Upcoming Maroon 5 Album Features Gwen Stefani Duet
July 18, 2014
In a new interview with Billboard, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine revealed a number of details about the band's upcoming album V. Due out September 2, the band the considers the record an extension of their last album. "We didn't really stop recording after we finished Overexposed," Valentine said. "On Overexposed we started working with outside producers and writers, and we just kind of kept the process going after we finished with that record because we built great relationships with these guys. Things are just a little bit more relaxed now, because we have [singer] Adam [Levine] doing [The Voice] and the touring thing is a little different for us. So the writing and recording just keeps going, and ["Maps"] seems as much like the fifth single off of Overexposed as it does the first single from [V]."
One of the new songs, titled "My Heart Is Open," features an appearance from Gwen Stefani and was co-written with Sia (who currently has the #1 album in the country). "Living here in Los Angeles we've known Sia for a long time, back from when she was just an artist, before her second act as, like, the most brilliant pop songwriter of all time, so it was really cool just to work with her," Valentine told Billboard.
As for Stefani (who is joining The Voice alongside Levine this fall), he added, "It's cool for all of us to have her on the record. And Adam won't shut up about how cool she is as a person. A lot of times when you meet your idols it's a letdown, but it's the opposite case with Gwen, apparently."
Due to The Voice's TV taping schedule, Maroon 5 don't plan to begin touring until early in 2015, though they will play some live appearances to promote V later this year.