Maroon 5 jumps back to arena headliner status

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

Maroon 5 fans are stoked after this week's announcement that the band will join Kelly Clarkson to headline the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, but there's no need for D.C. devotees to wait for the summer to fill up on the band's R&B brand of rock.

The band is riding high on its pop-infused fourth album, "Overexposed," and the bandmates continue to tour behind what frontman Adam Levine told Rolling Stone is "one of our most diverse and poppiest albums yet.

The song " 'Moves Like Jagger' [from 2010's 'Hands All Over'] was the first time we ever worked with an outside writer, so we decided to try it some more on this record," said guitarist James Valentine, according to Rolling Stone. "At this point in our career, I think it was a good thing to completely mix up our process and it yielded good results, as well as a more collaborative spirit within the band. We wanted to make something that sounded contemporary with the elements of a lot of early eras of pop music. This is our most 'pop' record ever, and we weren't shy about really going for it."

Not that the album didn't dip into other formats. Consider the song "Payphone," with a guest appearance by Wiz Khalifa. The song went to No. 1 on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts. Combine that with the success of the song "One More Night," which spent nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and you see why the band was tapped for the Civic Tour.

Onstage
Maroon 5 with Neon Trees and Owl City
» Where: Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW
» When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
» Info: Sold out, though tickets may still be available through resellers; 202-397-SEAT (7328); ticketmaster.com

Critics note that Levine's coaching gig on NBC's reality show "The Voice," plus the group's other high-profile appearances including on the network's legendary "Saturday Night Live," supercharged the band's earlier popularity and boosted it into arena headliner status.

That's resulted in a host of new fans, critics said. While once the Maroon 5 audience was almost the exclusive purview of female fans, reviewers at various cities note couples, many with young children, now are a generous portion of the band's fan base.

The added interest fuels the number of commitments for the band members. That's especially true for Levine, who will soon be seen in the movie "Can a Song Save Your Life?" opposite Keira Knightly. But Levine said he's just enjoying the ride.

"It's a lot. But it might not be a lot someday," he told a writer for Nylon. "I don't like to complain. You have this moment. It doesn't last forever. You should probably try and enjoy it."

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