Adam Levine on new album: 'There's a slightly darker side'

Adam Levine performing with Maroon 5 in 2015. Photo by Travis Schneider.
The Maroon 5 frontman talks about his the group's sixth LP

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine spoke with Beats 1, a radio station completely powered by online music streaming service Apple Music, about the process and sound of the group's upcoming sixth full-length studio album. He speaks about its direction, how it pushes the boundaries and is more powerful than previous releases, and how the pressure is on when creating new music for fans.

In the interview, which is now streaming worldwide on Apple Music and other media, Levine first speaks about how the stakes get higher and how the pressure is on when continuing his legacy in Maroon 5 and creating new material. "I mean, I just don't ever want to repeat myself anymore," said Levine talking about how he doesn't want to keep writing and making the same song over and over again. He continues, "You're kind of damned if you do, because you can't make everybody happy, so as long as you accept the fact that you can't make everybody happy, you can push yourself to do something different every time. I love pop music. The band loves making pop music. We're never gonna stop doing that, but at the end of the day, as long as what we are doing feels fresh and feels like something like we haven't quite done before, but stills fits in with the concept of who we are; it doesn't feel forced and doesn't feel like we're stretching too far, then to me that's how we win, like 'Oh cool, it's a little different', but it's still us, and you still know it's us."

After being asked about the current state of Maroon 5's sixth LP and how the process of new music is going, Levine replies "We have a bunch of great songs and I think this is the best collection of songs. We're really just so pumped about the quality of what we're doing. It'll be a little different, I think there's a slightly darker side. You'll just have to hear it to just understand what I mean."

Levine also talks about co-writing and collaborating with other artists to create Maroon 5 songs, specially in recent releases (Overexposed, V), and how the band has gone back to limiting who is working in the creative process.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Maroon 5 will be releasing another stand-alone single, titled "Cold", which is a collaboration with Atlanta-based rapper Future, on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14th. The band will be performing the new song live on The Ellen Degeneres Show the following day, Wednesday, February 15th. A music video for the song was filmed in December of last year and is scheduled to premiere on Vevo in the coming weeks.

"Cold" will follow-up Maroon 5's 2016 stand-alone single "Don't Wanna Know", which was a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. It is believed that "Don't Wanna Know" and "Cold" will be featured on the band's upcoming sixth studio album, but as bonus tracks. The band has been teasing the music video "Cold" on social media by posting photos taken behind-the-scenes of young, attractive women in animal-head masks.

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