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Watch Maxwell and the Singing Cashier Perform “Ascension” Live

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Maxwell is a man of his word!

After Dollar General cashier Lucas Holliday earned viral fame earlier this month, when a video of him singing Maxwell’s “Ascension” emerged on the web, the R&B superstar invited Lucas to join him on stage.

On Friday (Nov. 18), Holliday took his singing inspiration up on his offer and shared the stage with him at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit.

“Getting on stage is one thing,” Holliday told ABC News who filmed the whole process from rehearsal to the performance. “I love the stage. But being on this stage, just the magnitude of that, is kind of…It’s kind of a god send to me. I was going through a lot of stuff recently. Life was getting down on me a little bit. All of a sudden this crazy thing happened to me.”

Aside from being a singing cashier, Holliday is also a member of the funk band Tell Yo Mama. They recently earned a new wedding gig due to the viral sensation. Meanwhile, Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are on “The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour,” set to run through Dec. 14 in Chicago.

Watch the surreal moment come to life below.

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Maxwell Invites Singing Cashier To Perform With Him

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Maxwell is making one talented fan’s dream come true.

Lucas Holliday, a Dollar General cashier in Lansing, MI, caught viral fame after a video of him singing Maxwell’s “Ascension” landed on Facebook.

Shocked by Holliday’s vocals, Maxwell offered a surprise of his own with a video message on “Good Morning America,” where Holliday was a guest.

“You sound unbelievable,” said Maxwell. “I wanted to personally invite you onstage at my Detroit show this Friday…Congratulations! You have a sick amazing voice.”

Maxwell went on to praise Holliday again on Twitter. “he’s doing more for me than he even realizes,” he wrote. “much love to @GMA for changing and creating opportunities for everyone who has a dream.”

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Legacy Recordings Celebrates Maxwell with 2 Special Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl Releases

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Limited edition vinyl releases continue to be hot commodities for the industry, and the latest to get the special treatment is neo-soul icon Maxwell.

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music, will celebrate the singer with the release of two highly-collectible limited edition 12″ vinyl albums on Friday, October 28.

Leading the way on Legacy’s Maxwell vinyl reissue project is the 20th Anniversary edition of Maxwell’s breakout debut album Urban Hang Suite, a 2 LP collection pressed on Metallic Gold 12″ 150gram vinyl with an 8-page booklet that includes rare images from the original album and single photo shoots.

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Maxwell and Mary J. Blige Set To Embark on “The King and Queen of Hearts” World Tour!

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Get Ready for Greatness this Fall!

It has just been announced that Maxwell and Mary J. Blige will be hitting the road together for the first time ever on the co-headlining “The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour” playing arenas nationwide. The 24-show run, kicking off Nov. 5 in Baltimore, MD, will follow on the heels of a dozen European dates in October.

“Mary is the epitome of soul,” says Maxwell. “She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can’t wait to get on the road with her.”

Mary notes, “Maxwell’s music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colorful tone that speaks to the hearts of women. His music makes them feel loved and I’m excited to get on the road with him.”

Ro James, who toured with Maxwell all summer, will also join the tour as the special opening guest.

VIP Packages are available starting today (Sept. 7). General public sales start Friday, Sep. 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Every online ticket order will include a CD of Maxwell’s new album blackSUMMERS’night and a CD of Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming album. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from every ticket will be donated to Artists of Peace and Justice.

Fans can see Maxwell and Mary make their first televised appearance to promote the new tour on ABC’s “The View” this Friday, Sept. 9.

See the tour itinerary below.

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Watch: Maxwell Debuts “1990x” Video

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Maxwell got surprises for us today!

The soul maestro has partnered with TIDAL for the exclusive debut of his seductive “1990x” music video, which is the second visual off his new album blackSUMMERS’night.

Decked out in a bespoke suit, the dapper crooner serenades his gorgeous female co-star in a dimly-lit room while holding a drink in his hand. With a debonair flair, Maxwell delivers passionate vocals. “Lay here closely beside me / Feel my heart as it’s pounding / We will climax with reason / ‘Cause we’re grown and we own it,” he sings.

blackSUMMERS’night, the second album in Maxwell’s trilogy, also features the singles “Lake By the Ocean” and “Gods.”

Check out the “1990x” video via TIDAL below.

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Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Maxwell, Rihanna & More Participate In Mic’s ’23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America’ PSA

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Many of music’s biggest artists have participated in Mic’s new campaign “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America,” to use their voices in support of the many black Americans who’ve lost their lives due to racially-motivated biases.

One by one, artists such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, Pharrell, Adam Levine, Bono, Janelle Monáe, Pink, Queen Latifah, Common, Swizz Beatz, Lenny Kravitz, ASAP Rocky, and more list the everyday, mundane things that victims were doing at the time that they were killed.

Non-music celebs who also participated in the video are Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tracee Ellis-Ross, and more.

It’s all for a petition at WeAreHereMovement.com to demand the government take action for a “radical change to heal a long history of systemic racism.”

Watch the PSA below and sign the petition at the link above.

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Stream Maxwell’s Highly-Anticipated New Album ‘blackSUMMERS’night’

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The wait is over!!! Seven years in the making, Maxwell has finally released his long-awaited new album, blackSUMMERS’night.

After performing the first single “Lake By The Ocean” at the BET Awards, and teasing us with multiple tracks this past week, 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, the soulful crooner addressed 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 we won’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. I do not want to be 50 years old releasing the same-titled album,” said Maxwell, adding. “I don’t want to oversaturate the market and be out there all the time. I like knowing that I’ve taken time on each song. The songs are actually easy for me to make. They’re not much of a problem—it’s just the whole process of celebrity. That’s not that exciting for me.”

He also gave a brief hint at what we can expect on part 3. “It will be on the darker side, but it will have a political edge that I don’t think I’ve ever touched on before. With all the traveling I’ve had to do over the years, I’ve gotten to see places in Nigeria, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic where people need help. Those types of experiences have [led] me to cherry-pick certain songs [for the album]. But I’m always a lover at the end of the day. There’ll be a love aspect, but there will be these hidden messages that sort of hint at something else.”

For now, kick back and vibe out to the smooth sounds of blackSUMMERS’night.

Stream the album below via Spotify or Apple Music.

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Maxwell Performs “Lake By The Ocean” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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On the eve of releasing his highly-anticipated new album blackSUMMERS’night, Maxwell appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as the musical guest.

Taking to the outdoor stage, the soulful crooner brought his suave style to Hollywood, performing the album’s infectious lead single “Lake By The Ocean” with his full band.

Dressed in his signature grey suit and white Stan Smith adidas kicks, which he wears on his “SUMMERS Tour,” the New York native hypnotized the LA crowd with the single’s relaxing groove.

Check out the performance below, and you can pick up Max’s blackSUMMERS’night in stores and on all digital retailers now!

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