Maroon 5 And Wiz Khalifa’s “Payphone”: Listen

Apr 16th, 2012 // 4 Comments
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has gone from singing about stereo hearts to public telephones, via ‘s lead Overexposed single “Payphone”, a catchy pop jam that features Pittsburgh MC and aims to be a “Moves Like Jagger”-like smash. Levine has said this is the band’s poppiest album yet (it was executive-produced by Max Martin, after all), and “Payphone” certainly underscores that statement. Head below to dial it a up!

Following a bit of a commercial fumble with third LP Hands All Over, Levine has spent the past year honing his pop sensibility by serving as a coach on , pairing up with for “Stereo Hearts” and Christina Aguilera for mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger”.

All of that is influence is evident here on the extremely Top 40-friendly “Payphone”, which finds the singer utilizing his soaring tenor on the catchy chorus and sharing vocal chores with Khalifa.

It’s uncertain if the song will indeed spark a rise in the use of payphones throughout the world. But, at the very least, it should cause a rise in the cranking up of speaker knobs.

What do you think of M5′s new single? Is it a smash hit or a total miss?

  1. MusicManDave

    Great lead single!! Another smash!

  2. Justin

    “executive-produced by Max Martin”

    What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you Lord

  3. Lu

    You are aware than Hands All Over has sold over a million copy in the usa alone right ? Commercial fumble? Not really. But Overexposed of course will do better. A lot better. Payphone is ready to smash.

    • Evan

      Hands All Over was a commercial fumble until it was re-released with “Moves Like Jagger” added to the trackslist. The original edition’s first week sales were only like half that of their previous album’s. I’m not hating. I’ve owned Hands All Over since before it was re-issued.

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