Payphone (song)

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"Payphone"
Single by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
from the album Overexposed
ReleasedApril 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded2011
GenrePop, R&B
Length3:51 (Album version with Wiz Khalifa)
3:42 (No rap edit)
LabelA&M/Octone
Writer(s)Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Robopop, Shellback, Wiz Khalifa
Producer(s)Shellback, Benny Blanco
Maroon 5 chronology
"Moves like Jagger"
(2011)
"Payphone"
(2012)
"One More Night"
(2012)
Wiz Khalifa chronology
"I'm On"
(2012)
"Payphone"
(2012)
"Till I Die"
(2012)
Overexposed track listing
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"Payphone"
Single by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
from the album Overexposed
ReleasedApril 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded2011
GenrePop, R&B
Length3:51 (Album version with Wiz Khalifa)
3:42 (No rap edit)
LabelA&M/Octone
Writer(s)Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Robopop, Shellback, Wiz Khalifa
Producer(s)Shellback, Benny Blanco
Maroon 5 chronology
"Moves like Jagger"
(2011)
"Payphone"
(2012)
"One More Night"
(2012)
Wiz Khalifa chronology
"I'm On"
(2012)
"Payphone"
(2012)
"Till I Die"
(2012)
Overexposed track listing
Audio sample
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"Payphone" is a song performed by the American pop rock band Maroon 5 featuring American rapper Wiz Khalifa. The song was released on April 17, 2012, as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Overexposed (2012). The song was written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Robopop, Shellback and Khalifa and produced by Blanco and Shellback.[1] The song is a pop ballad and it talks about a romance that is no more. The song has received favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the catchy melody and named it "a radio success", but some others dismissed Khalifa's appearance and its title.

The official music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, finds Levine taking down some bank robbers and attempting to become the "hero" in a hail of bullets as he makes his escape, steals a gun from a robber and then gets mistaken for one. Because of this, he must escape from a fleet of policemen, which he does with ease.[2] The video was positively received from critics, who considered it an enjoyable mini-action movie. The video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video, but lost out to "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.[3]

On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at the number three spot before peaking at number two. The song sold 493,000 copies in its first week, becoming the best sales week for a digital song by a group and also the eleventh-best sales week overall. It also reached number one on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and stayed at the top for eight consecutive weeks. It also topped the UK Singles Chart, making it the band's first ever single to do so. "Payphone" was the world's fifth best-selling single of 2012 with 9.5 million copies sold.[4]

Writing, production and release[edit]

Co-writer and co-producer Benny Blanco (left) recalled American rapper Wiz Khalifa (right) to write and sing a rap verse on "Payphone".

The song was written by Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine, along with Ammar Malik, Robopop, Benny Blanco, Shellback, and Wiz Khalifa, while production was helmed by Blanco and Shellback.[1] Levine, Blanco, Shellback, and Malik also wrote the band's previous single "Moves Like Jagger".[5] The writing process started when Blanco, Robopop, and Malik convened together in the studio; Malik and Robopop constructed a piano line and demo track that Blanco compiled into a proper melody.[5] Then, it was given to Levine who wrote the lyrics.[5] Meanwhile, Blanco recalled rapper Wiz Khalifa with an idea to throw a wrench into the Maroon 5 works by adding hip-hop flavor to the its sound, "I love when things don't make sense, like, 'Holy fuck!' You don't hear him on the song at all. I like when bands dip into a whole different genre."[5] Wiz Khalifa wrote and rapped his verse on "Payphone".[1] In an interview with Rolling Stone, Blanco told that five minutes before Khalifa arrived at the studio, he prepared "the sound beds for the finger snap-driven portion of the jam". However, producer Max Martin, who was the executive producer of Overexposed, adjusted the chorus, because he felt it should be a "little different".[5]

"Payphone" was recorded at Conway Studios in Los Angeles by Noah "Mailbox" Pasovoy and Shellback, while Eric Eylands served as the assistant engineer.[1] John Hanes mixed the song at Mixstar Studios in Virginia Beach and Phil Seaford was the mixing assistant.[1] The programming, additional bass, keys, acoustic guitars and the background vocals were provided by Shellback and Blanco. Jeremy "Jbogs" Levin and David "D Silb" Silberstein served as production coordinators.[1] Khalifa appears as courtesy of Rostrum Records.[1] "Payphone" was released as a lead single from Overexposed. On April 17, 2012, it was digitally released in most territories.[6] A&M/Octone Records serviced the song to contemporary hit radio in the United States on April 24.[7] A CD single containing the album version of the song together with a Thomas Penton/Barry Huffine remix was released on June 8 in Germany.[8]

Composition[edit]

"Payphone" is a pop and R&B song that contains hip hop influences and has duration of 3 minutes and 51 seconds.[9][10] Its instrumentation, which consists of funk guitars, bass and synths is accompanied by Levine's high falsetto.[1][9][11] "Payphone" is written in the key of B major (recorded in B major), in common time, with a tempo of 110 beats per minute.[12] Levine's vocal range spans from the low note of G♯3 to the high note of B5.[12] Thomas Chau from AOL Radio Blog called the song "mellow" and compared it to the band's previous singles "She Will Be Loved" (2004) and "Won't Go Home Without You" (2007).[13] Andrew Unterberger of Popdust agreed, and wrote that "it's got that same kind of mid-tempo blandness that’s caused casual fans to mix up ballads like 'Won’t Go Home Without You' and 'Never Gonna Leave This Bed' (2011)."[14]

The song begins with Levine performing an upper register read-through of the chorus backed by a simple keyboard.[15] On the chorus, he sings: "I’m at a payphone trying to call home / All of my change I spent on you / Where have the times gone? / Baby, it’s all wrong / Where are the plans we made for two? / If happy ever after did exist / I would still be holding you like this / All those fairytales are full of shit / One more fucking love song, I’ll be sick".[11] "Shit" and "fucking" are replaced with "it" and "stupid", respectively, in the song's clean version. The clean version censors Wiz Khalifa's cursing as well. When Khalifa serves his verse, his rhymes don't speak of his love life, but rather his "haters": "I'll be out spending all this money while you sittin' 'round wondering why it wasn't you who came up from nothin' / Made it from the bottom now when you see me I'm stunnin'."[16] Amy Sciarretto from "Pop Crush" and Bill Lamb from About.com pointed out that the lyrics are "almost mirroring Levine’s current romantic situation with former girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna and their very public split.[11][15]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Bill Lamb from About.com gave to the song 4 out of 5 stars, praising the "full band arrangement on second and third choruses", "Adam Levine's soulful vocals" and the "melodic pop feel", but dismissed Wiz Khalifa's rap, calling it "unnecessary."[15] Crystal Bell from Huffington Post called it "definitely one of the band's most pop-y singles to date."[17] Amy Sciarretto from Pop Crush commented that the song is "buoyant, airy and catchy" and wrote that it is "yet another melodically blithe single that will be dominating the airwaves."[11] Robbie Daw from Idolator wrote that the song is "extremely Top 40-friendly."[18] Melinda Newman from HitFix wrote that the song "is a straight-ahead pop ditty, that, like everything else these days, seems to take a page from Bruno Mars’ "Grenade" for its shiny, military-like precise beat that still manages to sound convincingly warm. It's melodic and catchy, and but not overly aggressive.[19] Rick Florino of Artist Direct commented that the song "merges one of the band's biggest hooks with clever lines."[20] Robert Copsey from Digital Spy described it as "a shining example as an addictive head-nodder."[21]

Chris Payne from Billboard wrote that "The pop/R&B fling is far from a classic Maroon 5 cut, yet it serves as a testament to the band's continued rebranding and a reminder of how much the airwaves have changed since 'This Love' hit in 2004."[22] Andrew Unterberger from "Pop Dust" criticized Khalifa's verse, writing that "the group’s first rapper guest of note, can’t do much to spice up the proceedings, and it’s unclear if he even knows what the song he’s rapping on is about."[14] He also criticized the song's title, writing: "nobody’s seriously used a payphone in a dramatic life moment in a decade."[14] Another mixed review came from Entertainment Weekly's Marc Snetiker, who commented that "it’s pretty easy to replace the band’s signature electronic meta-funk with any of the boy band’s impish members, for example One Direction."[23] However, he concluded that "it's catchy, infectious, and overwhelmingly mellow."[23] Fraser McAlpine from BBC Music criticized his voice, writing: "Adam Levine fires up that nasal yelp as soon as the song begins, and does not let up until the fadeout."[24] McAlpine also wrote that "Wiz Khalifa gets more space at the front of the stage than the rest of his band do."[24]

Adam Markovitz from Entertainment Weekly concluded:

"Payphone is an alchemy of elemental pop-rock building blocks that conjures virile longing in the same corny-graceful way as past M5 hits like She Will Be Loved. Levine's voice soars, the piano and guitar hit notes of bitter nostalgia, and for once the words' hurt feels real. And whether by Pro-Tooled magic or old-fashioned sweat, the song also sounds remarkably like it was recorded in a studio by musicians who actually came together to play as a band — even if one of them was only dropping by on his way to the soundstage."[23]

The theme of being at a payphone has been interpreted as his yearning for a past that he knows cannot happen again. Many have been critical of the anachronism, which misses this primary point. The song ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 best songs of 2012.[25]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, the song debuted on the Pop Songs chart at number 21, making it the highest-charting debut by a group since 'N Sync's "Pop" debuted at the same position in June 2001.[26] "Payphone" peaked at number one on the Billboard's Pop Songs chart, becoming their fourth number one.[27] On Pop Songs, the group makes it to back-to-back toppers, as its last entry, "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, reigned for six weeks beginning in October.[27] The band had likewise led consecutively with its first two number ones, "This Love" (three weeks) and "She Will Be Loved" (four) in 2004.[27] Wiz Khalifa, featured on the pop edit of "Payphone," scores his first Mainstream Top 40 number one.[27] On the Adult Pop Songs chart, "Payphone" debuted at number 17, the highest-ever debut by a group and the third-highest overall.[26] It also topped the Adult Pop Songs, becoming their fifth leader.[27] On Adult Pop Songs, Maroon 5 - whose number one ledger on the list includes its four Pop Songs leaders plus 2010's "Misery" - ties Nickelback for the most commanding titles among groups in the chart's 16-year history.[27]

"Payphone" sold 493,000 digital downloads in its first week and subsequently debuted at number one on the Hot Digital Songs chart, the best sales week ever for a digital song by a group, surpassing The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow", which topped the chart with sales of 464,000 units in April 2009.[28] It is also the eighth-best sales week overall since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital downloads in 2003.[29] The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It failed to reach number one, peaking at number two on that chart for six non-consecutive weeks, being blocked from the top spot by Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit of the summer, "Call Me Maybe". On its 18th week in the top ten, "Payphone" dropped to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first time the song was not a part of the top five.[29] It also spent its first nineteen weeks in the top ten. As of March 2013, the song had sold over 5 million digital copies in the United States.[30]

On the Canadian Hot 100 chart, the song debuted at number 2, for the issue dated May 5, 2012.[31] The following week, the song fell to number 3,[32] where it remained for a further week.[33] The following week, the song climbed to number 2[34] and on the chart issue dated June 2, 2012, the song topped the Canadian charts.[35] For the following seven weeks, the song remained at the top,[36] spending a total of eight weeks at the top.[37]

In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number one on the The Official Singles Chart, becoming their first number one single.[38] It sold over 141,000 copies, which marks the third week in a row that the number one single broke the 100,000 barrier after Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole. The song has sold 725,000 copies in the UK in 2012, and was the 9th best-selling single of 2012.[39]

"Payphone" had sold 68,000 digital copies in Italy.[40]

Live performances[edit]

On April 16, 2012, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa performed the song for the first time on The Voice, a reality talent show, on which lead singer Adam Levine is one of the judges and coaches.[41] "Payphone" was also performed, for the first time at a proper Maroon 5 concert, during the band's special performance for the Grand Opening of the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto, California, on April 21, 2012. Adam Levine sang the lines from the alternative version of the song, without the rap, released officially on April 18, 2012, just two days after its world premiere on The Voice and also on iTunes: "Now, baby, don't hang up / So I can tell you what you need to know / Baby, I'm begging you / Just, please, don't go / So I can tell you what you need to know." in lieu of Wiz Khalifa's rap verse. They also performed the song, in a medley with "Moves Like Jagger", on the UK final of the 1st series of The Voice on 2 June 2012. The band performed the song on the Today Show, on June 29, 2012.[42] They also performed previous hits "One More Night, "Moves Like Jagger" and "Harder to Breathe".[42]

Music videos[edit]

Lyric video[edit]

The lyric video for the song premiered on April 16, 2012 on Maroon 5's VEVO channel. The clip is in an animated graphic novel style, drawn in panels. The clip shows the main character, presumably frontman Adam Levine, looking back on his relationship and heroically fighting monsters, rescuing old women from muggers, etc. Towards the end, Wiz Khalifa appears in a hoodie, acting as Levine's crime-fighting sidekick.[43]

Official video[edit]

A still from the video, where Adam Levine is at a phone booth, making a call from a payphone.

On April 19, 2012, Levine was spotted shooting the video, making a call from a Los Angeles phone booth, fleeing from the police with Victoria's Secret model Bregje Heinen and speeding away in a classic sports car.[44][45] The official music video was directed by Samuel Bayer and was released on May 10, 2012. The video was reportedly similar to high-action FPS video game, Payday: The Heist. The car used in the video, a custom 1967 Shelby Cobra, was a kit-car hand built by Levine in the band's practice space during the band's inactive winter months.[46]

Synopsis[edit]

The video begins with a flashforward that starts with a beleaguered Levine torching his ride and dialing (possibly) his lost love's telephone number at a payphone. Another typical day at a Las Vegas (seen from the decals on the police cars) bank for Levine is shown next, which turns into chaos when some bandits enter and take charge (one of them is played by the band's lead guitarist – James Valentine – and some of the other bank robbers are probably played by drummer Matt Flynn, bassist Mickey Madden and current keyboardist, originally a touring-only band member, PJ Morton) – all of this happens while the song plays in the background. Levine grabs a gun from one of the robbers and threatens to get rid of them. He and his female co-worker (played by Dutch model Bregje Heinen) escape though Levine is shot in the arm, but when some cops mistake him for one of the robbers, Levine tells the female co-worker to hide in a car and steals an AC Cobra 427 that belongs to Wiz Khalifa to get away from them. A car chase follows and when Levine is almost caught by the police, he steers the stolen convertible onto the wrong side of the road and causes a huge explosion, which destroys one of the police cars. When he finally reaches his destination in Los Angeles, he passes by a place where Wiz, the owner of the car, performed his rap earlier. After Levine gets out of the convertible, it also explodes and he enters a booth, injured, with the titular payphone, probably to call for help (It is also likely that he is calling Heinen) – this connects to the beginning of the video.[46]

Reception[edit]

Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush wrote that "This vid unfolds like a mini-movie, with lots of thrills, action and hot pursuit. Bring on the summer blockbusters!"[47] Natalie Finn of E! News gave a positive review for the video, writing that "Adam Levine looks just as good as a buttoned-up bank employee as he does as a dirty, wounded fugitive trying to outrun the cops."[48] Becky Bain of Idolator wrote that "The clip is an enjoyable mini-blockbuster, but it’s still missing one important ingredient: Adam Levine without a shirt."[49] Rebecca Ford of The Hollywood Reporter gave a mixed review, writing: "Although it's fun to see such a big-budget clip from the band, the story line doesn't make complete sense. Since Levine's character didn't rob the bank, why does he keep running from the cops? And why does he leave the pretty lady behind?"[50]

The video was nominated for an MTV VMA for Best Pop Video.[51]

Covers[edit]

On 7 May 2012, singing sisters Cimorelli posted a cover on YouTube, which has been watched over 15 million times but Dani and Lauren changed up the rap.[52] Tanner Patrick, Dave Days, Megan Nicole, Tiffany Alvord and Avery also posted cover versions of "Payphone". In July 2012, Canadian indie group Walk off the Earth released a cover on YouTube where many of the instruments being played are looped live, allowing one member to effectively play six instruments over the course of the song, with the recorded loops all playing at once.[53] The same month, the band Boyce Avenue also released a cover of the song.[54] American post-hardcore group Crown The Empire has done a heavy cover of the song as well for Fearless Records' compilation album Punk Goes Pop 5.[55] Comedy rapper Rucka Rucka Ali recorded a parody, "Dago", on his 2012 album Rucka's World.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) (Explicit version)3:51
2."Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) (Thomas Penton/Barry Huffine Remix)4:05
Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Payphone (Explicit Version)" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)3:51
2."Payphone (Clean Version)" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)3:51
UK and Ireland digital EP
No.TitleLength
1."Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)3:51
2."Payphone" (No Rap Edit)3:42
3."Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) (Thomas Penton/Barry Huffine Remix)4:05
4."Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) (The Sound of Arrows Remix)5:02

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording[56]
Personnel[56]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[57]2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[58]5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[59]8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[60]8
Bulgaria (IFPI)[61]5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[62]1
Croatia (HRT)[63]1
Czech Republic (IFPI)[64]6
Denmark (Tracklisten)[65]7
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[66]1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[67]6
France (SNEP)[68]8
Germany (Media Control AG)[69]4
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[70]1
Ireland (IRMA)[71]2
Israel (Media Forest)[72]2
Italy (FIMI)[73]1
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[74]5
Luxembourg (Billboard)[75]3
Mexico Inglés (Billboard)[76]1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[77]8
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[78]14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[79]2
Norway (VG-lista)[80]8
Portugal (Billboard)[81]4
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[82]1
Slovakia (IFPI)[83]10
South Korea (Gaon Chart (International))[84]1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[85]14
Spanish Airplay Chart[86]1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[87]6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[88]4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[89]1
US Billboard Hot 100[90]2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[91]1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[92]1
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[93]24
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[94]2
Venezuela Pop Rock General (Record Report)[95]1

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[96]5× Platinum350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[97]Gold15,000x
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[98]2× Platinum60,000^
Germany (BVMI)[99]Gold150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[100]2× Platinum60,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[101]3× Platinum300,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[102]2× Platinum30,000*
South Korea (Gaon Chart)2,239,658[103][104]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[105]Platinum30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[106]Platinum725,000[39]
United States (RIAA)[107]5× Platinum5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012)Position
Australian Singles Chart[108]11
Austrian Singles Chart[109]32
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[110]33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[111]30
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[112]4
Danish Singles Chart[113]21
France (SNEP)[114]43
Germany (Media Control Charts)[115]30
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[116]9
Irish Singles Chart [117]11
Israel (Media Forest)[118]12
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[119]20
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[120]52
New Zealand (RIANZ)[121]7
South Korea (Gaon Chart[122]48
South Korea (Gaon Chart (International))[122]1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[123]36
Sweden (Digilistan)[124]54
Swiss Singles Chart[125]24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[39]9
US Billboard Hot 100[126]4
US Pop Songs[127]5
US Adult Contemporary[128]11
US Adult Pop Songs[129]6
Venezuela Pop Rock General (Record Report)[130]1

Radio and release history[edit]

CountryDateFormatLabel
Argentina[131]April 17, 2012Digital downloadA&M/Octone Records
Australia[6]
Austria[132]
Brazil[133]
Canada[134]
Czech Republic[135]
France[136]
Germany[137]
Hungary[138]
Italy[139]
New Zealand[140]
Portugal[141]
Spain[142]
Switzerland[143]
United States[144]
United States[7]April 24, 2012Contemporary hit radio
Germany[8]June 8, 2012CD singleUniversal Music
United Kingdom[145]June 8, 2012Digital downloadA&M/Octone Records

Precision Tunes version[edit]

"Payphone"
Single by Precision Tunes
ReleasedApril 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2012
GenrePop
Length3:51
LabelPT Records

In April 2012, a cover of the song by Precision Tunes was released for digital download. Due to the original Maroon 5 version of the song not being available for purchase in the United Kingdom at the time, with the release date for their version set in June 2012, the Precision Tunes version of the song was met with a large influx of downloads there. Downloads of the cover caused this version of "Payphone" debut at number 83 on the UK Singles Chart. The following week, it hit the top ten of the chart, peaking at number nine.[146]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Payphone" (Maroon 5 Feat. Wiz Khalifa Tribute)3:51

Chart performance[edit]

On June 10, 2012 the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 83, The following week it climbed to number 9 a week before the track official release.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012)Peak
position
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[147]2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[148]9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[149]4

Release history[edit]

RegionDateFormatLabel
United KingdomApril 17, 2012[150]Digital downloadPT Records

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