Maxwell has announced his fifth studio album. The soul singer revealed blackSUMMERS’night – the followup to BLACKsummers’night – will arrive around late summer/early fall and dished on the album’s concept as well as a planned duets album with his Fire We Make collaborator Alcia Keys.
On the concept for blackSUMMERS’night:
“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. 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.”
On how Swizz Beatz inspired his upcoming duets EP with Alicia Keys:
“We’re definitely working on an EP that’s sort of Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrrell. We got a thing musically. That’s like my little sister. What’s funny is Swizz [Beatz, Keys' husband] is the champion of all of it. He’s like, “You guys have a thing when you make music together. We had a really successful tour together when she first came on the scene and she’s like family. She’s someone that I trust.”
Take a listen to Gods, one of the singles that will be on blackSUMMERS’night.