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How Maroon 5 found the courage to let its heart show
How Maroon 5 found the courage to let its heart show

For the future members of Maroon 5, a moment of clarity came unexpectedly in 1998 in the form of a funky, sultry pop tune on the radio: "Are You That Somebody?" by Aaliyah and Timbaland. It was a revelation for singer-guitarist Adam Levine, who was finally prepared to abandon his garage-rock dreams for a sound that was soulful, romantic and new. "That is one of the most revolutionary-sounding songs ever recorded," said Levine, whose teenage rock band Kara's Flowers was dropped the following year by Reprise Records. "We heard that song, and we thought to ourselves, 'Whoa, there has never been anything like this before.' " It also suggested an...

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