Jewish men in the world".[78] Levine stripped naked for testicular cancer awareness for a centerfold in Cosmopolitan UK's February 2011 issue.[79]

Business ventures and endorsements

Levine playing the First Act 222 Guitar, which he helped design

In October 2008, Levine collaborated with

External links

  • Kimpel, Dan (2006), How They Made It: True Stories of How Music's Biggest Stars Went from Start to Stardom!. Location unknown:Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-07642-6

Further reading

  1. ^ "Adam Levine: The New King of Pop". Details. 
  2. ^ "Adam Levine and Top Songwriters Honored at 61st Annual BMI Pop Awards".  
  3. ^ "Adam Levine: 'The Voice' Complete Rock Star". BuddyTV. May 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Rose, Lacey (March 6, 2013). "Inside Adam Levine's $35 Million-Plus a Year Empire".  
  5. ^ "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995".  
  6. ^ Naoreen, Nuzhat (March 22, 2013). "Monitor".  
  7. ^ Patterson, Sylvia (August 26, 2007). "Maroon 5: They will be loved". London:  
  8. ^ Noah, Timothy (January 20, 2009). "Inaugorophobia, Part 2".  
  9. ^ a b Marks, Craig (June 2012). "Adam Levine: The New King of Pop".  
  10. ^ a b c d Lester, Paul (February 11, 2011). "Interview: Adam Levine".  
  11. ^ Borresen, Kelsey (April 2, 2012). "Adam Levine Talks Marriage Doubts, Divorce in Nylon Guys".  
  12. ^ a b c Stuart; Effron, Elizabeth; Lauren (November 17, 2011). "Maroon 5's Adam Levine's Playlist: Top 5 Songs That Impacted Rocker's Style".  
  13. ^ "Piers Morgan Tonight Transcript".  
  14. ^ a b Moss, Corey (August 28, 2002). "Maroon 5 Aspire to Inspire Sexuality, Crying".  
  15. ^ "Adam Levine recalls wasted therapy".  
  16. ^ "Maroon 5's Adam Levine opens up about 'beneficial' magic mushroom experience".  
  17. ^ "Adam Levine on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 2".  
  18. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 1, 2011). "Happy Valentine's Day Music!".  
  19. ^ "Adam Levine on Twitter". Twitter. 
  20. ^ "Adam Levine Before Maroon 5: What Was His First Band Called?". Wetpaint. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f Kimpel, Dan (2006). How they made it: true stories of how music's biggest stars went from start to stardom!. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 87.  
  22. ^ Thompson, Stephen (March 29, 2002). "Kara's Flowers – The Fourth World".  
  23. ^ a b c Appleford, Steve (October 20, 2010). "How Maroon 5 found the courage to let its heart show".  
  24. ^ a b Bouwman, Kimbel (April 13, 2004). "Interview with BEN BERKMAN, A&R at Octone Records for Maroon 5 (US plat)".  
  25. ^ "Adam Levine speaks".  
  26. ^ Barrera, Sandra (March 25, 2003). "Maroon5 Stays Grounded Amid the Hype, Hoopla".  
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  48. ^ Strecker, Erin (September 2, 2014). "Maroon 5 Announces 2015 World Tour".  
  49. ^ Green, Andy (June 28, 2008). "Maroon 5: Back On Top".  
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  51. ^ a b Freydkin, Donna (June 19, 2012). "Adam Levine: Just a singer in a band?".  
  52. ^ "Usa (United State of Atlanta)".  
  53. ^ Moss, Corey (December 19, 2005). "Move Over, Justin: Adam Levine Is Hip-Hop's New Favorite White Boy".  
  54. ^ Moss, Corey (October 20, 2005). "Kanye, Kids Run Amok In Surreal Macy's For New Clip 'Heard 'Em Say' was directed by Michel Gondry of 'Eternal Sunshine,' White Stripes fame.".  
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  56. ^ Vinnicombe, Chris (March 4, 2010). "Slash solo album interview: the track-by-track guide".  
  57. ^ Johnston, Maura (February 12, 2010). "We Are The World: 25 For Haiti' Unites Music's Biggest Names".  
  58. ^ Drake, David (December 7, 2012). "Interview: 50 Cent Talks Working With Eminem, the Threat of Falling Off, and How Social Media Changed Hip-Hop".  
  59. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (August 18, 2009). "'"An EW Exclusive: Maroon 5's Adam Levine goes digital in 'Band Hero.  
  60. ^ Germana, Michael (October 1, 2007). "Andy Samberg, Adam Levine Serenade Iran President on SNL".  
  61. ^ "Adam Levine Hosts 'SNL,' Drops 'YOLO' with Lonely Island & Kendrick Lamar".  
  62. ^ Slims, David (January 27, 2013). """Saturday Night Live: "Adam Levine/Kendrick Lamar.  
  63. ^ Ryan, Mike (January 27, 2013). SNL' Scorecard: Adam Levine's Subpar Audition"'".  
  64. ^ Ng, Philiana (February 28, 2011). "'"Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5's Adam Levine Join NBC's 'The Voice.  
  65. ^ Lee, Ashley (December 17, 2013). The Voice' Season 5 Winner Named"'".  
  66. ^ Mullins, Jenna (April 2, 2012). "Adam Levine Confirms American Horror Story Role".  
  67. ^ Frederick, Brittany (October 17, 2012). "'"Adam Levine Makes Acting Debut in 'American Horror Story: Asylum. Star Pulse. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  68. ^ "Spoiler Chat: Gossip Girl Gets a New French Hottie! Plus, Girls, American Horror Story and More".  
  69. ^ Moaba, Alex (25 October 2012). "Adam Levine Was Too Scared To Watch His 'American Horror Story' Episodes In Full (VIDEO)".  
  70. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 14, 2012). "‘The Voice’s Adam Levine To Star In ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’".  
  71. ^ Rooney, David (September 8, 2013). "Can a Song Save Your Life?".  
  72. ^ Simone, Chima (March 28, 2014). "Adam Levine Makes His Movie Debut in Begin Again—Watch the Trailer!".  
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  74. ^ Jordan; Coulton, Julie; Antoinette (November 11, 2013). "Adam Levine Is PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive".  
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  76. ^ "Single & Sexy Men of 2008".  
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  78. ^ Ashley Baylen (April 20, 2012). "Top 50 Hottest Jewish Men (10–1)". Shalom Life. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  79. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (January 6, 2010). "Adam Levine Nude: Maroon 5 Singer Gets Naked For Cancer In Cosmo UK".  
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  81. ^ Lipke, David (August 17, 2010). "Maroon 5's Adam Levine Launches Fashion Line".  
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  89. ^ Wischhover, Cheryl (February 6, 2013). "Adam Levine Launches Eponymous Line of Fragrances".  
  90. ^ Schreffle, Laura (February 7, 2013). "Adam Levine Launches First Fragrance with Arty Installation in LA".  
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Year Title Role Notes
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Himself Episode: "Forgive and Forget"
2005–2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (musical guest / host) 7 episodes
2005 Email! Computer (voice) Short film
2009 30 Rock Himself Episode: "Kidney Now!"
2009 Band Hero Himself (voice) Video game
2011–present The Voice Himself (judge) Teen Choice Award for Choice Reality Personality: Male (2014)
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Celebrity Judge (2013)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality (2011)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Personality: Male (2013)
Nominated—Young Hollywood Award for Best Bromance (2014)
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Leo Morrison 5 episodes
2013 Begin Again Dave Kohl Film
2013 Family Guy Himself (voice) Episode: "Quagmire's Quagmire"
2015 Unity[151] Narrator Documentary
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Himself Cameo appearance


List of non-single songs with guest appearances by Adam Levine
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Live Again" 2005 U.nited S.tate of A.tlanta Ying Yang Twins
"Wild Horses" Unplugged Alicia Keys
"Gotten" 2010 Slash Slash
"Stand Up" 2011 Come Through for You Javier Colon
"Lost Stars" 2014 Begin Again (soundtrack) N/A
"No One Else Like You"
"A Higher Place"
"Lost Stars (Into the Night Mix)"

Guest appearances

List of singles by title, year, peak chart positions, and album
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Heard 'Em Say"
(Kanye West featuring Adam Levine)
2005 26 27 19 95 23 67 15 22
  • RIAA: Gold[139]
Late Registration
"Say It Again"
(Natasha Bedingfield featuring Adam Levine)
2007 N.B. and Pocketful of Sunshine
"Bang Bang"
(K'naan featuring Adam Levine)
2008 71 105 Troubadour
"Stereo Hearts"
(Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine)
2011 4 4 7 4 8 3 3
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[140]
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[141]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[142]
  • RIANZ: Platinum[143]
The Papercut Chronicles II
"Man in the Mirror"[144]
(with Javier Colon)
45 66 N/A
(with Tony Lucca)
2012 22 64
"My Life"
(50 Cent featuring Eminem and Adam Levine)
27 33 14 52 6 89 33 2
  • ARIA: Platinum[146]
Street King Immortal
(The Lonely Island featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar)
2013 60 31 26 26 77 The Wack Album
(PJ Morton featuring Adam Levine)
New Orleans
"Locked Away"[147]
(R. City featuring Adam Levine)
2015 6 2 2 6 7 4 6 2
  • ARIA: Gold[148]
  • MC: Platinum[149]
  • RIANZ: Gold[150]
What Dreams Are Made Of
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

Singles as an artist


In 2013, Levine was mentioned in a hostile work environment lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by an unnamed security guard who claimed that Universal Music Publishing Group's Santa Monica location was "infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and openly used in common areas, and lounges". The guard claimed that when she complained about the cannabis smoke coming from one of the studios, she was told that "it's Adam Levine ... if he wants to come to the lobby and do a line of cocaine on the floor, it's OK". In an official statement to The Hollywood Reporter, UMPG described the allegations as "absurd".[131][132]

Levine, whose brother openly identifies as being gay, is an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.[129] In 2011, he made a video[130] on Maroon 5's official YouTube account in support of the It Gets Better Project. In January 2012, he announced that Maroon 5 had changed the location of their post-Grammy Awards show because of the "unnamed Los Angeles restaurant's backing of Proposition 8".[129]

In early 2010, while performing at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party in Las Vegas, Levine met Russian Sports Illustrated swimsuit and Victoria's Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna, whom he later started dating.[121] After two years together, in April 2012, Levine and Vyalitsyna announced that they had split.[122] The following month Levine began dating Namibian Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo.[123][124] They broke up in March 2013,[125] but later reconciled and subsequently became engaged in July that year.[126][127] The couple were married on July 19, 2014 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.[128]

Personal life

Levine's popularity outside of his musical work has seen him tagged as a "stand-alone star",[116] which critics say have pushed other members of Maroon 5 to the backseat, even in their music.[117] Their guitarist Valentine noted that his vocals were a central aspect around which their music revolved.[118] Conversely, others opine that Levine's fame has been a boost to the band, with Paper writing: "Maroon 5 has managed to ebb and flow with the times ... thanks in no small part to their frontman's uncanny ability to be extremely entertaining".[119] Delta Sky described him as "a natural, if slightly neurotic, leading man".[120] He claims that the image was consciously cultivated, explaining: "We talked about it a long time ago and decided I would step out, for us, not for me or my own ego ... We wanted there to be a frontman".[51]

Levine has a four octave tenor/countertenor vocal range[109][110] and has been noted for his falsettos.[111] Salon wrote: "When he’s crooning come-ons, his voice lends the music a satisfying lewdness, a sense of sticky physicality that gives his snaky hooks a pheromonal urgency."[112] In a review of It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Entertainment Weekly described his vocals as "smug, R&B-slick deadpan ... there's a twisted logic to his dispassionate delivery".[113] In another review, Allmusic noted that "he knows that he's a pop guy, somewhat in the tradition of Hall & Oates, but he isn't trying to be retro, he's ... making records that are melodic, stylish, and soulful".[114] In a review of the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, The Boston Globe also commented positively on his on-stage presence, which "exude[s] a sense of up-for-anything playfulness ... combined with a rock solid work ethic and a clear love for their audiences and performing".[115]

While earlier work was deemed "vaguely funky white-soul"[106] and "rock", recent ones have been judged to have a more reggae, anthemic pop sound,[107] evoking comparisons to Coldplay.[108] Levine refuses to fit his music into a genre, saying: "There's so much variety in music, it's silly to belong to a specific club and try to sound a certain way".[102] He considers himself an orthodox lyricist sticking to conventional themes, acknowledging: "Romance, love, the lack thereof are still very big themes. I haven't figured out a way to use everything yet. As a songwriter, I'm still limited to that one thing."[23] He also claims he does not like mincing words, stating in a Rolling Stone interview: "I was so sick of typical lyrics like 'Ooh, baby' and 'I love you' and all this vague shit. I thought the more explicit I got without being totally explicit was a nice approach".[29]

Levine remembers that listening to "Are You That Somebody?" by Aaliyah convinced him to pursue a more soulful sound than that of his then-band Kara's Flowers.[23] His move to New York introduced him to a new music scene that involved hip-hop, R&B, gospel and soul music.[29] He took to changing his musical style, extensively emulating Stevie Wonder.[102] Subsequently, Songs About Jane was released, deemed "bluesy funk"[104] and similar to Busted's music.[105] Critics also drew comparisons between Levine and Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay.[106]

Levine's interest in music started at around ten years of age, when he first started playing the guitar. He found music an outlet for feelings, stating: "I picked up a guitar and that was it. I fell so madly in love with it, it's all I did".[12] He performed his first professional jig at The Troubadour when he was twelve, but was so nervous he played with his back to the audience.[4][99] Throughout his childhood, he had been influenced by the diverse groups like the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana, and, in high school, by Bob Marley, Bill Withers, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye[100] and Michael Jackson.[101] He also incorporated elements of The Police and Prince into his music.[102] In an interview with Billboard, he explained the diversity of his influences: "I love every single kind of music ... even the most saccharine, sugary pop song can be the greatest thing ever. But so can a 25-minute crazy avant-garde fusion gnarly Herbie Hancock jam from the '70s".[103]

Levine performs in Washington, D.C.


In 2013, it was announced that Levine would be entering a partnership with Sears Holdings to launch a multi-department lifestyle brand to develop apparel and accessories collections.[95] The company, which owns Kmart and ShopYourWay, a shopping social platform, also included rapper Nicki Minaj in the same contract. The menswear collection was launched on October 1 that year and conducts business via 500 Kmart stores across the US, as well as online.[96] In an official statement, Levine said: "Partnering with ShopYourWay to develop this line was an exciting opportunity for me and I am really looking forward to diving into the process of designing an apparel and accessory collection".[97] In an interview with People, he commented further, "it was cool that they really promoted creative control. I like to be involved with process rather than just phoning it in".[98]

In 2013, Adam Levine became a celebrity spokesperson for Proactiv, a well-known company with acne-fighting products. In the commercial, Adam shares details about his acne experiences in high school, and promotes Proactive Plus.[94]

In 2013, Levine collaborated with ID Perfumes to create his debut eponymous scent.[89] The line was launched at the Premiere Fragrance Installation in Los Angeles in February 2013.[90] The fragrance range, consisting of scents for both for men and women, is sold through Macy's department stores in microphone-shaped bottles. Speaking at its launch, Levine said: "The task was to make something that I would wear. So that was a process and we finally came to a great conclusion and it smells great"[91][92] The fragrance garnered media attention for contradicting his tweet the previous year, in which he said that he wanted to "put an official ban on celebrity fragrances. Punishable by death from this point forward".[93]

[88][87] Levine founded his own record label, 222 Records, in February 2012. He stated that he was inspired to start the label to sign on

In June 2011, Levine took part in an educational campaign to raise awareness of [83][84] In connection to this, he wrote an article in ADDitude Magazine about his personal experience with it.[85]


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