Commercially the album was a success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart in July 2009, with first-week sales of 316,000 copies, "Pretty Wings" was nominated for the "Song of the Year" which was written by Maxwell under his publishing moniker Musze.
On April 17, 2012, Maxwell announced that he and his eleven-piece band would embark on a six-day tour, Maxwell Two Night -M2N tour 2012 – two nights in three cities, scheduled for the cities of Los Angeles, California – Staples Center (July 20 and July 21); Atlanta, Georgia – Phillips Arena (July 27 and July 28); and Newark, New Jersey – the Prudential Center (August 3 and August 4).
Maxwell began working with songwriter Leon Ware and noted guitarist Wah Wah Watson to record his debut Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite in the early 1990s. Til the Cops Come Knockin'", debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks at number 87 in May 1996.
The album BLACKsummers'night was released on July 7, 2009 and received universal acclaim from music critics.Maxwell was to perform his discography in its entirety.The first day of the tour Maxwell was to perform songs from his first album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite and second album Embrya.It began early in life with his favorite game- twenty minutes of lies.When it became clear to him that no one could tell when he was playing his game or not, he decided it would be a waste of natural talent and charisma to make truth-telling a habit.This soon evolved into teenaged flirtations with small-time theft and the occasional manifestation of barnyard animals in inappropriate places.By his early adulthood, Maxwell had joined a traveling circus, finding his oratory talents for making the ordinary seem legendary a cornerstone of his career.(Maxwell contributed the song "Segurança (Security)" to the AIDS-benefit album Red Hot Rio, produced by the Red Hot Organization.) Despite only having released only one album, the music video television channel MTV saw his burgeoning popularity and asked him to tape an episode of the concert series MTV Unplugged in New York City.The show was taped live on June 15, 1997, and he performed his own songs as well as covers of songs by Kate Bush ("This Woman's Work") and Nine Inch Nails ("Closer").Following the lukewarm radio success of his previous album, Maxwell has stated he felt more comfortable with his artistic direction in the creation of his new album, which does not exhibit his previous work's conceptual style. The second single off the album, "This Woman's Work", a live staple of Maxwell's, The album also served as Maxwell's last release before quietly entering a self-imposed an almost seven-year hiatus from performing, and no tour was planned to support the album.Recording sessions for a new album took place during 2007 to 2009 at Chung King Studios, Bowery Digital, and Platinum Sound Recording Studios in New York City. But when they’ve gone, you see, as if for the first time, that there is only sawdust in their wake. Beautiful, respectable, full of wit, dazzle and promises.Already a fan of what he described as "jheri curl soul", which was the trademark of early 1980s R&B acts such as Patrice Rushen, S. According to him, the R&B of the early 1980s contained "the perfect combination of computerized instrumentation with a live feel", and that the genre's dynamics later became lost due to the influence of hip hop on R&B.