V (Maroon 5 album)

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V
Studio album by Maroon 5
Released August 29, 2014 (2014-08-29)
Recorded 2013–14
Conway Studios (Los Angeles)
Genre
Length 40:10
Label
Producer
Maroon 5 chronology
Overexposed
(2012)
V
(2014)
Singles from V
  1. "Maps"
    Released: June 16, 2014 (2014-06-16)
  2. "Animals"
    Released: August 22, 2014 (2014-08-22)
  3. "Sugar"
    Released: TBA 2014[citation needed]

V (pronounced "Five") is the fifth studio album by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on August 29, 2014, by Interscope Records and 222 Records, as the follow-up from their fourth studio album Overexposed (2012). The album will be the first to be released through Interscope after the band's previous label, A&M Octone Records, transferred them along with most of its artists to Interscope. The album also sees the return of keyboardist Jesse Carmichael after his absence from the band's previous album. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 164,000 copies in the first week.

Background[edit]

In 2012, Maroon 5 released their fourth studio album Overexposed. The album was released during a time of commercial momentum for the band following the success of "Moves like Jagger", a single which lead singer Adam Levine credited as having "revived the group",[2] and the album's lead single, "Payphone", which became both a critical and commercial success.[3] Overexposed was described by the band as their "most poppiest record to date", with critics giving the album mixed reviews upon its release,[4] describing the album as having lacked memorable hooks and charm,[5] and having exposed their limitations.[6] The album, however, was met with a positive note with praise directed generally at Levine's vocals and the album's production.[7]

Recording[edit]

V was recorded by the band at Conway Studios in downtown Los Angeles, California over a year-long period from 2013 through to mid 2014.[8] The recording sessions for V saw the band's keyboardist Jesse Carmichael return to the band after a hiatus, which saw him absent during the recording and promotion for the band's fourth studio album, Overexposed.[9] V also features a collaboration with Gwen Stefani for "My Heart is Open",[10] co-written with Sia. James Valentine stated that they have known her for a long time and work together was "really cool".[11]

Packaging[edit]

The album cover for V features a neon lighted crosstube formed in the shape of the roman numeral for five, the title of the album.[12] The neon display is placed in front of a desert landscape, with mountains in the background. The Maroon 5 logo appears out of focus in the background as a sign perched on the side of the mountain, similar to the Hollywood Sign.[13] It was taken by South Korean photographer Jung Lee(이정).[14][15]

Promotion[edit]

Departing from then-active A&M Octone Records, the band signed with its related label Interscope Records in May 2014 to release the album.[16] V was unveiled by the band and Interscope on May 19, 2014, slated for a release date of September 2, 2014 in the United States.[17] Through a signed contract with Live Nation, the band had also announced that they are also set to embark on a world tour in late 2014 through to early 2015 in support of V.[8] The artwork for V was unveiled through a series of five puzzle piece clues released daily through the band's Facebook page from July 17 through to July 21.[18] After the series was completed, the album's artwork, in addition to its track listing, were unveiled on July 21, 2014,.[19] Moreover, to promote the album, the band will perform at the 2014 London iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse as a headline act on the night of September 11, 2014.[20] The band will embark on their Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 from February to June 2015 that will take place in North America and Europe.[21]

Singles[edit]

  • "Maps", was released on June 16, 2014, as the first single from the album.[22] A teaser of the song was uploaded on band's Facebook page on June 11, 2014.[23] The song has so far peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100[24] and reached the Top 20 in several countries.
  • "Animals", was released on August 22, 2014, as the second single from the album. The song debuted at number 86 on the Hot 100.[24]
  • "Sugar" will be released later this year.[25]

Promotional singles[edit]

  • "It Was Always You" was released as the album's promotional single on July 29, 2014.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 55/100[26]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[27]
The A.V. Club C+[28]
Billboard 86/100[29]
Entertainment Weekly C[30]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[31]
New York Daily News 2/5 stars[32]
The Observer 2/5 stars[33]
PopMatters 5/10 discs[34]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[35]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[36]

The album received generally mixed reviews upon its release. According to Metacritic, where they assign a weighted average score out of 100 to ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, V received an average of 55, based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26] In four star review out of five by Rolling Stone, Jon Dolan calls the songs "masterfully crisp" because they "are precision-tuned and lustrously polished, jammed with hooks and choruses that build a man cave in your brain."[35] Brian Mansfield gave two and a half star out of five review, indicating how Levine "expertly crafts his material for maximum memorability" with regards to an album that's "easy to digest and contains all sorts of flavors while still being its own thing."[36] In a 86 out of 100 review for Billboard, Brad Wete remarks how the album "reveals that their foundation has not been removed."[29] Writing on behalf of AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album three and a half stars out of five, illustrating how the superb aspects of the music come about, when the band "embrace the tuneful, slightly soulful adult contemporary pop band they've always been".[27]

At Entertainment Weekly, Kyle Anderson graded the album a C, insinuating how "Levine's song-crafting skills don't live up to his ability to work a crowd."[30] Tim Jonze from The Guardian provided a two star review out of five review for the album, saying that despite the hooks, V is an "evidence as to why most people can't remember a Maroon 5 song two seconds after it finishes."[31] In a two star out of five review from The Observer, Theo Leanse realizing the material is "a gaudy chunk of over-produced electro-pop-rock", yet the band "flips a smug V-sign at us, knowing we'll never free its singles from our skulls."[33] Evan Rytlewski delivered a C+ review on behalf of The A.V. Club commenting how the band "stayed hip", but in a way of "furnishing a too-perfect, soundstage ideal of whatever the kids are into these days."[28] In a two star review out of five by New York Daily News, Jim Farber criticizing the hooks on the album, for being "so annoying, you won't be able to scrub them from your mind."[32] Annie Galvin delivered a five out of ten review for PopMatters stating, "As far as lightweight, easy-listening charts pop goes, V doesn’t totally offend the sensibilities, and that’s surely more than can be said about some of Maroon 5’s overly pandering, less exploratory 'pop-rock' peers."[34]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 164,000 copies in the U.S.[37] and earned their second US number-one album since 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long.

In Canada, the album also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, with 15,000 copies sold for the week.[38] In its second week, the album remained at number one with 7,700 copies.[39]

Track listing[edit]

V — Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Maps"  
3:10
2. "Animals"  
Shellback 3:51
3. "It Was Always You"  
4:00
4. "Unkiss Me"  
  • Carlsson
  • Passovoy[b]
3:58
5. "Sugar"   3:55
6. "Leaving California"  
3:23
7. "In Your Pocket"  
3:39
8. "New Love"  
3:16
9. "Coming Back for You"  
  • Levine
  • Martin
  • Evigan
  • Lomax
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Evigan
  • The Monsters & Strangerz
  • S. Johnson[b]
  • Martin[b]
  • Tejada[b]
3:47
10. "Feelings"  
  • Levine
  • Shellback
  • Oscar Görres
  • Shellback
  • OzGo
3:14
11. "My Heart Is Open" (featuring Gwen Stefani)
  • Blanco
  • Jerkins
  • Lindal
  • Levine
3:57
Total length:
40:10
Notes

Personnel[edit]

From Allmusic[41]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[42] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[43] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[44] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[45] 12
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[46] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[47] 40
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[48] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[49] 11
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[50] 6
French Albums (SNEP)[51] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[52] 6
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[53] 12
Indian Albums (IMI)[54] 1
Irish Albums (IRMA)[55] 7
Italian Albums (FIMI)[56] 2
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[57] 4
Korean Albums (GAON)[58] 6
Korean International Albums (GAON)[59] 2
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[60] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[61] 5
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[62] 43
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[63] 12
Scottish Albums (OCC)[64] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[65] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[66] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[67] 2
Taiwanese Albums (G-Music)[68] 4
Taiwanese Western Albums (G-Music)[69] 1
Taiwanese International Albums (G-Music)[70] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[71] 4
US Billboard 200[72] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[73] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[74] 22,700^
Japan (RIAJ)[75] 36,918^
United States (RIAA)[76] 244,000[77]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Format Label
Germany[78][79] August 29, 2014
  • Standard
  • Deluxe
Interscope
Brazil [80][81] Universal Music Brazil
South Korea[82] September 1, 2014 Standard, deluxe, Blu-ray Universal Music Korea
United States[83] September 2, 2014
  • Standard (explicit)
  • Deluxe (explicit)
  • Standard (clean)
  • Deluxe (clean)
CD, LP, digital download

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