In 2010, Maroon 5 released their third studio album, Hands All Over. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Levine explained that the album suffered from being "all these disparate ideas and songs that didn't make any sense together".
The single became a success worldwide; it was the ninth-best-selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 8.5 million copies and, as of 2012, the eighth-best-selling digital single of all time.
Levine described the album as "a vast improvement", explaining: "I think this record is a little more self-confident and powerful lyrically".The album and its lead, third and penultimate singles ("Makes Me Wonder", "Won't Go Home Without You" and "If I Never See Your Face Again", respectively) each received Grammy nominations, although only "Makes Me Wonder" secured a win.Levine later credited the song with "totally reviving the band".Its title is supposedly an allusion to Levine's public ubiquity.After winding down from a world tour in support It Won't Be Soon Before Long, the band began recording in Switzerland in 2009, in collaboration with record producer and songwriter Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
Levine said Lange "worked me harder than anyone ever has".
He also worked with hip-hop artist 50 Cent on his song "My Life", recording the vocals almost two years before it was released as a single in 2012, which included rapper Eminem. During 2007, he appeared in the 33rd-season premiere of Saturday Night Live in an SNL Digital Short called Iran So Far, performing with Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Levine played himself while singing a humorous bridge to a "love song" for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He chose not to have a Bar Mitzvah as a child, explaining: "I felt as though a lot of kids were trying to cash in ...
I just don't think it's the most respectful way to deal with God and beliefs and years and years and years of cultural heritage." He underwent therapy for his parents' divorce, but called it a "waste of time" explaining that his parents could not "accept the fact that I might have been OK with it.
Later, Levine would say of the experience: "Kara’s Flowers was just floating up the wall beneath the sticks. Following Berkman's advice, the band added a fifth member, James Valentine, and was renamed Maroon 5.