Maroon 5 Talks American Idol, New Album

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Posted August 20, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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The “Moves Like Jagger” band show off their views on American Idol and opens up about a 2012 album drop

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine covers the front issue of Out Magazine. Inside, he unveils an art gallery of skin ink while also opening up about his pro-gay views and NBC’s hit show The Voice, in which he serves as one of its celebrity judges. Team Levine ended up winning, beating the competition on Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton’s squads. It was the voice of Javier Colon that stole the show, turning Levine into a miniature version of Clive Davis. Colon may have recorded music before his stint on the show, but being on Levine’s team came with its perks. That’s because Adam Levine is a global superstar. He’s the face and voice for pop/rock band Maroon 5.

Without turning this into a 6-page article, Levine spoke with Out magazine about his tenure on The Voice, in which will be returning next season. He admits to having fun on there and also goes at the show’s other competition, the colossal “Idol’ giant at FOX. He wishes the producers on that show would promote onely gay and lesbian contestants. “What’s always pissed me off about ‘Idol’ is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken,” says Levine, who also discusses his gay brother in the interview. “C’mon. You can’t be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break.”

Idol’s executive producer Nygel Lythgoe responded to Levine’s statements and denies…most of it. Certainly in all of the seasons that Idol has been on (ten and counting), open gay men and women have sung their way throughout the rigoroious competition. Lythgoe gets defensive over the show’s reputation.

“To be frank, I didn’t understand why we’re talking about contestants being gay or not gay,” said Lythgoe in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I don’t go into my dentist and say, ‘Are you gay?’ I don’t say to contestants on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘Are you gay?’ What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody? When does privacy stop in this country? If somebody wants to say they’re gay, it’s up to them.”

Adam Lambert, who almost won Season 8, did come out the closet after his tenure with the show ended, but admitted to People that he had never hid his sexuality. On the show, his sexual preference was not revealed; something that producers possibly didn’t want to trivialize.

Lythgoe responded to questions about Lambert’s decision to come out to the public regarding his sexual identity. “He must have come out before being on ‘Idol,’ he just didn’t talk about it on ‘Idol,” Lythgoe exclaims. “And why should he? Is every actor going on television going to say, ‘I’m only playing the part of a straight man, I’m really gay’? There’s no reason that I would see why anybody that goes on television should start coming out with who they are, what they are, what they’re sexuality is, who they’re going to vote for or what their religion is.”

Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine is very optimistic that Maroon 5 will respond to the overwhelming attention the band is receiving from Levine’s spotlight on The Voice and the band’s latest single “Moves Like Jagger” with a brand new album.

“We’re going to turn around a lot quicker and hopefully have something out by next year, earlier next year. We’ve got a mobile recording rig. We’re gonna try to start writing songs while we’re out here on tour, so hopefully that’ll go well,” Valentine tells Billboard magazine. “We have literally hundreds of ideas that can become Maroon 5 songs,” and that he and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael in particular use Apple’s Logic recording software to work on. “You can do a tremendous amount with just your laptop. We basically carry studios around in our backpacks, so we’re always able to create no matter where we are — literally on airplanes, on buses and a lot of hotel rooms.”

Valentine admits to being worried about their lead singer taking on a reality-TV show and that it would cause tension in the band, but they have gotten over that slump. “We were really nervous about the show. It didn’t seem very cool to us when we first heard about it, and we were really worried,” he admits. “But it turned out to be such a great thing. You’re exposed to a whole new audience, and now every day somebody comes up to me and says, ‘I didn’t really know your band, but then I saw Adam on the show and I went back and bought the records, and I really like them.’ So it’s been great.”

The Voice will return next season with Levine on board. NBC will have another headache on their hands when FOX airs the U.S. version of Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor. In the meantime, Maroon 5 goes on to see another day and another album.

So what do you think?
Do you think Idol covers up the sexualities of their contestants on purpose?
Do you think The Voice does a fair job in depicting the lifestyles of their contestants?
Do you think Nygel Lythgoe is in denial over Idol and SYTYCD?
Are you anxious for a new Maroon 5 record?

Share your comments.


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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