As part of the deal, the R&B legend will finally release his long-awaited album blacksummers’NIGHT and other future LPs on his own imprint Musze, in partnership with the distribution company.
In a statement, Maxwell said, “I’m looking forward to this next chapter and new partnership with my label Musze/BMG and all that we can accomplish together. The sky is the limit!”
“Maxwell is an iconic creator of culture and we’re pleased to enter into a partnership with he and his company Musze, Inc.,” said Tim Reid, BMG’s SVP, Repertoire & Marketing, Recorded Music. “We look forward to being an integral part of the expansion of his artistry and brand moving forward.”
Maxwell released five albums on Columbia Records, including his Grammy-winning 2009 comeback album BLACKsummers’night and his classic debut album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.
He celebrated the 25th anniversary of his first full-length LP, speaking to Rated R&B in-depth about its creation. His longtime collaborator and Sade affiliate Stuart Matthewman offered words to the editorial.
Maxwell last issued original material in 2018. His single “Shame” cracked the top ten on the Billboard Adult R&B Airplay chart, becoming his 14th overall. He also shared the thrilling song “We Never Saw It Coming” earlier that year.
At this year’s Soul Train Awards, Maxwell will be presented with the Legend Award. The annual ceremony airs on BET and BET Her on Sunday, November 28, at 8 p.m. EST.