Release date: September 2010
Hands All Over is the third studio album by American band Maroon 5. The album was released by A&M/Octone on September 21, 2010. "Misery" is the lead single and it was released in June 2010. "Give a Little More" followed as the second single in August 2010.
Maroon 5 began writing the songs that appear on Hands All Over after winding down from a world tour in support of their 2007 studio release It Won't Be Soon Before Long. Several months later, the band received a phone call from Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who had heard that the band were beginning to write a new album, and expressed an interest in producing it. In a press release on their official website, the album is described as "a killer hybrid of rock, pop, funk and R&B."
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band revealed that they spent two months writing and recording their third record with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange in his recording studio in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, spoke about the experience of working with Lange: "He worked me harder than anyone ever has," [...] "I would come in with a finished song, and he'd say, 'That's a good start. Now strip it down to the drums and start over.' The coolest thing about him is that not only has he been a huge, legendary producer, but he also is a legit, serious writer." Rolling Stone has said that the resulting disc is the band's brightest-sounding and poppiest yet and that it delivers Lange's mix of catchy hooks and punchy rhythms. Levine has also said about the album: "Our first record was a reflection of my love for Stevie Wonder. With the second I kept going back and forth between Prince and The Police. But there was no one on my mind for this album. It's just great pop." The album artwork was revealed on July 1, 2010. The cover photo for the album was taken by 19-year old photographer Rosie Hardy, who also serves as the model in the photo. Hardy took the photo herself, in just under an hour, in her own bedroom in the UK.
The lead single to be taken off the album is "Misery" and it was released on June 22, 2010. The music video for the single was directed by Joseph Kahn. The second single is "Give a Little More", and was released on August 17, 2010.
On the Billboard 200, the album debuted at number two, which despite a high placement sold a relatively weak 142,000 copies, compared to their previous effort, which debuted at number-one with 429,000 copies.