R&B singer/songwriter Maxwell is looking to unveil material from his long-brewing, three-installment album "Black Summer's Night" early next year via Columbia/Sony Urban. The first album will arri

R&B singer/songwriter Maxwell is looking to unveil material from his long-brewing, three-installment album "Black Summer's Night" early next year via Columbia/Sony Urban. The first album will arrive Feb. 13, according to the artist's MySpace page.

A single was initially due Oct. 11 but the site states that "due to scheduling obligations with Columbia Records, we are not able to release the new single to MySpace at this time." A non-working audio file of a song called "Fistfull of Tears" currently appears on the site.

In a message posted on Sept. 1, Maxwell wrote, "The last week of letters and comments have done a lot to get a brother off that couch and on to the studio. Who knew after five years that anyone would be around? You proved me wrong and I thank you for it. It feels so right to be back with you."

"Black Summer's Night" will be Maxwell's first release since 2001's "Now," which has sold 1.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan and spawned the singles "Lifetime," "This Woman's Work" and "Get To Know Ya."