Published On: Wed, May 21st, 2014

Adam Levine Wins BMI’s Songwriter of the Year Award; Maroon 5 To Release New Album ‘V’ in September

The 3-time Grammy Award winning band’s fifth album set for a September 2 release date, following deals with Interscope Records and Live Nation.

Singer-songwriter Adam Levine of Maroon 5 accepts the 2014 BMI Songwriter of the Year Award / Getty

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America can’t get enough of Adam Levine. After winning last year’s BMI President’s Award in recognition of his profound influence on the entertainment industry, Maroon 5’s singer-songwriter frontman accepted this year’s BMI Songwriter of the Year Award at the 62nd annual BMI Pop Awards, held on May 13.

Maroon 5, meanwhile,  has a new label, a new album and a new worldwide tour on the way. The multi-platinum, 3-time Grammy Award winning band announced on Monday they will release their fifth studio album, “V”, on September 2, after signing a deal with Interscope Records. The album, which sees the return of long-time keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, who went on hiatus in 2012, will be preceded by a new single, due out this summer.

In addition, the band has signed a worldwide tour deal with American entertainment company Live Nation, with tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Maroon 5 was formed in 1995 under the name Kara’s Flowers, while its members were still in high school. After gathering a following and signing to Reprise Records, the then 4-piece band released their only album, “The Fourth World”, which failed to make an impact, and resulted in sales of only 5, 000 copies. The failure of the album was “a huge disappointment”, according to frontman Adam Levine, which led the band to contemplate disbanding. A few months later, after they were dropped from their label, they did just that.

In 2000, after being exposed to a variety of musical genres, Levine, feeling newly-inspired and rejuvenated,  revived the band, adding one more member and changing its name to Maroon 5. The band’s new sound lent them a deal with Octone Records, and resulted in 2002’s “Songs About Jane”.

The album’s lead single “Harder to Breathe”, received heavy airplay, which helped the album to debut at number six on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s second and third singles “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved”, became worldwide hits reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Maroon 5 won their first Grammy Award as Best New Artist of 2005, and went on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, with their releases going gold and platinum in over 35 countries. The band set a record for the most No. 1’s by a group in the Billboard Top 40 chart’s 20-year history, and wrapped one of the highest-grossing tours of 2013 with over $50 million in ticket sales.

“V” is the first release since 2012’s “Overexposed”, which spawned four top 10 Billboard singles, following the massive success of “Moves Like Jagger” – Adam Levine’s collaboration with his “The Voice” co-star Christina Aguilera from 2011 – which is ranked as one of the six best-selling digital singles of all time, with sales of over 14 million copies.

Besides his busy schedule with Maroon 5, Adam Levine is about to complete his sixth season as a coach on the Emmy-winning NBC hit series “The Voice”. In addition, the singer, who made his acting debut on FX’s hit television series “American Horror Story”, will soon be seen in a lead role in the upcoming motion picture “Begin Again”, set to be released on June 27.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Adam Levine began his musical career in 1995, when he co-founded alternative rock band Kara’s Flowers, fronting it as lead vocalist and guitarist. After a hiatus following the band’s disbandment, Levine reformed it with a fifth member to form Maroon 5.

The band released their first album, “Songs About Jane”, which went multi-platinum in the US. Since then, they have released three more albums, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” (2007), “Hands All Over” (2010) and “Overexposed” (2012).

As part of Maroon 5, he has received three Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and a World Music Award.

Levine’s father and maternal grandfather are Jewish, while his maternal grandmother was Protestant. Levine considers himself Jewish, though according to his interview in The Jewish Chronicle, he “has rejected formal religious practice for a more generalized, spiritual way of life.”

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