“Payphone” by Maroon 5 is a pop hit released by the American band and included on their album “Overexposed”, featuring the rapper, Wiz Khalifa. “Payphone” was written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Dan Omelio, Shellback and Wiz Khalifa. Also, the song was produced by Blanco and Shellback. The song, released April 17, 2012, chronicles a love story, from its honeymoon hay days to its listless downfall, with somewhat of a melancholic tone. While Adam Levine’s words express sadness over the failed relationship, Wiz Khalifa’s verse offers a contrasting feel of happiness and joy to be done with the relationship, realizing that he is better off without the girl.
As is common with most songs these days, a lyric video was released for “Payphone” via Youtube on April 16, 2012, which essentially featured graphically designed cartooned lyrics doing various movements to keep the interest of the viewer. Three days later, on April 19, 2012, production began on the actual music video in Los Angeles, CA, which was ultimately released on May 10, 2012. It is directed by Samuel Bayer, and features the band members of Maroon 5, along with Victoria’s Secret model Bregje Heinen.
Appropriately fitting the song’s title and lyrics, the song features a series of cuts and flashbacks, starting with Adam Levine dialing his ex-lover on a payphone. The next scene follows Levine into a bank, which is ultimately robbed by the other members of Maroon 5 dressed in disguise. Next, Levine escapes with the aforementioned model, Bregje Hansen, and they escape. As they are being pursued by cops, Levine tells Hansen’s character to jump out of the car and flee. Ultimately, Levine ends up jumping out of the car in the same place Wiz Khalifa raps, just as it explodes, and runs to the payphone that we saw at the beginning of the music video to make a call. The music video received mainly positive reviews, with Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush applauding its structural and narrative consistency in that it “unfolds like a mini-movie”, and Idolator’s Becky Bain writing that “the clip is an enjoyable mini blockbuster…”. To date, the Maroon 5 VEVO version of “Payphone” has received over 53,500,000 views.