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Maroon 5 hits the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand with Train September 5th, and they’re in this week’s JACK FM Artist Spotlight!  

[lastfm]Maroon 5[/lastfm] is a Grammy Award-winning American pop rock band. Formed in Los Angeles, United States, the group comprises five members: Adam Levine (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Valentine (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jesse Carmichael (keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Mickey Madden (bass guitar), and Matt Flynn (drums, percussion).

Maroon 5 has won several awards for its debut album Songs About Jane. Released in June 2002, the album enjoyed major chart success, going gold, platinum, and triple platinum in many countries around the world.

After a hiatus from the music scene, Maroon 5 released their second studio album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long in May 2007, five years after Songs About Jane. The second set debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of nearly half a million. The album has since gone on to become platinum with 1.8 million albums sold in the United States alone and over 3.5 million world wide. The band performed throughout the summer and fall of 2007, including a North American tour with The Hives. They followed that with a world tour with [lastfm]New Found Glory[/lastfm]. In March 2008, they toured with[lastfm]Counting Crows[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Sara Bareilles[/lastfm].

Maroon 5’s third studio album was recorded in 2009 in Switzerland, where the band joined forces with record producer Robert “Mutt” Lange. Valentine said that November that the new album had been titled Hands All Over. In April 2010, they revealed titles of 11 of its 15 songs: “How”, “Never Gonna Leave”, “Wasted Years”, “Last Chance”, “Don’t Know Much About That”, “Out of Goodbyes” (featuring [lastfm]Lady Antebellum[/lastfm]), “I Can’t Lie”, “Give a Little More”, “Misery”, “Stutter” and “Hands All Over”. Hands All Over is scheduled to be released on September 21, 2010. The album’s first single, “Misery”, was released on June 22. accompanied bya month-long summer tour in advance of the album’s release, from July 30 to August 29.


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