No Need to 'Wonder' - Maroon 5 Debuts at #1 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long' Sells 429,000 Copies In The First Week



    NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grammy Award winning
 A&M/Octone recording act Maroon 5 takes the top spot on this week's
 Billboard 200 with their highly anticipated sophomore album It Won't Be
 Soon Before Long (A&M/Octone), selling 429,000 copies according to Neilsen
 Soundscan and breaking an iTunes record for biggest first week sales. The
 chart topping debut was predicted in early May, when chart watchers noted
 the enormous success of album's first single, "Makes Me Wonder," which
 broke a Billboard Hot 100 Chart record when the song jumped 64 positions in
 one week to land at #1.
     "We, at A&M/Octone and the entire Interscope/Universal family, are
 extremely proud of Maroon 5's #1 debut," said James Diener, President of
 A&M/Octone Records. "It is the culmination of the band's dedicated artist
 development, both in the US and around the world. The #1 milestone is a
 fitting accomplishment and launch for their new album."
     It Won't Be Soon Before Long is the follow-up to the Grammy award
 winning Songs About Jane, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The
 new album was recorded in Los Angeles with producers Mike Elizondo (Fiona
 Apple, Eminem), Mark "Spike" Stent (Bjork, Keane, Gwen Stefani, Marylin
 Manson), Mark Endert (Madonna, Fiona Apple), and Eric Valentine (Queens of
 the Stone Age, Nickel Creek).
     "Defying pops decline, the quintet appears poised to replay the grand
 slam of its debut" - USA Today
     "No sophomore slump here"- Billboard
     "Maroon 5 has suited up in formal wear and gone in for the kill. 'It
 Won't Be Soon Before Long,' the band's sophomore outing is an icy-hot blend
 of elctro-funk and blue-eyed soul that works its cruel streak with the
 confidence of Daniel Craig's James Bond"- LA Times
     Maroon 5 will embark on a 6-city club tour beginning May 30th in
 Boston, making stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami and
 New York. On July 10th, Levine and bandmates will open for iconic group The
 Police in Miami, before preparing for their own world tour set to kick off
 next fall.
     Maroon 5 is Adam Levine (vocals, guitar), James Valentine (guitar),
 Jesse Carmichael (keyboard), Mickey Madden (bass) and Matt Flynn (drums).
 Their debut album Songs about Jane earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best
 New Artist, has been certified quadruple platinum in the U.S. and has
 reached gold or platinum status in over 35 countries. The album has sold
 over ten million units worldwide. In 2006 the group earned another Grammy
 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for a live recording
 of their international hit single "This Love." Known for their commitment
 to the environment, Maroon 5 was honored at the 2006 Environmental Media
 Awards. For more information on Maroon 5, please visit www.maroon5.com.
 
 

SOURCE A&M/Octone Records

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