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Exclusive: Maxwell Says Next Album Is Coming Really Soon

R&B Icon Says Initial Hiatus Was To Avoid Over-Saturating Market

Few artists are as revered and respected as R&B icon Maxwell.

As such, we were elated to catch up with the crooner at the BET American Black Film Festival Honors in Los Angeles this week.

In attendance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie ‘Love Jones’ (the soundtrack for which housed his song ‘Sumthin’ Sumthin’), the singer stopped to chat EXCLUSIVELY with That Grape Juice; dishing on the film and its significance and and his upcoming new album.

The latter will serve as the final instalment of his ‘BLACKsummer’snight’ trilogy.

Last year brought with it the second part, which arrived after a seven year hiatus.

This go round, Maxwell says he won’t be leaving his fans waiting as long. Watch his chat with TGJ’s Ques above to find out why.

Your thoughts?

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Hot Shots: Mary J. Blige & Maxwell Amaze In Atlanta

Duo Continue To Deliver On ‘King & Queen Of Hearts Tour’


Mary J. Blige is singing through her pain.

The songstress, who is in the ‘Thick Of It’ with ex Kendu Issacs, isn’t diving away from the spotlight during their divorce. She’s embracing it.

MJB has teamed with Maxwell for the aptly titled ‘King & Queen of Hearts Tour.’

Currently on its US leg, the trek pulled into Atlanta’s Philips Arena last night and impressed in earnest.

Having already played to huge audiences in Europe, Stateside fans will be able to catch the pair right into next month. [Click here for dates]

Peep pics above and below…


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Celebrities React To Donald Trump’s Presidential Win

Lady Gaga, Madonna, Rihanna, & More Sound Off On Shock Result


Donald Trump’s shock win of the US Presidency continues to cause waves.

And not just on news networks, but amongst the Hollywood community; a community which almost unanimously endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton.

With the stock market dropping it all sorts of low and mass uncertainty about the future, the climate is anything but settled.

A host of notable names took to social media to share their views. Most of which were not celebratory.

See what we mean below…


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Maxwell & Mary J. Blige Announce Joint World Tour


What happens when two of R&B’s most celebrated voices join forces?  ‘The King and Queen of Hearts Tour,’ that’s what.

Headlined by R&B vet Maxwell and Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, the duo sent fans into a frenzy today when they announced they are set to hit the road on a 24-show North American trek.

Kicking off November 5 in Baltimore, the Live Nation-produced tour will feature stops in New York, Memphis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and more.  But, before U.S. fans are treated to live renditions of some of R&B’s most memorable hits from the last 20 years, European fans will receive the royal treatment in October.

See it all below:


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New Video: Maxwell – ‘1990X’


Maxwell’s blackSUMMERS’night’ unearths a brand new music video this week.

The song it was born to support? ‘1990x‘, now available to spin below via Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming service.

‘X’ occupies the seventh spot on his new album’s track list and follows the release of ‘Lake By the Ocean’ and the project peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.

Enjoy below…


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The Numbers Are In: Maxwell’s ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ Sold…

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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:


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Maxwell’s ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ First Week Sales Revised Upward


Fans of Grammy winning crooner Maxwell weren’t exactly pleased when reports surfaced his new album, ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ was expected to see first week sales that were 75% less than the inaugural numbers of its predecessor.

However, revised reports may give M’s biggest supporters a reason to smile as industry analysts are lending refreshed stats that will give the singer a leg up on the competition.

Curious to see where he’ll land among next week’s expected top sellers Drake, Beyonce, and Blink 182?  Tuck in below to find out:


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The Predictions Are In: Maxwell’s ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ Set To Sell…

Singer/Songwriter Misses The Mark With Part 2 of Album Trilogy


7 years.

That’s how long fans of Maxwell were forced to wait for his newest release ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ – part 2 of his album trilogy.  Released to hungry fans on July 1, the project – kicked off by the #1 R&B single ‘Lake By the Ocean’ – comes as the long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Grammy winning set ‘BLACKsummers’night’ (featuring the hit ‘Pretty Wings’).

Originally set for release in 2010, the new album’s 6 year pushback – once thought to only increase the intensity of anticipation for its premiere – has seemed to do the opposite (if preliminary figures are judged).  According to industry analysts, the lack of buzz surrounding the project, in conjunction with spotty promo, will see it fall far from the 300k first week sales of its predecessor.

Keen to see how Max fared this time around?  The first prediction awaits below:


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Are You Buying? Maxwell’s ‘blackSUMMERS’night’

Crooner’s Long-Awaited New Album Drops Today


Nearly seven years have separated fans of singer/songwriter Maxwell from new material from the Grammy winner, but that long wait drew to a close today thanks to the release of his latest project ‘blackSUMMERS’night.’

The second installment of a trilogy of albums of the same name (with different emphases), ‘SUMMERS’ has big footsteps to follow given its predecessor’s whopping 316,000 units sold first week.  And, while the new project’s lead single – ‘Lake By the Ocean’ – has made quite the splash on charts (currently buoyed at #1 on R&B charts) – there is an admitted absence of buzz around this installment compared to its platinum-selling forerunner.

Add to this a change in musical landscape (see:  shift in consumption, trap music, etc.) in conjunction with Drake‘s ongoing domination of streaming (an outlet Max’s overall SPS figure will probably benefit least from), it’s pretty clear the ‘Pretty Wings’ singer has an uphill battle before him.

But, if there’s anything his fanbase is proven, is that they’re patient and loyal…


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Maxwell Says Part 3 of ‘BlackSummersNight’ Trilogy Is Already Nearly Finished

Singer Promises Less Than 6-Year Wait For Next Album Ahead of Part 2’s Release

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We may be only a day away from the highly anticipated release of Maxwell‘s newest album, ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ but the next few hours seem like nothing after a nearly 7 year wait.

Indeed, 2009 was the last time we got a full body of work from the Grammy winning crooner who recently revealed the wait was due to having to sift through over 300 songs to narrow down ‘SUMMERS’ – the second installment in a trilogy of similarly themed albums – to its present 12-song tracklist.

With only hours separating them from part 2 of the trio of opuses, some fans have already begun anticipating its follow-up [blacksummers’NIGHT] with fear there may be another 6-7 year wait before they can get their hands on it.  However, a recent chat with our friends at ‘EW’ should ease those fears as the singer not only revealed why he took such a lengthy break, but also that part 3 is already nearly completed!

Details on what you should expect from it await below:


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New Song: Maxwell – ‘Fingers Crossed’

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If you’re still not sold on ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ the July 1-due new album from Grammy winning crooner Maxwell, ‘Fingers Crossed’ just may do the trick for you.

Following the release of the album’s lead single ‘Lake By the Ocean,’ ‘Fingers’ joins ‘Gods,’ ‘1990x,’ and ‘All the Ways Love Can Feel’ as yet another taste of what Max is serving up via his first project in nearly 7 years.

“They can tell you anything to change your mind / There’s no mystery, and you’re not blind / Fingers crossed, you’ll make the choice, to make you mine,” he coos over the lush instrumentation.

Hear it in full below:


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New Song: Maxwell – ‘All the Ways Love Can Feel’

Singer Drops Lyric Video Following Rousing BET Awards Performance

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Not even 24 hours after making quite the splash at the 2016 BET Awards with a performance of his latest hit ‘Lake By the Ocean,’ another gem from Maxwell‘s newest album, ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ has surfaced.

Titled ‘All the Ways Love Can Feel,’ the disco-doused track was unveiled via a lyric video uploaded to the singer’s official VEVO page and sees him show off his oft-praised falsetto over an R&B mid-tempo (reminiscent of the work found on his debut album, ‘Urban Hang Suite,’ which celebrated it 20th anniversary this year).

Following the ‘Night’s other critically acclaimed releases, ‘Gods’ and ‘1990x,’ tuck in below to hear ‘All the Ways Love Can Feel’ and let us know if Max is on his way to another hit:

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