Khalid Releases Silky New Track 'Don't Pretend,' Launches Free Spirit Radio on Beats 1

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Khalid photographed on Sept. 23, 2017 at El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

Khalid is finally ready to deliver his highly anticipated sophomore album on Friday. Before unleashing Free Spirit, the blossoming R&B superstar blessed fans with a final taste of what's to come in "Don't Pretend." The soft tune was released on Wednesday (April 3) alongside the launch of Free Spirit Radio on Beats 1.

The tender guitar-laden single also sees vocal contributions from Toronto's SAFE. Khalid mindlessly drifts away while lusting for a potential sign from his love interest. "Keep my phone unlocked/ Hoping that you'll call this time/ Thought I heard your ringer/ You know I hear things sometimes," he croons. 

The 21-year-old spoke to Zane Lowe during the premiere episode of Free Spirit Radio, where he teased an explosive collaboration on the way with Majid Jordan. "It's one of my favorite songs I've ever done," Khalid said. The Suncity artist will also embark on his first headlining arena tour throughout North America starting in June.

Listen to "Don't Pretend" below. Free Spirit arrives Friday.