SPOTLIGHT: Tilian releases dramatic new album 'Perfect Enemy'

Tilian Pearson performing in 2014.
Tilian Pearson gets emotional on his new studio album Perfect Enemy

Every now and then, I will post an article shining a spotlight on an artist and their new material that inspires me or thatI think deserves some attention from music fans. And today, I would like to shine that spotlight on someone who has inspired me for years and who I have been a fan of for a long time, Tilian Pearson.

You might be familiar with Tilian as the lead vocalist of his rock band Dance Gavin Dance or for his work with his former progressive rock group Tides of Man, but today (Fri, Nov. 27), the lovely pop singer-songwriter dropped his sophomore full-length, Perfect Enemy. An anthemic, dramatic, and emotional album composed of 12 well-written and clear quality songs, Perfect Enemy was recorded in September and was produced by music engineer Kris Crummett. Some songs show moments where Tilian gets explosive and sings about themes such as heartbreak, wishful thinking, and nostalgic memories. "Satellite" is a standout on the album for me, being one of the best songs I've heard all year and will be sure to make you miss your former lover. The album's lead single, "Tug Of War", is also a heart tugger.

You can buy Tilian's album, Perfect Enemy on iTunes Store here:

Stream Perfect Enemy on Spotify here:

Watch the music video for "Satellite" below:


Maroon 5 loses to One Direction at American Music Awards

Maroon 5 in 2014.
Maroon 5 lost the Favorite Duo/Group award to the biggest boy band

Tonight was the 43rd annual American Music Awards (Sunday, Nov. 22) and the full list of winners have been revealed.

Maroon 5 were nominated for both Artist of the Year and Favorite Duo/Group Pop/Rock, however lost the Favorite Duo/Group award to One Direction, who also beat out Walk the Moon. Maroon 5 were previously up for Artist of the Year until the final 5 nominees were revealed earlier this week.

But there's no need to be too upset. Maroon 5 is nominated at the 42nd annual People's Choice Awards next year for Favorite Group. The band is up against Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, Imagine Dragons, and One Direction. The People's Choice Awards will air live on January 6, 2016 on CBS.

To vote for Maroon 5, go to www.vote.peopleschoice.com and click on Maroon 5 then share your vote through Facebook and/or Twitter. Unlike the American Music Awards, tweets and retweets will not count towards votes for nominated artists, but it won't hurt to share your vote and support on social media!

Go vote for Maroon 5 for Favorite Group below:


5 producers Maroon 5 should work with on Album 6

Left to right: Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Mark Ronson.
These producers would make Maroon 5 change the game

With a sensational thirteen years of mainstream and commercial success worldwide selling nearly 28 million albums and 49 million singles on an international level and having won several Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Achievement Awards, World Music Awards, among others, Los Angeles pop group Maroon 5 have made their mark on pop and rock music alike since their milestone debut Songs About Jane dropped back in 2002. It was the infectious pop-funk hit "This Love" and the soft rock ballad "She Will Be Loved" that introduced Maroon 5 to the world and has since been dominating the music game. But, we all are aware that nowadays, as a band, it is seemingly hard to become (or stay) successful in the music industry. With rock music being the prominent go-to for newer bands, it seems as though the pop realm is where it's at. And Maroon 5 would not be here if it wasn't for experimenting with different options, sounds, and instruments of the modern music world. Working with the likes of Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who made Maroon 5's third studio effort Hands All Over an funky masterpiece, and Max Martin, who opened the door for the band to pursue electronic and pop music as its purist form, has made the band even more open to working with outside producers and writers and exploring every crevice of music.

Today, I had put together a list of five producers who are very popular in the music industry who Maroon 5 should consider working with. From the rap metal god Rick Rubin to the alternative duo The Neptunes, I have ranked the top five producers Maroon 5 should work with going into the follow-up to 2014's V. 

So here we go!

5. Rick Rubin

Fredrick Jay Rubin, better known as Rick Rubin, is one of the most popular music producers in the rock and metal scheme of music. Rubin's resumé is quite masterful dating all the way back to the 1980's. He has produced several anthemic arena albums for AC/DC (Ballbreaker), and Slayer (Christ Illusion). Eminem's The Marshal Matters LP II, Limp Bizkit's Results May Vary, and even Slipknot's Vol. III (The Subliminal Versus) are also huge records produced by Rubin, but his most popular records he has produced are Johnny Cash's final albums American III: Solitary Man, American IV: The Man Comes Around, Unearthed, American V: A Hundred Highways, and American VI: Ain't No Grave. Rubin has also experimented with hip hop with artists such as Run D.M.C., LL Cool J, Jay Z, and the world famous Beastie Boys.

4. Mark Ronson

Mark Daniel Ronson is one of the most popular DJs and producers overseas in the United Kingdom, but he recently made his print in the United States with his breakout funk-pop hit single "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars. Ronson is otherwise super famous for his work with the late jazz singer Amy Winehouse, who was one of the most prominent women in music before her passing in 2011. Aside from those 2 biggies, Ronson has produced albums for artists such as Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics), Adele (21), Lily Allen (Alright, Still), Bruno Mars (Unorthodox Jukebox), Paul McCartney (New), among several others. His infectious jazz-fusion, soul, and classical footprint has left an impression on pop music since the 1990's and would bring out Maroon 5's "Ragdoll" or "Sweetest Goodbye" side.

3. Neal Avron

Neal Avron is someone who leans towards producing more rock or punk records. Avron is mostly popular for working with artists such as Linkin Park (A Thousand Suns, Minutes to Midnight), Everclear (So Much for the Afterglow, Songs From An American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile), Switchfoot (Vice Versus, Fading West), Sara Bareilles (Kaleidoscope Heart), Yellowcard (Ocean Avenue, Light and Sound, Paper Walls), Fall Out Boy (From Under the Cork Tree, Infinity On High, Folie a Deux), and Walk the Moon (Talking Is Hard), among numerous others. Avron could help possibly make Maroon 5 another Songs About Jane or Hands All Over.

2. Greg Kurstin

Also straight out of Los Angeles, Greg Kurstin is a genreless producer and has worked with artists ranging from The Shins and Foster the People to Adele and Beck. Kurstin is most fluent in the pop music realm and has produced chart-topping records such as Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", Katy Perry's PRISM, Sia's "Chandelier", and Adele's "Hello."

1. The Neptunes

Arguably the most popular music producing groups of the 21st century, The Neptunes are huge and weigh heavily in R&B, hip hop, and urban music. Composed of Grammy Award winning recording artist Pharrell Williams and multi-instrumentalist Chad Hugo, the two have produced some of this century's hottest records with artists including Dr. Dre and Beyonce. The Neptunes have been named the number-one production group of the 2000's by Billboard Magazine and the 3rd greatest hip hop production group by Vibe magazine. Also, they have heavily inspired Maroon 5 in their early career.

Do you like out countdown? Do you agree with our #1 choice? Please let us know in the comments below or Tweet us @M5NewsRoom!


Adam Levine, R. City 'Voice' performance postponed

Adam Levine and R. City's performance has been "Locked Away" until further notice

On tonight's intense live results episode of NBC's reality show The Voice, coach Adam Levine and hip hop dup R. City were set to relieve all of us from the tension with a performance of their hit single "Locked Away", but we didn't get it.

It was revealed on Theron Thomas and Timothy Thomas' manager Ray Daniels' official Instagram account that the "Locked Away" performance was cancelled and postponed until further notice due to coach Adam's health.

"Sorry guys," Daniels' Instagram post began reading. "Adam was under the weather to perform." One comment from a fan read a bunch of sad face emojis which seem relatable to viewers who were expecting the performance.

However, as the photo post demonstrates, the performance had been rescheduled until further notice.

Catch The Voice live every Monday and Tuesday at 8/7p.m. CPT only on NBC!

A photo posted by Raydar Bitch!! (@raydaniels_) on

A special thank you to Twitter user @em_castellano for letting me know of the news!


Maroon 5 gets Sicarri remix for 'Sugar'

Sicarri remixes Maroon 5's hit "Sugar"

Despite the fact that Maroon 5's latest single "Feelings' just hit the radio airwaves last month, Sicarii, also known as Matthew Medved, premiered his brand new remix of Maroon 5's hit single "Sugar" today through his official Soundcloud profile. Speaking with Billboard magazine about the track, Sicarii said "I channeled that vibe on what was originally intended as an original track, but when Interscope gave me the opportunity to remix Maroon 5’s 'Sugar,' I realized how well Adam Levine’s vocals fit within what I’d made." Maroon 5's "Sugar" has been remixed a number of times in the past, including a chart-topping remix from Nicki Minaj, which was released back in March of this year. You can listen to that here! Listen to the remix below:

10 things we learned from Maroon 5's Live Nation Q&A

Maroon 5 performing in 2012.
10 things we took from James' live Q&A on the Live Nation Facebook page

Earlier today (Fri, Nov. 13), Maroon 5 guitarist and co-founder James Valentine took a few hours out of his day to answer some fan questions on the official Live Nation Facebook page; following all of the recent excitement that Maroon 5 has revealed in the last few weeks including their highly anticipated 2016 North American tour with Tove Lo, PHASES, and R. City.

James Valentine here & Maroon 5 can't wait to hit the road on our 2016 tour. Ask your questions below & I'll answer as...
Posted by Live Nation on Friday, November 13, 2015

Valentine answered more than a few of the fan questions today and we are taking out 10 of the most valuable answers he gave. So let's take a look.

Q: Will you be adding any more dates/states to the tour? Detroit/Michigan? - Asked by Lena B.

A: These are all the dates for right now. . . . I wish we could get everywhere in the world but there's never enough time!!!! We love you all though???

Q: Would you guys ever consider doing meet and greets again? - Asked by Allie R.

A: Yes, we'll do them again. We'd like to set them up so we feel like we can actually connect with people. It's hard to make those personal with the amount of people and limited time. I hate for people to feel cheated by the experience. I had a really interesting experience being on the other side when I went to a meet and greet for Rush. Very trippy.

Q: Are there plans for a live album any time soon? - Asked by Hannah K.

A: Good idea. I'll bring that up with the band, it's probably time.

Q: Where do you see the band in 5 years? Perhaps experimenting with new sounds? - Asked by Maricielo G.

A: Great question. I think all of us want to make a more traditional record next... What do I mean by that? More like the way we made Songs About Jane, just sitting in a room with our instruments and slugging it out. It's been fun to experiment on the last couple of records with the more electronic sounds, but maybe we've gone as far as we can with that for now.

Q: Will the band be bringing in any surprise guest artists along this tour like Taylor Swift did on her 1989 tour? - Asked by Joanna K.

A: Well we will have some amazing musicians out there with us, like Tove Lo and our buddies Phases, maybe we'll do some collabos there. I don't think anyone will ever have as many guests as Taylor did this last tour!

Q: How has the dynamic of your guys' tours changed over the years and how do you expect or hope for it to continue to evolve? - Asked by Emma H.

A: It's much more comfortable these days. It's nice to not have to drive the van all night while everyone argues about whose turn it is to lay down. It's nice to not have to share a twin bed with Mickey. Although, those times were pretty fun.

Q: Hi James! Are you releasing a new album soon? - Asked by Juliane C.

A: I wouldn't say soon, we pretty much have been on the same wheel of release an album/tour/release an album/tour etc. etc. and right now is the first time in our adult lives we're not working on a new record, although we still have a lot of touring ahead.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the band's hit song SHE WILL BE LOVED & THIS LOVE? - Asked by Joanna K.

A: The music was inspired by Bossa Nova. The main guitar part is like bossa nova riff that has been straightened out (I can't swing like those dudes). . . Lyrically it was Adam observing his friend's devotion to a troubled girl. The friend is someone you guys know. Because he might be onstage with us.

Q: Will Maroon 5 consider videotaping one of your concerts so we can buy it and keep it, of course? - Asked by Edelweiss M.

A: We might record it digitally, I mean who has a VCR anymore?

Q: Do you and the band do anything specific before going out on stage before every show, like say some sort of crazy chant, etc? - Asked by Heather B.

A: Yes, we do a huddle! We put our hands in the middle and yell hoooo-rah. It's really dumb but we can't go onstage before completing this!

Maroon 5 recently announced their 2016 North American tour with supporting acts Tove Lo, R. City, and PHASES. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, November 14th, at 10am local time! Head to www.maroon5.com/2016USTour for more information!

Adam Levine, R. City to perform on 'The Voice'

Levine in the music video for "Locked Away."
Levine and R. City are bringing "Locked Away" to The Voice

It was announced earlier today (Friday, Nov. 13) that hip hop duo R. City and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be bringing their hit single, "Locked Away", to NBC's The Voice stage later this month.

Levine and R. City will be performing "Locked Away" on The Voice on Tuesday, November 17th at 8:00/7:00p.m. CT on NBC.

Watch the music video for "Locked Away" below:


Adam Levine speaks with Seth Meyers about 'The Voice'

Adam Levine on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Levine talks about The Voice and shuts down Behati rumors on Late Night

Last night (Wed, Nov. 11), Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine appeared on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show to talk about The Voice, his world tour next year with his band, and more. Unfortunately, after had watching last night's entire episode, not all of the interview footage is uploaded to YouTube, however the Late Night channel uploaded one clip with Levine.

The Voice coach spoke about what it feels like to had worked with his fellow coach Blake Shelton over the coarse of 9 seasons. "Blake's still an idiot," he said. Levine continued to decline that any of what the viewers see on television is actually real. "We mess around with each other so much and people actually think it's real which is funny because they're like 'Oh are you guys actually fighting?' and I'm like 'No, we're not fighting. We're like best friends. I love that dude."

Adam also quickly denied the rumors of him and wife Behati Prinsloo having some troubles in their new marriage. "[People say things like] 'There's trouble in paradise' and 'they're all miserable' I'm like 'that's so mean.' Why would you do that?"

Recently, Adam has been confirmed as one of the many performers for this year's Sinatra 100 Grammy Special in honor of the late jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra. Click here for more information: http://goo.gl/YTT20w

You can watch the clip below:


Adam Levine to perform at Grammy Sinatra Special

Maroon 5 performing in 2015.
Levine will perform a Sinatra hit in honor of the late jazz vocalist

A list of artists revealed last week confirmed that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be performing solo at this year's Sinatra 100: An All-Star GRAMMY Concert special in December.

The pre-recorded special will air on Sunday, December 6 at 9:00/8:00p.m. CPT on CBS. 

It is not clear if Maroon 5 or any members of the band will be performing with Levine at the show.

Maroon 5 performed at CBS's Beatles: The Night That Changed America Grammy Special in February of last year, playing the songs "Ticket to Ride" and "Hold My Hand." 

The band gave tribute to Frank Sinatra by doing a studio performance of "The Way You Look Tonight", as mostly known covered by Sinatra, for the compilation album His Way, Our Way. 

Listen to Maroon 5's cover below:


Adam Levine to appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Maroon 5 performing in 2015.
Voice coach and Maroon 5 star will sit down with Seth Meyers

It was revealed this week that the very busy and talented Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, will be visiting Late Night with Seth Meyers next week on Wednesday, November 11th. This will be the first time Levine appears on the show since Meyers took over after Jimmy Fallon moved to The Tonight Show earlier this year. 

Adam Levine will be talking about his stint as a coach on NBC's Emmy Award-winning show The Voice, working with his team on the show, and touring with Maroon 5 next year.

Don't miss Adam Levine on Late Night with Seth Meyers next Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 12:35a/11:35p CPT only on NBC!

Maroon 5 just recently announced their 2016 North American tour with supporting acts Tove Lo, R. City, and PHASES which will take place next September and October. Tickets will become available to pre-sale members on November 12 and for general admission on November 14 through Ticketmaster and Live Nation. 

To see the full list of dates and ticket info, click on the link:

Maroon 5, Tove Lo announce North American tour

Maroon 5 performing in 2015.
Maroon 5 among Tove Lo, R. City are going on the road next Fall!

It was finally revealed this morning (Friday, Nov. 6) that Maroon 5 will be embarking on their North American tour starting in September of next year. Tour dates and ticket information were announced on Maroon 5's official website.

We’re happy to announce that we will be on tour next September and October of 2016 all across North America. Tickets go...
Posted by Maroon 5 on Friday, November 6, 2015

Maroon 5 will begin their North American tour on September 3 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas and will conclude it on October 16 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The supporting act for the tour will be Tove Lo (prominently known for her chart-topping single "Habits (Stay High)"). Special guests on the tour include hip hop duo R. City (previously known as Rock City) and PHASES (previously known as JJAMZ).

Maroon 5 may be announcing more U.S. summer tour dates throughout the next several weeks.

Pre-sale tickets will be available on Thursday, November 12 and general admission tickets go up on Saturday, November 14. Go to www.maroon5.com/maroonvtour for more information!

Here are the full list of tour dates:

12/30-12/31–Mandalay Bay Events Center - Las Vegas, NV
9/03–AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
9/05–Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA
9/07–American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL
9/09–Amway Arena - Orlando, FL
9/11–Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, NC
9/12–PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
9/14–Thompson-Boling Arena - Knoxville, TN
9/16–Royal Farms Arena - Baltimore, MD
9/17–DCU Center - Worcester, MA
9/19–XL Center - Hartford, CT
9/21–Times Union Center - Albany, NY
9/23–Bell Centre - Montreal, Canada
9/24–Centre Videotron - Quebec, Canada
9/26–First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
9/28–Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH
9/29–U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH
10/01–BMO Harris Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI
10/03–Scottrade Center - Saint Louis, MO
10/04–Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE
10/06–Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
10/08–Vivint Smart Home Arena - Salt Lake City, UT
10/09–Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID
10/11–Key Arena - Seattle, WA
10/13–Moda Center - Portland, OR
10/15– Golden One Arena - Sacramento, CA

10/16–Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA


Maroon 5 up for People's Choice Award

Maroon 5 performing in 2015.
Maroon 5 are nominated for for Favorite Group at the PCA's

Maroon 5 will be recognized for their outstanding year at the People's Choice Awards next year.

A full list of categories and nominees were revealed yesterday (Tue, Nov. 3) for the 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards, which is set to air live on January 6th next year on CBS. Maroon 5 are among one of the 5 nominated for the Favorite Group Award up against Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Fifth Harmony, and One Direction.

Maroon 5 are also nominated at the 43rd annual American Music Awards this year for Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Duo/Group. The AMA's will air live on November 22nd on ABC. You can still vote for Maroon 5 for their AMA nominations here!

Vote for Maroon 5 for the 42nd People's Choice Awards below:


Maroon 5 will announce 2016 U.S. tour

Maroon 5 in 2015.
Maroon 5 will announce their 2016 U.S. tour in 5 days

It was revealed earlier today (Sun, Nov. 1) that Maroon 5 will be announcing their forthcoming North American headlining tour in just 5 days.

The reveal began with a post on Maroon 5's official Facebook page beginning a 5 Days Of Maroon 5 countdown. Check out the post below.

#5DAYSOFMAROON5……Let the countdown begin! www.maroon5.com
Posted by Maroon 5 on Sunday, November 1, 2015

It was later announced on Twitter that the L.A. pop rockers will be revealing details of a North American tour in 5 days, on Thursday, November 5. On their official website (http://www.maroon5.com/2016ustour), Maroon 5 has set up an interactive web page for you to choose a section of North America to find out if they are indeed coming to your state or province.

A full list of tour dates and ticket information will be revealed on November 5th on Maroon 5's website. Stay tuned.

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