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Maroon 5 And SZA Sang 'What Lovers Do' Live, And We Can't Stop Grooving To It

Quite the dynamic duo.

The cool factor of The Tonight Show was turned up to 11 last night when Jimmy Fallon introduced the night's musical guests: Maroon 5 and SZA singing "What Lovers Do." The band, fronted by Adam Levine, and the R&B singer took to the stage to rock the mic and deliver an equally effortless and chill performance.


For a little over three minutes, Levine and SZA groove along to the tune they're both singing. While most of the singing is done by the Voice coach — which makes sense considering it is a Maroon 5 song, after all — SZA definitely makes quite the impression when cutting in to get in on the action. Just try not tapping your foot along while these two jam along.

"What Lovers Do" is the lead single off Maroon 5's sixth studio album — titled Red Pill Blues and out November 3. The song has reached No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart (though more buzz around it, with performances like these, could help it out) and borrows heavily from "Sexual" by NEIKED featuring Dyo — just listen for yourself. Other than this song with SZA, Red Pill Blues also features the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Future, LunchMoney Lewis, A$AP Rocky, and Julia Michaels — who will be touring with Maroon 5.

As for the accompanying act for "What Lovers Do," SZA — whose real name is Solána Imani Rowe — is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter born in St. Louis but raised in New Jersey. The 26-year-old is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment (the same as Lamar) and has been blowing up this year (which is probably why she, Michaels, and Khalid are being called "The New Wave" on the cover of Billboard). Buzz has surrounded SZA since her debut studio album, Ctrl, dropped earlier this year and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The song "Love Galore," featuring Travis Scott, has proved to be the most successful single thus far.

Watch Maroon 5 and SZA perform "What Lovers Do" here:

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