The wait is over. Seven years in the making, Maxwell’s long-awaited blackSUMMERS’night has finally arrived.
After teasing the project and performing “Lake by the Ocean” at the BET Awards over the weekend, the 43-year-old singer delivers the second album in his trilogy, the follow-up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained the reason for the delay. “I started traveling, and I lost a very, very important family member of mine about two years ago,” he said, referring to his cousin, who died in 2014. “And sonically, I was evolving. I had anxiety about having to meet that challenge of [recording] a sequel to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night.”
But hopefully fans shouldn’t have to wait as long for the final installment in the trilogy. “We’ll be done as I begin my arena run in the fall,” he said. “I do not want to be 50 years old releasing the same-titled album. I don’t want to oversaturate the market and be out there all the time.”
For now, kick back and vibe out to the smooth sounds of blackSUMMERS’night.