"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 Levine, suspicious 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. It also show scenes of a woman who is on a pole and dancing on it, two woman are tied-up and captured in a van, a woman waving a flag, another woman in a swimsuit taking pictures on a boat, Levine jumping from roof to roof atop different buildings, the band members taking up gambling in several poker games to gain a large amount of money in order to cover up the murder and also the signs on the lyrics for the band to say during the video. Soon, the bloody and battered Levine and his girlfriend begin arguing about her cheating on him and his killing her lover, ending with Levine turning over a table in a fit of rage and smashing the bathroom mirror with a baseball bat, as his girlfriend walks around emotional before entering the bathroom to apologize to Levine.
The next scene connects the couple's argument in the car from the beginning, with his girlfriend admitting they both screwed up, in an attempt to protect his girlfriend from going to prison for his crime of murdering her lover, Levine forgives her and tells her not to worry about him, admitting that his killing and her infidelity is possibly his fault to begin with. While Levine and his girlfriend reconcile, smiling and holding hands together, a tape recorder from the police plays nearby, recording their every word about their involvement in the murder. Unaware of the surveillance cameras watching their every move, Levine and his girlfriend exit the car and walk together, narrowly escaping the flames of their car exploding from a detonated bomb hidden in the automobile. Meanwhile, the band is seen playing in an outside sewer gates and also a helicopter flies by during the video. In the end, after the group fails to escape the police and Levine being arrested during his attempt to climb over the wired fence, the entire band is captured and in the last scene of the video, Adam is given the electric chair.
According to the band's official website, the music video released on Tuesday, July 31, 12:00 AM PST and premiered on MTV's website in August 2007. On MTV and VH1, the video was shortened and changed up a bit. In the director's cut, Levine's girlfriend says "We both fucked up". In the edited version, it was replaced by "We both screwed up". The edited version also ends with Levine just going to sleep in his jail cell instead of being executed in the electric chair as well as the sexual scenes, and pole dancing scenes being less explicit. The music video has been viewed over 14 million times.