Maroon 5  is an American  pop rock  band from  Los Angeles ,  California . [1]  [2]  It currently consists of lead vocalist  Adam Levine , keyboardist and rhythm guitarist  Jesse Carmichael , bassist  Mickey Madden , lead guitarist  James Valentine , drummer  Matt Flynn , keyboardist  PJ Morton  and multi-instrumentalist  Sam Farrar . Original members Levine, Carmichael, Madden and drummer  Ryan Dusick  first came together as  Kara's Flowers  in 1994, while they were still in high school. After self-releasing their debut album  We Like Digging? , the band signed to Reprise Records and released the album   The Fourth World   in 1997. The album garnered a tepid response, after which the record label dropped the band and the members focused on college.  In 2001, the band remerged as Maroon 5, pursuing a different direction and adding guitarist Valentine. [3]  The band signed with a subsidiary of J Records,  Octone Records , and released their debut album   Songs About Jane   in June 2002. Aided by its lead single " Harder to Breathe ", which received heavy airplay, the album debuted at number six on the   Billboard  200  chart, [4]  and went platinum in 2004. The band won the  Grammy Award  for  Best New Artist  in 2005.  Maroon 5's second album,   It Won't Be Soon Before Long   was released in 2007. [5]  It reached number one on the US  Billboard  200 chart and the lead single, " Makes Me Wonder ", became the band's first number one single on the   Billboard  Hot 100 . In 2010, the band released their third studio album   Hands All Over  , to mixed reviews, re-releasing it in 2011 to include the single " Moves like Jagger ", which topped the  Billboard  Hot 100. In 2012, the band released their fourth album,   Overexposed  , which spawned four successful singles, with the second single, " One More Night ", topping the  Billboard  Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks.  In 2014, the band signed with  Interscope Records  and released their fifth studio album,   V  , which reached number one on the  Billboard  200 chart, as well as the sixth studio album   Red Pill Blues   in 2017. With the addition in the band's line-up which includes PJ Mortion on keyboardist and Sam Farrar on multiple instruments in 2012 and 2016, making the band as seven official members. Maroon 5 has sold more than 75 million records, making them one of the  world's best-selling music artists .
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