Upon the release of the band’s new song “Beautiful Mistakes” with Megan Thee Stallion, Levine told Lowe on Apple Music that he’s nostalgic for times when bands dominated the musical landscape. “I’ve been showing my kid music videos, my little girl. And it’s funny how you go back and re-watch like these old videos, and listen to these old songs, and I’ve been playing her a lot of Avril Lavigne records," he said, reflecting on how he would take songs “for granted” when they first came out.
“It’s funny, when the first Maroon 5 album came out there were still other bands. I feel like there aren’t any bands anymore, you know?” he continued. “That’s the thing that makes me kind of sad, is that there were just bands. There’s no bands anymore, and I feel like they’re a dying breed. And so I kind of, in a weird way, as far as … I mean, there still are plenty of bands, and maybe they’re not in the limelight quite as much, or in the pop limelight, but I wish there could be more of those around.”
While there aren't quite as many bands charting on the Billboard Hot 100 these days, there’s still plenty of group acts that have achieved varying levels of success. Still, Levine appears to think there’s a distinct lack of them, and Twitter reacted to his comments by either mocking him or just expressing their disbelief. As of right now, he hasn’t responded to the reaction to what he said.
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