Maroon 5 has been friendly with OneRepublic for a while, but it wasn't until their last album, Overexposed, that they finally got into the studio with OneRepublic frontman and certified hitmaker Ryan Tedder. Ryan co-wrote and co-produced the band's hit "Love Somebody," and he's done the same with their latest hit, "Maps." Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says Ryan and Adam are a great combination, musically-speaking.
"Ryan and Adam have a great chemistry together as writers and actually, personality-wise, they kind of remind me of each other," James tells ABC News Radio. "They're both sort of all over the place, in a good way, which can be good creatively, as long as you can wrangle it." He laughs, "So, they've wrangled it a couple of times and got some great songs out of it."
As for what "Maps" is about, James says not having written it, he can't say for sure, but he believes it's about something Maroon 5 has explored in many other songs: toxic relationships.
"For me, the map [in the song] originally lead to this good place, that was this positive nurturing sort of relationship," he explains. "And when it fell apart, and when the trust was broken...he still followed the map back to that person, despite the fact that this was no good for him. So it's about sort of bad patterns of behavior."
"That's my interpretation," he laughs. "Now, I did not write those lyrics, so maybe Ryan Tedder and Adam Levine would have a different opinion of that!"
"Maps" is Maroon 5's sixth straight top-10 hit. It's the lead single for their fifth album, V, due September 2.
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