First Listen – Maroon 5 – “Payphone” Premiere (AUDIO)

Listen to a full stream of Maroon 5’s new single, “Payphone”, feat. Wiz Khalifa adn then watch coach Adam Levine and the band perform the song live tonight on The Voice.

“Payphone” is the first single off of Maroon 5’s forthcoming album, Overexposed (An apt album title, if you ask me) due to hit stores June 26.

“Overexposed is definitely one of our most diverse and poppiest albums yet,” says Adam, “We had a great time recording it. I can’t wait for our fans to hear the record, as well as hitting the road to play it live for everyone later this year.”

Overexposed was executive produced by Max Martin with additional tracks produced by Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder.

So what do you think? Do you smell another smash for Maroon 5?

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about “smash”, but a hit? Seems almost a given.
    As a Maroon 5’s fan I do not like the song, because they basically fully detached themselves from their alt.rock roots at lest with this track, and went full on whiny pop with the ever so slight touch of lightest rock, ala OneRepublic.
    But it did work out for One Republic (ex. Good Life), so no objections from a commercial point of view there, just a personal music preferences.

    On a positive side I do like when Adam collaborates with male rapers, I think the texture of voices and delivery makes for a very nice contrast, so I very much do not mind to get some of that. Plus I have caught myself singing along to the chores upon second listen, although I find it to poppy/whiny for my taste.
    So, that pretty much says earworm to me.

  • Anonymous

    Pap for the masses.

  • Roger Kramjet

    I am not loving this at all. I usually like Adam but his voice was really annoying and too high on this song. He usually sounds good to me but on this it was just shrill. I had to skip to the rap part which was ok but Adam’s part, to me, was bad.

  • kesia monteith

    I miss “Songs About Jane” Maroon 5. I don’t care for this shit, really. Meh!

  • Emily

    it’s catchy?

    it’s just so unmemorable to me. At least Misery and MLJ had something memorable about them

  • David

    Sounds like a hit, but it doesn’t look they will go back to their original sound which is disappointing. And the addition of Wiz is their ticket to Rhythmic radio success, good job on that.

    Also, the background image on the cover art reminded me of the album cover for Foster the People’s album ‘Torches’, and it is quite similar.

  • Anonymous

    I like this, although who uses payphones these days? :)

  • koshka

    I love pop… but I so agree with this. I miss Maroon 5 of days gone by far more than this. At least it isn’t as annoying as “Moves Like Jagger”

  • Mateja Praznik

    There is nothing memorable about this song, why is it a single?!

  • Anonymous

    I was expecting a much better song than this. Not liking the tone of the vocals. It will probabily sell good because of the bands reputation.

  • Anonymous

    lol, seriously! Also, I know it’s no longer the 90’s, but I’m pretty sure calling collect is still a thing.

  • hayes

    I read that the album is being released so soon (less than two years since Hands All Over) is because of the success of Moves Like Jagger, so I guess that is the sound that they’re going for. I do like the Songs About Jane sound better, but I don’t hate this. I actually kinda like it.

  • aquayers

    Hmm I like this song. The first time I like Maroon 5 song since Makes Me Wonder.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I like this, although who uses payphones these days? :)

    I honestly couldn’t get past that while I listened to it, hahaha. I was like uhhh, who uses up all of their change at a payphone in 2012?

    Look out for Maroon 5’s next single, ‘Rotary Phone/Telephone Booth’

    With that said, I’m not jumping up and down for it but I like it more than ‘Moves Like Jagger’. I think it will be a hit.

  • Nick

    Yeah, this is great. I think it will be a smash for sure. At this point, I think it would be more of a battle for Maroon 5’s next single NOT to be a big hit–regardless of the song choice. The radio peeps are gonna eat this thing up.

    That being said, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get back to the “Songs About Jane” era of Maroon 5. They’ve been way too immersed in Top 40 now, which isn’t a bad thing. Who doesn’t appreciate success, right? I think it’s just a double-edged sword. This song is pretty good and will carry sales for the album, but it’s not anything like Maroon 5 at their best.

  • Brittney

    The song is okay maybe it’ll grow on me and I’ll end up buying it. I really don’t get the Payphone use either. I really haven’t bought a whole Maroon 5 album since “Songs About Jane”. I miss those days. 

  • Tera2

    I like the song’s melody and the beat, and I like the rap part too.  Its radio friendly like Maroon 5’s vibe is supposed to be.  Ryan Tedder co-produced this CD and I’m a big fan of his talent and song writing.  I like Adam Levine’s cool vibe and voice too.  They are both versatile musicians and can do pop/soul/pop-rock/hip-hop, and I like those music styles too.

  • TylerWV

    Im surprised how much I really dont like this lol.