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Maroon 5 – Payphone (Explicit) ft. Wiz Khalifa

“Payphone” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5 featuring American rapper Wiz Khalifa. It was released on April 16, 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 describes a romance that ended abruptly. It has received favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the catchy melody and named it “a radio success”, but some others dismissed its title and Khalifa’s appearance.

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 film. On July 9, 2012, “Payphone” was named Song of the Summer for 2012 by Idolator.[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 peaked at number one in Canada for eight consecutive weeks. It also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, 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.

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