American Teen Album is by Khalid, the American singer and songwriter. The debut album, released on the 3rd of March 2017, received favourable reviews from critics. American Teen is built around uptempo dance beats fused with Eighties synths, with Khalid singing about the ups and downs of teenage love and the American life facing teenagers today. The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) certified the album platinum on the 24th of October 2017 with combined sales of one million units. The figure takes into account physical sales, streaming and downloads. By the year’s end, the American Teen album had notched up 1,220,000 album-equivalent units ( 1 Album = 10 downloads or 1500 song streams ) in the United States alone, 147,000 of those actual album sales.
The lead single ” Location ” was released on the 23rd of August 2016. Lyrically the song is a story of love, one that is so strong that no distance would hinder the desire to find it. The single became a success for Khalid. In the United States it reached number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, where, to date, it has spent forty-one weeks on the chart. Other Billboard Chart positions were eight on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, number twenty-four on the Mainstream Top 40 and number four on the Rhythmic Chart. Outside of the United States, ” Location ” peaked inside of the Top Forty in Australia, Belgium, New Zealand and the Philippines.
The American Teen is a successful release for Khalid. In the United States, the album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 finally peaking at number four. It also reached number three on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The album misses the Top Forty on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number forty-seven in the United Kingdom. The American Teen album did reach the Top Forty in Canada, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand.
Khalid Legend Robinson was born on February the 11th 1998 in Fort Stewart, Georgia, United States. Khalid began writing songs during his time at high school, where he studied singing and musical theatre.
He used soundcloud, the German online audio distribution platform, to post his work. Khalid’s artistic inspiration is his mother, Linda, a singer in the US Army Band. He also cites artists like Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Grizzly Bear, Lorde and James Blake as influences.
In 2017, Khalid won an MTV Video Music ( VMA ) Award for Best New Artist.
American Teen Track Listing:
1. American Teen
2. Young Dumb & Broke
4. Another Sad Love Song
8. Let’s Go
10. Cold Blooded
13. Keep Me
14. Shot Down