Maroon 5 ‘V’ (Deluxe Edition) Review

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Happy Maroon 5 day! My favorite band has a new album out, so naturally I had to write about it. Ultimately, I felt sort of divided by this one, the same way I did with Overexposed two years ago. I’m curious what my fellow M5 fans think. The band is still evolving, but are they headed in the right direction? Click over to Starpulse to read my thoughts and share your own.

Click here to read my review of Maroon 5’s V at Starpulse.

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How You Can Win A Trip To Meet Adam Levine At ‘The Voice’

AdamLevine_ExperienceWhat fan of The Voice wouldn’t want to meet Adam Levine backstage before the show? Now you can enter to win a chance to do just that – simply by contributing to a good cause.

Adam has partnered with Omaze to create a dream experience for any member of Team Adam: to be flown to Los Angeles, where you and a friend will meet him backstage before a taping of The Voice during next month’s Season 4 live shows. It’s a great gesture to support one of Maroon 5’s charities of choice, Aid Still Required.

How do you get to be that lucky fan? Anyone 18 and over is eligible to win, simply by going to the entry page on Omaze.com and contributing a minimum of $10 to Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief to victims of rape and those suffering  from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Haiti. Every entry translates to approximately 10 hours of trauma relief for someone in need.

You have until April 30 to enter to win this fantastic experience; click here to get started. For more information on Aid Still Required and their efforts in Haiti, you can also visit the charity’s official website.

The Voice continues tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Adam Levine Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’

Adam Levine hosted Saturday Night Live last night. While it wasn’t a great episode – despite Adam’s best efforts – if you missed any of it, here are the links to most of the sketches in which Adam appeared. Make sure you check out the new Digital Short.

(Missing is the Maroon 5/Train/Jason Mraz/John Mayer bar feud skit.)

Did you watch SNL on Saturday? What did you think of Adam’s hosting debut? Weigh in by leaving a comment.

Maroon 5, Blake Shelton Earn Grammy Nominations

Adam Levine might be out of the running on The Voice, but on Wednesday night he received a great consolation prize: two Grammy nominations.

Levine and his band Maroon 5 earned recognition in the ‘Best Pop Duo/Group Performance’ category for their hit single “Payphone,” and their most recent album Overexposed was also on the short list for the ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ trophy.

Maroon 5 has won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for six others. The band also performed at Wednesday’s nominations concert, televised by CBS.

The Voice coach Blake Shelton is also a nominee in the ‘Best Country Solo Performance’ category for the song “Over” from his album Red River Blue.

His wife – and Team Blake’s advisor in Season 2 – Miranda Lambert was nominated in the ‘Best Country Album’ category for her release Four the Record.

Another Voice advisor, Kelly Clarkson, is up for four prizes. Her album Stronger is a nominee for ‘Record of the Year’ as well as ‘Best Pop Vocal Album.’ The title track is also a contender for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance.’ Clarkson also worked with Team Blake in the second season.

The Grammys will be awarded on February 10 at 8 PM ET/PT on CBS.

The Voice continues next Monday at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.

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‘The Voice’ News Roundup: Who Has New Music Coming In November?

November is set to be a big month for fans of The Voice! Not only are the Season 3 live shows starting on November 5, but a number of artists have new music set to be in your hands this month. Here’s what’s headed your way, in chronological order:

  • November 4: Coach Blake Shelton is taping his new Christmas special, which will air on NBC in December. Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas will feature appearances by some of Blake’s former Voice advisors, including Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, and of course, his wife Miranda Lambert. You can put in your request for free tickets to the taping by visiting this website.
  • November 5: The Voice‘s first Season 3 live show airs.
  • November 6: Team Cee Lo’s Justin Hopkins (Season 2) releases his live acoustic CD, This Could Happen Anywhere. Having already had the chance to hear it, I can say this is an album The Voice fans do not want to miss. You can hear Justin talk about it in my recent interview with him from his October show in San Diego.
  • November 7: The Voice‘s second Season 3 live show airs (postponed due to Election Day).
  • November 8: The Voice‘s third Season 3 live show – the first results show – airs on NBC. This show will feature a special live performance by Adam Levine and Maroon 5, as well as the debut of Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul‘s next single. Jermaine’s album will arrive on December 18, the Tuesday before Christmas.
  • November 12: The Voice‘s fourth Season 3 live show.
  • November 13: The Voice‘s fifth Season 3 live show. Coach Christina Aguilera‘s Lotus, which features guest vocals from Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, arrives. In addition, Team Christina’s Moses Stone (from Season 2) is releasing his mixtape, Resilient, which includes a track with Lisa Scinta (from Season 3).
  • November 20: The Voice‘s sixth Season 3 live show. Team Cee Lo’s Tje Austin (Season 1) drops his new album, Dreamin’ Big.
  • November 21: The Voice‘s seventh Season 3 live show.
  • November 27: The Voice‘s eighth Season 3 live show.
  • November 28: The Voice‘s ninth Season 3 live show.

In other The Voice news, NBC has officially announced a premiere date for Season 4, which will be the first season for new coaches Shakira and Usher. That will start on March 25, 2013.

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What’s Adam Levine’s Big News?

The Voice coach Adam Levine had ‘big news’ to announce this morning while visiting On Air with Ryan Seacrest: Maroon 5 will start its long-awaited North American tour on February 13 and visit 31 arenas through April 6.

Tickets go on sale today for Maroon 5 fan club members and this Saturday to the general public, and there are now three levels of VIP available. For dates and more information, visit maroon5.com.

Other soundbites from the interview: Adam described his initial decision to do the show as a “calculated risk” that obviously paid off, said that he’s in “a few” episodes of American Horror Story, and was asked which song he gets sick of playing. “I have my favorites…[but] the crowd makes everything fun or less fun depending on their reaction,” he replied.

The radio appearance is the first of many media stops for Adam over this coming week: he’ll be interviewed and perform with Maroon 5 on NBC’s Today on Thursday, October 25 (7 AM ET/PT) and Thursday evening, he will be a guest on CBS’ Late Night with David Letterman (11:35 PM ET/PT). The next day Adam is on ABC’s Live! With Kelly and Michael (9 AM ET/PT), and Monday, October 29 he’ll visit Anderson Live (check your local listings for time/channel).

You can see more of Adam as The Voice continues tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC, and here’s the much cooler YouTube video he shot to announce the 2013 tour:

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