Maroon 5 leader and “Voice” judge Adam Levine is about to have his debut solo single hit. Only he didn’t write it. But he sings “Lost Stars” in John Carney’s great movie “Begin Again.” The soundtrack will be released on July 1st on Levine’s 222 Records. The movie opens a couple of days later in New York and L.A. and then spreads out over July. This has pushed Maroon 5′s new album to a September 2 release, which means get used to seeing Adam Levine sort of 24/7 for the next year. It’s all good!
“Lost Stars” is a mega mega hit in the making– you can hear it now in the “Begin Again” trailer. It was written by the incredibly talented Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois of New Radicals fame. Remember the amazing “You Get What You Give”? Their new songs for “Begin Again” are even better.
And the movie– starring Levine, Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, and Hailee Steinfeld is as charming and romantic as it could possibly be. Carney wrote and directed the wonderful “Once.”
I asked Adam recently if it was weird to sing someone else’s song– he writes his own Maroon 5 hits with the group. “Not at all,” he told me. “And I didn’t change a word of it.” Really, his voice seems made for Gregg and Danielle’s songs. So does Keira Knightley’s.