Official music video for the track Payphone by Maroon 5. Payphone is the lead single from California pop rockers Maroon 5’s fourth studio album Overexposed and features rapper Wiz Khalifa. The single Payphone was released on April 16th 2012 and reached no.2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, no.1 on the UK Singles Chart and reached a top 5 charting in 12 other countries and charted at between no.6 and 10 in 7 other countries. The music video shows lead singer Adam Levine working at a bank when fellow band members break in to rob the bank. Levine escapes and is later seen driving a hotrod on a desert road with police in pursuit. He eventually evades all the police vehicles, many of whom crash. Levine later parks under a highway overpass and goes to a payphone. This payphone scene is shown throughout the video.
Payphone is the the lead single from their Overexposed (2012), the bands fourth studio album. The song was released 16th April 2012. It was written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Dan Omelio, Shellback and Wiz Khalifa, and it was produced by Benny Blanco, Shellback and Robopop. The mid-tempo song describes Adam Levine’s feelings towards his relationship and Wiz's verse talks about how regretful the unlucky lover will be for walking away. The title comes from a line in the song "I'm at a payphone trying to call home / All of my change I spent on you." The music video was directed by Samuel Bayer, It starts off where Adam Levine is taking down some bank robbers and attempting to become the “hero” in a hail of bullets. As he makes his escape by stealing a gun from a robber and then gets mistaken for a bank robber. Because of this, he must escape from a fleet of policemen, which he does with ease. It is like a mini-action movie. “Payphone” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 with sales of 493,000. It also reached No. 1 on the Canadian Hot 100 and has stayed at the top for five consecutive weeks.It reached No. 3 on the Irish Singles chart and peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles chart.
Pop Crush: Amy Sciarretto wrote;"This vid unfolds like a mini-movie, with lots of thrills, action and hot pursuit. Bring on the summer blockbusters!”
E! News: Natalie Finn wrote; "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."
Hollywood Reporter: Rebecca Ford wrote; "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?"