Much to the delight of his diehard fans, Maxwell kicked off the month of July with the release of his long-awaited sixth album, ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ (his first in nearly 7 years).
The second in a trilogy of projects of the same name (different emphases), part 2 of ‘BSN’ was launched on the back of the #1 Adult R&B single ‘Lake by the Ocean’ and a number of other critically acclaimed cuts to support it. However, while critics have sung the album’s praises, the commercial response hasn’t exactly been singing a similar tune.
Initial reports indicated the first week sales of part 2 of the trio of albums was on track to land somewhere in the 58,000-68,000 range. If true, that would barely be a fifth of its predecessor’s first week figures. Now, with the Nielsen tracking week officially over, tuck in below to see how close (or far) industry analysts’ predictions were to the final figure:
First Week Sales: 59,000
Chart Position: #3
Maxwell’s new blackSUMMERS’night arrives at No. 3 with 59,000 units (57,000 in pure album sales). It’s the follow-up to the 2009 album BLACKsummers’night, which debuted at No. 1 with 316,000 copies sold. Before that, he released the 2001 album Now, which launched at No. 1 with 296,000.
In total, Maxwell has claimed four top 10 albums…[he has six in total]