Maroon 5 released its much-anticipated fifth album, conveniently titled V, on Sept. 2. The album features the work of Ryan Tedder of One Republic, Gwen Stefani, Benny Blanco, Sia, and Max Martin.
Maroon 5 originally was formed as Kara’s Flowers in the 1990s, and quickly emerged as a legacy in the music industry. 20 years later, they continue to remain this way.
Adam Levine revealed in an interview to USA Today that tracks like “Sugar” have soul, funk and pop, but the album for the most part is “not as sweet or carefree as Overexposed.”
Other notable songs include “Leaving California,” written by Fun.’s lead singer, Nate Ruess. In fact, Levine co- wrote all 11 tracks on the album.
Success on the album is no question. Billboard believes that the record will top the charts, estimating it to sell 150, 000 copies in this first week alone.
The band will be touring Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on March 9 with tickets going on sale on Sept. 13.
Counting Crows released Somewhere Under Wonderland on Sept. 2. The band’s first release in six years, Somewhere Under Wonderland includes tracks with a classic rock sound and a significant country influence.
Some lyrics are very deep with songs such as “Possibility Days” about lost love. Changing the mood, songs like “Cover Up the Sun” and “Elvis Went to Hollywood” are songs to rock out to.
Meek Mill’s new album is due out on Sept. 9. Dreams Worth More Than Money is the rapper’s fifth record. With tracks featuring Mac Miller, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, and Rick Ross, the album is sure to be a hit.
Mill will be performing live at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 31.
Vance Joy debuted his first album, Dream Your Life Away. The 13-track album has “lots of colours and flavours and a voice right in your ear,” according to the singer. Many know the Australian artist from this summer’s hit, “Riptide.” Vance Joy’s success after his hit single “Riptide” soared to the extremes with a No. 1 on Billboard’s US Alternative radio chart.
Pop-folk elements were clearly involved in the making of this album. Songs like “Winds of Change” and “Mess is Mine” clearly embrace this. Be sure to check out this album, which hit stores Sept. 9. On Sept., 13, he will be appearing in the Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party series at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.