Upon release in 2019, Maroon 5’s smash hit featuring Cardi B caught a lot of attention for its cameo-filled nature, featuring the likes of Camila Cabello, Ellen DeGeneres, Gal Gadot, Jennifer Lopez, Behati Prinsloo and more. However, not only did the song skyrocket in popularity (reaching No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100), so did the video. In less than 10 months, the music video surpassed 2 billion YouTube views. The video now has a staggering 3.1 billion views.
“I have two young daughters, and to think about them being mistreated at all — ever — made my blood boil,” Adam Levine recently told Variety of the tune. “So we went for it because I felt that as long as I stayed close to my heart with this concept, I could never go wrong. … In the video, I was doing it for my kids and my wife. If anyone doesn’t understand the intentions, f_k ’em.”
In that same Variety interview, Adam Levine also elaborated on Maroon 5’s music not fitting into any specific genre, saying that his band often drew inspiration from hip-hop or R&B.
“My goal is to make songs that don’t sound dated 10 years later”, he said. “My main criteria for a song is, can I live with it forever? And if I can’t, I just don’t have the heart to do it. It’s that simple.”
In other big news, Maroon 5’s 2011 mega-smash “Moves Like Jagger” [feat. Christina Aguilera] recently achieved a diamond certification from the RIAA, making it their first diamond single. Additionally, Maroon 5’s latest album JORDI features the band’s latest smash “Beautiful Mistakes” [feat. Megan Thee Stallion], which recently captured No.1 at Hot Adult Contemporary, marking their 15th career No.1 and extending their record for “most No.1 entries by any artist at the format.” It also notably stands out as three-time GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s first No.1 at Hot Adult Contemporary. JORDI also recently picked up a Gold Certification from the RIAA.