Maxwell is preparing to release the next album in his musical trilogy…
The 40-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer, who performed at this year’s Essence Festival, plans to release his follow-up to BLACKsummers’night late this summer or early in the fall, according to Billboard. Released on July 7, 2009, it was the first in a planned trilogy of albums.
The album will likely be titled blackSUMMERS’night, according to the music website.
“The album’s pretty much about the last day of summer, so I felt like it was a good idea to release it at the end of the summer,” says Maxwell. “It has that bittersweet feel to it. I don’t like things to be too happy. It’s when you go back to school, summer’s over then you kind of have that wonderful week where you get crazy. That’s what the essence of the record is.”
Maxwell offered a preview of the highly anticipated album in January with a 73-second preview of a new track, “Gods,” which the singer confirmed would be included on SUMMERS and formed part of the playlist during his Friday night set at Essence fest.
But that’s not the only new music he has on the way — a duets EP with his “Fire We Make” collaborator Alicia Keys is also in the works.