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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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