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Maps Maroon 5 Song
"Maps"
Maroon 5 Maps cover.png
Single by Maroon 5
from the album V
ReleasedJune 16, 2014 (2014-06-16)
Format
GenrePop rock
Length3:09
Label
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Love Somebody"
(2013)
"Maps"
(2014)
"Animals"
(2014)
Music video
"Maps" on YouTube

"Maps" is a song by American pop band Maroon 5. The song was released on June 16, 2014,[1][2] as the lead single from their fifth studio album V (2014). The song was written by Adam Levine, Ammar Malik, Benjamin Levin, Noel Zancanella and Ryan Tedder and produced by the latter three. The song is a pop rock song with influences of dance-pop. "Maps" received mainly positive reviews from music critics, with praise going to the song's melody and chilled-out vibe. However, some criticized the song for being similar to their previous lead single "Payphone", on their last album Overexposed (2012).

The song was a commercial success, reaching number-one in Canada and peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached the top 20 in over 25 countries, including France, Germany and Denmark. A music video for the song was released on July 2, 2014. It was inspired by the film Irréversible and shows the events that occur in the video in reverse. In August 2014, "Maps" was named Battle of the Summer Jams for 2014 by VH1.[3]

The remix versions of the song are performed by featured artists, American rapper Big Sean and Colombian singer J Balvin. The band has performed the song multiple times including the Maroon V Tour (2015-2018), as well as the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and The Today Show. "Maps" was featured on the television shows Shameless and So You Think You Can Dance and the dance rhythm video game Just Dance 2015.

Composition

The song was written by Adam Levine, Ammar Malik, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella, and produced by the latter three.[4] Blanco and Malik have previously teamed with Maroon 5 on the songs "Moves like Jagger" and "Payphone", while Tedder and Zancanella have worked with the group on the songs "Love Somebody" and "Lucky Strike". "Maps" is an up-tempo pop rock track,[5] composed in the key of C minor (with the main chord progression of A-B-C#m - both in the verses and the chorus - and F#m-G#m-G#7 in the pre-chorus), that contains a "breezy guitar lick". It marks Maroon 5's further departure from the funkier sound for which the band was originally known.[2] The official remix features a new verse from Big Sean and new production beats.

Lyrically, the song is about "the search for love, particularly a love that has been lost and needs to be found".[2] In the chorus, Levine sings "All the roads you took came back to me / So I'm following the map that leads to you."[2][6]

Critical reception

Idolator's Robbie Daw wrote that "similar to Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven", "Maps" has a "Sting/The Police vibe, particularly with the guitar licks and Levine's multi-tracked vocal harmonies on the chorus." He also added that the influence of Ryan Tedder (and OneRepublic's pop-rock anthems, such as "Counting Stars" and "Love Runs Out") is evident.[4] Jeff Benjamin of Fuse compared the opening guitar licks to the "California-cool sound" of Red Hot Chili Peppers.[5]

Music Times commented, "With his [Levine's] singsong melody over the relaxed, plucked guitars and subtle drums, Maroon 5 create a chill vibe before building the song into something a bit more powerful. Though Levine's vocals remain constant, the song soon crescendos into a fuller sound, with a chorus that isn't so much explosive as it is, well, danceable," and compared the track to "Payphone", the lead single from the band's fourth studio album Overexposed (2012): "The more you think about the two lead singles versus each other, the more they feel exactly the same."[7]

Remixes

  1. "Maps" (Reflex Remix) - 3:33
  2. "Maps" (Rumba Whoa Remix) - 4:13
  3. "Maps" (Will Sparks Remix) - 3:33
  4. "Maps" (Circuit Jerks Remix) - 7:14
  5. "Maps" (Papercha$er Remix) - 4:54
  6. "Maps" (Slaptop Remix) - 4:03

Commercial performance

Shortly after its release, "Maps" quickly reached number one on the Billboard Twitter Real Time Trending 140 chart, eventually staying within the upper ranks for several hours. The song also logged close to 1,800 first-day spins on radio which, according to the Nielsen BDS, would amount to a one-day audience impression of seventeen million.[8] It has since peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached its million sales mark in August 2014[9] and had sold 1.6 million copies by the year's end.[10]

The single debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in late August 2014.

As "Maps" topped the eight biggest music charts in South Korea, Maroon 5 became the first foreign artist to top several charts at the same time in Korean music history.[11]

Music videos

Official video

The official music video was directed by Peter Berg (who has previously worked with the band on the video for their 2012 single, "One More Night"). It premiered on MTV and VH1 on July 1, 2014[12][13] and on Vevo, the day after.[14] According to the band's bassist Mickey Madden, the story from the video is inspired by the 2002 film Irréversible, so the events shown in the video are reversed.[15] "Maps" also marks the first music video appearance in two years of keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, who returned after taking a temporary break from performing with the band. He plays one of the hospital paramedics in some of the first scenes of the video. The other members of the group: the aforementioned Mickey Madden, guitarist James Valentine, keyboardist PJ Morton and drummer Matt Flynn are portraying some of the guests seen at a house party and the band's assistant manager Shawn Tellez, who plays a partygoer.

Synopsis

The video begins when a worried Adam Levine enters a hospital and searches the emergency room until he finds a young woman, revealed to be his girlfriend (Tereza Kacerova), as the paramedics attempt to resuscitate her; but he is ushered out. The video follows while the woman walks into a street in tears heartbreakingly as a man tries to get her attention and she pushes him away, before she is hit by a truck. In the next scene, Levine and his girlfriend arrive at a house party and are greeted by guests. While the girls are having fun, Levine has drinks with his friends, becomes intoxicated and meets a woman (Meghan Wiggins) and they share a kiss. However, his girlfriend notices them and she leaves, despite Levine's attempts to stop her. In another scene, Levine is helping his girlfriend choose which dress to wear and they watch football / soccer game on television together and then the camera fastly turn back into the beginning, During the final scene at the hospital, the girl is shown flatlining, depicting that she died from the accident.

Rumba Whoa video

A music video for the song's remix version performed by Rumba Whoa featuring Colombian singer J Balvin. The video was released on October 15, 2014.[16] It follows two teams: Rumba Whoa FC and DJ's United, complete in a game of football / soccer. Levine and Kacerova appears in a original footage from the song's music video, as they watch the game on television.

Live performances

Maroon 5 performed "Maps" for the first time on June 20, 2014, during their concert at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The band played the song for The Today Show on June 25, 2014, at Rockefeller Plaza in New York[17] (they did again on September 1, 2014, that was the day for the world premiere of the V album).[18] They also played the song at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards (along with "One More Night") on August 24[19] and the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California on August 26, 2014.[20] Maroon 5 performed during the 2014 iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse in London, England on September 11, 2014.[21] The band performed "Maps", during their appearances on America's Got Talent, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Saturday Night Live. It is part of a setlist for their worldwide concert tour, Maroon V Tour (2015-2018).

Credit and personnel

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[90] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[91] 2× Platinum 160,000*
Germany (BVMI)[92] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[93] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[94] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[95] Platinum 60,000*
South Korea (Gaon) -- 1,676,914[96]
Sweden (GLF)[97] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[98] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[99] 4× Platinum 1,600,000[10]
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[100] Platinum 2,600,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[101] Platinum 8,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States June 16, 2014 Contemporary hit radio
Digital download
Germany August 1, 2014 CD single Universal [102]
United States August 5, 2014 Rhythmic contemporary radio
  • 222
  • Interscope
[103]
United Kingdom August 24, 2014 Digital download Polydor [104]

See also

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