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Maxwell Announces New Album Set for Release This Year


Photo by Michelly Rall/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesMaxwell has finally given fans an update on his long-awaited album, blackSUMMERs’night.

In an interview with Essence, the singer spilled new details about the follow-up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night while discussing the upcoming 20th anniversary of his debut album, Urban Hang Suite.

“I can’t believe that 20 years after doing something that I started when I was 21, would even mean anything, or even stand the test of time to the point where I would have an interview and it would be a mentioning point,” he says.  “What’s really great about it is that I work with all of the same people, and I’m working with all of the same people on the new album that’s coming out this year.  We’re writing this new album. It feels, to me, even better than what we did twenty years ago.”

The singer adds that he shares his fans’ excitement about the project. “I’m so hyped about the new album coming out, which is so exciting for me, because it’s fresh and it’s different, but it is what I do,” he says.

Maxwell also addressed the six-year hiatus. “People are like, ‘Why does it take so long? Why does it take so long?”’ Because there’s always a part of me that’s like, ‘Nah.’ You know? I know I started the record, but have I lived enough of what I need to live to view it with the emotion that it needs, and then release it?” he explains. “I can sometimes feel like it’s okay to wait.”

The singer’s fifth studio effort will serve as the second installment in his SUMMERS trilogy.

In the meantime, you can catch Maxwell performing alongside Nas at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center on Valentine’s Day, as well as at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center February 15.

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