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Maroon5 Plans Its Next Step

After the phenomenal success of "Songs About Jane," Maroon5 is hard at work crafting new material for its sophomore album for Octone/J Records. "We're kind of re-creating the sort of vibe that we had

After the phenomenal success of "Songs About Jane," Maroon5 is hard at work crafting new material for its sophomore album for Octone/J Records.

"We're kind of re-creating the sort of vibe that we had set up when we were writing the songs to the first record," guitarist James Valentine tells Billboard, "where we rented a house and we got some instruments set up."

"Songs About Jane" peaked at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 a full 67 weeks after its June 2002 release. The set, which has sold 4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, spawned the multi-format hits "This Love," "Sunday Morning," "She Will Be Loved" and "Harder To Breathe."

Such a successful label debut does give a band a nice boost of self-esteem, Valentine admits. "Now at least we know that we have the world's ear, and I think that does bring some confidence, but at the same time, we're not going to stop really pushing ourselves to develop our songcraft."

While Valentine says no sure direction for the project has emerged, the band is leaning toward more uptempo material.

Even though the album won't be out for some time, Maroon5 fans will get a new look at the band with the Sept. 20 release of "Friday the 13th -- Live at the Santa Barbara Bowl." Available on CD and DVD, the project includes previously unreleased songs and a cover of Oasis' "Hello."

Before getting down to serious work on the new album, Maroon5 has a handful of summer tour dates on its plate, including appearances at England's V festivals in Chelmsford (Aug. 20) and Staffordshire (Aug. 21), as well as a trio of dates opening for the Rolling Stones.