Maroon 5’s “Payphone” : An Airy, Bouyant and Catchy Song Sets Digital Sales Record


The American pop-rock band, Maroon 5 is planning to release their fourth studio album, “Overexposed” on June 26, 2012. The album was originally recorded in 2011 and was driven after the moderate success of their third album “Hands All Over” (2011) and later by the successful re-release single “Moves Like Jagger”. The band has said that it is their poppiest album. The lead single is “Payphone” which has been released to be digitally download on April 16, 2012. Wiz Khalifa was chosen to contribute to this single as a rapper.

The “Payphone” is  sold 493,000 digital downloads in its first week, enough for it to land at #3 on the Hot 100, just behind Gotye and Kimbra‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (which is #1 for a second week) and fun. and Janelle Monae‘s former chart-topper “We Are Young”. Billboard notes that Maroon 5 now have the distinction of racking up the best sales week for a single by a group, a feat previously achieved by the Black Eyes Peas with “Boom Boom Pow” back in 2009.

The song is anchored by Adam Levine‘s airy falsetto and plenty of back beats. There’s beats and synths, with Levine’s high register asserting itself. It’s a very familiar voice in pop music in the past year or so, given the massive success of ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and ‘Stereo Hearts’ with Gym Class Heroes. The song was introduced firstly in the talent program, “The Voice” – in which Lavine is a judge.

“I’m at a pay phone trying to call home / All of my change i’ve spent on you / Where are the times gone baby / It’s all wrong, we’re at the place we made for two / If happy ever after / Did exist / I would still be holding you like this / All those fairytales are full of it / One more stupid love song / I’ll be sick.”

Payphone is an airy, bouyant and catchy song – and with the sexy voice of Adam Lavine – will make you tapping you toes and singing.  That will make the song is easy to listen, although actually the song’s subject matter is a bit heavy, exploring the way a relationship used to be and the way they no longer are.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa shows up  in the last minute of the song, throwing in as many shots at a former love as possible in a 30-sec rant.

“Don’t need my name, or my show / You can tell it i’m ballin’ / Swoosh, what a shame coulda got picked / Had a really good game but you missed your last shot / So you talk about who you see at the top / Or what you could’ve saw / But sad to say it’s over for it.”

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