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:
First week sales: 50,000-60,000 SPS
Chart Placement: #3?
The prediction above, based on first day sales, is subject to change over the course of the next few days. And, while some will clearly pit part 2 of M’s trilogy against its forerunner (sales-wise), the numbers are still quite fair given today’s musical climate which has proven itself not exactly the most inviting of traditional R&B.
All things considered, kudos to Max for staying true to his formula. However, we hope this serves as indication that a nearly decade long wait for part 3, which he reports is nearly finished, wouldn’t exactly be the best idea.
Tidbit: Given he’s already admitted the time off was a mistake, we expect part 3 to be here sooner than later.