"Wake Up Call" is the second single by Maroon 5 from their second studio album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long. It had been rumored as the second single, and the band confirmed this on the May 22 episode of TRL. The band also said that they are excited to do the music video for the song. FMQB confirmed that the single would be released to radio on July 17. It leaked online shortly before May 1, 2007 as part of a four track sampler from It Won't Be Soon Before Long. They performed the song on 45th at Night, which included a special guest Eve. The remix was never officially recorded. Another remix was with Mary J. Blige making a special guest appearance for this song.
Before the release of "Wake Up Call", the band promoted by performing it a half-step lower. The song was also heard playing in the background in a club scene on the HBO hit, Entourage. The song was BBC Radio 1 playlisted for the playlist week beginning July 18, 2007.
The music video for "Wake Up Call" is directed by Jonas Åkerlund and filming took place on July 7–9, 2007. The video is presented as a trailer for an imaginary NC-17-rated movie. It features Adam Levine's leading lady for the video Kim Smith, talking with the suspicious Levine, asking for his forgiveness since she had sex with another man whom Levine doesn't know and who serves as the antagonist in the video. As the video progresses, Levine arrives home, kicking down the door upon hearing noises coming from the bedroom and catches his girlfriend cheating on him with the other man (played by Jeremy Sisto). As his girlfriend tries to break up the fight between both men while attempting to explain the reason of her infidelity to her boyfriend, Levine immediately shoots him in the chest, killing him. While his girlfriend watched in horror as her lover dies from the fatal gunshot, Levine covers up the body and drags it out of the bedroom. The rest of the video centers around Maroon 5 and Adam's girlfriend going through an elaborate plan to cover up the murder.