Maps (Maroon 5 song)

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"Maps"
Single by Maroon 5
from the album V
Released June 16, 2014 (2014-06-16)
Format
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:10
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Love Somebody"
(2013)
"Maps"
(2014)
"Animals"
(2014)

"Maps" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on June 16, 2014, as the lead single from their fifth studio album V.[1][2]

Composition[edit]

The song was written by Adam Levine, Ammar Malik, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella, and produced by the latter three.[3] Blanco and Malik have previously teamed with Maroon 5 on the songs "Moves like Jagger" and "Payphone", while Tedder and Zancanella have worked with the group on the songs "Love Somebody" and "Lucky Strike". "Maps" is an up-tempo pop/pop rock track,[1][2][4] composed in the key of C# minor (with the main chord progression of A–B–C#m - both in the verses and the chorus - and F#m–G#m-G#7 in the pre-chorus), that contains a "breezy guitar lick". It marks Maroon 5's further departure from the funkier sound for which the band was originally known.[2]

Lyrically, the song is about "the search for love, particularly a love that has been lost and needs to be found".[2] In the chorus, Adam Levine sings "All the roads you took came back to me / So I'm following the map that leads to you."[2][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Idolator's Robbie Daw wrote that "similar to Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven", "Maps" has a "Sting/The Police vibe, particularly with the guitar licks and Levine's multi-tracked vocal harmonies on the chorus." He also added that the influence of Ryan Tedder (and OneRepublic's pop-rock anthems, such as "Counting Stars" and "Love Runs Out") is evident.[3] Jeff Benjamin of Fuse compared the opening guitar licks to the "California-cool sound" of Red Hot Chili Peppers.[4]

Music Times commented, "With his [Levine's] singsong melody over the relaxed, plucked guitars and subtle drums, Maroon 5 create a chill vibe before building the song into something a bit more powerful. Though Levine's vocals remain constant, the song soon crescendos into a fuller sound, with a chorus that isn't so much explosive as it is, well, danceable," and compared the track to "Payphone", the lead single from the band's fourth studio album Overexposed (2012): "The more you think about the two lead singles versus each other, the more they feel exactly the same."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Shortly after its release, "Maps" quickly reached number one on the Billboard Twitter Real Time Trending 140 chart, eventually staying within the upper ranks for several hours. The song also logged close to 1,800 first-day spins on radio which, according to the Nielsen BDS, would amount to a one-day audience impression of seventeen million.[7] It has since peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached its million sales mark in August 2014[8] and had sold 1.6 million copies by the year's end.[9]

The single debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in late August of 2014.

As "Maps" topped the eight biggest music charts in South Korea, Maroon 5 became the first foreign artist to top several charts at the same time in Korean music history.[10]

Music video[edit]

The band announced the official music video for the song through Twitter[11] and posted a teaser on band's official Facebook page.[12] The video, directed by Peter Berg (who has previously worked with the band on the clip for their 2012 single "One More Night"), premiered on MTV and VH1 on July 1, 2014 and was uploaded on Maroon 5's official VEVO channel the next day.[13] According to the band's bassist Mickey Madden, the story of the video is inspired by the 2002 film Irréversible, so the events shown in the video are reversed. The clip also marks the first music video appearance in two years of keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, who returned after taking a temporary break from performing in Maroon 5. He plays one of the hospital paramedics in some of the first scenes of the video. The other members of the group: the aforementioned Mickey Madden, guitarist James Valentine, keyboardist PJ Morton and drummer Matt Flynn are portraying some of the guests seen at a house party).

Synopsis[edit]

The video begins with Adam Levine entering a hospital and nervously looking for a young woman (played by Tereza Kačerová). He finally finds her in the emergency room, where he sees the doctors trying to resuscitate her. Levine then repeatedly asks the staff what has happened to the girl, but he is soon escorted out of the room by two paramedics (as mentioned above, one of them is played by Jesse Carmichael). The next scene is a flashback showing Levine driving a car at a very high speed (going back and forth between the right and wrong side of the road, past the other cars) to get to the hospital. The young woman, revealed to be the girlfriend of Levine's character, is seen next - she is walking down a street, visibly upset, as a man tries to get her attention. After the girl angrily demands him to leave her alone and pushes him away, she walks into the street, is hit by a truck and helplessly falls to the ground. The next scenes reveal what happened earlier: Levine and his girlfriend arrive at a house party, greeted by guests. While the girl is dancing and having fun, Levine is dragged by another partygoer (played by Maroon 5's tour manager, Shawn Tellez) to another room, where he meets a woman (portrayed by Meghan Wiggins). After drinking a lot of alcohol, Levine finds himself in her arms and they share a romantic kiss. Unfortunately, his girlfriend sees them and she soon storms out of the house, despite Levine's attempts to stop her from leaving. The last flashback is of Levine helping his girlfriend choose a dress to wear. Then, they hold each other, as they watch a football/soccer game on television together. At the end, all of the events shown in the video come together in the right order, explaining the whole story. The final scene takes the viewer back to the hospital, where the girl is shown flatlining and depicted as having died in the accident.

Live performances[edit]

The band performed the song live for the very first time on June 20, 2014, during their concert at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Five days later, on June 25, 2014, Maroon 5 played "Maps" on The Today Show to promote their fifth studio album, V. The track was also performed at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on August 24, 2014.

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Argentina (Top 20)[14] 17
Australia (ARIA)[15] 30
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[17] 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[18] 13
Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100)[19] 80
Bulgaria (BG Top 40)[20] 2
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 1
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 2
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[23] 1
Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart)[24] 2
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[25] 28
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[26] 10
Denmark (Tracklisten)[27] 12
Denmark Airplay (Tracklisten)[28] 8
Denmark Bit Track (Tracklisten)[29] 1
Estonia (Eesti Top 40)[30] 7
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[20] 3
Europe (Euro Single Songs)[20] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[31] 5
France (SNEP)[32] 17
Germany (Media Control Charts)[33] 6
Greece (Billboard)[34] 19
Hungary (Single Top 20)[35] 11
Iceland (Tonlist)[36] 6
India (IMI)[37] 12
Indonesia Digital Songs[38] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[39] 22
Israel (Media Forest)[40] 8
Italy (FIMI)[41] 4
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[42] 16
Lebanon (The Official Lebanese Top 20)[43] 3
Mexican Airplay Chart (Billboard International)[44] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[45] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[46] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[47] 16
Norway (VG-lista)[48] 11
Philippines (Myx Philippines)[49] 5
Portugal (Billboard)[50] 18
Russia (TopHit)[51] 28
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[52] 2
Serbia (IFPI)[53] 5
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[54] 12
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[55] 8
South Africa (EMA)[56] 3
South Korea (Gaon)[57][dead link] 1
South Korea (GAON International Chart)[58] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[59] 22
Spanish Airplay Chart[60] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[61] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[62] 22
Taiwan (Music Western Chart)[63] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[64] 2
Ukraine (FDR)[65] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[66] 6
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[67] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[68] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[69] 2
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[70] 31
Venezuela Pop Rock General (Record Report)[71] 5
Venezuela Top Anglo (Record Report)[72] 3
Vietnam (Music Weekly Asia)[73] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 23
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[74] 81
US Billboard Hot 100[66] 29
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[67] 18
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[68] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[69] 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[75] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[76] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Italy (FIMI)[77] Platinum 30,000*
México[78] Gold 30,000
South Korea (Gaon Chart) 1,014,485[79][80][dead link]
Sweden (GLF)[81] Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[82] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[83] 1,600,000[9]
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[84] Platinum 2,600,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[85] Platinum 8,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Italy[86] June 16, 2014 Contemporary hit radio Universal
United States[87][88][89] Hot adult contemporary radio
June 17, 2014 Contemporary hit radio
Digital download Universal
Germany[90] August 1, 2014 CD single
United States[91] August 5, 2014 Rhythmic contemporary radio
  • 222
  • Interscope
United Kingdom[92] August 24, 2014 Digital download Universal

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