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Adam Levine Scandals Linked to the Decline of Maroon 5

The North American pop music band, Maroon 5, has suffered in recent years due to the controversies caused, mainly, by the vocalist Adam Levine .

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The singer has been surrounded by problems for compromising messages to multiple women, in addition to a rumored infidelity. Controversy has also surrounded the group for live performances, such as the Viña del Mar festival in 2020, which disappointed its audience.

Maroon 5 is one of the most popular bands of the 21st century. After its first album called “Songs About Jane”, which included the songs "She Will Be Loved” and “This Love”, the group initially made up of Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Ryan Dusick and Mickey Madden quickly rose to stardom. Thus, it became an iconic North American pop band.

The group's music allowed them to rise with vitality after their first album, and multiple singles kept them at the top of popular music. Songs like “Moves Like Jagger” and “Payphone” made them one of the best-selling pop exponents of the millennium. They finally reached their apex when they headlined the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in 2019. However, they were bombarded by critics after a performance that was generally called lackluster.

Controversies caused by Adam Levine

The negative moments became a constant for the Californian band. Starting with the bad reviews of their most recent albums, which moved away from the quality presented in their first projects; even the scandals in which they have been surrounded. Both his live performances and events in the life of vocalist Adam Levine have been widely criticized.

Recently, the leader of the band has been accused of harassing multiple women, who have received messages from the artist in which they are sexually insinuated. In addition, the model Sumner Stroh has spread on TIkTok that Levine had an affair with her. She also assures that he asked her permission to name “Sumner” the third child he is expecting with his wife, Behati Prinsloo, with whom he has been married for eight years. It has been reported that the artist's marriage is now on the tightrope.

Shortly after the allegations went viral, Levine stated that while he hasn't been unfaithful to his wife, he has "crossed the line." In addition, he assured that he puts his family before anything else, in a statement that left more doubts than concrete answers. He has also blocked comments on his official Instagram account, while more women have posted screenshots showing the singer's sexual messages.

But the controversy caused by Levine dates back to recent years, both for his self-centered and high-handed statements, which have caused discord in the entertainment world, and for performances with the band in which they have left much to be desired. In 2018, before the Super Bowl performance, Levine weighed in on the band's musical influences, primarily hip hop. He also declared that “rock music” was non-existent today.

These comments provoked contrary responses from fans of the genre and from some rockers like Corey Taylor. In the rock community, a deluge of criticism has fallen on the singer-songwriter, who recently opined that "attractive women don't listen to metal."

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Controversy Surrounds Maroon 5

The presentation at the great American football event was less than flattering for the group, despite the fact that it was accompanied by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. This show was considered one of the worst in the history of the event.

The controversy surrounding the band knows no borders and in February 2020, Chilean fans were the ones affected. At the Viña del Mar festival, the group offered an opaque presentation, in addition to starting their set half an hour late. Subsequently, videos were leaked in which Levine is heard calling the city of Viña del Mar "a fucking town". His comments have not only caused the contempt of the Chilean fans, but also of the fans of the band in Latin America, where they will probably not have a good reception in the future.

Maroon 5's latest project, entitled "Jordi", once again revealed the musical decline in which they have been plunged. Furthermore, they have received generally negative reviews from critics, who called the album a “personalityless” and half-realized collection of tracks. Although the album debuted at number eight on the Billboard chart, it was the first album with the fewest first-week sales in the group's history.