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25 Things You Didn't Know About Maroon 5

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    Meet Matt Flynn, PJ Morton, Adam Levine, Mickey Madden and James Valentine, AKA Maroon 5!

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    Adam Levine was seven when he was introduced to Ryan Dusick by a mutual friend. Ryan became the band's drummer.

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    Adam and Ryan met Mickey Madden and Jesse Carmichael while attending Brentwood School in Los Angeles. They formed the band Kara's Flowers, named after one of their groupees. They stuck with that name from 1994 to 2001.

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    Kara's Flowers played their first gig at Whisky a Go Go on September 16, 1995.

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    They released their first album, 'The Fourth World' on Reprise Records in 1997. It was a flop and they were dropped from the label shortly after the album release.

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    After being dropped from Reprise, they took a hiatus. When they reconvened in 2001, James Valentine joined as lead guitarist and they started going by the name "Maroon 5."

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    Aside from the members of the band, Billy Joel is one of the few people who knows the meaning behind the name "Maroon 5."

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    'Songs About Jane' was released in 2002.

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    'Songs About Jane' was named after Adam's high school sweetheart, Jane Herman.

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    "Sweetest Goodbye" was on the soundtrack for 'Love Actually' in 2003.

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    Maroon 5 opened for John Mayer on his 2003 tour. Mayer went to Berklee College of Music with James Valentine.

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    Ten years after the formation of Kara's Flowers, 'Songs About Jane' went platinum.

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    Matt Flynn joined as a touring member in 2004 playing percussion. He became the band's permanent drummer in 2006 when Ryan Dusick left due to an arm injury.

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    The guys have three Grammy's under their belts! They won "Best New Artist" in 2005 along with "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" for "This Love" in 2006 and "Makes Me Wonder' in 2008.

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    They've also won three Billboard Music Awards - "Digital Artist of the Year" in 2005, "Top Digital Album" for 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long" in 2007, and "Top Radio Songs Artist" in 2013.

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    ...and three American Music Awards!

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    'It Won't Be Soon Before Long' was released in 2007.

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    In 2007, 'Makes Me Wonder' became the band's first #1 song on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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    PJ Morton (right) started as a touring member and since 2012 has been covering for keyboardist Jesse Carmichael (left) while he pursues full time studies in healing arts.

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    Adam hates flying and relies on biodiesel powered buses to travel cross country while touring.

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    Adam Levine is an advocate of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. His brother Michael is openly gay and in January 2012 Maroon 5 changed the location of their Grammys after party because the original restaurant supported Proposition 8.

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    'Hands All Over' was released in 2010.

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    "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera was the second single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2011.

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    Maroon 5 won "Favorite Band" at the People's Choice Awards two years in a row, in 2012 and 2013.

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    'Overexposed' was released in 2012 and they are working on releasing 'Darker' later this year.

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