Leading a band that has produced hit songs like clockwork — 14 Top 10 singles in 14 years — silky-voiced Adam Levine has never been lacking in swagger. But the Maroon 5 vocalist is at his most appealing when he offers a peek behind the tattooed machismo, illustrated on such longtime fan favorites as “She Will Be Loved” and “Won’t Go Home Without You.”
A fresh example can be found in a self-deprecating tribute to female empowerment and the steadying influence of a trusted companion titled “Girls Like You,” an irresistible sing-along that was destined to be the band’s newest Top 10 single with the June 5 release of a remix featuring ubiquitous rapper Cardi B.
Such are Levine’s powers of persuasion that a clever companion video for “Girls Like You” released May 30 includes a remarkable cycle of female role models from across popular culture. They include Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Ellen DeGeneres and Camila Cabello, actors Millie Bobby Brown and Trace Lysette, sports stars Alex Morgan, Danica Patrick and Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh of MuslimGirl.com and immigrant rights activist Angy Rivera. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman appears in a T-shirt that reads “Always Speak Your Truth.”
Levine and Maroon 5 are performing “Girls Like You” and other songs from the album “Red Pill Blues” for the first time during a handful of tour dates that concludes Sunday at the BB&T Center. Along with the band’s own memorable music, Maroon 5 has been throwing in a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” as a lead-in to “Moves Like Jagger.” Because Adam Levine is not lacking in swagger.