Maroon 5 will see the release of their brand-new, fifth studio album, titled V, on September 2. With the frontman, Adam Levine, remaining in his seat as a coach on The Voice and Gwen Stefani joining the show, there could be no better timing for the band to get the No Doubt songbird on one of their tracks.
Gwen sings along with Adam on "My Heart Is Open", a piano-driven power ballad that was penned by master of the kind, Sia. The two artists' voices fit perfectly together and they sound amazing on the emotional tune, but it's mostly oh-so-nice to hear the songstress singing on top of a heartfelt melody for us again. "It won't take me long to find another lover, but I want you", she sweetly croons over the slick and delicate production. The love song brings back memories of slower tracks in Ms. Stefani's back catalogue and builds excitement around her still rumored, upcoming solo project.
The songstress signed a management deal with Irving Azoff (Christina Aguilera, The Eagles) back in June and has already worked on new music with Diplo and Pharrell Williams, among others. According to a recent red carpet interview at the MTV Video Music Awards, she is not sure where the new music is taking her or when she will have anything ready, but she does want to put out both a solo album and a No Doubt record.
"I’m doing new music… With new music, you never know when its going to happen exactly, but we are working on new music, on new No Doubt music, just new music generally. I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen. I’m in this weird place where things just happen now. I don’t know what’s happening now, but I want to do both [a solo album and a No Doubt album]. I want to do it all."
Rumor has it we can expect a solo project from her around Christmas. I guess we'll have to wait and see! For the time being, take a listen to "My Heart Is Open" from Maroon 5's brand-new album, V.
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