Eric Nam has found the right combination for his latest release.
The singer-songwriter’s new Honestly EP debuts at No. 6 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart to mark his first top 10 entry on the ranking and his best U.S. sales week to date. Previous to this release, Nam had peaked as high as No. 12 with Interview in 2016, which stayed on the chart for two weeks.
While Honestly is a musical accomplishment in and of itself, with Eric mixing personal stories with forward-thinking production, the credits to the record show a globally minded release.
With two English tracks and three K-pop productions, the mix of collaborators boast a fascinating musical collage as Lupe Fiasco collaborator Jake Torrey worked on four of five new tracks, including co-writing the title track with Nam. Meanwhile standout cut “Potion” brings together Epik High leader and Korean hip-hop mastermind Tablo (who co-wrote the lyrics), rising Korean rapper Woodie Gochild (the featured artist who signed to Jay Park’s H1GHR Music label), producers Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo (who have credits on new albums by Demi Lovato and Kehlani) and Brian Lee (who worked on Camila Cabello‘s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Havana,” plus tracks with Kygo, G-Dragon and Selena Gomez). Honestly also sees contributions from Talay Riley (Dua Lipa, Khalid), Chris Wallace (Lost Kings, The Vamps) and more.
While the new chart success should bode well for Nam’s upcoming North American tour — that kicks off next month in Los Angeles — the EP perhaps also showcases how gracefully an artist like Eric can blend seemingly disparate worlds of pop into one cohesive, impressive body of work.
Watch the star bring “Honestly” to life with a new live performance below: