Lost Stars

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"Lost Stars"
Song by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley
from the album Begin Again and V
ReleasedJune 23, 2014
StudioElectric Lady Studios in New York City, New York
  • 4:27 (Adam Levine version)
  • 4:01 (Keira Knightley version)
  • 3:38 (Into the Night Mix version)
  • Gregg Alexander
  • Nick Lashley
  • Nick Southwood with additional vocal production by Danielle Brisebois

"Lost Stars" is an original song performed by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine for the romantic comedy-drama film Begin Again. It was released on June 23, 2014, through ALXNDR, 222 Records, Polydor, and Interscope in the United States.

The song was written and produced by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood. It was recorded in New York City at Electric Lady Studios in mid-2012. "Lost Stars" also includes two versions, one for actress Keira Knightley and the other by Levine titled "Into the Night Mix", which are included on the film's soundtrack, with the original version appeared on the deluxe edition of Maroon 5's fifth studio album V (2014).

"Lost Stars" was performed live for the first time on the season finale of The Voice's season seven by Levine and his team member Matt McAndrew. Their performance peaked at number 83 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1] Later, Levine performed the song with his band Maroon 5 at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015.[2]

Music videos[edit]

Adam Levine version[edit]

Official version (Lyric video)

A lyric video of the song by Adam Levine was released on June 30, 2014.[3] It follows the scenes from Begin Again, with the film's character Dave Kohl (portrayed by Levine).

Acoustic version

An acoustic version of the song was released on August 29, 2014.[4] The video shows Levine performing the song in a recording studio with Maroon 5 member James Valentine playing the guitar. This version does not appear on the film's soundtrack.

Keira Knightley version[edit]

Official version (Lyric video)

Another lyric video of the song by Keira Knightley was released on June 26, 2014.[5] Like the first lyric video, it follows with another character Gretta James (portrayed by Knightley).


Chart (2014–15) Peak
France (SNEP)[6] 145
South Korean International Chart (Gaon)[7] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 93
Duet with Matt McAndrew
Chart (2014) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 86
US Billboard Hot 100 83


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


"Lost Stars" was nominated for a 2015 Critics Choice Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "Glory" by John Legend and Common from Selma. The song was also nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards, where it also lost to "Glory". However, the song did won for Best Original Song in a Feature Film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Academy Awards Best Original Song Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for "Lost Stars" Nominated [10]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Song Keira Knightley performed "Lost Stars" Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Song in a Feature Film Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for "Lost Stars" Won

Stevie McCrorie version[edit]

"Lost Stars"
Lost Stars.jpg
Single by Stevie McCrorie
Released5 April 2015
Stevie McCrorie singles chronology
"Lost Stars"
"My Heart Never Lies"

In April 2015, Stevie McCrorie, winner of the fourth series of The Voice UK, released a cover version of "Lost Stars" as his winner's single.

On 4 April 2015, McCrorie performed the song "Lost Stars" live on The Voice UK grand final, with the single being released the next day as a digital download. It reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 in his native Scotland the following week.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 89
Scotland (OCC)[12] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 6

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
United Kingdom 5 April 2015 Digital download


  1. ^ "headlineplanet.com". headlineplanet.com. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Watch Adam Levine and Maroon 5 Perform "Lost Stars" at the Oscars". Time. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Shannon Vestal Robson (June 30, 2014). "Watch Adam Levine Perform His Song "Lost Stars" From Begin Again". PopSugar. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Keith Girard (August 29, 2014). "Adam Levine Sings Acoustic Version of 'Lost Stars' in New Video (Watch!)". The New York Independent. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Rachel McRady (June 26, 2014). "Keira Knightley Sings "Lost Stars" in Begin Again: Watch Now". US Magazine. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Adam Levine – Lost Stars" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Adam Levine – Lost Stars". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 September 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ "The 87th Academy Awards (2015) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Stevie McCrorie". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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