The Voice’s Adam Levine Says Show Boosted His Career
There is not doubt these days that being on a quality reality TV show can increase the profile and profits of any performer, and the enigmatic Adam Levine, coach on the US version of The Voice, confirms this in an interview on The Daily Beast.
The article states the song “Moves Like Jagger,” which Levine debuted on the show in 2011, became the 12th most-sold downloaded song of all time. Overexposed, Maroon 5’s new album, has sold 500,000 copies since its summer debut, with two singles currently on the top 12 of the Billboard Hot 100.
He tells the Daily Beast:
I think it absolutely has helped our career. I think there’s no doubt about that. Things were fine with the band. It wasn’t like we didn’t have success and weren’t satisfied, but I felt like we were at a bit of a crossroads trying to figure out the next move. We were searching a little bit, and [The Voice] changed our career profoundly. It got my face in everyone’s household. It got our music all over the map. What was interesting, our music was already quite big. But people discovered and rediscovered who we were and what we did and got to know me. I always felt like I was slightly misrepresented.
Adam also talks about how the winners of The Voice have not gone on to have as successful post show careers as Idol stars have:
I think the show needs to do things better to help see it through. However, that being said, I also believe people need to understand that launching someone into the stratosphere and creating a huge success is one in a million. It’s not a factory. It’s not a machine. Having been in a band for however long, you release a single, and sometimes it does really well. Sometimes no one gives a shit. We’re two seasons in. You’ve got to give us a minute. I think American Idolgot very lucky in having Kelly Clarkson. Kelly Clarkson was the first winner, right?
Interestingly in the Sun-Herald today it stated how the first winner of Australian Idol Guy Sebastian had received a lot of flack from the music industry about achieving prominence from a reality show. He is having the last laugh now with hit singles in Australia but also he is currently in the US charts.
Thankfully the stigma of achieving recognition through reality TV shows is decreasing.