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“Rock music is nowhere.”
Maroon 5 frontmanAdam Levine shared his take on hip-hop’s dominance in a new interview with Variety.
Levine argued that rock music’s commercial disappearance is due to hip-hop’s innovation. And he’s kind of right.
According to a report in Nielsen, hip-hop and R&B are the most consumed music genres in the U.S. Hip-hop also accounted for 71% of the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 hits in Q3 in its third quarter this year.
“Something unique to this band is that we have always looked to hip-hop, R&B, all rhythmic forms of music, from back when we were writing our first album to now. Rock music is nowhere, really,” Levine said. “I don’t know where it is. If it’s around, no one’s invited me to the party. All of the innovation and the incredible things happening in music are in hip-hop. It’s better than everything else. Hip-hop is weird and avant-garde and flawed and real, and that’s why people love it.”
The musician says he “begged” Cardi B to be on Maroon 5’s single, “Girls Like You” because her feature would have been “vital” to the song’s success. The song took the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks.
Levine also shared his thoughts on the current state of rock and pop music, the status of bands in music, and the Recording Academy.
“Apparently being in a band is against the law at this point. Bands that are currently in the pop landscape — or have survived the pop landscape — who are they? Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Coldplay and Maroon 5. There’s your category for best group. The Grammys had to change the fucking category because there weren’t any bands. Now any [featured artist] can make it. Goddamn it, we cornered the market — then you fucked us, Grammys!”
Ivie is a Nigerian-American, native New Yorker, and journalist covering culture. Usually on-air, on deadline, and on point. @ivieani