Maroon 5 have been confirmed for the biggest gig of their lives: the 2019 Super Bowl half-time show.
The band will headline the set, alongside rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3.
The announcement hasn't been without controversy, with calls for them to pull out because of the NFL's stance over some players refusing to stand when the US national anthem is played in protest against the treatment of black people in America.
After President Trump called for players who "disrespect" the US flag to be sacked, the NFL announced it would instead fine players who kneel for the national anthem. In response, this year's Super Bowl performers are making a joint donation with the NFL of $500,000 (£389k) to a social justice cause.
In an interview with People, Maroon 5’s keyboardist PJ Morton defended their decision to play the show. "I think there are plenty of people - a lot of the players, to be honest - who support Kap and also do their job for the NFL," he said.
"I think we’re doing the same thing. We can support being against police brutality against black and brown people and be in support of being able to peacefully protest and still do our jobs.
"You can get bogged down by those things, we’re not focusing on the negative now. We’re blocking out the noise. We’re just doing what we do. We look to have a good time."
Maroon 5 won't be short of hits for their half-time show, which usually clocks in at around 12 minutes. To date, the group have 21 Top 40 hits, including one chart-topper, plus two Number 1 albums. Look at their complete UK chart history here.
Their biggest hit is their 2011 single Moves Like Jagger, which is one of the UK's bestselling singles of all time despite not reaching Number 1 (it spent seven weeks at Number 2). The Christina Aguilera-assisted track has shifted 1.86m combined sales, split between 1.54m downloads and 32.3m streams.
The band's second biggest hit in the UK is Sugar (1.37m). The track peaked at Number 7 but logged an impressive 27 weeks inside the Top 40 in 2015. Meanwhile, their only UK Number 1 to date, Payphone, is in third (1.16m).
One of Maroon 5's early hits, 2004's She Will Be Loved, places fourth on their all-time chart with combined sales of 960k. The song was key in helping their debut album Songs About Jane to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, which reached the top spot 31 weeks after its release - around the time of the single reached Number 4.
The group's most recent single, Girls Like You ft. Cardi B, rounds out their Top 5 on 844k. The single's combined downloads and streaming figure is boosted significantly by its music video, which went viral and finished as the UK's most viewed video of 2018 thanks to its numerous female guest stars; including Camila Cabello, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez and Rita Ora.
Further down Maroon 5's all-time Top 20, their breakout hit This Love ranks tenth (539k), and 2007's Won't Go Home Without You places 20th. The track, lifted from their It Won't Been Soon Before Long album, is one of only three singles by the band to miss the UK Top 40 after topping out at 44.
Maroon 5's Top 20 biggest singles on the Official Chart
|1||MOVES LIKE JAGGER||MAROON 5 FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA||2||2011|
|3||PAYPHONE||MAROON 5 FT WIZ KHALIFA||1||2012|
|4||SHE WILL BE LOVED||MAROON 5||4||2004|
|5||GIRLS LIKE YOU||MAROON 5 FT CARDI B||7||2018|
|6||DON'T WANNA KNOW||MAROON 5 FT KENDRICK LAMAR||5||2016|
|7||ONE MORE NIGHT||MAROON 5||8||2012|
|8||WHAT LOVERS DO||MAROON 5 FT SZA||12||2017|
|10||THIS LOVE||MAROON 5||3||2004|
|12||COLD||MAROON 5 FT FUTURE||24||2017|
|13||MAKES ME WONDER||MAROON 5||2||2007|
|14||SUNDAY MORNING||MAROON 5||27||2004|
|15||HARDER TO BREATHE||MAROON 5||13||2004|
|17||IF I NEVER SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN||MAROON 5 FT RIHANNA||28||2008|
|19||IT WAS ALWAYS YOU||MAROON 5||40||2014|
|20||WON'T GO HOME WITHOUT YOU||MAROON 5||44||2007|
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