Adam Levine

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Adam Levine
Levine in 2011
Adam Noah Levine

(1979-03-18) March 18, 1979 (age 40)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active1994–present
Behati Prinsloo (m. 2014)
Awards List of awards and nominations
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated acts

Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is the lead singer for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded the 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 five more albums: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), V (2014), and Red Pill Blues (2017). As part of Maroon 5, Levine has received three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, and a World Music Award.

Pop rock is rock music with a greater emphasis on professional songwriting and recording craft, and less emphasis on attitude. Originating in the 1950s as an alternative to rock and roll, early pop rock was influenced by the beat, arrangements, and style of rock and roll. It may be viewed as a distinct genre field, rather than music that overlaps with pop and rock. The detractors of pop rock often deride it as a slick, commercial product, less authentic than rock music.

Maroon 5 American pop band

Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist PJ Morton, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar. Original members Levine, Carmichael, Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick first came together as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school. After self-releasing their independent album We Like Digging?, the band signed to Reprise Records and released the album The Fourth World in 1997. The album garnered a tepid response, after which the record label dropped the band and the members focused on college.

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Since its inception, Levine had been a coach on NBC's reality talent show The Voice , and won three times with a member of his team (seasons 1, 5 and 9). In 2012, Levine made his acting debut as a recurring character in American Horror Story: Asylum for the series' second season. Levine also starred in the films Begin Again (2013) and The Clapper (2017). As an entrepreneur, Levine launched his own eponymous fragrance line in 2013. The same year, he collaborated with K-Mart and to develop his menswear collection. He also owns a record label, 222 Records and a production company 222 Productions. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that "sources familiar with his many business dealings" estimated Levine would earn more than $35 million that year. [6]

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<i>The Voice</i> (U.S. TV series) US TV series

The Voice is an American singing competition television series broadcast on NBC. It premiered during the spring television cycle on April 26, 2011, and expanded into the fall cycle with the premiere of the third season on September 10, 2012. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, it has aired fifteen seasons and aims to find currently unsigned singing talent contested by aspiring singers, age 13 or over, drawn from public auditions.

<i>The Voice</i> (U.S. season 1) season of the US television series

The Voice is a reality talent show. The series is part of the franchise The Voice and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands, The Voice of Holland. The show is hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent. The winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records. Christina Aguilera CeeLo Green, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are the coaches. Each team of singers are mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which team member to advance. In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience helps to decide who advances. When one remains for each coach, the four contestants compete against each other in the finale.

Early life

Adam Noah Levine [7] was born in Los Angeles on March 18, 1979 [8] to Fredric Levine, the founder of retail chain M. Fredric, and Patsy (née Noah) Levine, an admissions counselor. [6] [9] He has a brother Michael, two half-siblings—Sam and Liza Levine—and step-sister Julia Bartolf Milne. [10] Levine father and maternal grandfather were Jewish, while his maternal grandmother was a Protestant. [11] Levine considers himself Jewish, [12] though according to The Jewish Chronicle , he is spiritual but not religious. He chose not to have a Bar Mitzvah as a child because of the custom of receiving Bar Mitzvah gifts, 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." [13] Levine is a nephew of journalist and author Timothy Noah, television producer and writer Peter Noah, [14] [15] and economist Jordan Levine. [16]

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His parents divorced when he was seven. Growing up, Levine spent weekdays with his mother and weekends with his father. [13] 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." [17]

Levine describes his family as "very musical" [18] and credits his mother with "start[ing] me out on the path." [19] He also attributes his mother's idols – Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, and The Beatles – to shaping his musical style, calling them "a huge part of my upbringing". [13] Levine attended Brentwood School, where he met Jesse Carmichael and Mickey Madden, his future bandmates. [20] 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." [18]

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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. [21] [22] 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. [23]

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Kara's Flowers

In February 1994, Levine, along with Mickey Madden, Jesse Carmichael, and Ryan Dusick, another Brentwood High student, formed garage band Kara's Flowers. [24] [25] The group played their first gig at the Whisky a Go Go, a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, with Levine on vocals and guitar. [26] 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. [26] Owing to a string of industry showcases in Los Angeles, they were signed on to Reprise Records through producer Rob Cavallo. [27] In August 1997, the band released their first album, titled The Fourth World . [28] That same year, the band appeared on an episode of the drama series Beverly Hills, 90210 . [6] After their graduation, the band toured in support of their debut. Despite high expectations, [26] the album had little success, selling about 5,000 copies, [29] and its only single, "Soap Disco", failed commercially. Finally, on Cavallo's exit from the label, [26] Reprise decided to drop the band. [30] Disappointed with the results of their album, the band broke up. [31] [32] 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". [33]

Maroon 5 and mainstream success

After the break up of Kara's Flowers, Levine, along with Carmichael, left Los Angeles to pursue further studies at Five Towns College in New York. [26] [34] 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". [35] After dropping out of Five Towns College, in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, where he and Jesse Carmichael spent a semester, [36] they reunited with Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick to form a band once more. [37] They experimented with several styles, including country and folk, before deciding groove-based music would become their genre. [20] 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." [26] 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. [32] 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". [29]

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. [6] While on the show, he would spend time writing songs about his ex-girlfriend Jane Herman. 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 [38] and becoming the tenth best-selling album of 2004, two years after its release. [39] In 2005, Maroon 5 won their first Grammy Award, for Best New Artist. [40] 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". [41]

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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". [42] 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. [43] 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. [44] [45]

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". [46] 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". [47] 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". [48] 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". [47]

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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 . [49] 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". [50] 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. [45] In support of Overexposed, the band conducted the Overexposed Tour from 2012–13 (with the European leg extending to 2014 due to scheduling conflicts), [51] and also headlined the 12th Annual Honda Civic Tour, which included The Voice contestant Tony Lucca. [52]

In 2014, Maroon 5 continued their collaboration with Ryan Tedder, Max Martin and others to release their fifth studio album V (pronounced: "five"). 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." [53] Five singles were released from it. In support of the album, the band undertook the Maroon V Tour, which kicked off with a show in Dallas in February 2015. [54]

In 2007, Levine had stated that he believed Maroon 5 was reaching its peak and might make one more album before disbanding. [55] 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". [56] 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". [57]

On February 10, 2017, Levine received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the recording industry. [58]

Other work

Musical collaborations

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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. [59] The same year, he appeared on Kanye West's album Late Registration , on the third single, "Heard 'Em Say", [60] a collaboration Levine called "very pure and very easy". The song was created during an airplane flight that he and West shared, [61] 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". [62] 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). [63] 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". [64] 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. [65] In 2013, Levine wrote a song with Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson called "My Most Terrible Secret" by the cast of Community , in the episode from the television series "Intro to Felt Surrogacy". [66] In 2015, Levine was featured on the song "Painkiller" by Rozzi Crane and the duo, R. City's single "Locked Away". In 2016, Levine collaborated with The Lonely Island for the song "I'm So Humble", in the film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (also stars Levine). [67]

He is also featured as a singer for his band's song "She Will Be Loved" in the music rhythm game, Band Hero . [68]

Television 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. [69] 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." [70] His hosting was generally disliked by reviewers, who called it "mediocre" [71] and "subpar." [72]

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. [10]

Since its inception in 2011, Levine has served as a contestant judge/coach on the reality talent TV show, The Voice . [73] The winner of the first season, Javier Colon, was on his team, as was fifth season winner Tessanne Chin [74] and ninth season winner Jordan Smith. 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. [6]

In 2012, Levine appeared as a recurring character in American Horror Story: Asylum , the second season of the television series American Horror Story . [75] He plays Leo Morrison, a newly-wed photographer visiting modern-day Briarcliff Manor, an insane asylum, on honeymoon with his wife, played by Jenna Dewan. The scenes were shot around his band's 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". [76] [77] 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". [78]

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. [79] [80] [81] The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to generally favorable reviews from critics. [82]

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. [83] He was ranked No. 41 on Glamour's "Sexiest Men of 2012" list. [84] In 2008, he appeared on People's "Single and Sexy Men" list. [85] He was elected TV's Most Crushworthy Male Reality Host/Judge in a poll held by Zap2it. [86] In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked him Number 7 on its list of "Top 50 Hottest Jewish men in the world". [87] Levine stripped naked for testicular cancer awareness for a centerfold in Cosmopolitan UK's February 2011 issue. [88]

On April 8, 2017, it was confirmed that Adam Levine will be hosting the upcoming online celebrity golf show, Teeing Off with Adam Levine, in partnership with TopGolf. [89]

On July 13, 2018, Levine and his production company 222 Productions, is executive produced a reality series titled Sugar , inspired by the Maroon 5 song of the same name, debuted on August 15, 2018 with YouTube Premium. The show recruits artists to crash events for unsuspecting fans. Artists featured on the series will include Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Snoop Dogg and Charlie Puth. [90]

Business ventures and endorsements

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

In October 2008 Levine collaborated with First Act to create the First Act 222 Guitar, which was fashioned to his specifications. The guitar was sold via Target stores. [91] Two years later he launched his own fashion line, entitled "222", at the Project Trade Show in Las Vegas. The collection features jeans, basic T-shirts and leather jackets. The venture was organized in partnership with his father, Fred Levine (who operates a chain of specialty boutiques), and his cousin, Sami Cooper. [92] [93]

In June 2011 Levine took part in an educational campaign to raise awareness of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The project, titled "Own It", was created by Shire and organized in collaboration with the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADHD). The project targets people who were previously diagnosed with the disorder, focusing on how it may continue into adulthood. Levine, who himself was diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager, said: "This campaign is important to me because it can help young adults and adults realize that there's a chance they may still have ADHD if they had it as a kid". [94] [95] In connection to this, he wrote an article in ADDitude Magazine about his personal experience with it. [96]

Levine founded his own record label, 222 Records in February 2012. He stated that he was inspired to start the label to sign on Rozzi Crane, an USC music student he discovered through a mutual friend. [97] She became the first singer signed on to the label, followed by Glee actor Matthew Morrison, Mexican artist Diego Boneta and The Voice season 2 contestant and part of Team Adam, the singer Tony Lucca. It was reported that he was negotiating further with potential distributors, as well as organizing staff, to operate as a full-fledged record company with departments such as marketing, radio and publicity. [98] [99]

In September 2012, Levine collaborated with the clothing company Bench in the Philippines to launch the menswear collection, following the company's similar partnership with musician Joe Jonas and Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale. [100] In January 2013, Levine was announced he would be entering a partnership with Sears Holdings to launch a multi-department lifestyle brand to develop apparel and accessories collections. [101] The company, also included rapper Nicki Minaj in the same contract. The menswear collection was launched on October 1 that year and conducts business via Kmart stores and online. [102] 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". [103] 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". [104]

Later, Levine collaborated with ID Perfumes to create his debut eponymous scent. [105] The line was launched at the Premiere Fragrance Installation in Los Angeles in February 2013. [106] 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" [107] [108] 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". [109]


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Levine performs in Washington, D.C.

Levine's interest in music started at around ten years of age, when he first started playing the guitar. He found music as an outlet for his feelings, stating: "I picked up a guitar and that was it. I fell so madly in love with it, it's all I did". [18] He performed his first professional gig at The Troubadour when he was twelve, but was so nervous he played with his back to the audience. [6] [110] Throughout his childhood, he had a wide range of musical influences, including 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 [111] and Michael Jackson. [112] He has also incorporated elements of The Police and Prince into his music. [113] 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". [114]

Levine remembers that listening to "Are You That Somebody?" by Aaliyah convinced him to pursue a more soulful sound than that of the band he was performing with at the time, Kara's Flowers. [28] His move to New York introduced him to a new music scene that involved hip-hop, R&B, gospel and soul music. [35] He took to changing his musical style, extensively emulating Stevie Wonder. [113] Subsequently, Songs About Jane was released, deemed "bluesy funk" [115] and similar to the sound of English pop rock band Busted. [116] Critics also drew comparisons between Levine and Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay. [117]

While earlier work was deemed "vaguely funky white-soul" [117] and "rock", recent ones have been judged to have a more reggae, anthemic pop sound, [118] evoking comparisons to Coldplay. [119] 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". [113] 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." [28] 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". [35]

Levine performing in Sydney, Australia in February 2019. Adam Levine performing in Sydney.jpg
Levine performing in Sydney, Australia in February 2019.

Levine is a tenor, he has a 3 and a half octave vocal range [120] [121] and has been noted for his falsettos. [122] 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." [123] 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". [124] 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". [125] 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". [126]

Levine's popularity outside of his musical work has seen him tagged as a "stand-alone star," [127] which critics say have pushed other members of Maroon 5 to the backseat, even in their music. [128] Their guitarist Valentine noted that his vocals were a central aspect around which their music revolved. [129] 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". [130] Delta Sky described him as "a natural, if slightly neurotic, leading man". [131] 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." [57]

Personal life

In early 2010, while performing at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party in Las Vegas, Levine met Russian Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover-model Anne Vyalitsyna. They began a relationship [132] which ended in April 2012. [133]

Levine began dating Behati Prinsloo, a Namibian Victoria's Secret model, in May 2012. [134] [135] The couple married on July 19, 2014, with Jonah Hill officiating the wedding. [136] [137] Levine and Prinsloo have two daughters, Dusty Rose (born September 21, 2016) [138] and Gio Grace (born February 15, 2018). [139]

Levine practices yoga under instructor Chad Dennis and has stated that "yoga will drastically improve you in every way imaginable". [140] He began the practice as a way to relieve his back pain and eventually replaced his weightlifting with yoga. [140]

Levine, whose brother Michael openly identifies as gay, is a supporter of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. [141] In 2011, he made a video [142] 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". [141]

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". [143] [144]


Singles as an artist

List of singles by title, year, peak chart positions, and album
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
"Heard 'Em Say"
(Kanye West featuring Adam Levine)
20052627199523671522 Late Registration
"Say It Again"
(Natasha Bedingfield featuring Adam Levine)
2007 N.B. and Pocketful of Sunshine
"Bang Bang"
(K'naan featuring Adam Levine)
200871105 Troubadour
"Stereo Hearts"
(Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine)
20114474833 The Papercut Chronicles II
"Man in the Mirror" [157]
(with Javier Colon)
4566non-album singles
"Yesterday" [158]
(with Tony Lucca)
"My Life"
(50 Cent featuring Eminem and Adam Levine)
(The Lonely Island featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar)
2013603126642677 The Wack Album
(PJ Morton featuring Adam Levine)
New Orleans
"Let It Be" [160]
(with Tessanne Chin)
7635 The Complete Season 5 Collection
"Tiny Dancer" [161]
(with Will Champlin)
The Complete Season 5 Collection
"Somebody That I Used to Know" [162]
(with Christina Grimmie)
20146647 The Complete Season 6 Collection
"Lost Without U" [163]
(with Chris Jamison)
6384 The Complete Season 7 Collection
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" [164]
(with Damien)
The Complete Season 7 Collection
"Lost Stars" [165]
(with Matt McAndrew)
8386 The Complete Season 7 Collection
"Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" [166]
(with Joshua Davis)
2015The Complete Season 8 Collection
"Locked Away" [167]
(R. City featuring Adam Levine)
62267462 What Dreams Are Made Of
"God Only Knows" [169]
(with Jordan Smith)
90 The Complete Season 9 Collection
"I'm So Humble" [170]
(The Lonely Island featuring Adam Levine)
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping soundtrack
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" [171]
(with Laith Al-Saadi)
The Complete Season 10 Collection
"Mic Jack"
(Big Boi featuring Adam Levine)
2017 Boomiverse
(French Montana featuring Adam Levine)
2018 Jungle Rules
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

Guest appearances

List of non-single songs with guest appearances by Adam Levine
"Live Again"2005 U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta) Ying Yang Twins
"Wild Horses" Unplugged Alicia Keys
"Promised Land"2009 G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. Night Kanye West and Malik Yusef
"Gotten"2010 Slash Slash
"Stand Up"2011 Come Through for You Javier Colon
"Lost Stars"2014 Begin Again Adam Levine
"No One Else Like You"
"A Higher Place"
"Lost Stars (Into the Night Mix)"
"Painkiller"2015Space Rozzi Crane
"Go Now"2016 Sing Street Adam Levine

Music videos

"Heard 'Em Say" (Version 1)2005 Kanye West featuring Adam Levine Michel Gondry [172]
"Heard 'Em Say" (Version 2)Kanye West featuring Adam Levine Bill Plympton, Joe DeMaio and Kanye West [173] [174]
"Iran So Far"2007 The Lonely Island featuring Adam Levine Akiva Schaffer [175]
"Bang Bang"2010K'naan featuring Adam Levine Malik Sayeed [176]
"Stereo Hearts"2011 Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam LevineHiro Murai [177]
"My Life"2012 50 Cent
featuring Eminem and Adam Levine
Rich Lee [178]
"YOLO"2013The Lonely Island
featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar
Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone [179]
"Heavy"2014 PJ Morton featuring Adam LevineNone [180]
"Locked Away"2015 R. City featuring Adam LevineNone [181]
"Mic Jack"2017 Big Boi featuring Adam LevineMotion Family [182]

Guest appearances

"God's Gonna Cut You Down"2006 Johnny Cash Tony Kaye [183]
"We Are the World 25 for Haiti"2010Artists for Haiti Paul Haggis [184]
"Uncharted"2011 Sara Bareilles Travis Schneider and Javier Dunn [185]

Songwriting credits

YearArtistAlbumSongCo-written with
2011 The Cab Symphony Soldier [186] "Animal" Jesse Carmichael



2005Email!Computer (voice)Short film
2013 Begin Again Dave Kohl
2014 Lennon or McCartney HimselfShort documentary film; interview clip [187]
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 HimselfCameo appearance
2015 Unity NarratorDocumentary
2015 Klown Forever Himself
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Himself
2017 Fun Mom Dinner Luke
2017 The Clapper Ralph Ranter


1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 HimselfEpisode: "Forgive and Forget"
2004–2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (musical guest / host)7 episodes
2007 Canadian Idol Himself (mentor) Season 5; 2 episodes
2009 30 Rock HimselfEpisode: "Kidney Now!"
2011–present The Voice Himself (coach) 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)
2011 Top Chef Masters HimselfEpisode: "I'm with the Band"
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Leo Morrison3 episodes
2013 Family Guy Himself (voice)Episode: "Quagmire's Quagmire"
2016 Broad City HimselfEpisode: "Jews on a Plane"
2017Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy HagarHimselfEpisode: "Marooned in LA"


2018 Sugar Executive Producer / HimselfEpisode: "Maroon 5 surprise a teen for the party of the year." (as Himself);
Web television series (8 episodes)
2019Songland [188] ProducerUpcoming series

Video games

2009 Band Hero Himself (voice)

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Love Somebody (Maroon 5 song) 2013 single by Maroon 5

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"Doin' Dirt" is a song recorded by American band Maroon 5 for their fourth studio album Overexposed (2012). It was written by the band's lead singer Adam Levine together with the producer Shellback. "Doin' Dirt" is a disco and electropop song with high energy and beat-driven elements. Following the release of the album, due to strong digital downloads, the song peaked at number 15 on the singles chart in South Korea.

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