Background and release Edit
After extensive touring in support of their fifth studio album, V (2014), Maroon 5 began the writing and recording sessions for their sixth studio album. On October 11, 2016, the band released the tropical house single "Don't Wanna Know", featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar. Another single, entitled "Cold", featuring American rapper Future, was released on February 17, 2017. In August 2017, videos and Snapchats from lead singer Adam Levine revealed that the group were recording the new music video for "What Lovers Do", with recording artist SZA.
On August 26, 2017, the name "What Lovers Do" and cover art for the track were revealed on the online media knowledge base website Genius. The release date for the single was revealed three days prior.
A 16-second preview of the single was unveiled by the band on their official website on August 27, 2017.
"What Lovers Do" runs for approximately 3 minutes and 20 seconds. It was written by Adam Levine, Starrah, Jason Evigan and Solána Imani Rowe and was produced by Jason Evigan, Ben Billions, Sam Farrar and Noah Passovoy. Victor Radstrom, Dyo, and Elina Stridh are also credited songwriters on the record, as songwriters of "Sexual" by Neiked.
The song is performed in the key of B♭ major with a tempo of 110 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of E♭5–Gm–F–B♭–E♭, and the vocals in the song span from F3 to D5 in common time.
Music video Edit
The music video was released on Vevo on September 28, 2017, and was directed by Joseph Kahn.
Live performances Edit
The band performed "What Lovers Do" for the first time at Rock in Rio in Rio de Janeiro on September 16, 2017.