Red Pill Blues is the sixth studio album by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on November 3, 2017, by 222 and Interscope Records. This is the band’s first release to feature Sam Farrar as a studio member after becoming a touring member in 2012. The title of the album refers to the science fiction term of taking the red pill or the blue pill, which originated from the 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix.
The album was preceded by two commercial stand-alone releases. “Don’t Wanna Know”, featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar, was released to digital retailers on October 11, 2016, and charted at No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, and Hot 100 Airplay charts. A music video for “Don’t Wanna Know” premiered on October 14 on The Today Show.
A second stand-alone single, “Cold”, featuring American rapper Future, was released on February 14, 2017, and charted at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Adult Top 40 chart. The music video for “Cold” premiered on February 15.
On August 30, 2017, the band released “What Lovers Do”, featuring American R&B singer SZA, as the lead single from the album. A lyric video was uploaded on September 15, 2017, while the music video for the song premiered on September 28.
“Help Me Out”, with American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, was released on October 6, 2017, as an instant grat along with the pre-order of the álbum. Another song, titled “Whiskey”, featuring American rapper ASAP Rocky, was released to digital retailers on October 19, 2017. A third promotional single, “Wait”, was released on October 31.
1. Best 4 U
2. What Lovers Do ft. SZA
4. Lips On You
5. Bet My Heart
6. Help Me Out with Julia Michaels
7. Who I Am ft. LunchMoney Lewis
8. Whiskey ft. A$AP Rocky
9. Girls Like You
11. Denim Jacket
13. Plastic Rose
14. Don’t Wanna Know ft. Kendrick Lamar
15. Cold ft. Future