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Maroon 5, Overexposed

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Available June 26th

Stakes for the L.A. soul-pop crew have skyrocketed since its last album, in 2010 – mostly thanks to singer Adam Levine's star turn as a judge on NBC's smash The Voice. "The reach of prime-time network television is astronomical," says bassist Mickey Madden. The show's momentum helped make the band's crazy-catchy single "Moves Like Jagger" their biggest hit ever last year. "That song opened up so many doors," says Levine. "Now we can really experiment." The disc aims for radio domination with Swedish hitmaker Max Martin as executive producer and writing assists from "Jagger" co-authors Benny Blanco and Shellback. Several cuts show a surprising reggae influence, and likely single "Payphone" is a disco-flavored dance-floor filler with a slick verse from Wiz Khalifa. "On our last record, we had a feature with Lady Antebellum, and on this one we did one with Wiz," says Levine. "There aren't many bands that can do that!"

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